I launched onelove in 2002, back in the days when I was a simple ol' college student at San Francisco State, where I was completing my degree in Photojournalism.
I was a girl in love with Monet and - sports. I worked as a freelancer for Getty Images for 7 years while I shot alongside the legendary rock and roll and sports photographer, Michael Zagaris (of Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Who, Bob Dylan, and the list goes on...) He is a master of natural light, and taught me the same. We shot the Oakland A's and San Francisco 49ers together while I managed his photo archive.
Weddings took over, and I eventually left the sporting world - but my training as a photojournalist, and as a trained expert in natural light, has me crazy about what I refer to as "fleeting moments." It started as the touchdown, or the double-play. It happens in an instant -- and will pass you by if you aren't anticipating it. We were trained to be experts in anticipation. Now I see the tears falling down a mother's face as she sees her son dressed and ready for his bride - or the way a bride reaches out for her groom's hand underneath their sweetheart table during reception speeches. Fleeting moments. There is no way to pose them -- they fly by -- unless you are waiting for them.
Soon after launching the company in 2002, I began to round up fellow photographic artists, trained in the photojournalism world, and we banded together to shoot under a very specific aesthetic inspired by our love of Impressionism. We are a family of Neo-Impressionists. We are trained for candid, natural photography - following those fleeting moments. We use Monet's lighting and painting techniques as our model for use of light, atmosphere and abstraction in our photography. A decade has now passed, and our cameras are continuing to create Impressionistic interpretations every day.
Mud fight!!! One of my all-time favorites was Chelsea and Tyler, who not only had breakfast for dinner, she wore a short little white wedding dress and they had a mud fight immediately after their wedding exit!?! You don't see that everyday! Pretty rad.
Sipping a glass of wine on my back patio with my family and my best friends...and occasionally breaking into a fierce Dance-Off with my three nieces when necessary.
I would TOTALLY be in the Downton Abbey era! I can't decide if I would like to be Lady Sybil or one of the maids. I kind of love Bates.... :)
Danville is secret a foodie haven! I'll start with Sideboards for breakfast or lunch. Worth Ranch has the most KILLER barbecue west of Texas. Bridges and Piatti's rival for the absolute best hamburgers in the Bay Area.
Cuddled up in bed at night with my journal and my Bible. I have been journaling regularly since I was 12 years old - it is totally cathartic for me. (I have boxes of these old journals, and it is quite entertaining to go back and read a 13-year old's recounting of a super-serious crush that isn't paying her any attention! LOL) I center myself after a busy day by writing out my memories, feelings and hopes for the future.
Then hand me a crêpe and a glass of Bordeaux! I'm going straight to France. I dream about Giverny's gardens filled with soft, romantic light.... Beautiful light does something for me, seriously. Monet is my hero.
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