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Daphne Gottlieb is a poet and writer who was kind enough to spend a little time in the studio with me recently.

 

 

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We took a much needed roadtrip up to Lassen National Forest a week or so ago, and spent a day wandering the park. It was a relief to see so much snow, although we’re still way under the amount of water that California needs. I’ve been thinking of expanding my Fuji kit and upgrading the body at some point, although honestly what really makes me excited would be a new lens for this kind of landscape work – the 18 or 14mm would be useful. I also have my eye on the 56mm 1.2 for portrait work, as I’ve been using the Fuji more frequently in the studio as well. The above images were all made with either the 35mm or 18-55mm.

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I met Cathy and Melia last year as I was working in San Francisco, and am very excited to photograph their own wedding this weekend. We spent a few hours wandering the California native plants garden in Tilden for their engagement session in the early spring sunshine.

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I’ve known Ted Naifeh for a long, long time (15+ years! eeek!), and have photographed him many times. We collaborated years ago (10!) on a graphic novel about San Francisco counter-culture, called ‘How Loathsome’. Ted’s become known for writing and illustrating several groundbreaking young-adult graphic novel series including ‘Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things’, ‘Princess Ugg’, and ‘Polly and Pirates’.

 

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The stunning Sunnyside Conservatory in San Francisco was the location for this intimate and community-filled wedding.

Tina and Beth are longtime volunteers on the AIDS Lifecycle, their family and friends gathered last year in San Francisco to celebrate their love and longtime connection

 

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Monarch butterfly caterpillars are devouring milkweed in my neighbors front yard.

Shot on Fuji X-Pro1, 35mm 1.4

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We had perfect light for this pre-wedding wedding at San Francisco City Hall. The family wedding was a few days later, but that’s a whole other blog post!

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Last year wrapped up in a whirlwind of work and an enormous personal change for me – after over 15 years of living in San Francisco, my partner and I were evicted from our home of five years when the new owner jacked up our rent to over six grand a month. Like so many working artists, I had to make a choice to move across the bay to Oakland; a city with a thriving art and restaurant scene, tons of wonderful diversity, and let’s be honest? Much better weather for gardening. I’ve fallen behind on blogging last years weddings, but they’re on the way, along with some wonderful new things on the horizon. As always, thank you to my wonderful clients and friends for their support.

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