1. The mocha at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley: This little cafe is such a happy place and not only do they use organic, local ingredients, but half of their profits go to support charities that their customers can vote for. It also gets beautiful light most of the day and I love to photograph my family there. If that isn’t enough to entice you, they make chocolate ganache in house and use it in their mocha recipe.
2. The new Sigma 35mm f1.4: This lens is my workhorse. It fits my style of shooting and it is incredibly sharp. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality.
3. Statement jewelry: I love how the right necklace or turquoise bracelet can dress up a simple tee or casual dress. I like to spend a little more on a piece that will last a while and I really appreciate the quality of J.Crew’s casual jewelry for everyday, fun pieces.
4. Tenba backpack: This is my workhorse bag. It fits my camera and all of my lenses plus a few accessories, yet the size isn’t overwhelming. I use it as my carry on for trips and it is perfect for my gear plus a few diapers, wipes, wallet and sunglasses.
5. Artifact Uprising albums: Possibly the easiest photo books to design, ever. I especially love their Instagram friendly albums. I use my iPhone to document our everyday and I love how simple yet refined their layouts are.
6. Illume Candles: Let me tell you a little secret. Do you love the smell of Anthropologie? I do too. But I rarely let myself splurge on a $35 candle. BUT, now they sell Illume candles at Target and I can get my heavenly smelling $35 soy candle for about $10 (my favorites are island moonlight and gingergrass and lemon.)
7. Ray Ban sunglasses: My dad bought me my first pair of Ray Bans when I turned 16. I’ve been hooked ever since. These are my current favorites.
8. Composition & Creativity by Sarah Wilkerson: When I think about this class it gives me the warm fuzzies. Sarah is a wonderful teacher and I feel like I was handed an amazing artist tool kit that I didn’t know existed prior to taking this class. I have a lot of gratitude for how this course helped shape my photography.
9. Adobe Lightroom 4: My first editing software was LR 2 and I do 99% of my editing in LR. I always recommend it to my friends who are looking to get started in photography.
10. Stinson Beach: Life seems a lot more carefree with the smell of saltwater in the air and your toes in the sand. My family goes to Stinson Beach as often as we can when the weather is warm. The drive there is scenic, the town is quaint, and the beach is fabulous.