This winter was brutal. Oh my goodness. I’ll admit it, when the first snow fell, it was really beautiful and I was excited for the twins to experience their first snow storm. But when we lost electricity for three days, I was over it. So over it. On top of that, everyone was getting sick and spring just couldn’t come fast enough. Well, spring kind of got robbed a bit by this long winter but summer is right around the corner and I am so psyched for some warm beach weather. Despite the long, dark, cold days we endured, we still managed to get out and enjoy ourselves quite a bit. We went to the beach in star pants and moon boots, we fed the animals at the farm down the street, we played at the playground and visited the ducks at the park in town. One of us even got his first haircut! So long winter. See ya next year!
Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of photographing new headshots for one of my favorite repeat clients, Jeremy Rishe. Jeremy is a fantastic actor. He has a very ‘present’ quality about him that really lets people in to see everything. That is such an important part of being a successful actor, yet, not so easily obtained. In addition, Jeremy has a fantastic sense of humor and is such a positive person overall. I really love having yet another opportunity to work with such a talented and engaging individual. Jeremy is not only an actor but he is also a writer and producer, working on numerous projects that you must check out! The first is his web series called FIRST WORLD Problem. “Stan and Annie love each other, but ultimately get in the way of those “other” life plans and dreams. Over-educated and underemployed, passionate but ineffective, sincere and clueless, our characters live large in some of the smallest ways possible.” The second is a film called Hurricane, Brooklyn about a young Mormon man who comes to New York to serve his mission when his world collides with a poet/dominatrix one night, forming an unlikely friendship and forever changing both their worlds. Lastly, he is a part of a film called The Weekend, which is filmed in real time over the course of three days. It follows 12 former summer camp friends as they reunite for a celebratory getaway in upstate NY. Featuring an extraordinary cast of up-and-coming actors, this hilarious, romantic, and life-affirming indie is already being called “a Big Chill for the 90′s generation.” Wow! So busy! Keep up the good work Jeremy! — Hair and make-up by Kaarin Lanyi, Photo Assistant, Carrie Klein
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heron’s Head Park is probably my favorite park in all of San Francisco. It doesn’t have a lot of trees or grass. In fact, it has quite an industrial open feel to it with gorgeous views of the bay. It’s one of the reasons why I love to shoot here. Not to mention, it is also home to the EcoCenter. Well, I recently had the pleasure of shooting another family with boy/girl twins and this was the perfect spot for us . The entire family was so incredibly lovely and the twins were just the sweetest, especially to each other. It’s a unique thing to watch twins interact. I am constantly observing the behavior between my own twins and they could certainly take a lesson or two in how to be nicer to each other from these two cuties! Such a fun shoot!
We have the best group of friends out here in San Francisco. We have celebrated their birthdays. We have watched them get engaged and then married. We were there when they had kids. We have been there when they quit old jobs and landed new ones. We have seen them go back to school and watched their business grow and grow, always following their dreams. They are a part of our family when we live so far away from our immediate families. They deserve to be celebrated so that’s exactly what my hubs and I did. We threw a party in their honor to let them know how much they mean to us. Because no matter where we are or where we all go, we will be always be family. XX
Where do you go when you want to find a house that can accommodate 11 adults and 6 children ages 3 and under? Why Guerneville of course! We recently took a weekend getaway with friends to this lovely area located in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. We had zero agenda and it was so nice to hang with everyone and not have any plans or try to be anywhere. We cooked up great dinners at night and hung out at the house during the days. And of course no weekend getaway in Northern California is complete without hitting up at least one winery. Our friends just happened to stumble across the Porter-Bass Winery on their way to the house so we made a reservation and brought the whole gang. Porter-Bass is a family run vineyard practicing organic and biodynamic practices in wine making. You definitely need to check them out if you are ever in the area.
We have this plum tree in our backyard that makes two different kinds of plums. Half are super sweet, like candy, and the other half are still tasty but better for baking. We get so many plums from the tree that we usually end up giving most of them away. In addition to the plum tree, we also have a lemon tree that produces super juicy lemons. Eating the fruit you grow is such a simple little pleasure. I’m certainly no gardener so thank goodness these trees don’t need a lot of maintenance! I hope I will always be able to grow some kind of food, wherever I am. It definitely makes our house feel more like home.