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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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! Marissa WuFrancophile; lover of ice cream, ballet flats, […]

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.

In what now seems like a distant memory, on a warm October Friday, Lindsay, Shelby, and I took a colorful jaunt through San Francisco as we clicked, swished, and twirled our way through the Mission District, took a pit stop at Tartine, and picnicked as the sun set at Sutro Baths. Here are my favorite […]

A cascade of bougainvillea flowers over a concrete wall in a sunny alleyway in San Francisco.

I loved photographing the Broma family! Bright pink tutus, BOUQUETS OF FLOWERS, neutrals, and floral headbands…this family knew the way to my heart! A & C were excellent in front of the camera — generally giggly and playful. They obliged Mom with their adorable outfits…and then ran for the first tree to climb as soon […]

A family of four laughs together during their portrait session. They are all looking at the younger daughter, who is being tickled by her mother. The two girls wear fluffy pink tutus and hold small bouquets of flowers.

If you’re going to San Francisco, you’d better do two things: One, wear flowers in your hair. Two, walk through the Pacific Heights neighborhood. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. b.patisserie is my go-to starting point — for a walk, and for food. Try any croissant-based pastry…but also, really anything. I […]

A cascade of magenta bougainvillea flowers over a powder sea green garage in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood on Divisadero Street.

I had the pleasure of photographing the Newman family this year, and it was a true delight to spend a bit of the morning with these incredibly sweet girls! They brought great attitudes, cute dresses, and ready smiles. I even managed to snap a few quiet moments amidst some tears over a boo-boo, and some […]

This is a Thanksgiving-inspired entry, but I think gratitude should be a daily practice. This month, I have been keeping a small notebook and listing down things I am choosing gratitude for. The entries are not long — someone sentence fragments — but they help me to recognize beauty and appreciate it when I see […]

Three bulbous orange dahlias bloom in a field as the sun sets.

We squished our way through the sand, feet sinking and sliding with each step, (film) cameras in hand, as the waves washed up the shore. The wind was crisp, an announcement that fall was claiming her territory on this coastal town — and a far cry from the sweltering temperatures that we had left back […]

The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse sits on the Mendocino coast in northern California. It is a small, red-roofed structure that stands alone on a vast field.

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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