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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 26 – 30 / 29: Alex, Tish, Christian, Tyler & Andrew

Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2015

In September, Christian and I traveled to Hawaii with four friends: Andrew, Tyler, Tish and Tish’s boyfriend, Alex. Tish, Andrew, and Tyler all started grad school with Christian. I’ve known the three of them for over five years now. Alex is a relative newcomer–he and Tish started dating early this year–but he fits right in with the group. These are our oldest and closest friends in Santa Cruz–together we’ve celebrated birthdays, thrown parties, laid out by pools, gazed up at stars, floated rivers, spent weekends at a cabin in the woods, gone camping and backpacking, barbecued and pot-lucked, carved pumpkins, decorated cookies, watched super bowls, hosted game nights, had movie nights, thrown darts at The Poet & The Patriot, played corn hole, tossed frisbees, shot guns, visited the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, explored beaches, went out to dinners, met each other’s families, met up for drinks, danced our hearts out, talked late into nights, caught up over breakfasts, made plans and dreamed up trips. Andrew is from Hawaii, and ever since we all became friends, we’d been talking about a Hawaii trip. This September that trip came to fruition.


The beginning of our trip was filled with rain. We swam in the rain, snorkeled in the rain, ran from the grocery store to the car in the rain… It didn’t matter though–we were in Hawaii and the water was warm and the island was lush and we were on vacation with our friends. Sometimes the sun came out–warmed our faces and turned the gray clouds silver–but mostly the weather was erratic with frequent rain spats and wind gusts. I put off taking my final portraits because of the rain.

We arrived on a Friday. On Monday morning, the soggy gray clouds of the past three days burned off and the skies shone a brilliant blue. We passed the better part of that blue sky day at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, sunbathing and people watching on the crowded, bleached-blond sand; surfing and splashing around in water the color of a seafoam green Crayola crayon. By the time we packed up and headed back to our place though, the skies had clouded over and the rain had returned. Tish and Alex were leaving the next day. Being an optimist, I thought the weather might be better in the morning. It wasn’t. So I took Tish and Alex’s portraits under skies that threatened rain, while a wind whipped their hair around. They were great sports though. And I think we got some good ones!


I took Christian, Tyler, and Andrew’s portraits on my birthday. The plan for the day was to drive to the North Shore, where we would hang out at Waimea Bay and then go into to take some photos. For dinner I wanted dumplings and after some research, decided on Lucky Belly in Honolulu. Andrew took us to the North Shore on the Kamehameha Highway which hugged the coastline–it was postcard beaches and teal ocean waters to the right, and valleys and mountains of emerald jungle to the left. Partway through our drive, we stopped at Kualoa Park to take some portraits with the scenic island of Mokoli’i (formerly known as “Chinaman’s Hat”) as a backdrop. A little further up the highway, after driving through a stretch of beachside houses and imagining what it would be like to live that close to the Pacific Ocean, we stopped at one of a half dozen shrimp trucks and got plates full of garlicky shrimp to tide us over until dinnertime. Chickens loafed in the grass around the covered picnic tables while we ate.

At Waimea Bay people cliff jumped from a large rock just off the beach. The sky was dazzling blue and the soft yellow sand was screaming hot. Overhead were large, lazy, fluffy clouds. The beach was peppered with people in bright suits on patterned towels and out in the water tiny people bobbed around leisurely in neon inner tubes. In the winter, Waimea Bay is host to the famed Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational but in the fall, the waters are calm and flat. We reclined in chairs and beach towels; I took photos of the cliff jumpers and the boys took a dip in the bay’s blue green waters. It was beautiful and serene. It was my favorite beach.

Towards the end of the afternoon, we drove into Haleiwa. The town was full of colorful plantation-era buildings with cute shops and artwork. We took our time walking around, popping into a store or two and grabbing a shave ice. On our way back to the car, we stopped on the bridge for some final portraits and then headed back to Honolulu for what turned out to be an outstanding dinner with two kinds of dumplings (pork belly bao and oxtail dumplings!). Back at our cabin for the week, the boys sang me “Happy Birthday” and I blew out the candles on a Hello Kitty Cake. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my twenties.

