Wanderluster, wine drinker, pro photographer and travel designer. NorCal boutique studio for weddings and portraits, but I love to discover new corners to write about, shoot, and share through creation of unique itineraries.
The Big Island, Hawai'i
The island of Hawai’i is called the Big Island for a reason (um, it’s big). Don’t underestimate the time it takes to drive from one end to another (there is no shortcut, you are on Hawai’ian time—the highways only go around and are often backed up), nor the number of things you may want to stop to see on the way (hikes, beaches, carvings, historical sites, shops). Because my family is spoiled and is afforded chances to visit on a regular basis, I have compiled a list of some of our favorite activities.
6 Photo Tips for Wedding Guests
OK, so you’re not a pro. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun capturing some shots that will mean the world to you (and the bride and groom) for years to come. In fact, some of my favorite wedding pictures came from friends, not the photographer I hired… perhaps because they knew me better and could anticipate that tear. Or perhaps because they tried some of these tips…
Weddings of the Newest Kind
When I stepped off the plane in Atlanta, Georgia after 20 years away, I was transported back to my childhood by the I’m-home-again smell of pine needles in the air—memories of fireflies and mason jars, screened porches and crab grass. I was rudely awakened from my revelries by the racist invective spray-painted on the walls downtown. In spite of Atlanta’s metamorphosis into a vibrant, modern city, there remained a palatable discomfort of the “Star-bellied Sneetch” kind between the servers and diners in my lunch-spot, the staff and guests in my hotel, and honestly, in most places I went.
Two Days in San Francisco
As you can have probably guessed by now, I like to eat, and drink and explore new places. Our own Bay Area never ceases to amaze me with the number of unique opportunities it proffers; there are a multitude of magazines devoted solely to things to do, see, and eat in this area. Since I have been asked so often by visitors for a list of my own personal favorites of “characteristic” SF places to go and stay in this wonderful area of ours, I thought I would just put them here. (Yes, I LIKE to plan).
10 Trendy Wedding Ideas
1. While weddings are meant to be the happiest of days, too many weddings have shadows cast by parents, friends, and relatives who do not show up because they don’t support the marriage. To this, I have just one bit of preaching to do: please rethink your absence. Whether it is an LGBT ceremony, a mixed-race wedding, or just someone who hasn’t won all the right approvals, the show will still go on. But your absence will tear at heartstrings and be the cause of much distraction and angst on an otherwise happy day.