Home for Homecoming

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This past weekend, on a whim I made a trek back home to San Diego. I left Friday at 1:15pm. Never again. The traffic alone is enough to keep me from moving to LA. Oh how I love you Santa Barbara and your less sucky traffic. Anyways, if you remember my last post, I talked about my younger brother and shared images from my own twist on senior portraits. It was a rad sesh, and if you haven’t checked it out you should! Well this week, I am going to share images of my younger sister, Oni. See, this past weekend was homecoming. As you all know, it’s a very important time in high school. It’s hectic, and the whole day leading up to the dance is a blur of makeup, hairspray, and last minute essential shopping trips. I guess I can only speak from one perspective, but I am sure the guys are just as involved…right? 🙂 My usually curly haired sister actually looked like me with straightened locks. Usually no one can tell we are related! Of course, as expected I was her own personal photographer for the day. And of course, I took the pictures I wanted.

Yes, Homecoming can be a day of mild drama, a competition for the shortest possible dress and boys who feel indifferent about the whole ordeal. But Homecoming can also be a moment for friends, and enjoying a time in life where it seems you can conquere anything (especially your look for homecoming!) Because the moment high school is over, that goes right out the window doesn’t it? 🙂

The Quiet Musician

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I always tell my family they are lucky to have me, you know, so I can artfully document their lives through photography (and then post it to the internet 🙂 ) I happily jumped at the opportunity to take Zeno’s senior pictures, because not only is he a natural at modeling, but it was also a chance for me to hang out with my younger siblings and catch up on their lives. A huge part of me is sad because I missed most of their high school years, so I try to make up for it whenever I can. So on a Saturday morning Zeno, Oni and I drove to a huge open field with tall golden grass. It’s the grass that looks like waves when wind rushes through it. If you walk across it you come to a cliff overlooking the ocean. It’s one of my favorite places in Santa Barbara, and it always reminds me why I love it here so much. The mornings here are a bit on the gloomy side, which is perfect for photography. The gorgeous even lighting and the moody grey tones in the ocean and sky; everything about it is peaceful. It’s the sort of magical place you want to tell stories in.

Of course, I had Zeno pose for more than the typical senior pictures. I wanted to capture more of who he is: A young man who is contemplative, and comfortable in the silence of his own thoughts. He craves adventure and new experiences. He is an artist, motivated by the sounds of life that surround him. He plays a multitude of instruments. I always found us to be very similar, in that we both have these creative passions. Though we are both quiet on the introverted side, we both dream of sharing our creative visions with the world. He is ending one chapter and on the verge of another. It’s a time in life we are all familiar with. I am very proud of him, because he has always stuck true to the person he is. I don’t know if many people can truthfully say that.

Now I am going to text him the link to this post so he can read it. He needs to be reminded from time to time how much of an awesome and loving sister I am 🙂

Your Soon to be Poncho Addiction

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot a catalog for Asher Market. Upon looking up the company (which is owned by two awesome sisters), I instantly became obsessed with their products. Not that “Oh super cute I’d love to have that” sort of obsessed. I justified needing every product on that site. EVERY. PRODUCT. Sure, I live in “sunny” Santa Barbara. But have you ever heard of June gloom? It gets chilly here in the mornings! How darling I would look strolling down State Street, all toasty in my new poncho, maybe a vanilla latte in hand. Of course, I would also need to have all of their shawls and scarves, you know, for when its not cold enough for a poncho but I still need to be stylish and warm. All the colors, for all the days of the week. It’s not asking for much…and when I get home, I have my choice of cozy alpaca blankets to get my snuggle on.

I guess what I am saying is, I wish it were a bit colder here. Perfect weather all the time is fine and dandy when you don’t have these ponchos to wear. But I do.

Our lovely model was Sophie Yamauchi! This gorgeous lady, get this, has never modeled before. Whaaaaaat. She worked it better than many other models I have worked with. The shoot went flawlessly. A couple of the images you see here are outtakes from that day. The chosen catalog images should be up soon on the Asher Market website at https://www.ashermarket.com/

and you should also follow Asher Market on Instagram: @ashermarket

But what you should do, before bouncing from his post, is check out the products. Become obsessed like me. That way, I know it’s not just me 🙂

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And here’s our little crew: Ashley Hayes (one of the owners), Sophie and me! I’m actually not short. I’m an average 5′ 5.5″ Sophie is just crazy tall.