About Kate: I believe great photography is as timeless and as unique as you are. It's part art and part photojournalism and I would describe my style as casual, thoughtful, warm, and elegant. 
I thrive on capturing real laughs and real love.
kate@jetkatphoto.com
(650)4343-JET

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Sunday
Dec072014

Play While You Wait & giveaway!

Does the thought of standing in line for Santa pictures, trying to keep your little ones from running off and destroying the giant holiday display, just to get a few $40 5x7 glossies stress you out?

It's definitely not my favorite advent activity! But Rachelle on my FB blogger group posted this great event! Parenthoods mobile app & Obébé Organic teamed up to make the Santa experience a fun and easy one. 
When we arrived, we signed in and the boys could play in the great space at Recess. Dad and I tagged-teamed watching the boys and snacking on Sprogs (snacks made from brown rice hand-pressed with veggies, protein and other yummy ingredients!!!) & Kara's Cupcakes. UrbanSitter was there helping with crafts and chatting to parents. They were also handing out gift cards for $75 to use on UrbanSitter. Someone just pressed the easy button! For real. And it was FREEEEE. It was like a great playdate and we got our Santa pics done by Leda Mast Photography!! What a treat. Both Santa and Leda were relaxed, kind, and gentle. Our little guy wasn't super thrilled about sitting on Santa's lap, so the whole family joined in and I think it'll make a sweet pic!! 

If you live in SF or the greater Bay Area, be sure to check out the Parenthoods mobile app- it's a great social networking app for parents. It's a great platform for playdates, questions, etc. It's for the real talk- a place to share your wins and misses, and to get advice. 

I am giving away a gift card from UrbanSitter! It's $75, for new customers only, and expires at the end of January. Any moms out there looking for a little break?!?! Just leave me a comment below if you're interested! I'll randomly pick a winner on Friday, December 12. 

(I know it's a pretty company-laden post, but I just want to say that I'm not being paid or compensated for this post. No one asked me to write anything, but we had such a nice time that I wanted to share all the great people who made it happen)

Parenthoods co-founders, Jeni Axline and Siobhan Quinn.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Mini Photo Sessions

You are invited to a mini portrait session at this fall! I'm so excited about this! Sessions are priced at $250 and will last 30 minutes (you can choose your time below). There are only a few sessions each day, so hustle up and get on it! Once you've registered, you'll receive an email from me with a big "thank you" as well as details on the exact location. Within a week of our photo session, you'll receive a link to my online gallery where you'll be able to download full-resolution, edited images (at no extra charge). Here are the registration links:

November 15 from 1:30-2pm in San Francisco register here

November 15 from 2-2:30pm in San Francisco register here


Monday
Sep222014

Our Lifestyle Video

Awhile back Beth Skogen came out and made a video of our little family and we couldn't be happier. I seriously love everything about it- the details, the laughs, the wind blowing in our babe's hair. It's downright magical and I'm so happy she came! What do you think about a lifestyle video compared to family photos? We haven't had family pics in 4 1/2 years (Melissa Pepin did a wonderful job- check out those pics HERE) Be sure to watch until the very end- after the credits- for a little fun surprise. 

 

Friday
Apr182014

Bay Area Family Photographer

I'm in love with all of the families I've been photographing lately and just want to share a few of my favorite photos. If you're interested in booking a photography session with me, check out my info page and email me


Wednesday
Apr022014

First Birthday: a Spring lunch

A big hooray for the best birthday boy who turned 1 last week. I can't even believe he is 1. We can't imagine life without him. He's so snuggly and easy-going. He's happiest outside. He loves his brother and family to bits and pieces and we all feel the same way about him. Good growin' young man. Happy first.

To celebrate, we had a little birthday lunch and invited my parents and my brother. It was very sweet & simple. I made pasta with pesto and grilled goat cheese sandwiches over fresh spinach (my two favorites). My step dad brought homemade hummus and guacamole and I made a pumpkin pie for dessert.

My older son did all of the stationery... The invitations are on bookboard leftover from a wedding I worked on years ago. My son wrote the baby's name on all the invites. He also made one for "Blast Off," the baby's unofficial nickname (it's what our older son wanted to name the baby). He also made place cards using washi tape on the wood animal puzzle by petit collage, and a pie banner (made from washi tape and toothpicks). It was so fun to have his help and he felt like such a big kid being included. 

I didn't have time to do much beforehand, but my family was happy to help with moving furniture outside and hanging my string of balloons. They even waited patiently while I snapped a few photos. 

 

Cute party hats by Oh Joy! for Target

I was able to take one photo before we ate. And the baby is showing off how he skillfully climbs right out of his high chair.

Crown on the climber is by tin cup.

a few new gifts... this is a great wooden race track from my dad. 

