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Happy 2015: Once in a Lifetime…

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Meaning it’s time to dig through the memories of last year…

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Pull out the highlights…

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And make big plans for the coming year…

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Thing is, I have been chasing big plans for the past 15 years…

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Finding a job turned into building a career…

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Six years of saying, “my boyfriend Arann,” turned into five years of saying, “my husband Arann…”

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One great dog love was lost and another amazing dog love was found…

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Paying the rent turned into paying the mortgage…

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And two people became four…

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So now that all the important life boxes have been checked…

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I have a lot of brain space that is available for rent…

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But instead of searching for the next big thing…

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I would rather slow life down…

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And celebrate how amazing things are right now…

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Because the most important lesson I learned from 2014…

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Is that life does not always go as you planned…

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And it all can change so fast without any warning

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So in 2015, I am looking for more of this…

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Because hopefully there will be more harvests…

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More clothes…

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But these two will only be like this…

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Once in a Lifetime.

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So Happy 2015 (five days late.) Here is to a year of no big plans.

 

 

 

 

Holy November…

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Ever wonder what 16 photo shoots in 12 different cities in 22 days looks like…

paigegreenRoseKahn110214-083 November 2nd: (9 am) Oakland with this lovely family.

paigegreenDaVero110414-0155November 2nd: (1 pm) Healdsburg at the DaVero Olive Harvest.

paigegreenEducationOutside110414-0186November 4th: San Francisco with Education Outside.

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paigegreenTauni110814-022November 8th: (10 am) Petaluma with this lovely family.

paigegreenTai110814-123November 8th: (4 pm) Point Richmond with this lovely family.

paigegreenRebekah110914-108November 9th: Berkeley with this lovely family.

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paigegreenFibershed111514-027November 15th: Point Reyes Station at the Fibershed Wool Symposium.

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emilyNovember 17th: Petaluma with this very special high school senior.

christmastreeNovember 18th: Healdsburg for the upcoming Christmas Tree book.

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November 19th: Portland with The Big Flip.

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November 22nd: LA with The Big Flip.

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November 23rd: LA and our very last photo shoot with The Big Flip.

544A7363And (after all the editing) this is what I hope November 24th-27th looks like, and for that I am very, very thankful. Happy Week of Thanks, everyone!

the most beautiful home birth I almost saw…

If you asked me how my home birth was, you would not hear me say, “My home birth was beautiful.”

Instead I very honestly would tell you, “It was extremely long, incredibly painful and very, very messy. I can understand why drugs were invented and why people take them.”

Between endless hours of back-breaking contractions, I kept repeating, “This is ridiculous. How can there be 7 billion people on the planet.”

I couldn’t see why anyone would voluntarily choose to do this more than once in their lifetime, let alone 7 billion times.

People told me eventually I would forget and the hormones would win again, but I refused to believe that I could ever forget what that day felt like. And I announced that I was quite happy with one.

Yet here I am, one year and 5 months later, just like everyone said, wondering… if, maybe, should we?

So I was excited when Rose sent me an email asking if I would photograph the birth of their second baby girl, who would be born at home some time in March. It would be a good test. How would it feel to see someone else go through labor? And what was a home birth like the second time around?

I was also excited because I have never seen a human being born. I have seen cows, sheep, and dogs… but not a human (I had my eyes closed the whole time during HAH’s birth.)

And I got a small taste of what it must feel like for doctors and midwives. For once in my life, I had my cell phone almost always charged and I almost always knew where it was. And at gatherings with friends, I would announce, “I can’t drink tonight, I’m on call.”

But then it didn’t happen. The due date came and went. I started filling up my calendar. I had photo shoots scheduled every day. Arann got sick, so I was working all day and on solo parenting duty at night. Until finally at the end of day two of photographing flowers in SF, I got the texts:

4:12pm “I think we are in early labor, midwife is coming over. Will text again.”

4:57 “Come now!!”

I was in San Francisco.

The family was in Oakland.

For those of you not from the Bay Area, 5pm on a Thursday means… Fat chance.

I only had to drive 10.5 miles.

It took me one hour.

