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The Opera House…

If you ask me what kind of photography I like best… this photo shoot for The Opera House is my answer…

It was a tad bit crazy, thanks to the Petaluma winds and a slight miscalculation of how much time it would take to transfer an entire store of amazing props to a field.

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But we managed to pull it off… And once the kids finally arrived, it was so fun to see them grab costumes and scatter into the fields and up the trees. I loved being able to turn in any direction and see kids having fun just being kids… the hardest part was deciding which cute kids to follow.

HUGE thanks: to Kelly Collins Geiser for inviting us to play under the glorious oak trees of her future home; to all our lovely models for coming to play with us; to Terra Livingston and Amber Driscoll, of The Opera House, for providing such a lovely collection of things to photograph; and to Debbie Wilson and her super star helpers, Henry and Lola, for all their hard work.

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To learn more about The Opera House and the lovely handmade art they sell, visit them in Petaluma on Kentucky Street, or online here: http://www.operahousecollective.com/

Dirtbag Wine Country Living…

Arann Harris and the Farm Band, Sam Chase and Marty O’Reilly were supposed to play at the Mystic Theater tonight…paigegreenFarmConcert050215-044

But as it turned out, the venue double booked the night and so they canceled the show.

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At first my husband was crushed.

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But then we started brainstorming…

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Where else could they play in Petaluma?

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We wanted somewhere authentic.

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Somewhere people would naturally want to be.

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We went through a long list of potential options, but we always came back to the farm.

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And after experiencing the pure joy and love (as my three year old put it) that happened today…

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Which is why I am urging him to host more concerts for other musicians on a regular basis.

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It’d be like Prairie Home Companion meets Dirt Bag Wine Country Living

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And he’d be like Garrison Keillor, but with a bloody nose… definitely not for everyone, but definitely authentic.

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All those in favor of more farm concerts please send your vote to Arann Harris now:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arann-Harris-and-The-Farm-Band/182690278460478?fref=ts

Happy 2015: Once in a Lifetime…

Well, it’s that time of year again…paigegreen2014paigegreenAOCSF082014-017-1

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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And more weddings…paigepageDaniAdam092014-0579

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Day 12 – Thistle Meats…

A neighborhood butcher shop, serving ethically raised and locally sourced meats… Thistle-68090013Brought to our little town by these two rad Petaluman women…Thistle-68090010Is coming soon. Thistle-68100012(ps: They are going to have homemade biscuits too, which means I can hardly wait.)

Only 48 days left until our very first… Farm Photo Workshop!!!!

I have thinking about it for years… and this year I am finally making it happen, with a little help from my friends, Jude and Morgan. There are a few spaces left so please spread the word…

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If you, or someone you know, is a photographer who would enjoy spending a weekend on an amazing farm playing with cameras, lenses, reflectors, models, food photography, barns, bouncing lambs, chicken coops, oak trees, grassy fields, wood-fired pizza, and campfires then please click the link to learn more: http://farmphotoworkshop.com/

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I am a loser…

I lose things.

I lost my first tooth before the tooth fairy could take it. Well technically I didn’t lose it, the maid at the hotel threw it away.

I lost my first camera on the steps of the Smithsonian Museum on our 6th grade trip to Washington DC.

I lost a jade stone from my mother’s Claddagh ring, that I didn’t have permission to wear, while walking home from school.

I lost my first (and last) pair of expensive sunglasses, just weeks after I purchased them, at the bottom of Kentucky Lake after diving right in with them still on my face.

I lost my favorite black dress that I wore to my best friend’s wedding.

I lost my only set of car keys in the sand on the beach of Carmel and had to have AAA come make a new set on site.

I lost the wedding ring my husband made me with his own two hands.

I have lost one of every pair of earrings I have ever owned, and the same goes for socks.

How do I handle being a loser… I try really hard not to get attached. Material things are just passing through. I love them as much as I can until they inevitably leave my possession and then I let them go… you know the saying.

But as of Friday January 11th, 2013, I have to add Lou, my cat (aka: The Loser) to my lost list…

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However, not surprisingly, I am having a really hard time applying my “let it go” philosophy to a member of my family…

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Even though he was kind of like a drunk uncle who went on all night benders and came back in the morning stinky and surly…

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…and then spent the whole day sleeping on the couch.

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We have been through a lot together…

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Since his disappearance, I lie awake at night thinking about possible scenarios of what might have happened to him.

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I wake in the morning from dreams of finding him.

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We return to our old house and shake food at least two times a day.

I tell everyone I meet that I am looking for my cat… My fat, stinky, grumpy, “watch out he bites,” cat.

To add to the hollow heartache, and the sense of failure as a pet owner, our 15 month-old son walks around the house meowing, in the exact pitch that Lou would meow, as he looks for his cat too.

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I try to tell myself that Lou is fine. He has been known to hang out with foxes. And he is a fighter…

But it has been really cold this past week, and even though he is a survivor, he does like his modern day comforts.

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And he is not one to skip a meal.

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So I am hoping he has turned on the charm and sweet talked his way in to someone’s home.

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People say cats come back.

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But I am not sure which is harder… thinking he may come back or trying to let him go.

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And to be fair to myself… I did not lose The Loser.

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He lost us…

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So all I can do now is hope that he will find us again soon.

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If you live near Western Avenue in Petaluma and you see a giant orange cat who looks lost please let me know. Thank you!

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.

This is what’s going on at our house these days…

It has been awhile since my last post, so I thought I’d at least share what we are working on…

In addition to learning how to grab our toes, roll-over, fly, drool, and laugh… we are also working on my new website.

Because now that we have this parenting thing figured out (as demonstrated in photo above)…

…it is time to get back to work again. New website link coming soon.

Eight months strong…

This was Elizabeth on day one of her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer…

This is what happened next…

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Eight months later, Elizabeth is doing great. She is more beautiful than ever and her positive attitude is inspiring… but her trip through cancer is not over yet.

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