New American Bacchanal

New American Bacchanal

The menu for our outdoor dinner gathering was a celebration of Spring; bright colors and fresh flavors with the goal of having a sort of New American Bacchanal: soaked in wine, decadence and dance. The resulting party did not disappoint. With a welcome cocktail of Rosemary Infused Mezcal Sour by Drew, dinner, and music, our cups did runneth over.

With a crack team of passionate amateurs, the dinner was served seamlessly, much wine was drunk and merriment was had.  I think Dionysus was satisfied.


Outdoor Bath

Outdoor Bath

As much as we love our little house, we love being outside. So why would we not want to take baths outside under our walnut trees?

Between my day job and all of the maintenance that goes into maintaining an 1940’s orchard cottage I really wanted a place to relax and really appreciate our property and life outside of the city: cue our little country spa. Spiced up with small luxuries like a Jacuzzi tub, this is a retreat just steps away from our kitchen.

Sometimes it’s used to clean off after a long day of yard work, sometimes a romantic evening with wine under the stars (the tub fits two)! Sometimes it’s where Rooster gets a bath, but it’s always a lovely backdrop in the yard that I gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment.

Old Hollywood Glam and an over the top dance party at this Oakland Winter Wedding.

Old Hollywood Glam and an over the top dance party at this Oakland Winter Wedding.

From the moment I met Shannon, I knew her wedding would be stylish and unique. Shannon and Will got married at the Sequoyah Country Club in the Oakland Hills. A bay area couple, this was the perfect, local backdrop to their old Hollywood glamour style. Shannon wore a vintage dress she found at Happy Isles Salon in Los Angeles and had it tailored by TailorMaid SF. She had her hair and makeup was done by Salt Spell Beauty which wrapped her old Hollywood look together flawlessly. Will wore Klein Epstein Parker suit with Gucci loafers. It was a rainy winter day so the whole wedding ceremony and reception were hosted indoors in the gorgeous historic Sequoyah dining hall. 

The couple kept their ceremony simple and danced the night away to the incredible Primo Pitino. Emily from Heart Throb Weddings took care of every last detail and the wedding was a perfect celebration. 

Oakland Studio Bridal Portrait

Oakland Studio Bridal Portrait

Oakland Studio Bridal Portrait.


The wedding day can go by in a flash. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and take some solo photographs before the big day. Bridal portraits are wonderful for several reasons. You can give yourself a chance to get more comfortable with your photographer, and with being in front of a camera. It will give you a chance to create a different vibe and get more gorgeous photos of you in your dress you so thoughtfully picked out for your wedding. And lastly you can use the occasion to do your hair and makeup trials and see if you like the way everything photographs. And lastly because they are fun.


Shannon and I met up a few weeks before her wedding and did a simple bridal portrait shoot in OMA studios located in Oakland. She had found this wedding dress at a thrift store but ended up deciding to wear a different one for her wedding day. She still loved this dress and wanted some photographs of her in this one as well. 

Cozy Engagement Home Session

Cozy Engagement Home Session

Engagement sessions don’t always have to be a trek, hell, you don’t even have to leave your house! Bri and Nick opted for a simple and sweet home session. Your home is the place that takes care of you and reflects your style and comfort, why not incorporate it in your engagement shoot? You can look back at these photographs in 50 years and remember what your home looked like during this time of your life. Sometimes the simplest of shoots can hold the most meaning in years to come. 

Post Wedding TLC

Post Wedding TLC

Post Wedding talk. It is easy to rush home after a Saturday wedding and start processing images and finding other tasks needing to be done before the weekend is over. Maverick and I both have a hard time slowing down. If we aren’t working then we’re building something for our yard, gardening or cleaning (stuff we enjoy but is nonetheless phsyical and exhausting). Whenever we do find the time to go on a motorcycle ride, hike with the dog, or “ our version of chill” that is a conscious choice that we have to remind ourselves we need to create the time for.