I am two years old!
Although I am publishing this blog post from Poland, it is about my trip to San Francisco about a month ago. Why wait this long? www.DispatchPhotoBlog.com turns 2 this month.
San Francisco 2014
This was my third visit to one of the most beautiful, most scenic, most expensive cities in the world, it was my first visit for business, this time I was in San Francisco to photograph an engagement session of a client who is getting married in Chicago in 2015 but recently relocated to San Francisco.
I have my own favorite spots in the area, such as the Point Montara Lighthouse, the Coit Tower, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Park… Also aware of how hard it is to park in this town. Almost every house has a garage entrance on the street level, in the front of the buildings so people drive into their houses which limits the street parking drastically.
I have to admit though, leaving Chicago for Miami on the east cost, San Francisco on the west cost back to back in two weekends was wonderful as we experienced one of Chicago’s coldest winters in decades.
Instead of staying in a hotel, I stayed with one of my good friends, someone I call a sister for years, a young, talented Columbia graduate fine-art/fashion photographer Kara Cooper.
During her school years In Chicago, Kara assisted me at several weddings and immediately become the sister I have never had. After her graduation, she traveled around the world and when she returned, she moved to San Francisco. We never lost contact and during this trip, she made her apartment mine, opened her door to me. It was so great to catch up, have not seen her in months, since she flew from San Francisco to Chicago to shoot a wedding amd stayed with us.
She was going to assist me at this shoot so we met at Philz’ Coffee near the San Francisco’s Civic Center where you can not order a cappuccino, espresso or a latte as they do not offer anything but good cup of regular coffee. The barista who took my order sounded extremely educated on coffee. But I still was not allowed to pour the amount of sugar and cream I could have in my coffee, they were happy to add them for me :)
Medium cream, medium sugar was what I started on, tasted, gave it back for additional sugar. It sure was a different experience but i think I will try another cafe next time.
Kara currently lives in Oakland, just on the other side of the bay, not far from the Bay Bridge. The day I arrived happened to be the “first friday” where hundreds of people fill the streets, eat, drink, dance. It was an unforgettable night as Kara and I talked for hours non-stop, sat on the sidewalk, ate street food, drank sake, later on tried some of the best buritos I have ever had..
The next day was the shoot. We started by the Bay Bridge, finished with the magical view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Baker Beach. Hardest part of this shoot was to limit our locations as the beauty is al ost everywhere. I can shoot an engagement session in San Francisco for a week a d still not get tired. We did a shoot at the Golden Gate Park, the Sutro Baths (thanks to Kara for mentioning this hidden gem)
While we were shooting on Baker Beach, we spotted a seal just off shore, sticking his/her head out and looking at the people on the beach. That was such a treat. I was wearing my boots and didnt bother taking them off, the beach was crowded with couples and of course photographers, so we had to walk, I didnt want to carry my boots. These are Chicago Police Boots, high, very comfortable a d water proof. Yes, I managed to get hit by a decent wave as high as my knee and filled my boots with ocean water which was ok, in the beginning.
After the shoot, we both were craving for sushi and ice cream. We had some great sushi at Ta-Ke Sushi and ice cream at Fenton’s and loved it.
Walking around with soaking wet sucks and boots was becoming harder by minute.
Sunday morning: Going back to Chicago
My boots were still so wet. Before heading to the sf international airport, we went to a coin laundry in Oakland to dry them.
The whole trip was full of unforgettable memories.
Big thanks to Jen&Eric for flying my half way around the country for their engagement session and Kara for hosting me at her lovely apartment, assisting me, making me delicious breakfasts, french press coffee and most importantly being the sister I never had.
The reason I saved this blog post for this date was to make this blog’s second anniversary a very special one.
I have been blogging regularly for over three years, it used to be once a Sunday, (Sunday Photo Talk) then changed it to more frequent Photographers Daily… Those blogs are gone and Dispatch have been pretty steady, consistent. I just have hard time believeing that its been two years with Dispatch Photo Blog. Time really flies.
And now about 900 subscribers strong!
Visit Kara’s website here
and her blog about her travels around the world here