Celebrate Your Pre-Teen To this day I still hate the word “lanky”. By 10, I was so much taller than the other kids in my class and very self-conscious about it. The fact that my pants were always too short didn’t help. I was shy, skinny, and hated being singled out and called "lanky." I don’t look back at the few photos of me
When Sam first contacted me she was considering a newborn session, but that is not my specialty so she decided to wait a few months until her baby was old enough to smile and make it a family affair. And smile little D did. What a sweet and easy going baby and he was so fun to work with. They are a beautiful, charming family
Who doesn't love taking pictures of their pups? But so often, the perfect photo ops happen without any planning and we don't have a camera with us. So we whip out our cell phones and click away, hoping to get good results, usually with varying degrees of success. There are ways to help ensure the quality of those spur-of-the-moment pictures - here are five tips
If you’ve read my blog before or scrolled through the galleries than you will have seen this handsome Bloodhound's face on my site. Wyatt and I go back a ways….all the way back to 2011 and Baker beach where I met him for the first time. His human, Josephine, has his photo taken each year and up to that point she had chosen a different
You know that I am a big proponent of adoption as the shelters are filled with amazing dogs looking for a good and loving home. This wonderful couple, while looking in various local shelters to adopt a dog, was approached one day by a neighbor who had decided to give up her too senior pups stating she could no longer care for them. As it
Among the myriad health topics regarding dogs is one that's at the top of the list for SF Bay area residents - keeping your dog safe at the beach. Most dogs love going to the beach; they can take in new scents, experience the feel of sand beneath their paws, discover new things, and have a romp or swim in the water. This is a
The O Family is another wonderful repeat client that I have been privileged to work with for the third time. Well, twice for family portraits and once with the daughter for a BFF Tween session. They are sweet and loving family and mom believes in getting a formal portrait each year to record the changes, which, includes the families two dogs. I love going out
When it comes to your pets, you probably consider them a member of the family. Your love for them is unsurpassed so that is why using a professional photographer is important to capture them at their best. Sure, you might take a picture on your Smartphone and share it to your favorite social media but what about those photos you want to last a lifetime?
As anyone who scrolls through my galleries will notice, most of my siblings are kids, so it was a nice change of pace to photograph adult siblings. I met Mary last year when I did a headshot for her LinkedIn profile. She contacted me before Christmas because she and her sisters wanted to surprise their parents with a portrait. They came into the studio and
Historically, people and dogs have shared a special bond, a close relationship where each looks out for the well-being of the other. That special rapport coupled with dogs' extremely sensitive senses has raised the human-dog connection to a whole new level - training dogs to become Medical Alert Dogs. More than just a loyal companion to those in need, Medical Alert Dogs receive highly specialized training and certification in
The SF Bay area boasts several wonderful off-leash dog beaches, which raises an important health and safety topic: dog beach etiquette. More than just consideration for others - although that's very important too - using good beach etiquette can help ensure the health and safety of your best friend along with everyone else's. First, make sure your dogs have been socialized before letting them loose with other
I hate the word “lanky”. When I was 10 I was much taller than the other kids, my pants were frequently to short as a result and I was skinny as a string bean. All the boys called me “lanky” (and not a few of the girls). I don’t look back at the few pics of me then and think “blossoming young lady”…..I think, “Ugh!
Ask any dog owner if they have any children and you may get the response, "No, but I do have a fur baby." People who have dogs don't see them as pets, but more so as a part of the family. There are plenty of historical topics about people and dogs that may help the dog-less understand why dogs truly are man's best friend. An example would
Now that the Holiday rush is over it is time to get outside with your dog and enjoy the end of the year weather. Hiking with your canine best friend can be a rewarding shared adventure for both of you. Taking your dog for an outing in a wild area not only gives him or her great exercise, it also stimulates the senses with new smells, sights, and terrains
Tis' the season for fun, family, food, and festive decor. While you are preparing for that holiday gathering don't forget your four-legged friend. The holidays, while wonderful, can bring on some dangers for the family dog. Here are a few things to remember so that everyone enjoys the season. As tempting as it may be, don't share It's always nice to give your dog a
There are a number of questions that I am regularly asked, so I thought I would write a post that addresses them. How long have I been in business? How did I get started? Where did the name Chickpea come from? Let me start with that last one first. When I started my business in 2009 (oops, I guess I actually answered the first question
I had the pleasure of working with the H family (Desmond, Matt and Ale) last summer and you can see their first session here. That time we met at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek on a beautiful sunny day. This session I went to their home to meet the newest member of the family, 7 week-old Quinn. Desmond is a big brother now and
I had the privilege recently to help out Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue by photographing a few of their amazing pups who are waiting for homes. These dogs were full of energy, friendly, ready to play and pose and all very beautiful. Please meet Zusi, Tarzan, Buddie and Sienna. If you have room in your heart and your home I hope you'll get in touch
On the 18th I had the privilege to participate in the East Bay SPCA’s Adoptathon at Jack London Square. I was there to photograph the adoptable dogs from Rocket Dog Rescue. They had a range of pups for every lifestyle available. From cute little puppies, to calm and loving senior pets, little dogs, and several big ones and even a couple of special needs pets.
When I am out and about I see a lot of Pugs here in the Bay Area, have several friends with Pugs, and I’ve photographed quite a few in my career. So I was surprised to learn that the breed doesn’t make it into the top 10 list of most popular dogs. Well, that just goes to show you how much top 10 lists are