Don Reed is an amazing talent. He brought his show East 14th Street to Yoshi’s in San Francisco in support of 51Oakland.org a charity started by Yoshi herself and Jason Hofmann. The show was truly brilliant. Don Reed was funny, entertaining, poignant and reverent all in one. You really must see his show at some point.
I met lovely Rita because she had won the auction for my photography services at the Dress for Success event this year. This is one of those times that when you think you are giving but you are actually receiving. This amazing woman gave me insights to life, uplifted my spirits, made me change my mind on aging and made me laugh, a lot. We did her portraits at the Legion of Honor and it was just a perfect day all around.
Holiday portraits are a time to be silly in my opinion. When you have a restless two year old boy, well, you let him be a boy!
Every year for many, many years I have gone to NYC once or twice a year. I first went when I was 18, went to NYU and it holds a little bit of my soul. This year was a bit different. I got caught in Hurricane Sandy. It wasn’t so bad in Manhattan for me. We were left in darkness but on 30th Street so walking to 39th Street wasn’t so bad. For those downtown, it was a very different story. My friend and I walked the Brooklyn Bridge then caught a cab back home. Driving through Chinatown made me feel like it was war torn Vietnam. No lights, nothing recognizable, no people and no English signs. It left me with a sort of discombobulated feeling. It didn’t feel like the place I’d known for so long. I am glad I experienced it and of course, got home but for those who are still dealing with it I cannot fathom the pain and agony it has caused. These images were taken with not the right equipment–I came prepared for head shots not a hurricane but I hope leaves some sense of what it was like to be there.
Engagement Session photography is among my favorite. It is during this time that the couple and I get to spend some time together with no stress in a variety of places and just have fun. I learn about them and they get to see how I work. I find this really important before a wedding to help build trust. If we do an engagement session then when I walk into the room the day of your wedding you are excited and assured that the day will go well when I arrive. The difference is “Misti is here!” and not “The photographer is here.” I love that!
I was raised on farms and with all kinds of animals. I spent a day recently with a friend at her home with her three horses, huge goat, cats and dogs. It was delightful. So I just wanted to share a few personal images from that day.
The Brown Twins, Miriam and Vivian, of San Francisco are living icons of this City. We have something in common too in that we are all from Michigan! These lovely ladies have been gracing this City for decades and an event put on at the Red Devil Lounge by Jenn Bergeron brought out supporters from everywhere. It was fun, joyful and a great time was had by all. The talent included Kim Nalley, legend Frank Jackson, lots of amazing burlesque dancers and was hosted by Suzanne Ramsey. The lovely and talented Jane Weidlin of the Go Go’s even dressed up as one of the Twins! It was a fantastic turnout and made me proud to be there and a part of it.
Garbage is one of my favorite bands. If you haven’t seen Shirley Manson live you need to right away! I had the pleasure of photographing them at the Warfield and the band did not disappoint!
Things sure have changed since my first wedding about 14 years ago. I’ve seen trends come and go and the biggest one in photography is the digital age. My first weddings were shot with film and yes, I do still shoot film. I’ve even seen this “trend” come back. I laugh now at the times people used to ask me why don’t you go digital? How do you know you got the shot? Well, I’m a professional I know I got it!!
So as the times have changed in photography I’ve seen more people with professional digital cameras and point and shoots at weddings and now even with their phones and iPads. I admit my first wedding was just a fluke and I never really thought I’d be a wedding photographer. But it was like fate found me. I’ve worked hard to build my portfolio, reputation and skills over all these years and can finally say “Yes, I”m a professional photographer” and know that I’m worthy of that title.
Sadly the trend I see now is no longer the images of loved ones laughing, crying or emotional during a ceremony. The trend is me taking photos of these people taking photos of the couple who are laughing, crying and emotional. They are no longer present during this intimate moment that is so special for this couple. So when they look at the their photos what do they see? Their loved ones holding cameras! Let’s be honest as this really does not make for beautiful albums.
When I first heard “unplugged weddings” I was ecstatic. Yes I thought! Let’s get back to what professional photographers are there to do which is capture the wedding and let people share in the joy of a couple during this most important and intimate time. Your friends wedding is not the time to practice your skills as a photographer. That is why I am there. This is my job. As a guest, your job is to laugh, cry and smile. This idea isn’t for everyone and that is OK! But is sure is a trend I hope comes back BIG!
I’m quite fond of the words on this site at Bayside Bride. Now I hope these images can show you just what I mean!
All images copyright Misti Layne
Little Amelie had her first professional portraits taken in a beautiful private home in St. Helena. We let her run, smell, walk, fall and smile to her hearts content!
One was happy and one was cheeky. One was willing and one was fighting. One became sad and the other then became happy. The crazy day of child photography! But when you let kids be kids the faces, the expressions, the cheeky NO and the smile say much more than “Look at the camera and smile!”
The wedding was in January and this time we celebrated the growing family with pet, family and pregnancy portraits all in one!
The San Francisco Music Scene is an ecclectic one and this was one of those nights. The cello was featured and played in THREE entirely different bands. Headlining was Life Love Misery which was big and bold. Unwoman features an amazing talent who plays a type of modern cello I’ve never seen before and a repeater. Then Dirty Cello was well, exactly that. Can you imagine Jimi Hendrix being played by a cello? Well, it rocks!