Archive for June, 2013

Jun
26

I absolutely love photographing my client’s in their homes. There is a coziness about it that you can’t duplicate anywhere else. Plus, the possibilities are endless. This lovely Tampa family is proof of that. By the end of the session, the kiddos were in bathing suits and diving masks… the only thing missing were the flippers and snorkels! I photographed them for the first time two and a half years ago, so it was so much fun to get together again for another session while I was in town in May. Their pup, Pippa, is the newest addition to the family and she fits right in… she is as cute as she is sweet and so protective of the family too! I think my bloodhound, Quigley, could take some notes from her! I can only imagine how big they will all be by our next visit. It’s such an honor to photograph their childhood.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
25

My May (a little a lot late)… in purple.

For those playing along or interested in joining our color project, the color for June is blue (or shades of blue). Any medium goes. The only rule is to be sure the color of the month is the subject of your project. We’re sharing our projects (images, collages, art, etc.) at the end of each month via facebook and our blogs. It’s been a fun way to explore the world.

Jun
24

Adding an extra day to a road trip adventure is without a doubt the best cure-all for the end-of-vaction blues! Lucky for us, we had wonderful friends staying in Oregon with extra space and warm brownies waiting for us!  The drive up from San Francisco on U.S. 101 was amazing! From the beautiful rolling hills to driving through the 315 foot tall Chandelier Tree to the 31-mile drive through the majestic Avenue of the Giants, which is surrounded by the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, to catching our first view of the breathtaking Oregon coast.

A drive like that makes me want to take monthly road trips! We stayed in Bandon. At first glance you might miss it’s charm, but it has gorgeous beaches and caves to explore, a beautiful lighthouse at Bullards Beach State Park, delicious local fudge, world class golf courses galore (not that we’re golfers) and a bakery that changed my life. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I’m still thinking about the cinnamon crumb donut from the Wigwam Bakery! Stepping into the bakery felt like we had gone back in time to the 50’s and I didn’t want to leave. I can’t think of a sweeter ending to our Spring Break adventure!

So, how about a little picture challenge? See if you can spot Face Rock. The legend of this rock has been a part of the Coquille tribal history for many generations. Some say they hear a maiden’s voice on the wind, and standing on the cliff overlooking the ocean you can easily pick it out.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
8

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care…

Any Tony Bennett fans out there?  I just adore him!  His song played over and over again in my head while we were in San Fran.

So, this is the blog post where I make up for the fact that I haven’t shared any images on this lonely little blog, other than my monthly color project, in quite some time!  The images from our San Francisco road trip have been patiently waiting since April to be shared.  It was Spring Break–we loaded up the car like we were leaving the country and then hit the road with our dear (and mega awesome) friends and their three sweet kiddos!  Two cars, two moms, two dads and five kiddos!  It was a great mix!  You know the quote, “Life is about the journey, not a destination.”  Well, in this case, the journey and destination were equally fabulous!  We saw such amazing scenery on our drive.  The rolling green hills and sheep in Oregon remind me of Ireland, not that I’ve been, but I imagine it almost the same.  Northern California, where I was actually born, has some of the most breathtaking views.  And, then being in San Fran was incredible!  It’s such a fun city to be a tourist!  The evening light in the city has this stunning haze.  I photographed two beautiful families while I was there too, but I’ll save that for a different day.  We were able to connect with my hubby’s friends at Pixar and went on the coolest private evening tour of the studio.  I could live at Pixar and be the happiest person ever!  We also visited my cousin for a couple nights and met their sweet dog, Loki, who wasn’t shy around my camera.  We’re ready to go back and visit again!

We squeezed a lot in while we were there!  In case anyone is planning to visit, I thought I’d share our Serra family approved San Fran favorites: 1) riding a cable car/trolley car, 2) the view from Twin Peaks, 3) exploring the Presidio, 4) Chrissy Field, 5) driving down Lombard Street, 6) walking around Fisherman’s Wharf–Pier 40, 7) playing game after game at Musée Mécanique, 8) visiting the sea lions at Pier 39, 9) driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, 10) exploring the beauty of Alcatraz Island, 11) Golden Gate Park, 12) eating the biggest and most delicious pizza at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (Little Italy), 13) the amazing street art in Clarion Alley (Mission District), 14) Bi-rite Creamery (hello snickerdoodle ice cream) and 15) Dolores Park.

I promise looking at our San Fran photos will be more fun than viewing your cousin Earl’s picture slideshow from his trip to the Grand Canyon, circa 1985. Pinky swear!

 

Until next time, which I hope will be tomorrow because I’m dying to share our Oregon coast images.

xo,
Kristie