For christmas, I got Arturo and I passes to the Discovery Kids museum, and we had the opportunity to take Kiana there earlier this week. First off, wow! That place is absolutely amazing. Kiana LOVED running around and checking everything out. We let her take the lead in choosing where to go and what to play with, and she just shined under the opportunity to do whatever she wanted in a safe environment.
The exhibits are great, I think when she gets a little older, she’ll be able to take in a lot more of the exhibits themselves, but for now, the toddler area with the fish river and the “aquarium” were perfect.
My sisters and brothers in law all came to Santa Rosa to celebrate Christmas this year, and we had a great time hosting our traditional Childs christmas. We’ve been hosting family friends Chuck and Syd for a tamale dinner on Christmas ever for the past few years, followed by Christmas breakfast and present opening the next morning. Then we all pitch in to cook a big meal for our family, and any other guests we can wrangle together for Christmas dinner.
This year was extra special because Sarah and Darren were able to meet baby Ethan for the first time. He’s still super small, only a month old at this point, and just loves to be held in the mobi wrap. Sarah tucked him in to the wrap earlier and he slept for the longest time.
It’s wedding central in my friends group, and I have 3 weddings on the books for next year. One of them is for my good friend Joey and his fiancee Rosy. I first met Joey in high school, and volunteered with him doing food not bombs for almost 6 years. He’s one of the most driven people I know, and never loses his sense of humor.
Joey’s family is from Kentfield, CA and their wedding is going to be at Deer Park Villa, so for our photo shoot we went to a few parks in Marin county.
When Elly called me to tell me about her engagement, I knew I wanted to take portraits of them together. Elly and I have been through thick and thin together. We first met in elementary school and have been best friends for what seems like forever. After college, we traveled through Europe together, and then to Peru a few years ago. I couldn’t ask for a better firend, and I’m so happy that she and Joel are not only doing great, but getting married.
They’re such a unique couple, and have so many interests in common. Joel is a super funny guy, and the engagement session was full of laughter.
I was delighted to be asked to bring my camera along to my good friends Allie and Ryan’s wedding. I remember when I first met Ryan, I knew he was such a great match for Allie’s easygoing the more the merrier attitude. They’re super fun, and threw the best party for their wedding. Ryan’s sister Jessica did all of the flowers (and silk streamers, too!) and proved herself to be a truly amazing floral designer.
I remember talking with Allie about the color sceme, and seeing the groomsmen’s ties when they came in the mail, and I knew that everything was going to look beautiful, but even knowing some of the details in advance, seeing it all come together was amazing. When guests arrived, they were greeted with a table overflowing with baskets of local berries to sample and take home. The music was djed by a good friend of Ryan’s, and the food was tasty. The venue was a gorgeous home in Sonoma, with tons of parking out back, and lush, green lawns. Allie entered via the staircase where she later threw the bouquet, and the ceremony was lovely.
Arturo and I had a great time taking Kiana to Doyle Park earlier today. Their playground is really cute, and the park was surprisingly empty for such a nice day.
I have had SO much fun this week with my 365 challenge. I started off the week at the California Academy of Sciences, taking a photo of my very first stranger for the 100 Strangers challenge (something I will be keeping up with all year), and wrapped it up with good friends and delicious pizza. I’ve been enjoying the challenge of discovering new things to photograph and new ways to take pictures. I can already tell that this year is going to make me stretch myself as a photographer to learn new skills and techniques for getting the photos I want. I think a tripod is going to have to be acquired pretty soon too.
This is photo 1/100 of my 100 Strangers project.Ian works at the Academy of Sciences in the Tidepool area, and was nice enough to be my first 100 Strangers subject. We got to talking because I was afraid to touch the starfish, but the little kid next to me was all about it. Ian told me that if the kid could do it, I could too.And thus I struck up a conversation with him about abalone. He told me that abalone get a new hole (which they stick their grabbers through to get food) in their shell each year, so you can tell roughly how old an abalone is judging by the number of holes.
This is photo 2/100 of my 100 Strangers project.Manuel is a surfer who lives in the Mission District in San Francisco. He’s been surfing since he was 13, and said that the conditions today weren’t great (too cold), but since this was the warmest it will be today, he went for it anyway. Manuel is originally from El Salvador but hasn’t been back since moving to the US. He told me that he wasn’t very photogenic, but was gracious enough to let me take his photo anyway.San Francisco – Ocean Beach at Judah.
I took this photo this morning at the SAY offices. These chairs are in the hallway of the counseling offices. I suppose they’re a little zen or something.I love the colors and the whimsy of the child’s chairs sitting on a coffee table underneath a photo of spices.
Today we bid adieu to our beloved Christmas tree.
I was setting up to use my yoga mat as the background of an entirely different photo when Rahm jumped onto the chair and made herself at home. I’m sure there will be at least a few more photos pf Rahm the cat in my 365 collection, and I had intended to save her for later, but she was too pretty to ignore today!
On a side note, her new favorite thing it to play fetch. She taught herself the game, and likes to drop her toy mouse right next to me and wait for me to throw it across the room.
I wandered outside this morning in search of a photo opportunity in the backyard. What I found was this awesome leaf print in the patio.
This is photo 3/100 of my 100 Strangers project.
When I stopped by the candlelight peace vigil in Courthouse Square this evening I met Leah and her mom. I loved Leah with the candle, and I’m really glad that she (and her mom) allowed me to take her portrait.
Ben, Mike and I went to see Avatar today at the IMAX in Emeryville and Joey came to meet us for the movie.
Afterwards, we went down to Zachary’s Pizza and had the best deep dish pizza I have ever had. We got the veggie pizza and it came with a whole wheat crust, broccoli, zucchini, squash, corn, onions, and mushrooms and it was delicious!
While we were waiting for our pizza we sat outside of a cafe that was closing up for the night and watched the passers-by. We even saw one little kid walk by with a manta ray stuffed animal and the boys decided that it was the dumbest possible animal to choose to make a stuffed version of, but I thought it was adorable.
All in all, a great day with great friends.
Way back in October, Rigel, Spencer and I took Akasha to a Pumpkin Patch to pick out our Halloween pumpkins. Being a whole year older than our last visit, Akasha was much more involved in the choosing of pumpkins.
This weekend, the Phoenix Theater hosted one of the most well organized, super fun shows featuring a slew of bands from the heyday of Sonoma County punk bands. Since I am so much younger than my friends, there was an element of feeling like I was at someone else’s reunion, but it was a lot of fun to be there, and to see so many people and bands that I’ve heard stories about for years.
Mickey and the Big Mouths were my personal highlight of the show. I thought they sounded great, and I had a ton of fun taking photos and testing out my new 24-105mm lens.
A few years ago I though babies were pretty funny looking. I guess that’s changed because I had a blast last weekend at my friend Brook’s birthday party for her 1 year old son Carter. Brook and David moved to Salt Lake City last year, and they’re really good about blogging about their adventures so far away. Even though I feel like I know what’s going on with them, it was great to see Carter in person and see how much he’s grown since the last time I saw him.