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Productivity hacks to beat the burnout and get shit done: Part II

How’s the new year treating you so far? Feeling productive? Feeling good? Slowly losing your mind and need some help? If you haven’t read part I yet, go check that out first, and feel free to take the time to implement these productivity tips at your own pace. No one can do everything all at […]

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Welcome to 2019, kids; time to get shit done. I’m a firm believer in starting “now” rather than waiting for some date in the future (think of how much you could have done by then!), but it’s a brand new month in a brand new year, and that’s always a kick in the ass. I […]

Productivity hacks to beat the burnout and get shit done: Part I

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Christmas in Cambria

This year, for the first time, we spent Christmas in Cambria. My parents bought the house down there almost five years ago–they knew they wanted to retire there, but they figured they’d look for a house early so they could enjoy it before the official move. We’ve been down for a few days after Christmas […]

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It’s weird, the things that draw people together.  After a Google search, Topher and Steve came across my website and noticed that I was really into plants. And they were like, “Hey we like her work, and we’re super into plants too.” Only. Their plant collection more than ten times the size of mine. I’m talking […]

Engagement session in Big Basin with Topher and Steve and the redwoods

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2018 Year in Review

Does anyone else feel like 2018 had one of the strangest cadences? January was about 6 years long, February was over in 2 days, April through June is a blur for me, July was several months long, August-October didn’t even stop in to say hello, and here we are at the ass end of the […]

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Have you ever tried to photograph the goings on of your family during the holiday season? If they turned out exactly how you wanted them to, and you routinely print them and hang them all over your house, and life is perfect, you can send this link to someone else and feel good about yourself. […]

6 Tips for photographing your family during the holidays

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8 Tips for in-home portrait photography

In-home portrait sessions don’t seem like they would be all that different from shooting outside, but they’ve got their own set of challenges. If you’ve been around here for anything length of time though, you know that shooting inside, at home, is one of my favourite things. Whether it’s just me and Duncan, or my family […]

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The wedding weekend started with fish tacos. All good things start with fish tacos.   Jon, Duncan’s best man, came over for dinner on Thursday evening, and I finally got to meet him. (Don’t worry; Whiskey didn’t.)  We made tacos, and the boys told me about their two-day trip through the shadier parts of San […]

Our wedding weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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What to do if your significant other hates having their photo taken

Your significant other/partner hates having their photo taken, and you’d really love to do a portrait session. If you force them into it, yeah you’ll get images, but…more often than not, you won’t end up liking them. Because… It probably won’t surprise you to hear that attitude can really translate “on film,” so to speak. […]

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I hate Black Friday. I hate how people spend a day being grateful and then immediately go full-scale consumer demon. How early they get up just to go shopping, sometimes so early that it’s still Thanksgiving. Sometimes so early that they don’t even have dinner at home on Thursday. That we make people work in […]

8 Unconventional gifts to shake up your holiday season

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