Palo Alto Photo Forum – Ed Kashi

My friend, Federica, put on an amazing event through her Palo Alto Photo Forum with photographer, Ed Kashi.

Ed is an amazing photojournalist who documents sociopolitical issues. The breadth of his experience could never fit in a post, but a few of his books include: The Protestants: No Surrender, When the Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds, Aging in America, Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured, Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, Three, and Photojournalisms.

Thanks Fede, for a very well organized event, complete with food, beer, and bubbly! And thanks, Ed, for a truly inspiring evening.

Braving Crissy Field in the Cold

It was a cold afternoon in San Francisco, but this was an intrepid couple. We laughed a lot, shivered a little, and had fun.  The rain held off until the very end. We ducked under cover for the last few minutes for  some “bunker studio” fun.

Give the gift of photography

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Do you need gift ideas? If you would like to gift someone a portrait session, I have gift certificates available. It could be a friendship session with a good friend, or a couple’s session with your partner, even a head shot. Have a look at some family sessions or friendship folios to get a sense of the possibilities. I can send you a gift certificate like the one above, and it comes with a $100 print credit.

Eichler Pool Party Reception

Elise and Darryl celebrated their marriage with music, family, friends, and the best tacos in the universe (no lie). The reception took place in the backyard of Elise’s parents’ Eichler home. 20 years of love went into renovating that icon of a house. It was the perfect backdrop for their party. I loved working with you and your families, Elise and Darryl. You were all so warm, friendly, and elegant in the best way. It was a true pleasure.

Chrissy Field and Andy Goldsworthy Engagement Session with Lisa and Ary


Lisa and Ary are a wonderful pair. I have known Lisa for about 15 years. She is a dear friend.

Lisa is full of adventure and creativity. The day I met her I felt a connection immediately. The following day, I called her and asked if she wanted to come on a weeklong sailing trip in the Caribbean. It was very short notice, but she was on the boat with her SCUBA gear and a smile the following week! When I met Ary, it was easy to tell they were meant for each other. Ary immediately felt like family…one of the marks of a good match.  I love you both, and I look forward to attending your wedding this weekend in Florida–as a guest!

Sending a big thank you to Jessica Stout who will be shooting the festivities!


Kristyl and Maksim’s San Francisco Wedding

Kristyl and Maksim were married in the beautiful St. Peter and Paul’s Church on Washington Square in San Francisco, and held their reception on the rooftop at the Fairmont Hotel. Both were special places, and meaningful to Kristyl and Max. I really enjoyed getting to know them.  They are super fun and energetic, and triathletes! : )

Land’s End, Sutro Baths, and Ocean Beach Engagement Portraits

Kristyl and Max and I met on a gorgeous day at Land’s End in San Francisco for their engagement photos. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. I think there were one or two people in all of San Francisco that weren’t there, however (!).  I have never seen the place so packed. Even so, we found peace in quiet pockets here and there, and ended up having a really fun time. I look forward to your wedding!

Traditional and more Creative Head Shots

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I thought I would post a few head shots–some straight up traditional, and some a bit more creative. I don’t usually post head shots, but why not? The one with the puppet was recently used on a magazine cover (!) Here is the cover in Scout Somerville. And here is my original post with Faye and her puppets.

Back to Costa Rica!

I had the pleasure of returning to Guanacaste, Costa Rica, for Krissy and Steve’s wedding. Here are some photos from the engagement session on Playa Hermosa, with Krissy, Steve, and their daughter.

Shoreline Park Family Portraits — I love the Baylands!

One of my favorite spots to run and go on walks near my house is the Baylands, also known as Shoreline Park. It abuts the Google campus. I once saw a an amazing yellow Google conference bike ride by with 7 people all pedaling. They were in a circle, facing each other, and one of them was steering. Wild. They were having a meeting I guess. Last week in the Baylands, I had the pleasure of photographing an extended family that had come together for the holidays. It was a wonderful coming together–the grandparents came from Rome, the uncle, and aunt-to-be came from Copenhagen, and they joined the rest of the family in Palo Alto. I made some diptychs, which I haven’t done in a long time. It felt good. Take a peek and leave a note : ).

Nina and Graham married


Nina and Graham got married in Stevns Klint, Denmark, near a cliff made of 60 million year old chalk cliff that might soon enter in the UN World Heritage list (!). (More about Stevns Klint and the Klintgården B&B here.)  Nina is Danish, and Graham is English. The whole event was a great mix of both.

When I went to the church to have a look a week before the wedding, I spoke with the woman in charge and she said that this would be a special ceremony because there would be two ministers. Interesting I thought. They were bringing someone from England. A week later, at the ceremony, I looked around and wondered “Where is Graham’s father?” Then I saw him–he was the minister!

