I spent the afternoon with the Jones family in their incredible backyard exploring every nook and cranny. Lisa is a master of growing succulents and they can literally grow right out of a rock! Until this shoot I had no idea of the great variety of this beautiful type of plant. This place felt like home….the pets, the garden and the lovely way they related to each other. Life is sweet.
I photographed the Gonzales family in Piedmont Community Park. I love this place because there are lots of beautiful mature trees, interesting structural backgrounds and room to roam in big stretches of grass. Often I get to know the people I photograph while we are walking around finding the best spots and the sweetest light for the moment.
Connecting with my clients is what makes the shoot. Sometimes that means interacting with them directly. Sometimes it’s quietly observing the dynamics between them and being invisible. I do what the situation calls for at any given moment.
I still go back to the bay area and absolutely love the natural beauty that abounds. There’s no place like it. I miss the ocean. Now I’m here in Austin. It seems each place I’ve lived—Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Santa Fe, Oakland —I always feel spoiled by the previous place, but there is beauty in it all—visiting one place over and over again but seeing with fresh eyes each time AND exploring somewhere new, finding each place’s special qualities of light and shadow, place and face.
This natural dye workshop with Dr. Sara Gottfried in Oakland, CA was not only beautiful to photograph but a great introduction to a subject I knew nothing about. I love my job because I’m constantly learning not only my own discipline, but about the world around me. Find out more about Dr. Gottfried and workshop facilitator Rebecca Burgess at: http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/2011/02/28/rebecca-burgess-makes-me-happy-clothes-that-heal.
I’ve had the opportunity to photograph centemporary artist Sara Carter in her studio a couple of times. She is as layered as the beautiful paintings she creates. Check out her work at: http://www.saracarter.com/sara_carter_paintings.htm.
“Sara Carter’s paintings are a contrast between light and dark. The layering of geometric forms in Carter’s work are used to convey space. Within this framework of constructed layers emerges a highly personal description of an environment charged with logical sequencing and subtle emotion. This month visual editor Noah Post engages Carter in an attempt to see through the layers of this veiled spacial language.” Glasschord Art & Culture Magazine June/July 2011
This Berkeley, CA institution since 1954 needed a few fresh images of the people that make the business what it is. Here’s a small sampling.