Photographers & Storytellers. Working on the craft.

The last time we went to the grocery store, I noticed this effervescence when filing our olive oil bottle, and thought, “dang, that looks cool.” In the checkout line, I started picturing the ‘perfect’ shot - imagining angles and light. Excited, I enlisted Natalie’s help for a test shoot. 

So we shot and we shot and we shot.  I crawled around the set, adjusted the lights, added reflectors, focused the camera, styled the oil, while Natalie art directed (read: sat comfortably, ordered me around).

And it was tiring.

But, after I cleaned up the many puddles of olive oil, and put away the gear, and finally took a good look at the images on our iMac,  I thought, “This is why there are two of us.” Natalie took my idea, and made it better.  She took it from that nebulous fog of an idea, to something that exists in an image, and makes me think ‘Dang, that looks cool.”

Blanks of steel get transformed into different knife blades. Here's a box of blades, ready to be assembled. Besides tempering the steel, the knifes also have to ground, sharpened, and polished. It's amazing how fast the workers move. Here a worker grinds edges for the blades. Even though they are handmade, the knife still go through accurate testing to ensure the hardness properties are correct.

Of all the tools we have in our kitchen, by far, my favorite are our knives from R. Murphy Knives. The chefs knives are carbon steel, full tang, awesomely-sharp, kitchen prep machines. And, lucky us, we had the chance to photograph R. Murphy’s factory for the food blog, Food52. 

The goal was to to show the process of how the knives are made by hand at one of the oldest knife companies in America - established in 1850.  We had a full tour, from steel blanks, to stamped logos on the finished knives, including the molten salt bath to temper the steel.

Mark Furman and Mimi Younkins, the current owners, are awesome. They know a ton about the company’s history, but also always strive to make the next advancement to their product.  Recently, they teamed up with a company to salvage reclaimed wood from abandoned buildings to use in their kitchen knife handles - for sale at Provisions.

Seeing all the action at the factory got us thinking about other products that are handmade, and the people and process behind creating. Look for a handmade project coming soon.  Do you make something by hand? Interested in being photographed at work? Send us an email and we’ll talk.

Na Pali coast of Kauai. Hiking along the Kalalau Trail. A customer enjoys fresh fruit at The Coconut Experience near Hanalei, Kauai. Racks of surfboards are as common as the brief rain showers on Kauai, home to the wettest spot on earth. Our friend explores Secret Falls near Kapaa in Kauai.  The adventure involves canoeing up the Wailua River, then hiking through mud and streams for a few miles.  Note: the trip is worth it.

We’ve been fortunate enough to travel a bit over our six years together. The only place we’ve returned to multiple times is Kauai.  Besides the short flight from San Francisco, we love the laid-back atmosphere, ridiculously beautiful nature, fresh fruit, and the surf.

And, we’re headed back in few short weeks. This trip, we’re looking for more adventures off the beaten path like Secret Falls in the last image.

To see the falls, we kayaked up the Wailua River, then hiked on foot the last few miles. Yes. There was quite a bit of mud. And yes, Natalie fell in. Then she shot this last photo, so it was worth it.

Walkin’ the plank up in Bodega Bay.

Meet Isabelle, our awesome friend from Oakland, CA.  We recently drove up to Bodega Bay with her and Santi, to get a fix of clam chowder, with a side of fog. 

Feeling hip enough for some vintage finds? Isabelle and Santi recently started Field Work General. Check out their shop on Etsy.

Bodega Bay, California

Bodega Bay, California

Outtake from a recent shoot with BloomThat.
Noticed some burlap-wrapped awesomeness whizzing around SF recently? That’s probably the handiwork of the guys and gals at BloomThat.  We’ve had a blast working with them over the past few months shooting for their website and mobile app.

Outtake from a recent shoot with BloomThat.

Noticed some burlap-wrapped awesomeness whizzing around SF recently? That’s probably the handiwork of the guys and gals at BloomThat.  We’ve had a blast working with them over the past few months shooting for their website and mobile app.

You’ve heard about them in the New York Times, on CNN, at the dog park, but the real deal has launched nationwide in Petsmart. Whistle makes an activity monitor for dogs, similar to a Fitbit, and now they are out in stores.
We shot this image for the retail display, and it’s exciting to see their 3’x3’ design capping the aisles across from the cockateils and chinchillas. 
A huge reason this shot came together was from the hard work of Whistle’s awesome Design Director, Krista Sanders.  She’s super talented (their mobile app was just featured on Lovelyui), and a dream to work with.

You’ve heard about them in the New York Times, on CNN, at the dog park, but the real deal has launched nationwide in Petsmart. Whistle makes an activity monitor for dogs, similar to a Fitbit, and now they are out in stores.

We shot this image for the retail display, and it’s exciting to see their 3’x3’ design capping the aisles across from the cockateils and chinchillas. 

A huge reason this shot came together was from the hard work of Whistle’s awesome Design Director, Krista Sanders.  She’s super talented (their mobile app was just featured on Lovelyui), and a dream to work with.

New story out in Anthology about Cuyana, a clothing store with the motto: “fewer, better things”. We photographed their new showroom with help from the designer, Lauren Nelson.

Magazine preview here.

Testing recipes from Babycakes, the cookbook by Erin McKenna. Most of her recipes are vegan and gluten-free, but she put some serious time and passion into making her recipes taste like the real deal.

summer!

summer!