My favorite portraits of Alex, Tish, Christian, Tyler, and Andrew are below. Thanks so much guys!

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This is the conclusion of the project. I took a total of 30 portraits and completed the project on my birthday. My goal was to take 29 portraits by my 30th birthday. Mission accomplished!


…of this project–I have more photo projects to come though,  so check back soon!

29 Portraits Project
Portraits 24 – 25 / 29: Tim & Andreana

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Over the first weekend of September, I drove up to San Francisco and spent a lovely afternoon poking around the Mission District with Tim and Andreana. My visit started at their apartment in Noe Valley where we caught up over beers–we reminisced about our friend’s wedding earlier that summer, chatted about photography, and browsed prints from the rolls of film they’d taken on their summer camping tour around the northwest. Their place was charming–filled with plants and photos and sunlight from the tall windows gathered at the end of their living room.


Tim is another friend I met through Allison–he was one of her housemates when she lived in the Lower Haight. Both Tim and Andreana are originally from the east coast. They met at college in Rhode Island but didn’t start dating until a couple years after they’d graduated, when they were both living in California (although in different cities). The weekend I visited happened to be their fourth anniversary. They still had a napkin from that night. And on their fridge was a photo of the two of them from the very first night they hung out in college–they looked so young; it was adorable.

Tim is loud and enthusiastic and entertaining. He’s up for most things (except dancing). Andreana is warm and easygoing and charismatic. The two of them compliment each other. They hike, cook, camp, travel and go to shows–they explore together; they plan adventures. Last year they went to Peru. When I was visiting them, we talked about going to Mexico. I hope we do!


I always have a good time hanging out with Tim and Andrea. And taking their portraits was so much fun. From their apartment in Noe Valley, we walked to the Mission District–stopping to take pictures in front of colorful walls and murals that were vivid and bright and beautiful. We watched part of a street hockey match at Delores Park and Tim kicked around a soccer ball at a local soccer field. In between portraits, we cooled down with cocktails, popped into stores, and got incredible tacos with jicama tortillas at Loló (where there was talk about opening a sandwich shop). After we were finished with portraits, we sat around Tim and Andreana’s kitchen table and talked some more–about favorite recipes and the next five years and adventures in traveling… It was funny stories and good conversation with two people I’ve really enjoyed getting to know.

Below are my favorite photos from my afternoon exploring the Mission with Tim & Andreana:

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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 21 – 23 / 29: Sam, Meg & Sammy

Posted on: Monday, September 28, 2015

On a Sunday morning towards the end of August, I hung out with Sam, Meg, and their little boy, Sammy at their home in Soquel. Their dog, Dusty made a few appearances, too.

Sam started grad school the same year as Christian. He and his wife, Meg moved up here from LA. I first met them at our friends’ house and instantly felt at ease. Both Sam and Meg are originally from North Carolina and they have that southern charm. But even back then (almost five years ago!), they were also at home in California. Sam surfs, and outside of work, Meg found time to be a Zumba instructor and now kicks ass in CrossFit. They are funny and kind, laid-back and lively, smart and generous, easy to talk to and fun to be around and full of outrageous stories. And these days they are loving parents to an adorable and energetic little boy who was a total ham when I arrived with my camera bright and early on a Sunday morning.

I had a great time visiting (and photographing) these three at their place. They live in a house full of natural light on a sprawling property which is abundant with vegetable gardens and home to some chickens (and a goose!). After goofing around for a bit, Sam read Sammy his favorite book and then we adventured outside–watering plants, taking a wagon ride, playing with chalk, visiting the chickens, and feeding their sweet old dog, Dusty some treats. It was a lovely morning with two wonderful people I feel so fortunate to call friends and one hilarious little toddler who kept me on my toes, but who was a total breeze to photograph!

Below are some of my favorite photos from my morning with Sam, Meg, and Sammy:

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