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allysa and ronnie – san francisco engagement photographer – south beach, mission bay, treasure island

after a month or two of consistently foggy/cold shoots, the sun finally came out for this one! mother nature must have been smiling upon allysa and ronnie, and i knew i was going to be in for a super good time. i mean, the sun was shining upon us, right? what could be better?

turns out i was right. and it did get better – allysa and ronnie are super adorable and totally fabulous. not to mention, allysa is gorgeous and ronnie is a total stud. they are also completely in love, and i kinda melted when i saw the way they looked at each other. these two also knew how to work it, and the camera just looooooved them (seriously. they look like models in some of these shots!). add in some fun lighting (sun = i finally got to play with some sun flares! woo!) and you have some magic. i also loved the fact that allysa and ronnie were wanting to be different than everyone else, and wanting to move away from the norm – no cheesy or typical engagement photos here, thankyouverymuch. they also wanted an urban setting for their session – and we ended up at south beach/misson bay and treasure island, which allysa actually suggested. i always end up suggesting treasure island to people but no one bites, so i was THRILLED when she asked if we could shoot there! seriously, i could not asked for more during this session (now that i’ve said that, i’m sure i’m going to get another long streak of foggy sessions again, aren’t i? pffft)!

allysa and ronnie originally wanted to get married in new york. in fact, they were considering getting married at shake shack, which you might have heard me raving about after my day in NYC. seriously, they have super delicious burgers and cones. yummmm. i think that would’ve made an awesome wedding – i might have had to weasel an invite out of them for that one πŸ˜‰ they decided to get married in the bay area though, so that more of their family and friends could join them.

anyways. i had waaaaaaaaay too much trouble narrowing down my favorites from this one, so be prepared for a LONG post!

i lurrrrrrrrve this one:

they look like theyΒ  belong in a fashion spread here:

helloooooo, pretty light. i’ve missed you!

i was waaaaaay too excited about the sun. i think i said “OMG, I CAN’T BELIEVE THE SUN IS OUT!” way too many times.

by the time we left for treasure island, the fog was rolling in – FAST. allysa had originally wanted some photos on the island with the skyline in the background, but you couldn’t see it anymore! so we went on to the other parts of the island…

i think i almost fell through the floor while shooting these photos. literally. i’m actually surprised i didn’t, lol.

rawr.

i looooove this purple (blue?) fire truck (trude pointed it out to me when we did our swap there)!

thanks, allysa and ronnie! good luck with the wedding planning!

alex – class of 2011 – san francisco senior portrait photographer

meet alex. she’s an incoming senior this year, and just fabulous. she’s super gorgeous – don’t you love that beautifulΒ  hair?! she’s also the sweetest and she’s super smart – she’s got her sights set on columbia or brown. i have no doubts that she’ll get there!

alex chose the botanical gardens at golden gate park as the site for her shoot – i forget how awesome that place is. lots of pretty flowers and greenery…love it! one of my favorite spots that i don’t get to all that often.

we did a quick mini-session, and here are my favorites!

thanks, alex! good luck with your senior year!

a very foodie week

if you haven’t noticed already, i kinda really like food. yeah, a bit. i love it when my friends share this passion with me. i’ve had a few visitors into the bay area recently, and i’ve enjoyed showing and sharing with them some of my favorite places in the city.

my friends also all hate me because i INSIST on taking photos of the food before anyone can touch it, but that means i can share the deliciousness with you πŸ™‚

first, kelly (also known as kp), who is a scrapbooking superstar and who i’ve worked with on a few design teams, was in town from NYC. she’s a foodie too, so she, may (who is one of my local scrapbooking friends and also kind of a superstar) and i met up for lunch at the slanted door. i’d been dying to try it and kept seeing it pop up on a bunch of best restaurant lists, but never had the chance to go. with kp in town, it was the perfect time to go!

