Coders are Creators

These quotes explain why this Commercial Shoot of The Coder School gets me excited every time:

“Coding is today’s language of creativity.  All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead of consumers of computer science.”
~ Maria Klawe

“I want to encourage more young women to get involved in coding, because it’s important for them to be able to help shape the future, and coding is the future.”
~ Karlie Kloss

“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
~ Steve Jobs

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[Click here to see my first Commercial Shoot at The Coder School in Berkeley!  This shoot was of their Fremont location.]

Annual Playdate

I know I sound like Cheesy McCheeserson, but some shoots feel more like I’m playing and hanging out with friends than a job.  Nah, let’s be real, it’s almost every shoot.

From the time Danny pulled his car into the parking lot, I hopped out of mine and saw little Rory’s excited face pressed against the window.  Then Emily drove in with Dex who looked like he grew a foot taller than the previous year.

SQUEEEEE…

There was no time to waste.  We all darted into the arboretum, so the playdate photoshoot could start!  :)

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Puzzle

Family is like a puzzle.  It can be a big puzzle with lots of pieces, a small puzzle with big pieces, or anything in-between.  The pieces can be made up of individuals who are blood-relatives or individuals who are close to your heart, but not related to.  The puzzles can be complicated or simple, serious or fun.

We are all a part of a puzzle and our puzzles are all unique.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I get to photograph a family that visually fit together like pieces of a puzzle too!  ❤️

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Mochis and Monsters

There were mochis and monsters at this shoot.  Well, more like mochi-eating monsters, which weren’t as scary as they were playful.  :)

The mochi-eating monsters and their parents also shared the lake with a couple of deer, ducks with laughter-sounding quacks, and a VERY large group of turkeys.  It was a fun and eventful morning.  It had a different feel than their Lake Shoot last year that was foggy and quiet.

The moments where the family melted into each other and laughter infected others around them required great concentration to continue shooting because what I really wanted to do was take pause and breathe it all in!  ❤️

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Sama on the Bay

Donning Mediterranean colors, Priti and Rachad with their little ones had vibrant personalities to match.  They played, laughed, hugged each other, and gave themselves bunny ears.  You’d think they’ve done this before!  ;) (SQUEEE!  This is actually their 9th shoot!)

It was obvious being on the water is their happy place.

So we climbed aboard their new boat, Sama, which they named after their children/their heart — Samir and Maya — and means “sky” in Arabic.  *swoon*

Though we’ve had photoshoots on the San Francisco Bay before, this time was different.  I climbed into another boat in the middle of the Bay, so I could capture images of the family from outside their boat.  With nothing to hold onto, except an assuring hand and Rachad’s shoulder, and my cameras dangling to my sides, I jumped.

I love a good challenge.  Shooting subjects on a moving boat while on a boat that is zipping around and flying over waves is a challenge indeed.  And loads of fun!  Check out Sama on the Bay…

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Typhoon in the Marsh

If you look carefully, you will see the tall grass blowing in the typhoon-like wind.

If you look carefully, you will see the adoration in the eyes of the couple.

If you look carefully, you will see a sister and brother who genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

If you look carefully, you will see children who respect and love their parents, and vice versa.

If you look carefully, you can tell I loooooooooooooove this family to pieces!  I love how they travel the World, and yet always remain thoughtful, humble people who enjoy the simple things in life, like a good joke, some bubbles or a walk down memory lane.  xo

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Joy

While editing last weekend’s photos of Jeff, Louisa, and their adorable, playful munchkins, I can hear upbeat music… wait for it… even when I’m not playing music!

I know, I know how this sounds, and it’s not good.  However, that’s what Joy is like to me.  I can hear happy music.  I can feel joy in my heart.  And it makes me want to go out and hug someone or volunteer in a soup kitchen or rescue another puppy.  (In case my husband is reading this…. honey, it’ll only be 5 more puppies.  heh heh)

Check out my visual story of Joy…

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From National Parks to Airlines

This two-day Commercial Photography project was ACTION-PACKED!  I toured all around the San Francisco Bay Area to meet managers and senior executives who hired City College of San Francisco (CCSF) students and graduates.  It was a diverse set of businesses in terms of industry, company size and job type.

Some businesses I photographed were:  Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, BMW of San Francisco, McCalls Catering and Events, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Michael Raifsnider Law Office, and United Airlines.

Photographing real people in their actual workplace during work hours in a lifestyle way is exciting.  There was constant movement all around us, limited time, and distracting elements at each location.  Yet, very quickly, I had to decide how and where to shoot that will tell the visual story I wanted.

See what I mean?  Exciting, right?!!  :)

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A Whole Lot o’ Love

I am washed with a feeling of calm and friendship whenever I see Sara and Brian.  They just have that way about them, I can’t explain it, but it’s somewhat magical.

And I’ve known their boys since they were babies.  I still pinch myself that I get to watch these cuties grow up as part of my “job”!

At the end of their photoshoot, Aidan walked up to me completely unprompted and said in the sweetest voice, “Thank you for taking our pictures!”  Awwwwww.  I feel so much gratitude for being able to do what I love…with the people whom I love… in a city that I love.  That’s a whole lot o’ love!

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The B’s Knees

Just like the slang “the bee’s knees”, this family with all B names is the best of the best in generosity, kindness, compassion, and (with the girls) athleticism!

I had such a fun morning photographing Bella, Bailey, Brianna, Brenda, Benny…and their newest addition, Baci, who just turned 1 year old.

I’ve known Brenda since our College days at Berkeley, photographed her engagement to Benny, walked down the aisle as her bridesmaid, photographed her belly when she was pregnant, and known her kids since they were born.  There is so much history between us that it makes for our time together even more precious and her shoots that much more intimate.

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Baci:  “Where’d She Go?”

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When a family takes selfies at the end of their photoshoot, I… PHOTOBOMB THEM, of course!  :)

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