Kristin and Memo’s pre-wedding BBQ

Grilling is a tradition in Memo's family, so Memo and Kristin hosted a big bbq in their backyard the day before their wedding. The men started the grill up at 11 a.m., and six hours later, served up the best chicken, sausage and tri-tip ever. Juicy? Check. Savory? Check. AMAZING?! Check. These are men who take their meat seriously. It was a great time for the bride and groom's families to meet, and for everyone to stuff themselves silly on Californian hospitality. bbq1   bbq2 The French bread was toasted on the grill, then dunked in plenty of melted butter. It was insanely delicious. bbq3 Memo's brother, David, drove a U-Haul all the way from California with the family grill and a load of firewood. bbq4 Wedding guests came in from near (the Tri-Cities) and far (Nevada). bbq5 Memo and Kristin's daughter, Gali, 8, sits with Grandpa Jack. bbq6 Memo's extended family came up from California for the wedding. Memo's dad, Javier (wearing apron), supervised the grilling. bbq7 Kristin's mom, Karleen, has had a busy summer, with two weddings between her three children. bbq8 Memo's uncle Carlos made an amazing fresh salsa. bbq9 Memo serves up pieces of tri-tip to his brother-in-law, Scott, and uncle-in-law, Mike. bbq10 Kristin's stepmom, Chris. bbq11 Karleen passes around a platter with two kinds of cake, baked by her niece Amy. bbq12 Ethan pauses to give Princess Kitty a rub. Gali says Princess Kitty has lived up to her name. bbq13

Allison and Ian at the Olympic Sculpture Park

I desperately wanted to take advantage of the fading summer evening light, so Allison and Ian kindly met me at the Olympic Sculpture Park for a shoot. Allison is an artist extraordinaire and she's also our box office manager at SAM. It was a little intimidating taking pictures of another photographer, but this couple is so laid back and fun they put me at ease. allison1_lo   allison2_lo I've included some information about the art from the SAM site below. Serra's work is especially nice to experience. Walking through, I always feel like I'm moving through a school of fish. Richard Serra, Wake, 2004
For Richard Serra, space is a substance as tangible as sculpture. He uses materials and scale to alter perception and to engage the body, encouraging consciousness of our relation to space. The towering, curved-steel forms of Wakewere achieved with computer imaging and machines that manufacture ship hulls, including a demilitarized machine that once made French nuclear submarines. Wake is composed of five identical modules, each with two S-shaped sections positioned in inverted relation to one another—gently curving serpentines of convex and concave parts that suggest tidal waves or profiles of battleships. The surface of acid-washed, weatherproof steel reinforces this industrial effect. Wake’s powerful silhouette belies a complex configuration of parts; the whole cannot be known at once, but can only be experienced with movement and in time.
allison3_lo The breeze was giving Ian a styling new 'do. allison4_lo In July, the admissions department took a tour with the park's gardener. (Hands down, the best staff meeting yet!) Bobby described the challenge of keeping the grass looking lush, despite park's all-organic mandate and the hundreds of dogs relieving themselves at the park each day. Not easy. He does a fantastic job, though, and there was nary a suspicious brown circle in the grass at the amphitheater. allison5_lo   allison6_lo The tall di Suvero in the meadow is one of Allison's favorites. Mark di Suvero, Bunyon’s Chess, 1965
The criss crossing steel beams of Mark di Suvero’s Bunyon’s Chess operate like broad brushstrokes drawn in space, a vocabulary that was radically new in sculpture at the time it was made. The artist’s first private commission, Bunyon’s Chess was created specifically for outdoor presentation in Seattle and makes wood a prominent element—a counterpoint to the structure of stainless steel. Di Suvero’s interest in sculpture’s kinetic qualities, inspired by Alexander Calder, and the artist’s use of found objects have remained constants in his career. His numerous public and private commissions, often monumental in scale, are sited worldwide.
allison7_lo And here's the gazillion-dollar view. It's amazing that this prime piece of waterfront real estate is now a public sculpture park -- with free admission. The Calder's one of my favorites: it looked great when it stood in front of the Asian Art Museum and it looks just as lovely silhouetted against these Puget Sound sunsets. Alexander Calder, Eagle, 1971
A third-generation American sculptor, Alexander Calder studied mechanical engineering before studying art. While in Paris in the 1920s and 30s, Calder developed two distinctive genres of sculpture: mobiles, or sculptures that move, and stabiles, which are still. Eagle, created at a time when Calder was recognized as one of the world’s greatest sculptors, reveals the artist’s distinctive combination of pragmatism and poetry. Architectural in its construction and scale, Eagle displays its curving wings, assertive stance and pointy beak in a form that is weightless, colorful and abstract.
allison8_lo Thanks, Allison and Ian, for being such awesome models (after a long day at work, too). Hope you enjoy these pictures!

