Urban Decay in Oakland

I finally toured the old 16th Street Train Station¬†in Oakland, and we didn’t even have to hop any fences. This gorgeous old building is now being cared for and one can rent it out for events, including weddings!

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More below the cut, the back of the building is covered in some terrific graffiti….

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Season Of the Witch, Oakland Cemetery Session with Laika Fox

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Happy Halloween! One of my favorite holidays. Costumes, candy, little kids having fun, and all the witches come out during golden hour.

The gorgeous and talented Laika Fox jumped in front of the camera for a session in Mountain View Cemetery.

Emerging

Monarch_0146 Monarch_0147 Monarch_0148 Monarch_0149Milkweed scatters its seeds across my neighborhood; true to the survivor nature of this weed, the plant sprouts in unlikely places.

Cracks in the driveway, on the hell-strip, in overgrown untended areas, as well as in my neighbors orderly garden.

The plant attracts several kinds of aphids and accompanying ladybugs drawn to the feast. And of course, the Monarch butterfly chooses to lay eggs on it as well.

We were fortunate to watch this butterfly emerge last month, a reminder that we all have seasons to grow, seasons to hide inside a cocoon, and seasons to fly.

Ch-ch changes!

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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Oakland Maternity photography, golden hour session on the shores of Lake Merritt

 

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I’ve been photographing more frequently in Oakland these days, and have to admit, the weather’s pretty nice over on that side of the bay!

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A few more below the cut from Lauren and Dahled’s maternity session. I’m looking forward to meeting their beautiful new family member once they arrive!

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Oakland Couple’s Portraits, Amy and Jason

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We had beautiful light all day for this fun couples session in the Oakland hills (you may recognize Amy and Jason from their super creative Livermore wedding), we started with a wander with their adorable dogs and then caught the sunset light down at Jack London square. Amy’s heading off for a month of basic training and wanted to schedule a family photo shoot so she’d have some prints to bring along and keep her motivated.

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