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Alta Plaza Park

Patrick proposed to Kathryn at Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco, and its such a lovely park so why not do some engagement photos there! When I met Kathryn several years ago, I knew she was such an easy going and fun person to hang out with and it was great to spend a day with the two of them. Since they are both originally from the East coast and now call San Francisco their home together, we had to end the day with some photos of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I am so happy to be shooting their wedding in Sonoma later this year and I know that it is going to be a lovely wedding!

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Engagement Session in Presidio

It was December in San Francisco and the weather was gorgeous. It was a nice day to be out and about in the Presidio. Gigi and Manuel told me they were very shy in front of the camera but they did a great job being natural.
In the Presidio, there is a path called Lovers’ Lane which is a great walk among eucalyptus trees. The path was originally a three mile trail used by soldiers to visit their loved ones and families from the Presidio to the mission. The Wood Line, a configuration of eucalyptus branches among the trees created by Andy Goldsworthy right next to the Lovers’ Lane, is also a pretty fun and worthwhile spot to check out.
Of course there is no better way to end the evening than by taking some sunset pictures with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

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Burning Man 2013

This year was my second time at Burning Man. The first time I went was back in 2007 and I finally made it back home after a break. Burning Man is such a magical place and its hard to describe it to anyone who has never been there. It is one of those places that you truly have to experience on your own in order to know what it is like. There are things that I remember from last time that are still there and of course plenty of new things to see every year. The first time is always a sensory overload and since I knew what to expect the second time, it was definitely a different experience. What really set it in for me this year was on Saturday watching the Man burn. As we wait for the burn to begin, we are entertained by hundreds of fire dancers, spinners, and performers. Then there is an amazing display of pyrotechnics followed by the destruction of the spectacular architecture that was built. There is so much organization and planning put into the Burning Man Organization every year as a perfect circle is created around the burn filled with safety precautions and security while thousands of people surround the circle along with all the art cars creating a beautiful display of neon lights.  It is an experience that cannot be expressed in words.

Most people might think of it as a big rave or music festival full of hippies, drugs, orgies, and naked people. Although some of that is true, it is so much more than that. It can be an experience of a lifetime. There is so much creativity and art that takes place there as people spend months creating projects and structures only to have it be admired for a week before it gets burned, never to be seen again. It is a place where people can truly be themselves or whatever or whoever they want to be. People are happy there and friendly to everyone, and I just love meeting people there. There is nothing to be purchased other than ice and coffee. If you need something, someone will have it and will happily give it to you, possibly for a barter, or just for free. Alcohol is aplenty and all you may need is your ID just in case you need to prove you are over 21. There is so much to do there, and every single day, there is a big book full of scheduled events and workshops happening every hour. Many people can also be happy just relaxing and doing absolutely nothing and just hanging out with friends new or old.

It would be so awesome if the real world could be like this, but instead we will just have to settle for living in this Utopia called Black Rock City for just one week every year. Until next time…

My full set of photos from Burning Man 2013 can be seen here.

The Man at sunrise with a red glowburning man sunrise

One of the many gorgeous women that wander around the Playa.burning man hot girl spaceship

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Peyton is only 4 years and she stayed at my camp with her 3 siblings. It was a blast having them around and she was a great photographer! Tex Allen has a writeup about her here.burning man cute little girl

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