outdoor shoots

A lovely afternoon shoot with Rebekah

My favorite thing about living in a city is that there are always new spots to find. I met with Rebekah to do a portrait session a couple of weekends ago, and found Fay Park, a lovely little place with a gazebo tucked away near Russian Hill. My lovely model is hoping to build her modeling portfolio, and I was more than happy to help her out. I envisioned something simple and feminine for her. She was so easy to work with, and the shoot was a breeze, with the late afternoon sun giving us some fantastic lighting.

We had to move partway through the shoot, since someone was getting married at Fay Park that evening. I had a backup location a block away - a little playground and community garden area which had a variety of spots to shoot in.

I absolutely love Rebekah's smile and expression in these shots - girl is camera-ready! 

She did an outfit change for some added punch - the leather jacket and silver heels added an edge to the look.  

Rebekah was so nice to work with, and was such a natural in front of the camera! I hope her modeling career goes the way she'd like, and I'd love to shoot with her again!


Capturing Moments

When I got my first SLR, I was in love with shooting landscapes. They captivated me, I devoured others' images of incredible vistas, and I wanted to travel and explore the world and just shoot.

Then I started volunteering with a local non-profit - Sprouts Cooking Club. This involved getting photos of children as they tried their hand at cooking. Not quite as glamorous as going to Alaska, perhaps, but it opened my eyes. I suddenly realized that I loved capturing expressions and movements on my camera, and getting that perfect moment was incredibly satisfying. One of the shoots was outdoors, and there were kids running about while I looked on, and I loved it.

Which brings me to today. I just delivered an album of family portraits to a client, from a shoot that was so much fun. They wanted photos with their 3 month old puppy, Jobi, who was a joyful little thing that would not. sit. still. He was more than happy to give me a puppy smile and bound about though.

I got to explore a new park in San Francisco on an absolutely gorgeous day, and the family couldn't have been nicer to work with. The spring flowers and backdrop of tall shaded trees made the location (Pine Lake Park, off Sloat Boulevard in the city) a dream. 

Isn't he the cutest? I have a couple of my favorites saved in my portfolio:  

The flowers in the background were to die for. 

This shoot was just as fun as I expected, and I'm looking forward to a few more that I have lined up. The weather in this city rarely disappoints, can't wait!