may ordered the pork chops (and the milk ice dessert), which was delicious. kp and i got noodles and kind of just shared them. the crab noodles also happen to be on the big SF eats list from 7×7 magazine. i know i’m probably not going to get through all 100 things on the list, but i sure am trying πŸ˜‰ the noodles were delicious as well, and so were the steak noodles! definitely wanting to go back at some point!

later that week, my friend amy came into town to visit her boyfriend, dan. we also hung out with dan’s friend leonard, who is on a similar mission to cross off all 100 items on the 7×7 list. anyways, any time i’m around amy, it’s time to EAT. this girl loves food as much as i do, which i love πŸ™‚ we were in for a very tasty weekend! we went to a giants game her first night, and leonard picked up some ike’s sandwiches on the way.

their sandwiches are pretty insane and really unique. the 7×7 list has the menage a trois on it, but i went for the we’re JUST friends and that was GOOD. i’m just going to cross ike’s off the list anyway πŸ˜‰ too bad they’re shutting down the SF location soon too, boo.

after the game, we went to candybar for dessert and drinks. i first heard of and went to this place while nadine was in town, and i was able to score a groupon-type deal for it. we really enjoyed it and i was glad to be back! i got the strawberry lime this time (top left photo), and the other three pics are from last time (flourless chocolate cake, red velvet, and panna cotta).

it’s a really great place for after-dinner treats and drinks, or for a girls’ night out!

the next day,we headed to the ferry building for lunch. the ferry building is one of my favorite food spots in SF…every time someone comes into town, i end up taking them there.

i got some lemongrass and pork from out the door (which is the cheaper, takeout version of the slanted door), leonard got a porchetta sandwich from the roli roti cart at the farmer’s market going on outside. it happened to be on the list – i didn’t know about this and wondered why the heck he waited in line for almost an hour for it, but i finally had it yesterday at the street food festival (more on that later) and can see why! the rest of the people in our party got a seafood breakfast burrito at the fish company which they said was also delicious. see, can’t go wrong with anything.

i also happened to wait in line for 30min for some blue bottle earlier that morning. you might have heard me rave about it at some point – truly the best coffee EVERRRR.

afterwards, we roamed chinatown and got some egg tarts and buns at one of the bakeries there but i don’t have any photos of them. we intended to hit up golden gate bakery, which is supposed to have the best egg tarts in the city (also on the 7×7 list), but they were closed that day. boo hiss. MUST go back. especially because i’m trying to find spots in chinatown to use for shoots πŸ™‚

we then hopped on a cable car and headed out to ghirardelli square, where we stopped into kara’s. it’s my favorite cupcake spot in the city, but i prefer the marina location because it’s less crowded. i got the strawberry creme cupcake which was delicious πŸ™‚

then we headed out to fisherman’s wharf. normally i really hate this area, but even this bitter local can admit that the bread bowl clam chowder there is delicious, especially on a chilly day (which is always)…

the next day was a SUPER delicious day. we might have overindulged (a bit) but it was so worth it! πŸ˜‰ we started off in the mission, where we waited in line at tartine:

we got the morning buns, which are super popular and also on the 7×7 list. they are kind of like a cross between a cinnamon bun (but not really) and a croissant, with sweet orange glaze and cinnamon sugar. YUMMMMM. we consumed those on premises, and got some bread pudding (also supposed to be good), lemon tarts (which are on a separate 7×7 list) and eclairs (leonard’s recommendations) and ate those at various other points during the day (the bread pudding was scarfed down while we were eating ice cream at bi-rite, the tart and eclair at a starbucks in sausalito later int he day).

then we headed next door to pizzeria delfina. i’d been wanting to try it for awhile, so it was the perfect opportunity. their margherita pizza is on the 7×7 list and it was super tasty. yum yum. we also ordered the proscuitto pie, which was also yummy!

next, we headed down the street to bi-rite creamery for ice cream. the best part about the mission? a. it has LOTS of good food, and b. a lot of it is clustered together in the same few block radius.

