Taking a little vacation

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYHi everyone – I’m taking a little vacation this week (I’ll be around but stepping away from the blog for a few days).  In the meantime, here’s a few photos from a family reunion I did recently – I just love and adore this family (do you recognize Baby Stella??).

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In Memory of Wal-Tah, the Cat

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYThe internet tells me it’s international cat day, and articles showcasing the mysterious lives of cats are making their way around my web feeds.  They all make me think of Walter (correctly pronounced Wal-Tah, when referring to Walter the cat), who was the sweetest cat who ever walked this planet.  Walter didn’t belong to me, he was my friend’s cat, but I adored him.  When she’d go on vacation, I’d babysit him, and we’d spend quality time together.  He liked to watch crummy television with me (he was really partial to the Real Housewives of Orange County), and he was also a gem about posing for photos from time to time.  In this one, he’s really got the “smize” down (he also liked Top Model a lot).  Sadly, Walter died a few years ago from heart problems, and I still miss the little guy.  He loved people, and he loved to curl up on your shoulder and keep you company.  I hope he’s off playing on a big farm somewhere.

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Happy weekend! Links are here again!

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYHappy Friday, everyone!  So glad it’s the weekend again.  Hope you have wonderful plans lined up.  Here’s this week’s roundup of links:
* I think almost everyone has seen Misty Copeland’s awesome ad, but in case not, here it is again.
* Stories like this make me misty.
* Along those lines, this is a fabulous movie that I completely missed when it was out.
* Shifting gears, everyone is getting into Instagram it seems, even the TSA with photos of items it confiscates.  It’s pretty fascinating, if not pretty.
* For a light read, Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors & this is a fun interview with her.
* I’m always a fan of photorealism.
* Things San Franciscans say – this cracked me up (way too true).

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Wedding portraits are my favorite

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYAs I mentioned last week, I’m now offering portrait-focused wedding packages, and I thought I’d just start showing you guys a little more of my portrait work.  So much of it gets buried in what I send to clients as most of the coverage I feature and the blogs feature is of the entire day.  It’s fun to focus on my favorite part and show off a little more of what I’m talking about.  These are from Colleen & Matt’s gorgeous wedding at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club, which you may remember seeing before in these parts.

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Family Photo Shoot – Sutro Park

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYThis family might look familiar if you’ve been following this blog for a while — I shot Steph & Clay’s gorgeous wedding at the Julia Morgan ballroom in SF and now I’ve been honored to take photos of their darling little girl.  Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!

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I’ve got an artist crush on Frances Marin

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176263069/best-friends-adventure-art-print-of-two?ref=listing-11I stumbled on Frances Marin’s illustrations recently and thought I’d share my latest artist crush with you all.  There’s something I just love about figures in well lit rooms (my favorite painting that I regularly visit at the De Young is a variation on this theme) and this image just captures that moody feeling of possibility.

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(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYHave you seen Boyhood yet?  If not, it’s a fantastic film by Richard Linklater (of the “Before” trilogy and other movies, but the “Befores” being my favorites of all time).  He cast a little boy at 6 years old, and each year the cast got together to film pieces of their lives, which were then stitched together to tell the story of life.  It has the potential to be cloying, but it isn’t – it’s touching, funny, sweet, and overall something to see.  Do plan – it’s long (run time is around 3 hours), but worth your time.
(PS – can you tell I have fun making up my own movie posters?  This is from a family shoot I did a while back – I love that particular boy as I’ve been shooting him just about every year since he was just a baby bump.  My own personal Linklater-style project.  Appropriate, don’t you think?)

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