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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

10:04PM - Sneak Peek – Quinn Valentine

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7:57AM - Come To This Event!

This weekend, my friend Star Germain, her band This Can’t End Well, and talented comic book artist Ted Naifeh are teaming up for a live show version of Ted’s wonderful all-ages comic ‘Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things‘.

Oh, and it’s free. So there’s no excuse not to come!

Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 27th

1pm sharp

Pub­lic Works

161 Erie at Mission

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2:45PM - How Film Is Made

Laughingsquid.com just posted this Kodak documentary from 1958 on how film is made. Very timely as I’ve been shooting more film. I tested out the new/old camera on a weekend shoot and am going to drop off a bunch of rolls of film to be processed in the next few days. Now I just need to get that black and white darkroom set up in the garage…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

1:33PM - Rainy Ray Activities

A friend of mine just gave me this camera and I’m unreasonably excited. It belonged to his grandfather and was just gathering dust – such a shame. My first camera ever was my father’s old Canon AE-1, which tragically went missing during one of my many apartment moves of the last fourteen years. It’s astounding to think that I’ve lived in San Francisco that long, and moved over eleven times…

I’ll be test driving this thing out over the next week, but I’m not too worried. These old cameras are built like tanks. Can’t wait to use this on some upcoming gigs, including a wedding in a few months.

Issac, if you’re reading this, you’re one heck of a good friend!

So much for warmer weather. It’s been gross, cold and rainy the last few days. Good to know we still have time to sneak off to Tahoe sometime this season, but we’re having all kinds of motivational…. issues today. Ok, it’s just me who’s having issues. David has been very productive.

Pi Cat ponders the need for another nap.

We thought that ordering the new sofas in grey would cut down on the cat hair issues.

Boy, were we ever wrong about that.

Sad droopy tulip. Exhibit A – why all photographers need a live-in stylist.

Originally published at T r i s t a n C r a n e

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

6:52PM - Kitty von Quim

The week started out a little less than fun… Monday D and I both went to the dentist and met with our CPA about business taxes + planning for next year. We also signed up for a health insurance plan through his business, which is wonderful (healthcare, yay!) and expensive (less than yay.) So far the theme of the week so far has been ‘grown up stuff, and acting like a grown up about it’.

Retouching a shoot like this reminds me that while running a business can be an enormous pain in the a$$, I love this job! Kitty von Quim is a burlesque performer and a dancer with Rubenesque Burlesque. She performs regularly here in the SF bay area, and it was a blast working with her on these photos.

Kitty’s fierce dress is by Orange Appeal, and her hair was styled by Artina Marie.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

7:00AM - Did Someone Say Romantic?

Oh Valentine’s day. What a strange holiday. I approve of what it symbolizes, but dislike the commercialization and pressure on certain members of a couple to ante up some kind of gesture representing their devotion.

It can be hard to be single, and happily so, in a world which emphasizes partnering up. As grateful as I am for my current relationship, I would never trade away the independence and self knowledge I gained from years of being on my own.

My partner and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, so these are absolutely not in any way Valentine’s day flowers. I just happened to walk past Prairie Collective on Divisadaro street and noticed that Studio Choo had put out a fresh batch of little bouquets. In my opinion, there’s never just one day to buy someone flowers – and don’t forget to get yourself something romantic once in a while.

Originally published at T r i s t a n C r a n e

Monday, February 7, 2011

7:16AM - Succulence

Warmer weather is finally upon us! Cue the desire for outdoor photo shoots and beach excursions.

Our backyard garden is slowly waking up, and some of my orchids are beginning to flower. Growing orchids isn’t all that different from photography in combining detail-oriented O.C.D. tendencies with a more artistic (ie… scattered and intuitive) temperament. I got into the plant hobby with succulents and still have a relatively large collection out on the back steps where conditions are closer to ideal – our backyard doesn’t get a ton of sunlight.

Here are some product and garden shots I produced a while back for a terrific little shop called ‘Succulence‘ out in Bernal Heights. They’re tucked into the rear of Four Star Video on Cortland. They sell individual plants, succulent arrangements, terrariums, pottery, and crafts by local artists.

There’s a bit of a fad for succulents and tillandsia at the moment, a movement I’m completely in favor of. Years ago if you told me I’d have a house full of healthy and happy growing plants, I would have laughed in disbelief. It’s surprisingly easy to get yourself into the habit of caring for a plant, and very rewarding!

Here are some of my favorite blogs and local sources for green things.

Hortica – a wonderful garden center and nursery on Castro Street. I’ve picked up far too many tillandsia from this store.

Flora Grubb – they’ve been featured in a number of magazines and blogs. Really fantastic place, worth a visit. Check out their ‘cutting garden’ blog for examples of incredible wedding bouquet and centerpiece work.

