Our Studio!

We spent the bulk of last year fixing up our studio so we could have a separate space to work and meet with clients, and we're so excited to share it's finally done!  Our favorite design blog, Design*Sponge featured it yesterday so head on over there for more pictures and words.  We're always happy to meet with clients so if you'd like to come see it for yourself in person, please do get in touch!


Grandma Taps

There are so many times I feel incredibly grateful to be able to take pictures for a living, and last week was one of those times when I flew down to Orange County for a last minute trip to document my 87 year old grandmother's tap dance recital.  My grandma has been tap dancing since she was ten years old, and I remember her trying to teach me steps, like the drum roll, when I was little, but unfortunately, they never stuck.  At any rate, I didn't want to miss this recital and so I spent the day with her as she prepped, attended dress rehearsal, prepped again, and finally performed.  During the recital, which comprised primarily of dance performances by children, her teacher brought my grandma on stage for an impromptu jig.  The amazing thing is that my grandma is not dancing in a class for seniors - in fact, her class is made up of some adults who are probably just a few years older than me and many who have dancing backgrounds.

It was so beautiful to watch my grandma and see her in her day to day life.  Lately, when we've been together, it's with other family members and so I rarely get to see her in her element: going to and from her activities, interacting with her dancing buddies and the friends who came to cheer her on, resting at home with her cat.  I am so thankful to have had this day with her.  Grandma, I love you so much and you are an inspiration to us all!

Below is a little snippet of video that I grabbed of my Grandma tapping:

Grandma Taps from Alison Yin on Vimeo.

Beth + Daniel in Santa Maria, CA

We just came off of one of the most beautiful and fun wedding weekends for our dear dear friends Beth and Daniel.  While we didn't photograph the main event, we did take pictures of their intimate church ceremony the day before, and so I wanted to share one frame of the newlyweds.  Congrats, you two!  We love you so much and had the best time at your wedding!  Happy honeymooning!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Beth's incredible dress was made by another one of our insanely talented friends, Tawny of Armour Sans Anguish.

Adm in Tahoe

When I first started taking pictures seriously (in college), my camera was attached to my hip and I obsessively took photographs of everyone I ran into all the time.  A few years into my career, I started getting really bogged down by all of the post-processing, and somewhere in that period, stopped carrying my camera with me all the time.  Now, I'm feeling re-invigorated and one of my goals for this year is to do a better job of documenting my personal life.  Recently, we took a mini trip to Tahoe to meet up with some of our dear friends.  While waiting for them, I made Adm ride his bike around in circles in the parking lot so that I could photograph him in the gorgeous backlight.  This isn't the greatest picture by any means, but I love that he is totally just humoring me in his expression.  Those little expressions and moments that hint at the nature of our relationship are the kinds of things I want to remember when I look back at pictures.

Hello, Internet! Here we are!

A few weeks ago, our good friend, Preston Davis of Divine Order Photography, met up with us in one of our favorite spots, the Marin Headlands, to take some pictures of us.  Believe it or not, this was our first professional photo session.  I'm ashamed to admit that I was not exactly looking forward to our shoot.  I have no problem showcasing other people in front of the camera, but in perfectly hypocritical fashion, I actually do not like having my picture taken.  So, during our shoot with Preston, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was!  Adm, Kiki and I had a GREAT time running around, holding hands, hugging, kissing, calling wild turkeys, and I think I laughed more during our shoot than I have in a LONG time. I'm pretty sure what started out as nervous giggles turned into full on cackling on my part, and c'mon, who doesn't love to laugh?

I will say that after doing the shoot, I have much more empathy for my couples.  Modeling is no easy task, and so that makes us want to work even harder to put our clients at ease so that we can draw out their personalities.  We were in luck with Preston since we already knew him and felt pretty comfortable with him.  Aside from the fact that we've got a set of great images (something my mom is very happy about), it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.