When I finally arrived at the house, Rose’s mother let me in and said, “The baby was just born, come on in.”

And this is what I saw…

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While I was disappointed to have missed the birth, it was probably for the best because I got to experience all of the joy and none of the work. Which means I can confidently say that it was the most beautiful home birth, I almost saw.

Thank you, Rose and Jonathan, for inviting me to be a part of this amazing moment in your lives. It was such an incredible honor and I am so excited for your family. And, as Rose said to me after the birth of HAH, “Have fun falling in love.”

Wait for it…

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Seana first contacted me on November 10th about family photos. We had three or four scheduled dates to meet but each time it just didn’t work out… thanks to conflicting holiday schedules, bad weather, the flu, and even an epic battle with poison oak. But we didn’t give up. We waited until schedules calmed down, the weather was just right, the poison oak went away and everyone one was feeling healthy, relaxed and ready to play…

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Thank you for not giving up, Seana.

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It was so worth the wait.

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013…

At the end of a year I love to look back at the year gone by…

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…and get inspiration for the new year to come.

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After I have finished reflecting on the year gone by…

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…I take that inspiration in to the new year and…

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…with all of my heart.

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Thank you for being a part of my inspiration…

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…on my journey through photography.

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Happy New Year!

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I hope you have the best 2013 possible.

No warm-up necessary this year…

This was the third year in a row that I photographed Jasmine and her parents

…which, I learned, makes for a very comfortable and very action-packed photo shoot.

No warm-up time necessary this year, Little Miss Jasmine was ready to go…

And so was I… after spending 72 continuous hours working on getting our new house ready for us to move in to it this week! It is totally chaotic and insane what we are trying to do in such a short amount of time… so this one hour photo shoot, in this perfect location (which happens to be conveniently in my new backyard,) with these ready and willing models… was exactly the boost I needed tonight to keep me going.
And hopefully the next blog post I write will be from my desk, in my new office, in our very own house! Eeeeeeeeeee….. wish us luck!

One Street, Four Families and Me…

Last year I was lucky to photograph this cute family

And that cute family showed their photos to this cute family…

And that cute family showed their photos to this cute family…

And to this cute family…

And because all of these cute families live on the same cute street in the East Bay, this year one of the mothers offered to help organize schedules so I could come back and photograph all of the cute families on the same day.

So that is what we did.

And here are some of my favorites from our marathon photography day on that sunny Saturday in November…


Thank you, Rachel, for suggesting the Clover Drive photography day. And thank you, Kim, for coordinating all of the schedules. I had lots of fun with each of your families and I really hope to see you all again next year.



Photography Lessons: by lil’ Margaux…

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A year ago in May, I received this email from Abby:

Paige – we love your work! It would be awesome to have you document lil’ Margaux.

We were thinking of doing three short photo sessions spaced out through the year. We want to get some nice shots of her as she grows. (Everyday is something new!). I’d like to do the first session after she can hold her head up (3 mos or so) as she’ll be a more sensational model at that point. And we’d like to do this outside, earth baby style.

Thanks!
Abby

I was excited about the opportunity to document a little one’s first year of life, and so over the next 16 months I was able to photograph Margaux at…

…3 months…

…7 months…

…and 19 months.

Each time I arrived at their house, it was fun to see (and experience) the differences a few months can have on a little person. And I learned a lot from Margaux about how to be better prepared to photograph the very different stages. These are the valuable lessons that lil’ Margaux taught me about photographing a child’s first year:

At three months you have to work really fast before your model falls asleep… again.

Seven months is so dreamy… a few funny noises and a mirror is all it takes to get a good smile.

And 19 months… watch out. You better have eaten a good lunch, done some stretching and have a bunny up your sleeve, because not only do you have to move fast to keep up with your model, but you also have to have some tricks to keep her entertained. Ladders, chairs, agile parents, and using your body as a blockade works too…

But as I looked back to compare the photos from each of our photo shoots, I was pleased to discover some similarities as well…

Thank you, Abby, Nate and Margaux, for letting me document your first year together and for teaching me how to be a better photographer for all ages.

And I can’t wait to see what lessons Margaux has to share after lil’ Margaux becomes big sister Margaux.

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