Bay To Breakers 2013

Bay to Breakers.  Equal parts footrace, Halloween, spring break dance party, and freak show.  Add a beautiful fog free San Francisco morning and expect the debauchery to double.

This year I put on a pink wig, drank some vodka, and did some street photography.  Check out some of my sights at Bay to Breakers 2013.

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I looked around, but I didn’t see any Angry Birds waiting to attack this green pig.

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“A little less conversation, a little more action please.” Elvis impersonators loving the bubbles.

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Dad, the Teletubby.

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Teppenaki and Mr. T?  Double awesome.

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Wait there’s a horse in that picture?

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Proof that it’s hard being a firefighter.

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Chest hair says hello.

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Cookie Monster om nom nom.

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I’m not drunk. I’m just hanging out with my friend Gravity.

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My friend Han Mee. my friend Han Mee hugging a penis.  The girls and I.

A Colorful Saturday Morning

Spent my Saturday morning getting blasted with color, then rode my bike across town looking like a bag of Skittle.  Fun times.

Check out a few stills from the Color Run in downtown San Jose.

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50’s Housewife Self Portraits

Amazing light was pouring in through my kitchen window and I just couldn’t ignore it.  So what’s a girl to do when she wants to take pictures but no one’s around? How about some self portrait indulgence?

I decided to go a bit retro, well a lot retro actually.  Years ago I found this polka dot number at a San Diego Salvation Army (for a whopping 5 bucks!) and I knew it would be perfect for the overworked, but happy, 50’s housewife vibe I was going for.  Add a tripod and a remote trigger and we’re good to go.

I just adore everything Pin Up – The perfectly coiffed hair, the cat eyes, and of course the oozing femininity of it all.  Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time and spend my days looking fabulous while cooking dinner with a pound of lard.

But then again, I remember how damn comfortable my sweatpants are.  Oh well, it’s fun to play dress up for just a day.

Hope you enjoy my selfies =)

Music tip.  If you too want to get into a Pin Up inspired mood, check out this mix: Soundtrack for a Modern Pin Up Girl. Go ahead and get your baking a pie va va voom on. Whatever you do, don’t forget the red lipstick.

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Julie and Zack

Just wanted to share some photos from an afternoon spent kissing in the rain, channeling the Simpsons, and battling dragons. Oh you know, the usual shenanigans in my apartment.

I had this idea for a photo shoot featuring a ridiculously cute couple getting silly in front of a chalkboard wall. After hearing about their recent engagement (he proposed on the beach!) I knew my old friends Julie and Zack were the perfect couple for my vision.

On top of being ridiculously cute people, they were a blast to photograph. It might have been just 2 dimentional, but Julie and Zack did a great job getting into the chalkboard scenes. Come on, just look at Zack’s fierce face defending his love from a dragon, haha. Mean acting chops I tell ya.

If you’re wondering what the words are behind them mean, it’s the lyrics their song ‘Turn the Lights Down Low’ a soulful song originally written by Bob Marley (and covered by Lauryn Hill.) If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor and check it out here.

Oh and the adorable daschund mix that makes a cameo, his name is Marley in honor of their song. How friggin adorable is that? He was a shy pup and I haven’t won him over yet, but I will one day!

Thanks again Julie and Zack for indugling in some imagaination with me. You guys were such a fun couple to photograph–and it’s so easy to see how much love there is for eachother. Congrats on making the 13th year together a lucky one!

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iPhoneography: Puppy Edition

Meet Jack. My handsome black and white tuxedo wearing French Bulldog pup.

Since February this guy has turned my world upside down. Whoever said having a puppy was like having a baby was right–furry babies with razor sharp teeth that is.

I’m not gonna lie, I experienced some post partum puppy syndrome with the lifestyle change. Right after the initial ‘omg you’re so cute you can eat my finger and I wouldn’t get mad at you’ phase is the ‘will I have to spend the rest of my life cleaning up poop?’ phase. Forget about sleeping through the night or a social life for a while. Oh and there’s no frustration like finding a stinky brownie surprise to wake you in the morning.

But for all the trouble, one look at those dopey little eyes and I can’t stay mad at him for long.

Truth is, he’s a funny little guy with a lot of personality. He thinks pigeons are bowling pins. He goes gaga over Cheerios. He wrestles with pitbulls like he’s 60 lbs heavier. He turns into a total ham for pretty girls walking down the street. Having him around makes my day brighter. Nothing like coming home to a dog who not only wags his tail but shakes his whole backend when you arrive.

I’ve only known him for a few months, but this is the beginning of a beautiful thing. Enjoy some shots of Jack.

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