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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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.



I’m trying something a little different, with the imbedded slideshow. Let me know what you think!

Project Nunway, 2010 – Images by Tristan Crane

Dickens Fair!

Ever year I try to make it to the Dickens Christmas Fair at least once. What can I say? I’m a sucker for top hats. Dickens fair is a blast, drawing huge numbers of people with far better sewing abilities than I possess. The eye candy is through the roof, and the lighting is regrettably bad. In between cups of mulled wine, I managed to get a few shots worth sharing.


The irony of re-creating London in San Francisco isn’t lost on many people. It was foggy, rainy, and gross the day we went. Perfect!


The windows of the Dark Garden Corset’s booth are always a big hit. These kids were trying to decide if the models were real.


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