Jenna and Adam are having another baby

My wonderful sister-in-law Jenna is due to give birth to my new niece in about three weeks! I’ve been shooting (and sharing) family pictures of these beautiful people for many years now, of course, but one of the most memorable shoots was in Hawaii during Jenna’s pregnancy with Logan (I was also pregnant with Perry at the time, and we took a joint babymoon – so fun!). We decided to keep that in mind as we did this shoot. Here are a few highlights from that original maternity shoot: Idalia and I made a quick weekend trip up to Seattle[…]

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Kilouba

…is the Greek word for “giant belly”, and that is what I have right now. Many thanks to Emily for the awesome photos! I’m due in less than a month and can hardly wait to meet this not-so-tiny-anymore human robot growing inside my body. How bizarre and wonderful. If this isn’t enough, all the photos are here – and I promise, we’ll be getting to things that aren’t photos of ME ME ME very shortly.

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Jenna & Adam’s maternity shoot

My sister-in-law Jenna is pregnant! We took a little trip to Hawaii recently to celebrate our co-pregnancy (and to make Lefteris say, “ARE YOU JOKING ME???” possibly hundreds of times as we drove around Oahu and he marveled at the tropical-ness of it all), and included a weekend in Kauai. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what it means to me to be pregnant, because, you know, not only am I knocked up myself, but I’ve never before had “pregnant lady” or “mom” as part of my self-image. Knowing I’d be seeing Adam and Jenna – and[…]

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Gabe ought to be in pictures

Gabe is pretty much a member of my family at this point. He’s spent numerous holidays with us and even did a reading at Aaron and Ashley’s wedding. He’s also on my mom’s weekly update email…and you know that’s serious. So one of my SF adventures was, of course, a ridiculous photo outing with Gabe. We were hoping for lots of fog in the forest but we wound up at the beach in the end. And I instructed him to bring some ridiculous wardrobe choices. Which he did. There are more of these in the Gabe is an underwear model[…]

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A great day with Emily at the coast

Emily is one of my very best friends, AND she’s the person who got me started in photography a couple of years ago. We haven’t seen each other since I moved to London, but as soon as we did…it was like we were just doing this yesterday. We drove down Skyline, over to Santa Cruz, and up to Davenport – my favorite secret beach. We didn’t even go down to the beach – just hung out on and around the old train tracks taking photos. The sun was starting to go down, and the fog was rolling in. We drove[…]

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Victoria Skimboards Dangerous Shorebreak 2010

One of the coolest things I did in Hawaii (this time) was stumble upon the Hawaii Amateur Skimboarding League’s Victoria Skimboards Dangerous Shorebreak competition at Sandy Beach. If you’re unfamiliar with skimboarding, or specifically with dangerous break skimboarding, this video shows some of last year’s competition. I was shooting into the sun (which was high in the sky), so the waves were lit from behind; there was plenty of light, so a fast shutter speed was no problem; and the competitors were close to the shore, so it was easy to get lots of detail. After having some success with[…]

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Baby, Shrimp, Beach, Gun

Four things united only by their presence in this post. Well, that, and the fact that I’ve photographed them in the last couple of days. My…uh…neice-in-law? The infamous Shrimp Truck (Giovanni’s, of course): The beach at Kaena point – at this point my polarizing filter was covered in mist, but I actually quite like the effect: And, my brother’s pistol. California people, please don’t be offended by the gun…I’m not making a political statement, just practicing my product photography.

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Kitesurfing at Kailua beach

It was windy as can be today, but I HAD to get to the beach. Adam and I went down there to check it out and the water was FULL of kitesurfers. So awesome! I used my 70-300mm craptastic Sigma lens for this. This is the first lens I ever bought, when I was in London and thought I might not be back for awhile and wanted to get some different shots, and when the only criteria were mm and price. This lens is disappointing because the contrast suuuuuucks. BUT, 300mm isn’t bad so it’s still nice to have–and the[…]

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I did not die in a tsunami

In fact, it was pretty anticlimactic. A couple of hours later we saw these horses doing what all the humans had been doing all day–hightailing it to high ground and watching the water below. And just to prove a point, tonight we climbed out onto the rocks by Kailua beach to check out the tidepools. The full moon, combined with the 5dmkII’s stellar (lunar?) low-light capabilities, made for amazing landscapes…

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