Monday
Mar102014

Fermentation Workshop

A few weeks ago, I drove into the mountains and spent the day with Dr. John Hicks and his wife, Betsy Hicks, in their home, learning about fermentation! It was amazing! I'm pretty new to fermentation, but was so fascinating! We started with a snack buffet filled with yummy foods, all prepared without dairy and tons of fermented goodess. Next we learned how to make flavoured kefir sodas, beet kvass (and our new favorite: beet kvass mixed with pomegranate kefir! yum!!). After the bubbly drinks, we snacked on fermented veggies... carrots, pickles, radishes, green beans, asparagus, etc. After snacking all morning, we had a wonderful lunch of beef brisket, quinoa salad, and curried chick peas. During lunch, Dr. Hicks did a kim chi demo. Everything was so delicious. A dessert was a dairy & sugar free pot-de-creme... heck, I'm just going to call it chocolate pudding with strawberries, because pot-de-creme sounds too fancy :) 

I love this article Betsy wrote about fermentation, "The Cultured Life."

The last picture is my first attempt at fermented veggies! Please share any tips, tricks, or websites if you've done this before!

OH! And they have a healing foods workshop coming up in April. Call them today if you're interested, it's almost sold-out :) My step-dad and I are going and hope to see you there. 

Monday
Mar102014

Tintypes from Photobooth

Oh, wow- I'm so thrilled with the tintypes we had made at Photobooth last weekend. Thank you, Sara (Sarah?), at Photobooth for being so kind and sweet to our boys! We had a wonderful experience and couldn't be more pleased. Here are the digital images of the boys' tintypes. 

Monday
Feb242014

The Lab Event

I had a great time at last night's Lab Event! Here are a few photos from the evening! Thank you for including me, Erin, Yasmin, and Allison! Everything was so lovely!

Thanks Top Coat for the great nails! (check out the instagram feeds of @beenailed on the left and @animininails on the right)

Doesn't Erin from Apartment 34 look amazing in this Sarah Seven dress? It was my favorite from the fashion show!

Friday
Jan102014

Steep Ravine Cabins, Mt. Tam

"Nourishing a child’s mind in the first five years of life is as essential as feeding her body..." -Hillary Clinton, for Too Small to Fail. I'm going to be doing some work with Too Small to Fail and couldn't be more excited! Next Generation and the Clinton Foundation have teamed up to provide tools and build the skills needed to help children succeed. Research shows that early years are crucial to a child’s success. Through their Too Small to Fail initiative, the organizations hope to close the word gap and improve the lives of children 0-5. #gomighty4kids

In the spirit of Too Small to Fail, we took our kids to Steep Ravine, a cluster of rustic cabins on the California coast. We spent a few glorious days in a cabin on the edge of the world. We did lots of talking, singing, exploring, with our sweet kids- serious quality family time, y'all!  Located near Stinson Beach (North of San Francisco), Steep Ravine is pretty much the most magical place ever and I'm thrilled to have shared the experience with a few other families. Here are some photos from our very cold trip (record lows!) last month. 

Our families were in 4 cabins… 8 parents and 7 kids under the age of 5. And we had the best time ever. The beach was a little hike down the rocks and we had the whole thing to ourselves. We saw sea lions, starfish, urchins, and loads of barnacles :) We even found a dead deer carcass on our hike. It was amazingly cold, but I'm not going to complain because this was our amazing view. Special thanks to Meghan who shared this place with us. Ok- photo time...

Building a dam with Dad...

Our slew of families... 

Isn't he the cutest?!

Meghan's youngest boy loves twirling her hair and snuggling. 

There's an ocean over there... 

Materials for my Christmas wreath (instagram!)

Cabins, rocks, ocean, and the world. 

The cabin had a beam (not all of them have beams) and we were able to hang up the baby's hammock. It was so so cold, but we were blessed with wood burning stoves- thank goodness because the temps were in the low 30s at night. But what really warmed my heart is this moment where Chris is playing and singing lullabies to our boys. Our older son was falling asleep in the other room. (don't you love the book, Jenga, and beer bottle?!)

building dams...

The family minus the big kid, who was too busy to be bothered for a quick pic.

Aw- these guys are a pair :)

Lots of great singing and playing and good family fun

The kids playing Uno and Vida cooking up some greens. This is the extent of the kitchen. There was also a grill out front. But no sink or any other kitchen-type things ;) And no bathrooms in the cabin either. 

My husband is a genius. And I've never heard of Hobo Stew... wrap up hamburger, potatoes, and carrots (with salt & pepper) in some foil and toss it on the grill. Boom- there's dinner. It rules. Thanks, Chris!

I love the sleepy, nursing days with my baby. 

I wish you could have heard this show. Christmas carols and kids and guitar by the warm fire. 

"reading" lyrics to the 12 Days of Christmas

 Want more Steep Ravine? Here's my post from last year. Here's a post on Gardenista that uses my photos <rad!!> 

Saturday
Jan042014

Merry Christmas to me

My husband's grandfather was a great musician. Chris was given the violin about 20 years ago, but it was in pretty rough shape.  For Christmas, Chris and my dad decided to fix up the violin. It's so beautiful! Kamimoto Strings did a wonderful job fixing it up. They opened up the violin and learned that it was handmade in Czechoslovakia about 100 years ago. It sounds so beautiful, but I need to learn how to play it ;) Here are a few photos of it. The black and white photo has Chris's grandfather playing the violin in the late 1940s. It's so amazing. 

Next up: lessons. Probably in person, but maybe online? Any thoughts on learning how to play an instrument?

I think this is the best Christmas present ever. Thanks, Dad, Chris, and Grandpa Orin. What is the best gift you've received?