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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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.

From a jaunt to the seaside town of Pacifica, just below Daly City. Classic California coastal views on a surprisingly warm day. All we did was pull up to the beach and walk up Mori Point. Parking was tight but I guess that’s part of the adventure. We finished off the evening with a little […]

Elsewhere. It reminds me a bit of Lois Lowery’s The Giver, where the old are sent after they’ve led fulfilling lives. My Elsewhere is not so much the final destination, but where I’d rather be. My little post-Paris conundrum is that I’ve been too busy thinking of elsewhere to notice where I am right now. […]

Guess what? It’s almost holiday season. While the California weather forecast does not presently show any signs of cooling down (we’re forecasted 90s this week in the San Francisco Bay Area), the mornings are feeling just a tad crisp! That means that if you’ve not yet thought about your holiday card photos…it’s time! I’m hosting mini […]

The corn moon rose, peaking above the sillouhette of the trees, as we cruised along 101 in the pitch black. Full and yellow, it cast a faint glow on the forest and on our path. The gentle smell of salt water signalled our approach towards the coast. The next foggy morning revealed an industrial town […]

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!