i first tried the salted caramel during another friend’s visit and i officially declared it the BEST ICE CREAM EVER. i still stand by that. it’s also on the 7×7 list. πŸ™‚ (we made quite a bit of progress on that list that weekend)

we then decided to drive out to sausalito since it was a nice day and amy had never been on the golden gate bridge. on the way, we picked up these chicken wings from san tung (also on the 7×7 list, and recommended by amy’s friend in san diego)…

we at them while on the “beach” at fort baker in marin. they were also delicious! dan said they were his favorite thing from that day. they sure were good…the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. yum.

then we walked around, headed out to sausalito, grabbed some coffee and ate our tartine desserts (as mentioned earlier), and headed out to our first dinner…

yes, you heard me right. FIRST dinner. we had originally wanted to go to an asian seafood place for crab, but since we drove around for over 30 minutes and STILL could not find parking (one of the annoying parts of SF), i suggested we go to kingdowm of dumpling. this place was a block away from my first place after i first moved to san francisco, and is literally a hole-in-the-wall. but their dumplings, especially their pork and corn ones, are quite delicious. they also have good soup noodles. and the best part about this place? dinner almost always ends up being under $10 a person. wooo!

while there, we decided that we wanted to have a second late-night dinner at nopa, since they are open until 1 a.m. i’d heard a lot about nopa, and even missed the chance to go there while another friend was in town last year, and was dying to try it.

we ordered a few things and split them among the table. the best two things: the burger and especially the porkchops, which the rest of us agreed were the best thing we had that day (and even weekend). they are different than your typical porkchops, and kinda is like steak (they as you how well you want it done). but holy scrumptiousness. they are GOOD.

on the last day, we went out to muracci’s for japanese curry (the katsu curry is on the 7×7 list).

very tasty πŸ™‚ this japanese girl approves! it’s different than curry house, my favorite curry joint in LA (i guess they have on in the san jose area here too) so it’s a little hard to compare but i definitely enjoyed it and will be back!

we then headed out to waterbar for $1 oyster happy hour.

delish. and you can’t go wrong with $1!!

after that, amy had to leave to go catch her flight, but since leonard and i were in the area of some awesome happy hour spots, we decided to hit up one of them. we had some time to kill, though, so we went to the ferry building and grabbed some cupcakes at miette.

the cake is really moist. i’m not crazy about the frosting on some of the cupcakes, but these two are probably the best flavors i’ve had from miette. the pink one is a raspberry one, and the white is a gingerbread, which i had for the first time and really liked.

we decided to hit up chaya for happy hour, and we were joined by leonard’s friend andy…

LOTS of good appetizers, from sushi rolls to mussels to some interesting croquettes. everything was really good, and i’ll be back for happy hour. i’ll just have to order a different cocktail though, mine was pretty much all vodka πŸ™‚

i felt like exploding at that point. my waistline is paying for all that, but hey…it was worth it πŸ™‚

a very tasty week, indeed!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

well you’d like to think that you were invincible, yeah

i had a SUPER duper foodie week last week. once in awhile, i get an email from someone asking for my recommendations on things to see/do/eat in san francisco, so i thought i’d make this post so that i can refer people to it. since i went to a lot of my absolute favorite SF food spots and discovered some new favorites at some point last week (mostly occurring last weekend), i thought now was a good time πŸ™‚ another one on touristy things to do around the city will come soon (like whenever i get around to editing the many photos from nadine‘s visit last month. yes, i’m slow. don’t judge.)

so 7×7 magazine (a local magazine) has a big eat SF list – a list of 100 things to try before you die. it’s updated yearly. i’m not sure i’ll get to all 100 during the year, but am trying to get to as many spots as i can πŸ™‚ i got a bunch crossed off last week! and some places i’d been to but don’t like what they’re recommending, so i’m just crossing it off the list anyhow.

ok. to begin.

