Hello June Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite iPhone Shots” — In June, I said goodbye to my studio in Oakland and moved into a temporary space in Pinole. My commute to work in San Francisco for work doubled in length thanks to being further out in the East Bay, but life has become more quiet, and thoughtful. Life, even at a slower pace, is opening up to new possibilities, and following long commutes, I enjoy time spent hiking wooded trails, reading, organizing pictures, and planning for a bigger move in the fall. These are my favorite June snapshots, taken on the go with an iPhone.

For the Birds: Outreach in Davis

For volunteers of Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue, weekends are spent reaching out to the public through pet adoption fairs, bird care workshops, lectures, and community service. This group of shots was taken during a spring adoption fair at the Davis Public Library in Davis, California, where the public was invited to see and touch these unique birds. Thanks to connections made at this event, some birds found their forever homes.

For the Birds: ‘Parront’ Diane Pinko

Volumes on domestic birds, dog training, and gardening were stacked neatly by subject, revealing Diane Pinko’s interests as soon as we entered. Diane’s Bay Area home was warm, tidy with a few expected pieces of furniture and ceramic knick-knacks, but not cluttered. Two black Standard Poodles roamed from the living room to the back bedroom, passing by bird cages and standing perches. Like the birds we were there to meet, the dogs were both rescues, adopted by Diane. I unpacked my camera, and Pam, the Development Director of Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, flipped to a new page in her notebook. Diane peeked over her glasses with a rosy smile, and offered us shortbread cookies and coffee. I happily accepted. This was our fourth shoot for the day, but not the last. A few minutes later, halfway into my coffee, she began to introduce us to her flock. A Species Coordinator at Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, Diane specializes in finding homes for African Grey parrots and Canaries. If a potential adopter contacts Mickaboo for either of those bird species, they may end up meeting Diane and her birds. For our purposes in this shoot, a Blue Fronted Amazon named ‘Charlie’ made […]

Old Crow Tattoo Presents Friends & Lovers

From the original press release: “Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery presents Friends and Lovers A collaborative art exhibition and experience New artworks and installations by Shrine, Lauren Napolitano, Andrew Luck and Charlotte Drury “Friends and Lovers” is an art exhibition that hopes to examine the varying relationships between artists and their artwork by curating a show based on the artists’ experiences with each other. More so than solely making decisions on the merits of each person’s artwork individually; a simple framework was put in place by choosing 2 groups of artists: one set as “friends” and one set as “lovers”. The exhibition speaks to trials and tribulations relationships can endure, while also highlighting how a nurturing and loving artistic partnership can be reflected within art. This statement can be applied to both groups interchangeably, thus making the inter-connectivity of the artists and the artwork so interesting and vital.” On view until March 23, 2013 Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery 362 Grand Ave Oakland, CA

Web Media: PopSugar Bylines

Screen Shots Enclosed ——– I set up in a small, white office on Friday morning. The room was normally used for impromptu meetings at PopSugar, but today, it was the brightest room available for a portrait shoot. My job was to create a set of byline portraits to be used with each article on the web magazine, and the shot list consisted of over 60 editors from all departments. The shoot was a two-day planned event with five to ten minutes scheduled per editor, and it was orchestrated to whisk the editors in and out for quick head shots in between meetings. The first day I was scheduled to photograph a little less than half of our target number, with the second shoot on Wednesday carrying the bulk of our work. Several of the editors were from New York or Los Angeles, with a handful from the London office. PopSugar was in the middle of a project, and the energy in the office was bustling. The timing could not have been any more convenient for my job, but that was part of the plan. It’s a once-a-year event that everyone is in San Francisco at once, and the line for […]

For the Birds: Training to Trust

Rachael Prewitt sits at her kitchen table with a tiny stack of plastic rings. On the other side, her cockatiel, Bumble B., bobs his head in anticipation. Rachael points with a wooden dowel to the only ring left on the table and clicks her tongue. Bumble B. picks up the ring and drops it on the stack. The puzzle is complete. His reward is a bite of millet spray, a dry seed and his favorite snack. This demonstration is a result of “clicker training”, a form of animal training grounded in positive reinforcement. Instead of an animal being punished for unwanted behavior, a desired action is encouraged, and rewarded with treats. If the animal does not follow through with the desired action, there is no reward. With Bumble B., training him to complete the trick was a step-by-step process. It began by leading him to the target, the plastic ring, and rewarding him for that action. Then Rachael raised her expectations. Reaching the target was not enough to get a reward. Bumble B. had to touch the ring. After achieving that, he had to pick it up to be rewarded. Then he had to complete each of these tasks and […]

For the Birds: Almost Home

Today, Patricia Gideon lives in a house with 21 birds. Tomorrow, that number could be more or less, depending on if birds are abandoned by their owners, or adopted by new ones. One of five “Adoption Coordinators” for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, Patricia runs a foster home for rescued companion birds, and pairs prospective owners with birds from her flock. Out of the 21 birds living with her, 11 are foster birds. The remaining 10 are permanent residents, adopted by Patricia and her husband, Christopher. Patricia admits that it’s hard not falling in love and adopting every bird. But she says the hardest obstacle isn’t her own attachment, it’s gaining the trust of the birds placed in her care. “So many of these birds have been shuffled from home to home, or have been neglected or abused, that they don’t trust humans,” says Patricia. “With birds like these, there’s a traumatic history, or fear, to overcome.” She tries to find the cause of the trauma, whether it’s physical or emotional, and handle the bird in a way that won’t trigger its anxiety. “It’s about the most difficult thing of all,” she says. “On the flip side, overcoming that fear is about the […]

Dartealing Lounge

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the interior of Dartealing Lounge for their media promotion. The San Francisco-based tea house specializes in high quality loose leaf teas, English tea services, and events, such as bridal and baby showers. More coming soon, along with a few other projects with Dartealing.

Hello Kitty Karaoke

For a night out in the Hello Kitty Karaoke room at Pandora Karaoke, I brought along the camera. I’m sure Hello Kitty, and my band mates, appreciated it, but the camera was more comfortable for me than a microphone. After one or two songs, my singing made a few ears bleed, and was likely the reason for Hello Kitty’s desperate leap through the faux windows on either side of our private booth.

Old Crow Tattoo

This past December, Old Crow Tattoo in Oakland presented a show featuring installation art works by artists Derik Ion and Hunter De La Ghetto. Both installation pieces combined a variety of created elements and found objects, and were loaded with pagan symbolism. A quick visit to check out the artwork was the perfect inspiration for playing with mood in photography, and I love visiting Old Crow for this reason. The below shots are details of Derik Ion’s work.