1969 Shelby GT-500

I loved the reflections of city buildings, light, and passersby on the black paint of this 1969 Shelby GT-500.

It amazes me how much color can be reflected off of black paint!

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Memories

I have an old metal tin, which I’ve used since childhood to hold many of my keepsakes: my lost teeth, photos of puppies, gumball machine rings, Girl Scout badges, and a ballerina necklace. This old tin also holds something special from my grandpa, an old square dancing belt buckle.

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It is amazing how many memories can be evoked from the discovery of just one object.

Finding this belt buckle brought back more than just a memory of how much my grandma and grandpa enjoyed square dancing together. I was reminded how I loved to go and visit them at their house in San Francisco, how excited I was when they let my brothers and I “paint” their garage with paint cans filled with water, and how much fun we had playing Yahtzee at their dining room table. I remember the sleepovers, hunting for Easter Eggs, taking the bus to go shopping, and even the sound of their voices cheering for the San Francisco Giants as we listened to the game on the radio.

Most importantly, I remember the love I felt from them, my love for them (then and now), and their kindness toward each other, and to all of us.

Now, as a parent, it warms my heart to watch the bond between our children and their grandparents grow. They may not understand how fortunate they are to have these relationships now, but, when they are older, I hope that they look back at this time in their lives with fondness, just as I am doing now.

In these moments, I miss my grandparents, immensely. I am grateful that I have so many wonderful memories of my time with them.

Thank you, grandma and grandpa!

Unexpected Reflections

With my camera at my side, I set out for downtown, hoping to find a vintage car or two to photograph. As luck would have it, I came across a 1950 Ford F1 truck (parked in perfect light!) and began photographing the details.

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f-103-3rd365-5661I soon noticed incredible reflections of color and

f-103-3rd365-5669was surprised at how clearly the details of my surroundings seemed to jump right off of the black paint of the truck.

f-103-3rd365-5676I heard a car coming, stepped aside, and continued to admire the reflections. Through my viewfinder, I watched a new reflection move up the side of the truck. A new reflection, which provided me with more to admire

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Another vintage Ford (from the 1930s) parked right next to me!

A Gift: Behind the Scenes at Flour Chylde Bakery

Recently, I was given a gift: an invitation to photograph behind the scenes at my favorite bakery, Flour Chylde.

Over the past few years, I’ve taken many photos in the front of the bakery. The atmosphere and light are warm and inviting. blog-Flour-Chylde-8190

I love the way the soft light streams in and gently touches the old baking pans blog-Flour-Chylde-0235and creates intriguing reflections.  
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I  was excited to discover what I would find in the back of the bakery.

As someone who likes to photograph the details, I was initially drawn to all the mini baking rings and muffin tins ready to be filled and placed in the oven, blog-Flour-Chylde-9926-BW blog-Flour_Chylde_9616

the mixing equipment, blog_Flour_Chylde_9395

and work areas awaiting their next project.blog-Flour-Chylde-9860

When I shifted my focus to some of the people who have become so familiar to me from the front of the bakery, a delightful dance began to take shape. A dance, which was full of swirling,
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and joy.blog-Flour_Chylde_0172I was amazed with the amount of preparation,blog-Flour_Chylde_9588

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skill, and precision that went into every step.blog-Flour_Chylde_9484

In the middle of a flurry of activity, I found laughter, friendship, dedication, and teamwork.blog-Flour_Chylde_9495This wonderful gift, which allowed me the freedom to explore, to be involved in my own way, and to share my photography, led me to the true heart of the bakery. I am so grateful and am looking forward to more discoveries!

Perfect in its Imperfection

I love this moment; I love this photo.

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For me, this photo captures pure excitement and joy; the kids are jumping up and down with their dad, past bedtime, celebrating the first day of winter break.

I watched the excitement building, grabbed my camera, quickly turned up the ISO, and captured the moment. Thankfully, my priority had been in the moment, not on the correct camera settings; had I stopped to set my camera properly, I would have missed this moment, completely.

This is perfect in its imperfection.