kp was in town from NYC early last week, so may and i had lunch with her. we hit up the slanted door, which is a pretty well known vietnamese fusion place.

may ordered the pork chops (and the milk ice dessert), which was delicious. kp and i got noodles and kind of just shared them. the crab noodles happened to be on the list when i went to check it later. go us. they were delicious as well, and so were the steak noodles! definitely wanting to go back at some point!

here’s a group photo that i stole from may:

(ok that was off-topic. moving on)

amy came into town for the weekend to visit dan (her boyfriend, duh), and leonard (dan’s friend from high school and his old roommate) hung out with us also. anytime she’s around it’s time to EAT. the first night she was in town, we went to a giants game and leonard offered to pick us up on sandwiches from ike’s on the way.

their sandwiches are pretty insane and really unique. the 7×7 list has the menage a trois on it, but i went for the we’re JUST friends and since i’m not crazy about what’s on the former, i’m just going to cross ike’s off the list. too bad they’re shutting down the SF location soon too, boo.

after the game, we went to candybar for dessert and drinks. i first heard of and went to this place while nadine was in town, and i was able to score a groupon-type deal for it. we really enjoyed it and i was glad to be back! i got the strawberry lime this time (top left photo), and the other three pics are from last time (flourless chocolate cake, red velvet, and panna cotta).

the next day,we headed to the ferry building for lunch. the ferry building is one of my favorite food spots in SF…everyone who comes into town, i take them there. mostly everything is grab and go style (except maybe the slanted door and marketbar), relatively inexpensive (again, except maybe the slanted door and marketbar), and GOOD. i’ve never had anything that WASN’T good at the ferry building.


i got some lemongrass and pork from out the door (which is the cheaper, takeout version of the slanted door), leonard got a proscuitto sandwich from the roli roti stand at the ferry building going on outside (every saturday morning). it happened to be on the list – i didn’t know about this until he got it (after waiting in line for 40 MINUTES), so i’ll have to try it at some point! the rest of the people in our party got a seafood breakfast burrito at the fish company which they said was also delicious. see, can’t go wrong with anything. other favorites of mine from the ferry building: the pot pie from the golden gate meat company, delica, treats from miette, and lattes from blue bottle coffee, which i waited in line for 30 minutes that morning. no lie. SO worth it (if you follow me on twitter, perhaps you’ve heard me raving about it).

afterwards, we roamed chinatown and got some egg tarts and buns at one of the bakeries there but i don’t have any photos of them. we intended to hit up golden gate bakery, which is supposed to have the best egg tarts in the city (also on the 7×7 list), but they were closed that day. boo hiss. MUST go back. especially because i’m trying to find spots in chinatown to use for shoots πŸ™‚

we then hopped on a cable car and headed out to ghirardelli square, where we stopped into kara’s. it’s my favorite cupcake spot in the city, but i prefer the marina location because it’s less crowded. speaking of the marina, a new place called susiecakes opened up fairly recently, and i am liking their cuppies as well!

then we headed out to fisherman’s wharf. normally i really hate this area, but even this bitter local to admit that the bread bowl clam chowder there is delicious, especially on a chilly day (which is always)…

rachel and ronnie – san francisco engagement photography

rachel and ronnie were the winners of my summer engagement giveaway last month, and i was so happy that i found myself such a fun, adorable couple. rachel wanted a very SF-esque engagement session without all the cliches (i.e. the palace of fine arts and the golden gate bridge), and we came up with the russian hill/ghirardelli square area. we didn’t actually make it into the heart of russian square as it involved climbing, you know, hills – we made it up to the top of lombard st. and were pretty much winded – and ended up in part of the fisherman’s wharf area. on a sunday afternoon. which meant it was swarmed with lots and lots of tourists mulling about and staring at them getting all kissy for the camera. i’m sure it made them super awkward,Β  but they sure didn’t show it.

