A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking photos at my friend Miles’ sister’s wedding at San Francisco City Hall. It was a gorgeous day, almost in the 90’s(!) and City Hall was beautiful. The shoot was super fun, Krystal and Miguel were great to work with, and I wish them all the luck in their soon to be very busy life (they’re expecting a kid in the late Spring.)
I never got around to posting my pictures from the tail leg of my Peru trip. These are all from Paracas and the nearby Ballestas Islands, which have been called the ‘poor man’s Galapagos’ because the islands feature over 160 species of birds (including Penguins!), along with Sea Lions, Dolphins, and seasonally, Whales.
Paracas is a tiny town right on the Pacific Ocean and was, unfortunately, hit hard by an earthquake and the resulting tsunami in 2007. The reconstruction efforts are ongoing, and the hotel I had been planning on staying in was actually wiped out in the earthquake/tsunami. I guess my guidbeook was printed before the earthquake hit!
Despite having split up with my fabulous (and fluent in Spanish) travel companion Elly, I was able to find a good place to stay and set myself up with a ticket on the next morning’s boat tour out to the Ballestas Islands. It was a little cold, and a lot grey, but the islands were amazing none-the-less. There were thousands of birds, and our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the islands. Highlights included the adorable Humboldt Penguins:
The rock formation was damaged in the 2007 earthquake. Named the Cathedral, due to the arch formation and the hidden caves beneath it, (viewable here) the arch collapsed in the earthquake, and the caves were filled in by a rockslide.
Interestingly, in the town of Paracas, you can still buy postcards featuring the original arch.
View the full photoset here on my flickr page.
My sister Elizabeth and her boyfriend Anthony came down to SR for a wedding this weekend. We went wine tasting in the Dry Creek valley area on Sunday. The leaves were turning a beautiful shade of red.
But the best part by far was our visit to one of my favorite wineries, Preston where one of their many cats was sleeping on a chair on top of a pile of eggs!
This weekend my friend Rigel and I went out to Spring Hill Farms’ Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma (say that 5 times fast!) with Rigel’s 1 year old daughter Akasha. Akasha loved the pumpkins and Rigel and I loved the homemade Pumpkin ice cream. We took the opportunity to take some pictures. I haven’t seen his yet, but here are mine!
This weekend was filled with friends old and new. I had a great time on Saturday night at the Section M reunion show at Daredevils & Queens, I took a lot of pictures, and made progress on my self-assigned task of getting less shy about taking pictures of people I don’t know. At the Section M Show a billion+1 people asked if anyone had taken my picture yet, I obliged several times and was surprised at the outcome.
On Sunday I spent most of the day at a memorial/wake for Dave Young, it was a sad day, but it was filled with friends, and I think it was as good as it could have been. I didn’t take any pictures at the wake, so these are all from Saturday’s event. Check out the rest of the set here.
The benefit show for Free Mind Media was fantastic and I had a great time hanging out with so many awesome people. There were about a million bands and artists and we raised over 2 months of expenses for Free Mind in one night. I was honestly overwhelmed at the support and can’t wait for the next event Terrence and the folks at Tonegazer put on. I took a whole bunch of photos. I was mostly experimenting with my portrait lens and shooting without a flash, so some of them came out sharper than others. The lighting inside Daredevils & Queens was fantastic though (they are seriously the coolest hair salon ever) and I ended up liking the effect.