Food Photography Workshop

I love photographing food, editorial photography, lifestyle work – anything storytelling, really! So I decided to take this amazing food photography workshop to learn some new skills and get inspired. It’s always fun to be in a room with people who share your passion, where you really only think about photography! And eating. Whoa did we eat. Basically all day, every day, for three and a half days, this amazing chef cooked meals and/or prepared appetizers and desserts, then we photographed it, then ate it. I was sort of in heaven. Here are some of our creations.

This is a BAGEL BAR, people. I repeat…a bagel bar. Who knew bagels could be SO good?

It’s not everyday I eat THIS for breakfast:

A dessert, a cheese platter and some matcha!

Everything was so cool – from the house, the set-up, to the props we used!


We’ve really failed at getting to Tahoe this winter! That’s what happens when you have two busy 10-year-olds, I guess. Too much stuff to do on the weekends? Anyway, we finally made it up there in time for the snow, and whoa there was so much snow. We couldn’t leave our house one morning, there was so much. Monk, our insane puppy, had the time of his life. The kids were pretty happy too. Here’s a few pics!

Another L Family . Storytelling Photographer . East Bay Family Photographer

I took this family for a tour around town of all their favorite places to hang out as a family. It was a blast… I love shooting in homes because they’re so personal and meaningful but I also love the idea of shooting outside in places where a family hangs together! Here are some fun ones from our session…


CRAZY kids. I mean, crazy. But I like crazy.

We all had fun on the library railings.

Reservoir! Top right photo better be the front of their Christmas card.


Community garden. Eating things that don’t taste so good, apparently.


Feeding the chickens!

More eating, while taking family photos. These are my kind of family photos:)

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The L Family . In-Home Storytelling Session . East Bay Family Photographer

This client was an old, old friend who I literally haven’t seen in 16 years! She looks the exact same! So unfair. Anyway, we had a blast with their sweet daughter, who was a total kick in the pants. And I seem to always get families with hysterical husbands and this guy was no exception. So funny. I love these photos. Here are some of my faves.

A sweet chit chat and hug with Mom.

So much fun with Dad, too.

Not sure how we feel about apples?

She loves her ma and pops.


So funny. Not only does she have some decent dance moves, but she has some good dance faces too.

Time to bake. We ate a lot of dough.

So much fun to see you guys! xoxo


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The W Family . In-Home Storytelling Session . San Francisco Family Photographer

OK So let me explain something. I call my sessions “In-Home Storytelling” sessions because I mostly shoot in people’s homes. I love the relaxed, playful feel of these sessions because everyone is more comfy at home. I love telling stories. BUT…they don’t HAVE to always be in homes. This sweet family in San Francisco took me to the Farmer’s Market for their shoot a few weeks ago. They do it every Sunday morning, so it’s a spot and a story that means something to them. I love that. So if the thought of shooting in your home scares you, then let’s go somewhere fun that you love as a family. A farmer’s market, an aquarium, a vacation spot, a fun lake, whatever! And if your family happens to vacation in Paris, I am MORE THAN WILLING to accompany you and photograph your family:)

Anyway, check out these cute pics…We DID start at home:

Then we headed to the market! We bought lots of good stuff, including a loaf of french bread. I don’t know if they needed it, but I thought it was a perfect photo prop for a Farmer’s Market shoot. Ha.

Love the two sisters sharing a croissant like Lady and the Tramp.

Heading home and apparently this is typical…Dad carrying the youngest’s bag for her or carrying her because she’s pooped. Look how happy she is in Dad’s arms, though. Although she does have a croissant too, so maybe that’s why she’s happy? Either way, so cute.

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