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Welcome Hey there, thanks for stopping by! Welcome to my little corner of the internet, my place to share my voice and photography. In case you don't know me, I am Sara (that's me to the left, the one without a big white furry coat). I am a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay area, California. I LOVE my work, and you will see a bit of that sneaking in here. I also use this as a place to share other parts of my life. You will find adventures, food and little tidbits about my life with my darling husband and our two fat cats.  Please feel free to have a look around and even leave me a note. I would love to hear from you! 
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It is always such a pleasure when I get the opportunity to document a story like this. The Oakland Animal Services is doing a yearly calendar and they needed a good image of Max. This is Max's story:

Jeannette discovered Max quite serendipitously online one Sunday afternoon in June.  She immediately gathered together her husband, Jon, and her daughter, Paris, and they all raced across the Bay to meet Max just as we were closing up the special adoption event where he was appearing . . .in fact, Max was already on his way back to the shelter when they arrived.  We called the volunteer, she returned with him, and it was love at first cuddle!  All of the shelter volunteers who'd worked with Max could not be happier about this match.  Max was a gentle giant with health and behavioral idiosyncrasies; and Jeannette, Jon, and Paris are the gentle, loving, big-dog-savvy family that he needed.

Congratulations on your forever home Max!

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Traci Wheeler:

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful dog. Max you will be so happy in your new home. Jon, Jay and Paris are a great family!

(08.20.12)
Henritta:

The dog is so beautiful. How cute to see the woman hugging him!
:)

(08.21.12)
ShopSeekers:

what a beautiful dog, this is what dogs should be like.

(08.21.12)
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Come celebrate the arrival of 2012 and cross some of those New Year's resolutions off your list with Café Crush. They will be displaying my portraits of the children involved in Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS) beneficial community programs.  We welcome you to browse these portraits throughout January and February while you quench your body's desire for some healthy deliciousness.

Also, if you have the time I would love to see you at Cafe Crush myself and take a spin on the blender bike on

Thursday, January 19th from 6-9 pm. Come and sample their NEW GREEN smoothies
off their secret menu!

Where: Café Crush - 3943 Piedmont Avenue - Oakland, CA

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This is Axel, he needs your love. You see, Axel is a special pup. He is a 4-year-old drop dead gorgeous male German Short-hair Pointer.  Unfortunately, Axel has some compulsive behaviors that make him act differently from other dogs.  He has been started on medication to hopefully help him overcome some of his issues.  Right now Axel would do best in a home with adults and teenaged children.  He needs to be the only dog (he can live with cats.)  Axel LOVES to play fetch and is a fantastic running partner.   He can be aloof, but will still hang out with you on the couch and watch some TV.

Learn more about Axel, by checking out these FAQs. Axel is part of NorCal GSP rescue's Pointed Homeward program!  He's been in rescue quite a while, and a Fairy Dogmother has come forward to sponsor his adoption donation so that his new family can use that money towards his (required) training.


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If you are interested in adopting Axel or becoming his foster home, please contact Cathy at foster@norcalgsprescue.org. Axel will go to the boarding kennel on December 15 if a foster or adoptive home has not been found. Help get the word out by posting his flyer as well as emailing it to everyone you know. Axel's Flyer

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Everytime I am asked to do a shoot for Dandelion Magazine I get a little bit excited and a little bit nervous. I am excited because I know that the family that I will meet is going to be amazing and I always leave these shoots adoring the family and learning a lot in the process. However photographing a family with a special needs child does have it's challenges.

The Myers family was no exception. Jennifer and Shawn are amazing parents. So easygoing and fun to work with. Their son, Jack has autism and cerebral palsy ataxia. You can read the full article at GoDandelion.com.

Just with all of my portrait sessions I pretty much have to let the kids call the shots. There is no forcing a kid to look like they are having fun, you actually have to make it fun for them. Jack and Katie where no exception. Katie was easy, full of smiles and laughter. Jack was a bit more of a challenge, but we managed to get some great shots. Jennifer and Shawn where a huge part of getting those great shots, I gave gentle direction and followed their lead. I think it turned out great.

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To the Myers family: Thank you so much for a fantastic portrait session. You have an beautiful story and I am so happy to have been able to document a little snippet of your life together.
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Tony Lewis:

Hi Sara
I am Matts uncle, now living in Oz. Thank you for the beaut pics of him & Cath I love & miss them - not seen for 3 years. the pics really brought them close to my heart

(11.10.11)
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'Pick Me'

About three years ago I started volunteering my services at the Oakland Animal Services. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for furry critters and especially those in need of some extra love. I have been able to photograph animals that have survived some pretty awful situations and it feels great to know that my photographs help to tell their story. Not only do I get to help raise awareness, but I also get to help them to find their forever homes. This year the Oakland Animal Services are having their charity event: Sweet! Pawsitivity for Oakland's Animals. When I was asked if I would like to donate an art piece I immediately accepted. I didn't want to auction off a random piece though, I wanted it to be more than that. An idea for a studio portrait came to mind, and the above portrait is the end result. Each of the animals in this image were at the Oakland Animal Services (some of them are still there). I wanted to show that one does not have to go to a breeder to find a perfect pet. There are so many just waiting for their forever home, just waiting for love.

The above photograph was printed on canvas and wrapped around a 24 inch wooden frame. It will be auctioned off at the event tomorrow along with many other fabulous items. I have also donated a portrait session and would love it if you would come and support these critters. There is a $10 recommended donation at the door. Please follow THIS LINK to find out more.
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