these two are, like, totally adorable and a complete blast. they went along with my crazy ideas, like making the 4-block VERY hilly and UPHILL trek up to lombard and then getting mushy there while a bunch of cars drove by. heh. but did i mention, they are completely adorable?! these two are giants fans, which means this dodger fan is not supposed to like them, but i had to let even that slide because of their adorableness. the best part about this session? watching them make each other laugh. it was so friggin cute. awwwwww.

oh, and here’s where i would normally whine about the weather yet again…it was super foggy and kinda drizzly…but the sun kind of peeked through for about 10 seconds. i guess a session trying to depict san francisco HAS to include some fog. haha. surprisingly, it wasn’t super cold. i guess i’ll take what i can get.

anyhow. we all know i have trouble narrowing down my favorites, but that was even more so true with this session. enjoy!

san francisco = cable cars πŸ™‚

they let rachel “pull” the lever πŸ™‚

this next photo basically sums up the day:

so ronnie spotted the bridge and wanted a photo with it. i had to go the untraditional route here.

rachel has such gorgeous eyes, and the next two photos show it. no photoshopping, all natural!! πŸ™‚

ring shot! πŸ™‚

i bought these heart ring pops at target around valentine’s day, thinking they’d be a fun prop for an engagement shoot. i’d forgotten about them for awhile, but remembered them and brought them along with me. i almost forgot i had them but remembered i had them towards the end of our session, and brought them out for the last few shots….

i think they had fun with them πŸ™‚ heeeee.

thanks rachel and ronnie!! you guys were a blast! good luck planning your wedding!

trude – photo swap! – treasure island + alameda

you might remember the fabulous trude from this post of the photo swap i did with her and nancy last year. that was a super fun time, and i was dying for round two – finally got my chance when trude, along with her boy, made a visit to the bay area last month! since i’d been talking about the awesomeness of treasure island for a while, we decided to shoot there. it was quite windy over there, and we were both shivering and called it quits after a relatively short time (just as the fog started to roll in), but that didn’t stop me from getting tons of fabulous shots of her!! she is totally gorgeous and a fabulous model. nancy mentioned on her blog that photographers make the best models, and she is totally right!

it was a completely fun afternoon. it’s always super inspiring to hang out with another photog, bouncing off ideas and talking shop. and i love trying out new ideas and experimenting at these swaps!

here are a bunch of shots to share. notice how on top of things i am this time, not taking 5 months to finish editing this time πŸ˜‰ heh. go, me!

hellooooooo, gorgeous!!!

her boy came along too. he’s a filmmaker, and he just bought a dSLR with video capabilities and was shooting footage around the island. and i took these snaps of him as well.

this truck is quite possibly my most favorite thing on the island. trude’s boy was joking that these are “trucker’s montly” shots. heh.

hawt! πŸ™‚

so we both posed with this blue container, and leaned on it. both of it ended up with blue paint on our arms (and in my case, on the white portion of my dress. oops). note to self for future shoots: don’t make clients lean on this if they don’t want to end up looking like someone from the blue man group πŸ™‚

it was trude’s boy’s idea to shoot with this fence. i’ll give him a win for coming up with that idea πŸ™‚

a jumping shot, just cuz πŸ™‚

afterward, trude invited me to dinner with them and some other folks. yum, sushi πŸ™‚ we headed out to alameda, and while we were waiting for the others to show up, blew some bubbles. fun!!

a quick snap of her walking down the street because i liked how the backlighting looked against her hair!

after dinner, we kinda played around with available light. one of her and the boy (aww):

and we spent a good 30 minutes sprawled out on the ground in the parking lot for shots like these. we are nerds πŸ™‚

downtown alameda is totally cute and charming and i wish we had more time to spend shooting there. next time! πŸ™‚

it was super fun hanging out with you and the boy, trude!! i can’t wait for round 3 (with nancy again!) next time i’m in so-cal!

