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Amber and John

Amber and John met me at a cafe in the mission last year to take a look at albums. I knew right when Amber walked in the door we were going to have a blast working together. She is the total girl next door, super cute, a lot of fun, carefree and the opposite of a high maintenance chick. John just wanted to talk about road biking. Me and these people had some things in common. We even both have a pup named Bailey, who came along for their engagement shoot in Muir Woods. They were such great sports even though it rained on us.  
 
Their wedding was no exception to the fun times. The couple was married at Cornerstone gallery in Sonoma. Check out John's super sweet groom's cake! Go Giants!


A special Bailey Puppy as the flower girl.












Mom and John sharing a little moment.




Good looking party!


















Conquering Fears for Fun

I have always been super scared to fly in any sort of plane smaller than the standard commercial airline jet. Something in my core still hardly believes that a hunk of metal any bigger than a quarter can fly around in the sky and not fall back down to the ground. Also I've watched lost. So there's that. So when I fly even the shortest flight I drink trillions of ginger ales, bring 4 magazines, 2 books, an ipod, and a sketchbook to ensure that I keep my mind off of the fact that I am partaking in something that so completely defies the laws of nature. 
 
When I knew I was spending 5 days camping at San Onofre State Beach by myself and I needed to figure out what the heck to do during the day I called Dave and asked him to take me for a spin with his spiffy new pilot's license. Because, naturally, what better a person to entrust your life and limb to than a kid you used to scream at on camping trips to not throw a hatchet too close to the tent area where people were hanging out? 
 
Aside from calling my mom, trusty friends Eddie Concha and Rob Eshia as I pulled into the airport to "tell them I loved them just in case and ask for soothing words" I would say I did a pretty stand up job not showing signs of panic. Dave made fun of me and his girlfriend Amanda for being super quiet; he claimed he "knew we were nervous because normally we are both chatty and loud." We both sat silent with our little McDonald's headsets on waiting for dave to get out all of his "niners" and "wind/weather/whiskey" button checks out of the way as we took off over the coast. The experience itself really surprised me to be relaxing and beautiful.  
 
As soon as we were on the runway I felt at ease. It was obvious Dave really knew what he was doing. It was so cool to hear the guys talking on the radio in all of that pilot's code. The view from 2,000 feet made everything look like a little tilt shift world. The surfers looks like tiny ants waiting to approach the break lines. Unlike the countless commercial flights I have taken, being in the little plane with the window open (yes you read that right you can open the windows) you feel like you are by yourself. Almost like sailing or something close to that. I can't wait to do some more sky time. I took a little video that I need to edit but in the meantime here are a few stills that I grabbed while up in the air.














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