Meet Sadie

Sadie is One. Lucky. Dog. sadie1_lo She's got two doting parents, Kristina and Brandon, and more toys than some kids. At Volunteer Park, Sadie was beside herself with all the people around her playing soccer and Frisbee, and the squirrels and crows to stalk. At one-and-a-half, she's got tons of energy and loves to play. sadie2_lo   sadie3_lo Kristina's always wanted a pet, but her parents wouldn't let her have one growing up. (Too much work!) Her mom even tried to talk her out of getting Sadie, but now Sadie's grown on her. sadie4_lo Sadie's favorite toys are balls, Frisbees and new people. When she meets a new person, her tail wags so hard her back legs bounce back and forth too. sadie5_lo Brandon wanted a dog who would fetch, and fetching is Sadie's speciality. Even if she misses the catch and the ball smacks her face, she doesn't seem to mind. sadie6_lo High five! sadie7_lo   sadie8_lo

Olivia and Billy, engaged!

I met Olivia and Billy for a sunny shoot at the Olympic Sculpture Park, one of my favorite places in Seattle. Their wedding will be held at Benaroya Hall; Olivia's dad worked on the building's construction. It's a place where she'd always thought she'd like to get married. olivia1_lo   olivia2_lo   olivia3_lo I love the geometric pattern of Olivia's dress against Serra's Wake. olivia4_lo Doesn't she have the prettiest eyes? olivia5_lo Congratulations, Billy and Olivia!

Memo and Kristin, engaged!

Our cousin Kristin is getting married this August! We couldn't be happier for Kristin and her fiance, Memo. I met Kristin and Memo for a shoot at Seattle Center. There is so much warmth and love in these pictures you would never think it was a 58 degree day in July. (Yay, Seattle.) Believe it or not, there were tons of kids in bathing suits running around the fountain. Brr! memo1_lo They look absolutely perfect together. memo2_lo A fragrant sprig of rosemary at the base of the Space Needle. memo3_lo   memo4_lo  LOVE Memo's glasses. memo5_lo

Monica and Jason, engaged!

I did the quintessential Seattle photo shoot for Monica and Jason's engagement pictures. The gum wall in Post Alley (even grosser close up). monica_lo1 Victor Steinbrueck Park, with a view of West Seattle. monica_lo2 The fountain at Westlake Plaza. monica_lo3 Rachel, the bronze piggy bank at Pike Place. monica_lo4   monica_lo5 By 7 p.m., Pike Place was emptied of its usual hordes of tourists. Love the texture of the brick road. monica_lo6 Monica sweet-talked us up to a rooftop deck with a perfect view of the market. monica_lo7  Congrats, Monica and Jason! monica_lo8

Jing and Peter, engaged!

Jing and I have been friends since we were 12 years old. (That's seventh grade, Levy Lions!)  Over the years, we've bounced all over the country -- Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Jose, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore -- but somehow we always stayed close. I was so honored Jing asked me to shoot her wedding in Boston this past weekend. I flew out a day early and did an engagement shoot at Harvard, where the wedding would be held. engage1 Jing and Peter have been together since they were both undergrads at Cornell. They probably hold a record for long-distance phone calls, between her medical school, his working in Taiwan, her residency and his graduate degree. These two were meant to be! engage2   engage3 The campus is so classic, so historic. I saw places I wanted to shoot everywhere I looked. Peter is graduating Thursday from Harvard with his master's -- it's a busy week for him, to say the least. engage4  engage5 The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Peter, an architecture major undergrad, especially wanted some pictures with this building. engage6   engage7   engage8 One of their favorite places is the Charles River, where they like to go sailing. engage9 I'm so glad I had the extra day to do this shoot and spend time with my dear friend and her hubby. They make the cutest couple! engage10

Monique and Tedd


Monique and Tedd introduced me to the best secret dim sum place in Seattle. Secret, because it's a little-known hole-in-the-wall where we never have to wait for a table. (I loved you, Jade Garden, but really, an hour in line?)

The tricky part of this shoot was getting Tedd in the frame with Monique.




 Monique has the best smile, and she uses it often!




After making these pictures, we headed to -- where else? -- dim sum.

Karen and Blake, engaged

Karen and Blake are friends of a friend, and I'm so excited to photograph their wedding next week. They are the cutest couple and most obliging models. Thanks, too, to Reza, for letting me shoot at the Jambool office.


Honeymoon at Cannon Beach

The weeks following our March wedding were hectic, and not just because of the usual wedding-related stress. We also said goodbye to the print Seattle P-I, and Chris started a new job with the online venture.

For our own sanity, we postponed our honeymoon until now. We spent a relaxing long weekend at Cannon Beach in a room with a spectacular view. From our balcony, looking to the left:

And to the right:

We went for long walks along the coast. In the distance is the famous Haystack Rock.

Pelicans fly north in tidy strings. Late for the 4 p.m. news meeting?

I could stay here forever.

Downtown Cannon Beach is the definition of picturesque. We wandered through the galleries and shops absorbing art and stopping occasionally for fuel, beginning with two pancakes and two eggs and ending with a maple bar and a mocha.

When I win the lottery, I'm going to lease this space: a gallery with skylights and a little kitchen area, nestled in a beautiful courtyard. I'll sell cookies and seashells. Or maybe cookies shaped like seashells. Anyway, you'll have to come by and visit.