trude posted a couple of film shots of me (and other gorgeous photos from her trip) here but i’m dying to see more!! she makes me want to pick up a film camera too!

christine and emjay – san francisco couples photographer – fort point, crissy field

christine and emjay they met in chicago, enduring 12 long, cold winters before moving out to (not-so) sunny san francisco, which they are loving. they never had engagement photos taken when they were actually engaged, so seven years of marriage and three kids later, they wanted to do an “engagement session.” in christine’s words: “a photo session that didn’t involve getting kids to cooperate and just be for the 2 of us would be a great treat!”

these two wanted a location that reflected their love of san francisco, but wasn’t super cheesy and cliche. we ended up starting out at fort point, pranced around crissy field for a bit, and then ended up with some shots with the golden gate bridge in the background anyway (avoiding cliche fail. but you can’t go wrong with the bridge since it’s so pretty!!). of course, it was super windy and cold and foggy AGAIN on the afternoon of their shoot – that screams san francisco, eh? and once again, i kept on whining about how freezing i was as i was bundled up in a coat, but not a peep from them. my clients are all total troopers so i think i need to suck it up and stop whining every time i’m shooting in freezing weather (which seems to be ALL THE TIME lately. hmph)! but seriously, though. I THOUGHT IT WAS SUMMER?!

i digress.

anyhow. christine and emjay were totally sweet and you could see that their love and adoration for each other was as strong as ever after seven years. AWWWWWW. i love seeing couples in love! they warm my heart and make me so happy πŸ™‚ what a great thing to be able to capture!

a bunch of faves!

they are smokin’ in the next two:

cutest jumping photo ever. and the “ready, set” photo on the left made me laugh too πŸ™‚

love their expressions in this set:

i love this one:

thanks, guys! πŸ™‚

fair fun!

i’m still making my way through my personal photos from the last few months, and keep finding fun ones to share with y’all. πŸ™‚ earlier this summer, i took a little trip to san diego. while i was there, the fair happened to be going on, so my friend amy suggested that we spend an afternoon there.

i love fairs. the colors and the vibe are super fun and perfect for photos. so of course i spent some time walking around the carnival area snapping photos of all the rides!

we got to go on some of the rides (the superslide and the super high swing, which is the first photo) which was fun too!

i ran some vintage actions on this shot. i kinda really love the feel. i’m thinking of putting these as a set of prints on etsy. what do you think? πŸ™‚

my other favorite part of the fair is the fatty foods. you only get to indulge like this once in awhile, so why not, right? πŸ™‚ hehe. my friend amanda and i split an onion bloom and a turkey leg, which was enormous. both were tasty though πŸ™‚ amy had some BBQ chicken, and felt inadequate when she compared the size of the drumsticks, but then came out the winner when amanda and i were totally defeated by the turkey leg. EPIC FAIL.

speaking of indulgence, fairs = deep-fried crazy foods. so far, i’ve tried deep-fried twinkies (super delicious), deep-fried coke (it’s just deep-fried batter. undewhelmed), deep-fried oreos (YUM), and a krispy kreme chicken sandwich (not fried, but they sell it in the deep-fried booth. this was surprisingly delicious!). the deep-fried item getting all the buzz this year (there’s always one every year!) was ….

drumroll…

DEEP-FRIED BUTTER!!

i kid you not. sounds gross, right? yeah, i thought so too. then someone told me that it was NOT a deep-fried stick of butter like everyone thinks upon hearing the words “deep-fried butter” (it would be physically impossible anyhow). it’s actually melted butter that’s been injected into a churro-type of pastry, which is then fried. it’s topped with whipped cream, and served on a bed of more churro thingies.

(the photo on the right is taken by amanda)

the verdict? it was pretty amazing…although my arteries are now clogged for life, and it made me feel lethargic for several hours afterwards.

the other fun part of fairs…photo booths! πŸ™‚

all in all, a super fun day! can’t wait to hit up another fair sometime soon! πŸ™‚


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