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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After what seemed like endless weeks of rain, full sun hit Montmartre. It was the kind of day where shade was preferred, and the slightest incline of the street had you puffing. Abundant sunshine also means that it’s time to experiment, so Brittney and I found each other around the corner from La Maison Rose […]

In a way, you might say I ditched San Francisco for…San Francisco. At least, that’s what it felt like on this humid, heavy Tuesday as I trudged up the impossibly long staircase. Paris has hills, too, it seems. Popping up on the other side, I tumbled into a tranquil square, with trees spilling everywhere and […]

This is the…sixth (!!!) year that I have known Clarisa. Four of those years were a “long distance” friendship, as we didn’t become friends until junior year of high school. I’d say I’ve learned a thing or two about the art of friendship over the years… We did just recently spend five hours in Paris […]

The sun beat down, mid-morning, on the pavement. Barely 11am, already humid, unbearably stuffy. La canicule.  Trees of steel and glass rose up from the ground, punctuating the skyline in a competition for brilliance. It feels…soul-less. The industrial design sucks away all that might be filled with wonder, leaving sleek monotony behind. Bienvenue à La Défense! […]

If mornings in Paris are my favourite, then Sunday mornings in Paris are sublime. Empty streets, no bubbling roar of the motorcycle engine, just you as the city dips her toes in the sunshine. This is where I found myself, in the 2nd arrondissement, one February day. Only this morning was perhaps the opposite of […]

If you love France or are planning a trip, download one of my FREE travel guides! The forecast promised thunderstorms. It was the middle of June, and clouds were on the horizon. Ironically, we had postponed our day trip to Monet’s garden in Giverny because it was set to rain on our original date. Clouds […]

If you love France or are planning a trip, download one of my FREE travel guides! Paris is rife with green spaces, be it parks, gardens, or lawns. You may know a few by the names of Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens), Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens), and the Parc Monceau. However, there are so […]

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!