Twinkie + Karen

Last September I shot a wedding with Junshien Photography at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley. When I was in college in Berkeley, Tilden park was one of my absolute favorite places to be so I absolutely loved the location this couple chose.

First looks are always one of my favorite parts of the day. Probably tied for when the groom sees his bride walking up the aisle. These are the moments that make me smile to myself.

The bride designed and made her own bouquet. I love bouquets that have a ton of greenery in them.

I’m not much of a children photographer, but when the opportunity arises, I love doing it. Children are super easy to photograph simply because always have the sweetest and most genuine smiles.

I'm so behind on posting most of my photography work but I was really excited to get these up. I know I said I'd start blogging more frequently, but ugh, I get lazy. I have no excuse.

I got to the location a bit early and was checking out the area when I decided I wanted to adjust the boots I was wearing. I zipped it down, then back up and the zipper separated from one side of the tracks. =[ There was no way to fix it on the spot so I ended up shooting with my boots unzipped. Yes, just imagine how embarrassed I was and multiply it by twenty times. But I managed to fix it when I got home! So yay! My fingers are pretty raw from prying the zipper open, but I think I saved my favorite boots from death. These boots are super old and pretty banged up, but I’ve never met a pair of boots I liked more. Lets just say that all the dings and scratches give them more character.

And on another random note, I’ve recently decided to describe myself as an "indoor human". (Like an indoor cat…indoor dog…but since I’m human, I’m an indoor human.) Why? Because anytime I go out, I end up with some injury, allergic reaction (I break out in hives if I’m cold), or I’ll come home with multiple massive bug bites…which I’m usually quite allergic to too. After the shoot, I realized I had two 2-inch in diameter bug bites on my right arm. Sooo itchy. =[ Nature clearly doesn’t like me as much as I like it (minus the bugs).

Started the day with patatas bravas and paella at Esperpento. Ugh, so good. I finally found my favorite paella combination — the seafood paella without clams and mussels. Don’t ask me why, but bivalves scare me and I refuse to eat them or let them touch anything I eat. Honestly, I’d probably love a paella with just veggies and shrimp, but then I’d probably be too picky.

Yes! The zoo! How I missed and love the zoo! I’m not sure why I’m so madly in love with animals, but I am and nothing makes me happier. The anteater was probably my favorite during this visit. I learned that they like to pace and it was pretty hilarious watching him pace back and forth. I also never noticed how ridiculously long their tails are — it’s literally like the length of their body. They’re such weird looking animals but incredibly adorable as well. I think I want one…I can’t think of a non-vicious mammal that I wouldn’t want though.

Saw my favorite, the capybara aka giant guinea pig. I don’t know why he/she was hiding behind the wall. I almost didn’t see him (lets assume he was a he because I really don’t know otherwise). Poor guy. I just want to give him a big hug.

We didn’t have enough time to visit every exhibit at the zoo unfortunately, but we’ll be back. Our last visit was with the monkeys and one of them climbed up against the fence and peed towards us. It was pretty terrifying but I couldn’t stop laughing.

It’s a new year! I’m not really sure of the significance besides writing 2015 instead of 2014, but people sure get excited about it. I spent my first day of 2015 hiking Briones Regional Park. This has to be one of my favorite places in the world especially when the hills are green. And guess what?! There are cows! They just walk around wherever. I mean, my dream is to touch one of these cows, but I really don’t know if they’ll get aggressive. I’ve touched cows before but only in a petting farm before. Animals make my day, no lie. They're just so magical to me.

I kind of died when I saw this pickup truck passing by with…wait for it…a BORDER COLLIE in the truck bed! I mean…that was way cute. Cuter than anything I’d ever think I’d see in real life. That’s something you’d only see in movies right? Am I right?! (Unless you live on a farm and own a pickup truck and a border collie...lucky you.) And then a few minutes later, ANOTHER pickup truck passed by and I said, “Wouldn’t it be cute if this one has a dog in the back too?” But no, this one didn’t just have one dog, it had multiple dogs! I didn’t get a photo because I didn’t have my camera in my hand that time, but I died of cuteness.

I'm glad we woke up late and was able to catch the sunset during our hike. It was freezing cold though and honestly, I never learn. I'm always convinced I'm dressed warm enough but I never am. =[

I’m so behind on posting anything. Shame on me. This was a wedding I shot with Diane of Diane Angel Photography a couple of months ago. I was so excited to work with Diane again because she’s just the sweetest person and she always gets the friendliest clients.

Twinkie is pretty much terrified of water, except for the small bowl of water she drinks from. Every time someone in the house showers or if it's her turn to shower, she crawls under the biggest bed in the house so no one can get to her. Normally during her potty breaks, she'll stay outside as long as she can, but if it's raining, she finds the closest plot of grass, does her business, and runs back to the door panicking and scratching at the door to open. It's pretty darn adorable how terrified she is of water, but I also wish she didn't see water as such a threat. Sometimes I wonder what happened in her puppy-hood (Canine Psychology 101 anyone?)

Anyhow, I bring that up because there's a rain storm in Northern California at the moment. Trying to take advantage of the small moments when there's no rain so Twinkie can go out. And also taking advantage of the few times I can dress her in her raincoat. Is that not one of the most adorable outfits for a dog?! I can hear the internets shaming me for dressing my dog up, and hey, I hear you -- I used to be adamantly against dog clothes. But Twinkie is such a herp derp so she basically doesn't even notice clothes on her. She just loves the extra attention she gets when she's in costume.

Forgive me for being terrible at keeping my blog updated regularly. Blogging used to be so fun for me and I've recently realized why it stopped being as enjoyable. So there will be a change, I promise! I also have a few weddings backed up that I need to post, so keep a look out for them soon!

Last September I shot a wedding with Junshien Photography at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley. When I was in college in Berkeley, Tilden park was one of my absolute favorite places to be so I absolutely loved the location this couple chose.First looks are always one of my favorite parts of the day....

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I’m not much of a children photographer, but when the opportunity arises, I love doing it. Children are super easy to photograph simply because always have the sweetest and most genuine smiles.I'm so behind on posting most of my photography work but I was really excited to get these up. I know I ...

Read more...

Started the day with patatas bravas and paella at Esperpento. Ugh, so good. I finally found my favorite paella combination — the seafood paella without clams and mussels. Don’t ask me why, but bivalves scare me and I refuse to eat them or let them touch anything I eat. Honestly, I’d probably love...

Read more...

It’s a new year! I’m not really sure of the significance besides writing 2015 instead of 2014, but people sure get excited about it. I spent my first day of 2015 hiking Briones Regional Park. This has to be one of my favorite places in the world especially when the hills are green. And guess what...

Read more...

I’m so behind on posting anything. Shame on me. This was a wedding I shot with Diane of Diane Angel Photography a couple of months ago. I was so excited to work with Diane again because she’s just the sweetest person and she always gets the friendliest clients.

Read more...

Twinkie is pretty much terrified of water, except for the small bowl of water she drinks from. Every time someone in the house showers or if it's her turn to shower, she crawls under the biggest bed in the house so no one can get to her. Normally during her potty breaks, she'll stay outside as lo...

Read more...
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