Field Notes

Salut! Welcome to my Field Notes, with stories from San Francisco, Paris, and elsewhere. This is a collection of adventures: the people I photograph; the kitchen escapes; tidbits from my life; special projects; and a California/Paris guide. Whew! I hope you'll come along; it's going to be a lovely time!

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Photographs from the COVID-19 France quarantine. When the first COVID-19 quarantine lifted last year, I hurriedly threw together a blog post so that I would remember it all. It all happened so quickly as we hastily packed up for the French countryside in the early spring. We were barely out of winter as we bumped […]

A barely-blossoming pear tree catches the golden rays of sunlight in a vast field next to a stone country cottage in Normandy, France.

Alright, peeps, this is a subject I should have broached when I first opened my shop. Why should you frame fine art (and any, for that matter) prints? How should you frame them? Where should you frame them? This post will break it all down. Let’s start with why. Why You Should Frame Fine-Art (and […]

Against a blush pink wall, a thin black frame encases a photograph of a brown French door against which a cluster of pink roses bloom in Provence.

I want to walk by my favorite blue door next to the Red Wheelbarrow. I want to see Thibault at Imprimerie Frag and know that my prints are going to be amazing, instead of emailing around and finding one local printer in the Bay Area who won’t even email me back. I want to go […]

The Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris stretches diagonally across the frame, its signature iron lampposts stretching towards the sky. In the background, a bright blue sky streaked with clouds.

Winter is a slow time. It’s cold. (Aka, California weather-wimp cold of 40 or 50 degrees F.) There’s not as much sunlight and I feel sadder. So far, I’ve only shot one roll on my Hasselblad, Ansel. Before winter ends, it might be three. Here’s the first. This roll was all about finding the joy […]

Black birds dot the sky like freckles against the clouds and waning afternoon winter sunlight.

The Rollei 35 first caught my eye a couple years ago when a creative I follow first flaunted hers. I was intrigued as I watched her carefully unconsolidate the camera, which was only about as big as her palm. The lens slid out from apparently no where, and there was so little pomp and fuss […]

A baby-blue old-fashioned bicycle with wide handle bars and a wooden basket stands propped up in front of a pale green wall next to a topiary. The sun shines, casting shadows behind the bike.

Monterey is an old family haunt. When I was a kid, we used to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium several times a year to see the jellyfish and eat dry cinnamon rolls from Lily’s. I was terrified that the million-gallon tank would shatter and we would drown, but by the time we got around […]

Sapphire blue waters lap the rocks at Lovers Point in Monterey on a sunny day.

To welcome fall (you can tell I’m quite behind in filing these field notes), Lindsay, Shelby, and I got together and made a pumpkin cake! Well, Lindsay made the cake, Shelby whipped up the frosting, and I just showed up with my camera. Here are the results! I am a San Francisco Bay Area film […]

Coconut sugar caramel sauce is drizzled on top of a triangular slice of iced pumpkin cake. The cake sits on a pedestal in the background next to two filled champagne flutes.

Sooooo…last October, I kind of accidentally got myself invited to a dahlia farm. Vallejo Street Dahlias, to be exact. Willbe orchestrated and Max was the gracious host, and together, we wandered the rows of the season’s last blooms. Many were, delightedly, the size of my face, and the riot of color was a blast of […]

This is a late one! In the early fall, we dropped off Tim at UCSD and made a little pit stop in San Luis Obispo along the way. San Diego was a quick blitz, but I did what I really wanted, which was a jaunt through Balboa Park, which did not disappoint. What to Do […]

Three staggered palm trees rise against a cloudy blue sky at Balboa Park in San Diego

I LOVED photographing the White Family! Everyone was very sweet and the kids were adorable. Little A is a self-proclaimed “pro” and was ready to have her photo taken! J came with the most dapper hat, which made for the perfect accessory. He could not stop holding onto it, and I thought it was the […]

A family of four stands in a dry, grassy field, smiling for the camera.

Paris & California strolls; plenty of flowers; stories; and looking for the beauty in the everyday. I hope you'll come along as I take the year to document the entirety of my home state!

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