Sloat Garden Center – Recently began carrying an expanded range of orchids! Great place for backyard gardeners, wide range of plants which grow well in the bay area. They currently have dahlia bulbs in stock, I picked up a bunch for the garden over the weekend.

Shelldance Orchid Gardens – Nice selection of orchids, and home to a staggering collection of bromeliads and succulents. They aren’t for sale, but if you’re a plant geek, you need to make a visit.

San Francisco Botanical Garden – Always worth the time to wander through.

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers -  Amazing collection of botanicals, friendly volunteers and employees, and rotating special galleries including their very popular carnivorous plant exhibit.

Far Out Flora – I’ve never met the writers of this blog, but I feel it may be inevitable! They do day trips to nurseries, botanical gardens, and have an enviable back yard succulent garden.

Originally published at T r i s t a n C r a n e

Thursday, February 3, 2011

7:25PM - A Trip To The Playground

The silver lining on last week was getting to spend more time with our nieces and nephew.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

7:44AM - Botanicals


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

4:42PM - Memories of Summers Past


We are back in Mesa, Arizona for a family emergency. Times like these, I’m reminded how important it is to tell the people in your life just how much you appreciate and love them. As often as possible. Take a moment to call, text, or write a letter to someone you care about, because you never know what life will bring.

Originally published at T r i s t a n C r a n e

Friday, January 28, 2011

7:00AM - Cuddling

They don’t actually do this very often.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

7:04AM - Tattoo Story: J-Bird

“Everyone deserves a chance to fly”

This was my very first tattoo. It’s a quote from the musical, “Wicked”. Its sung at a very pivotal point in the musical where the “wicked” witch defies all odds and flies, even when there are people trying to stop her. This quote reminds me that even though people may try to bring me down, I know I can defy their expectations and just be myself. If I don’t at least try, they win.



My best friend Mo stuck and poked me right before I moved for the Bay. Not only did it symbolize our friendship but it also symbolizes that no matter where I end up, that compass will always keep me from getting lost.

Crane Tattoo

My grandfather was the first family member to pass away. I remember it was so hard for me to cope with his death that getting this tattoo in his memory was the only thing that helped ease my pain. I remembered my grandfather used to play with these Japanese playing cards. When he played, I remember as a child how that was the only time I really saw him smile and really enjoy himself. I took an image from one of these cards and did my own drawing interpretation of it.


When I started to identify as “Queer”, not just as a “Lesbian”, is when I got this tattoo. I couldn’t have been more proud of how much I opened my heart and my mind to infinite possibilities of sex, gender, identity, and love.


Live in San Francisco and have some ink you’d like to show off, or are a tattoo artist who just finished a really cool piece? Contact me about a shoot. I’m always looking for people with creative and interesting tats to work with.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

7:32PM - A Warm January Weekend

weekend-1-2I apologize in advance to my readers (and family) currently frozen elsewhere, but the cold weather finally broke this last week in the Bay Area so we headed to Sweeney Ridge for a hike.





I’m in love with the textures which occur when nature begins to reclaim what humans have put in the way. Lichen on metal, slowly oxidizing in the ocean air. Moss thriving in asphalt cracks.


I also went to the Edwardian Ball on saturday, which was a lot of fun but very crowded.

Originally published at T r i s t a n C r a n e

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

12:48PM - Cari – Beautiful Bride Portraits

I’m working up a whole blog post of Cari and Stephane’s wedding photos, but in the meantime, enjoy a few shots from our casual portrait session at the Westin St. Francis hotel here in San Francisco.





Ok, so that last one isn’t technically of the bride, but these were some very photogenic children!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

7:44AM - View From A Train…. Central Valley, California


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

7:22AM - Ms. Honey Penny, in color

Much as I liked the sepia treatment we gave some of the photos from this shoot, I found myself coming back to these saturated color shots and finding them more compelling. What do you think?



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Friday, January 14, 2011

2:35PM - Christopher and Nina


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

7:43PM - Christmas in Arizona

Incredible sunsets!, originally uploaded by Tristan C.

More Photos and wrap up on the blog -


I'm working on integrating my wordpress posts into LJ - anyone recommend a particular plug in? I hate to abandon Livejournal entirely, but need to generate the traffic to the new blog. Not all posts there have made it over here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

11:25AM - Holiday Card Season Has Begun!

Holiday Card Season Has Begun!, originally uploaded by Tristan C.

I'm currently taking booking for family portraits for holiday cards - however you define your family. ; )   I'm also very happy to work with clients to create custom images for business marketing, holiday or otherwise.. Check my blog for more images from this shoot, and contact me if you'd like to discuss working together.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

5:34PM - Trip Report - Cambridge

Trip Report - Cambridge, originally uploaded by Tristan C.

I've posted the first photo essay from our trip to the UK up on my work blog.

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