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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Just a bit before the entire world was quarantined, I met the lovely Eugenia who was on her habitual solo trip to Paris. We “met” in a photography group and decided to swap some headshots while she was here. So glad I said oui, because I’m all about meeting a fellow Francophile. Indeed, her Instagram bio […]

In the previous blog post, Madeline shared her film photographs of a quarantined Paris. A city usually bustling with life and visitors was suddenly desolate. As we continue to navigate a world in a pandemic, I’ve been snapping photographs of the city in “déconfinement.” From the simple joys of a florist’s flowers spilling onto the […]

While I was not in Paris for the shelter-in-place, my dear friend Madeline was. Here is Paris in her words and film photographs from that time — a stark, somber, and intimate portrait of the city. Madeline is a gifted street photographer. You can find these moments on her Instagram. I got to photograph Paris during […]

It had rained all last week and was forecasted into the next. After monitoring the météo intently all Sunday afternoon, I finally made the call the meet Monday morning. Better to be out in a little drizzle than risk pouring rain later in the afternoon. Ironically, the rain petered out after lunch, but my little […]

Lilla and I are old friends. We used to sit on her bedroom floor, dreaming big dreams, during the endless hot summer days. One we always shared was an escape to Paris. We called it the Paris Apartment. Beyond the fact that we’d have an apartment, I’m not sure we organised many other details. Paris […]

I so enjoyed doing this Paris portrait session at one of my favorite Eiffel Tower locations for this INCREDIBLE family I have had the pleasure of knowing in Paris. The kids were SO good despite the fact that it was FREEZING. Everyone looked lovely; outfits were on point; and yes, there was candy afterwards. What […]

A family portrait session at the Eiffel Tower

If you love France or are planning a trip, download one of my FREE travel guides! Despite its many vaunted attractions and treasures, there’s nothing better than a Paris bird’s eye view. Chimney pots and Haussmannian boulevards seem to stretch endlessly and romantically into oblivion. The only question is…where are the best bird’s eye views […]

I’m so happy to share a handful of images from a styled shoot I did with Texas-based Hey Lovely Makeup, headed by the most delightful Erica! She and a few members of her team — Kendall, Gabi, and Dee — are responsible for the most…dare I say, lovely…hair, makeup, outfits, and accessories. So giddy I was […]

It was probably around 40 degrees F when I took shelter under the architecture museum at Trocadéro, the morning light just peeking above the trees. A biting wind grazed my ankles, and I was trying not to shiver. Hannah arrived, a flowing pink skirt billowing under an olive coat that didn’t quite reach the knees, […]

Black and white has some sort of quality I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it’s nostalgia, because it came before colour film. Maybe it’s simplicity, because shades of grey force you to focus on the shapes and lines; the essence of what something is. Whatever this touch may be, I love it, and I […]

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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