The Mystic Midway at the Edwardian Ball

This is one of my favorite events to photograph, the Edwardian Ball gets better (and more crowded!) every year. People really bring their full costume game to this event, it’s really a special place.

I was fortunate to work with the Mystic Midway to document their installation ‘Stories of Gold’ and here’s the result.

View the full gallery of my images from 2016 here.





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Marriage Equality Celebration in the Castro

24 hours later and this still feels overwhelming. It’s almost hard to believe that this long road is over, that DOMA is put to rest and Prop 8 is officially part of California history. The celebration last night in San Francisco was epic, of course. Most touching to me were the families with children who showed up, as well as the older GLBT people. I’m in my mid-thirties and this is a tremendous victory, but I cannot imagine what it would have been like to been unable to marry my partner for most of our adult lives.

The ACLU has released a pdf of useful information for same-sex couples in California interested in being married, it’s right here.

Can you imagine a world where these two adorable people can’t marry? Me neither.

And yup, that person popped the question to their partner at 18th and Castro st.

A resounding ‘yes’!

More photos below the cut. Congrats to all the newly engaged couples, to the already committed couples who can now benefit from legal protections, to our GLBT soldiers who now have marriage benefits, and to couples separated by geography who can now be together in the United States. We did it, everyone. Love triumphs.

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Photobooth – The Dapper Crowd of ‘The League’

Recently I was was invited to run a photo booth at the infamous Mission Control, for their ‘League’ party. The theme was ‘Steampunk’, and people dressed to impress, as you can see!


Steampunk Night At ‘The League’ – Images by Tristan Crane

Prints  and the whole set of images are available here. Thanks to everyone who posed for my camera, and to Mission Control for having me at their event.

Wendi Maxwell and the Tres Hot Jazz Band

Just a couple of snaps of a terrific live band we caught while I was out visiting my folks over Father’s Day weekend. I spent the time filming my grandfather telling his stories of Omaha Beach and his time in the Navy, figured out how to use the old Super 8 mm film projector to screen some very old family movies (soon be transferred to digital media for preservation), and enjoying the warmer weather of the central valley. I’m continuing a love affair with this lens, the Canon EF 85mm 1.8.

Come To This Event!

This weekend, my friend Star Germain, her band This Can’t End Well, and talented comic book artist Ted Naifeh are teaming up for a live show version of Ted’s wonderful all-ages comic ‘Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things‘.

Oh, and it’s free. So there’s no excuse not to come!

Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 27th
1pm sharp
Pub­lic Works
161 Erie at Mission

Noel Noir + Project Nunway


Holiday decadence was only a starting point for this fashion show. The party, Noel Noir, was held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with music, art, and the infamous ‘Project Nunway’ fashion show. Pairing local designers with members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, this was one of the best, most over the top fashion experiences I’ve ever had the luck to photograph.

If you aren’t familiar with the work the Sisters do, here’s a blurb from their website –

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

The sisters do incredible, important work. And don’t even try to out-dress them.



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Project Nunway, 2010 – Images by Tristan Crane