After the ceremony, the guests walked along the cliff to Nina’s parents’ farmhouse (we’re talking really big, thatched roof, whitewashed, traditional Danish farmhouse that Nina’s parents have turned part of into a bed and breakfast) for the rest of the celebration. Walking through an arbor of Danish flags, the two were showered with rice, and everyone had Pimm’s and cake in the garden. The Pimm’s cocktail was made in the traditional way with purple borage flowers, which came right from their garden. The garden covered several acres with a lush maze of hedges, trees, flowers, berry bushes, and vegetable patches, with nooks, and surprises all through it. Guests had set up tents in the far reaches of the garden, and fire pots followed handmade stone walls.

The dinner alternated food and toasts, with several instances of foot stomping and glass tapping. Foot stomping means the couple has to get under the table and kiss (see under table photo), and glass tapping means they have to stand on their chairs and kiss. If the groom leaves the table, all of the men need to line up to kiss the bride, and vice versa if the bride leaves. The guests all took the “Nina and Graham Pub Quiz,” and it included a soccer shootout, a Danish/English beer blind taste test, and some Danish tongue twisters for poor Graham (I feel your pain!).

After dinner, everyone moved to the “pub”–a part of the farmhouse connected to the barn, where the dancing began…and continued to the weeeeee hours of the night. At which point, a few of the guests had a high speed run through the 6′ high rapeseed field outside the barn. Quite impressive considering how tall and strong those plants are! (I know because I was running right after them! Thankfully, they had cleared a path for me ; ))

Dress: Mariah Victori, Frederiksberg Flowers: Marlene Christensen Blomsterdekoratør, Frederiksberg Cake: family friend (Pamela Hope) Food: Anettes Mad, Store Heddinge BBQ: (super yummy barbeque!) Beer: Stevns Bryghus Tent: Venue: klintgaard B&B,

Little Kids Rock Benefit at Facebook Headquarters

Little Kids Rock is an amazing organization dedicated to “restoring and revitalizing music education in U.S. public schools.” LKR brings free music instruction and instruments to under-served schools in the U.S. Nationwide, it has served more than 235,000 students at over 1,600 schools in 25 cities. (Read more about how Little Kids Rock works here.) Honorary Board Members include Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Ziggy Marley and others.

Again this year I helped document an LKR fundraising event at Facebook Headquarters (See the 2012 Little Kids Rock post here). This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Josef Desimone, the Facebook head chef who tragically lost his life this fall. I remember him so clearly from the event last year. Both years have had very elaborate and delicious food made by the Facebook chefs.

It was so moving to see kids from these programs up on stage performing with big stars. I was RIVETED when James Hetfield the leader of the band Metallica, performed with them. It was jaw-dropping, and my jaw doesn’t drop so easily… I was taken by how dedicated he was to the organization, and to the kids. Chris Isaac was there as well, among others (see surfing pic–the woman in the photo with Chris can surf while doing a headstand (!)).

This year I will have the privilege of getting to know some of the kids. I want to create a photo essay that shows their stories, and powerful effect of the work this organization does.  I’ll post more on that when the time comes.


Sunshine on a rainy day: Sidsel and Anders’ Central Copenhagen Wedding


Copenhagen is called the Paris of Scandinavia – with a great cultural scene, stunning new and old architecture and a very cosmopolitan population. Sidsel and Anders chose a perfect spot in the middle of this city for their wedding ceremony: The Danish Royal Library’s garden, right between the modern waterfront and the Christiansborg Castle.

However, as luck would have it, it was raining that day. Unflustered, Sidsel turned up in her wedding dress and rain boots and plan B was put into action as the ceremony moved to the nice arched pathway between Parliament and the Royal Library. As the ceremony ended, the clouds lifted and sunshine spread over Copenhagen. There was some amazing light. We took off to the new “Black Diamond” building – the spectacular modern wing of the Royal Library, and from there we walked to their reception venue – Salon K – a special events salon, connected to the cultural center ‘Huset‘ (“The House”). Huset is home to over 1000 annual events spread across 7 diverse stages with everything from live music, theatre performances, stand up comedy, spoken word and a small cinema. This place rocks – literally – and Sidsel and Anders threw a most fantastic party, which included several Danish wedding traditions–one that involves newlywed kisses while standing on chairs, and another that involves sock cutting (there is an interesting reason given for why they cut the tips of the groom’s socks off ; ))

Thank you for letting me be part of your wedding, Sidsel and Anders. I hope to see you in Denmark next year!

Portraits in Palo Alto


Karen and Ron are so much fun! We had a fun time playing around in the park, and at their place, and then they made me dinner! Yum. Thanks guys!

Los Altos Family Portrait Time

These kids are fireballs! We had F U N. We played around in Shoup Park in Los Altos, and got some portraits there. Then we headed to their house for a little wall climbing. Really. Take a look : )