Are you visiting San Francisco? Would you like an alternative to Alcatraz?

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYWhenever people visit San Francisco and ask me for recommendation on places to go and things to do, I have a list I routinely send out.  On that list is a place called Sam’s in Tiburon.  Sam’s is a restaurant right on the pier where the Tiburon ferry docks.  It’s selling point is that is has a large deck overlooking the water and the SF Bay.  It’s always sunny and warm there, and it’s the perfect place to pass an afternoon.  Instead of riding one of the boats to Alcatraz (which is historically interesting), my suggestion would be to board a ferry to Tiburon and hang out at Sam’s instead.  The food is nothing to write home about, and the drinks aren’t creative (but they’re strong), but the atmosphere is perfect.  Just a little tip from me to you.


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Get thee to the art museum

. (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYThe Palace Legion of Honor is my favorite museum in San Francisco (& it’s up there on my list of favorite museums generally).  Its architecture is stunning, and you can feel like you escaped to Europe for the afternoon there.  There’s also a little bit of a spooky vibe, probably because I associate the place with Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo.  Right now, they are having a marvelous impressionism exhibit with tons of beautiful paintings.  I’ve said it before, but I really think modern fine art photography is heavily influenced by the impressionists, and this exhibit confirms my thinking.  If you’re around SF, I recommend making an effort to get there.  The exhibit closes August 3rd, so you still have a couple of weekends to make it happen.

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Weekend link time again!

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYHooray!  It’s the weekend again.  My favorite days (& I’m guessing yours too), and that means it’s time for the weekly roundup of links that caught my attention this week.  Here you go:
* If you still have an overhead projector (or can dig one up somewhere), this is a pretty cool idea for wall art (although it does remind me a teeny little bit of decorating the gym for a high school dance . . .)
* I love this photo display (and I also love real art in bathrooms).
* Some pretty good rules for living.
* This blackberry cobbler sounds pretty tasty (I always need help with the crust portion, I tend to wing it and guess what should be in a crust, so it’s nice to have an actual recipe).
* Did you hear there’s a dribble of new information about what became of Harry Potter & Co.?
* I love my middle initial!  (& my middle name too – it’s Nicole, in case you were wondering).  I shall never give it up.  (I guess this means I’m really not a millennial.)
* A great essay on vintage v. classic & being true to yourself.
*Good ideas for scouring flea markets. (PSA – the Alameda flea is in a couple of weeks, first Sunday of every month).
* I hesitate to post another link about the CIA (makes me think I’ll end up on a list somewhere), but the declassified cafeteria complaints of their employees made me laugh too hard not to.
* Ever wonder if you’re working too much? Nothing like comparing yourself to other countries.
* Do you need some new instagram accounts to follow?  Check out Humans of New York (this is compelling portraiture every day and it might be the best thing on the internet) & the AquaLillies – a fabulous synchronized swimming troupe (I’ve mentioned I was a synchronized swimmer in High School, right?  Nothing like these gals, but enough to appreciate what they do.)

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!  xo -L


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It’s all in the details.


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Happy weekend!


Happy weekend, everyone!  Just thought I’d share another favorite from last weekend’s wedding – this mother/daughter shot just makes me smile.  Hope you’re doing something fun in the next few days.  I’ll be doing phase 2 of an as-you-grow series and I cannot wait to see how much the little one changed.  As per usual, here’s the links that caught my eye this week:
* Change your password, change your life.
* The sutro baths, before they burned down.
* Who are the trendsetters today?
* Photo exhibit round-up.
* I love a funny card & a lot of these are hilarious.
* I completely agree that the CIA’s social media manager needs a raise.
* This apartment is gorgeous.  I’d die for the shoe closet.
* Literary love quotes.
* ICYMI, Fizz & Chris’ gorgeous engagement session  at the Cliff House was re-featured on Classic Bride this week (a must-bookmark website, btw).

Have a lovely weekend!

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Live from the archives!

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Talk about fun.  I opened up my instagram account today to just see what pretty things were happening in the worlds of the people that I follow, and I saw that the absolutely lovely Sarah Darcy from Classic Bride (my favorite wedding blog) was refeaturing one of my all-time favorite engagement shoots today.  Head on over there & check it out!

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Sneak Preview – Viansa Winery in Sonoma Wedding



Here’s a sneak preview from Melissa & Josh’s gorgeous wedding this past weekend in Sonoma, at Viansa Winery.  I just absolutely loved working with these two – they are madly in love with each other, and are just the happiest people you might ever meet.  This photo was taken seconds after they said I-do, as they walked back down the aisle (in their case, a spiral so everyone there had a great view of what was going on).  The walk down the aisle when the ceremony is over is my all-time most favorite wedding moment.

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