Continental Monterey Grand Prix, May 1, 2016

See more photos from the 2016 Continental Monterey Grand Prix held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

meet the muse: Fort Point, San Francisco

The personally creative side of my photography goes through variations of inspiration and focus.  Sometimes I have the time and energy to create extensive, comprehensive bodies of work, and sometimes my muses emerge over long periods of study, often with many returns to the same subject over many, many years.

My love of Fort Point, San Francisco, began as a child with an old manual SLR camera and countless rolls of black and white film.  It was a place my family would frequently stop to visit on our way into or out of ‘the City’ when visiting with friends or playing tour guide to visitors from out-of-state.  These two shots are from one of those early rolls of film, scanned ages ago when the at-home scanning technology was still rather limiting.

We likely visited Fort Point so often due to my father’s photography hobby, which I suspect led him to love the place then as much as I do now; with an overwhelming array of juxtapositions, angles, textures, layers of light and shadow, the intersection of Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge is a photographer’s paradise.

Now, I’m the one pitching it to visiting friends who want to spend a day in San Francisco, and it’s likely that for many years I’ve always managed to end the day at this historic spot, camera in-hand, without really thinking about my ulterior motives.  Fort Point has emerged as one of my most beloved muses and I never tire of hunting out the details and architectural compositions that I find so interesting there.

Explore more of Fort Point, San Francisco in my archives.  Fine Art prints and Editorial licensing options are available; please note that due to the range of resolutions and cameras used over the years, some photographs will be available in larger sizes than others.

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…and to all a good night

Enjoy the full Monterey Harbor Holiday Lighted Boat Parade here…

A surprise proposal photoshoot, laughter & late summer sun

It is always an honor to witness and document the special moments that people will forever treasure, and when I was approached to provide clandestine photography of a surprise engagement at a beautiful coastal location, I could not resist the opportunity.  Arrangements were made, secret updates and texts sent, and as the sun settled with golden light over the crashing waves and dramatic cliffs of Asilomar, Matt proposed to Elisha.

After the main event, we used the beautiful location for some easy-going portraits, capturing their natural joy and love; goofy moments and lots of laughter made this shoot a breeze and the resulting images are so much fun.  Congratulations Matt & Elisha!

See more of my recent client work here, and contact me to plan your own surprise proposal photoshoot here!

Monterey Car Week 2015 – The Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue

It is an August ritual, the gleaming chrome, rumbling engines, shifting gears and crowds of automotive aficionados, all converging to transform Monterey, California into a car collector’s paradise.  From vintage automobile races to open-air shows, there are endless opportunities to see examples of fine historic vehicles and rare luxury supercars up close and in beautiful detail.  For more classic car photography and racing photography from Monterey Car Week, please visit the APK Photography Automobilia Archives.

I have been photographing automotive events for nearly as long as I have lived in Monterey, and it is truly remarkable to see the variety of cars and the passion of the owners and fans.  From a shooting perspective, these celebrations of automotive engineering and history are always well-attended, meaning that I have no choice but to work with the crowd and explore new angles from which to capture both the details and the larger feel of any given event.  Lately, I have become even more interested in capturing the interaction of the people and the cars, resulting in moments like the shot below.


Of course, there is always the simple and deeply satisfying fun of moving in closer for those more finely tuned abstract and detail images, with the added challenge of highly-variable light/shadow intensities on shiny surfaces…

To purchase these images and others as fine art prints, or to inquire about editorial licensing, please visit my Automobilia Photography Archives

Additional images from the 2015 Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue

recent personal work – Tandem

Sky, planes in formation
Two planes fly overhead in tandem through a windswept cloudy blue sky on the California coast

As the daughter of a pilot, it is nearly impossible for me not to look up when I hear airplane engines rumbling through the sky.  These two planes passed overhead while I was on a recent travel photography expedition, and while I only had a split second to catch them from my spot on the sidewalk, I am actually quite pleased with the unexpected composition of the powerlines and dramatic sky framing, before these two planes passed into the bright afternoon sun.

To view larger, please click through.  This image is available as a fine art print and for licensing.

Sightseeing in San Juan Bautista, California

A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures.  After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main street where classic old-town Californian architecture and the mom-and-pop local businesses provide a low-key backdrop to an aimless afternoon.  Wandering from shop to shop, be sure to pause for a signature apricot margarita in a beautiful garden patio setting.  Or for a dining experience that the locals would probably rather keep secret, leave the main avenues and go a block further from the mission, for some unassumingly wholesome and satisfying family-style basque cuisine.

The avenues were quiet on this mid-winter day, and as the gardens of the mission come into bloom, the warmth of this inviting town will draw more spring and summer crowds, including motorcyclists enjoying a ride through the pastoral countryside, and families seeking a sunny and simple getaway.  From Monterey, Santa Cruz, or the greater San Francisco bay area, San Juan Bautista can be an easy weekend adventure, and beyond the attractions in town, there are extensive hiking trails and geological sites of interest providing even more accessible and active experiences.  I am looking forward to returning later in the year, to further explore the charms of this classic California town.

To see these images in full-resolution and to view the complete gallery of photographs from my exploration of San Juan Bautista, check out my California Travel Photography archives.

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