Once upon a time I photographed a couple in my apple orchard amidst a snow of blossoms. In all their passion and enthusiasm the two lovebirds broke my chaise lounge. I knew this was a good omen! Then one Autumn they got married and landed my images in Offbeat Bride! Years later we were driving to the Peace Park together for their pregnancy shoot and I got the full scoop…..  Their parents had come to celebrate their pregnancy early on toting a lovely vintage “Twin Virgos”. Well yes, they were definitely having their baby in September, but what a funny label “Twin” virgos… surely it didn’t mean anything….. did it!?!. .. Lo and behold, months later an ultrasound revealed the truth of the premonition….. Dana was carrying twin boys! Twin VIRGOS!

I notice…Tim’s arm says 12:15…..what could it mean?…. the rest is yet to be known! <3

Once upon a time there was a planet filled with mayhem and a great need stirred amongst it’s people calling for a change. They prayed and prayed for people to really dig one another, to want to help and serve each other wherever possible, for people to forgive and rejoice in each other and to see the beauty in their world. On the West Coast of Eden there was Goddess Alchemy, empowered female poets who elevated the masses with beats and rhyme… On the East Coast was a Freestylin beauty of a man who one day heard the call of a muse and headed west….  Creator had woven an intention to intstigate change in the world through the chemistry of music and Theta, and in it’s web conceived a grand master plan to unite East and West coast supastars…. A grand nova exploded into full color when freestylin hip hopper met poet goddess chanteuse.  As legend goes, upon first glimpse of each others’ extraordinary inner and outer beauty, this couple vanished into thin air… for two months people roamed the cities and forests and they were nowhere to be found.. New notions were conceived as the unfolding of the Creator’s plan continued…  upon their return Taylor and James brought forth two children…. Manakai, the great son love, and Humming Bird Thunder, the band who with it’s visionary beat maker and rapper, Narayan of Zion, would hit the world with Bass and Rhymes to heal the rift with echoes of Hafiz murmuring a message of love amidst it’s hum….




After having a gorgeous traditional Sudanese wedding in Sudan last November, Jennifer and Mohammed turned to San Francisco’s urban landscape for the American celebration of their union.  Architectural florals, black and white;  these were the requirements for Jennifer, daughter of an American radio personality and Mohammed, son of Sudan’s ambassador. This dynamic couple won my affection at every turn, laid back and down to earth, yet whimsical and with impressionable style and pizazz.   I was so inspired to shoot  this quirky fun loving couple who obviously have hearts of gold, reflected by the outpouring of toasts with endearing remarks by both friends and family. Upon the backdrop of SF City Club’s own Diego Riviera mural, Jen and Mo’s wedding stirred the melting pot SF is known for, attracting a dynamic extravaganza of friends and family from Sudan and all over the USA.



  • Jade de la Cruz - July 5, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    Rachel! You are so awesome! And your photographs are so awesome! I love you & I LOVE looking at your photos! I’m having camera envy & dreaming of having a really great camera someday & getting out into the world (and into my own backyard!) and capturing some of that beauty out there…like my two beautiful children & the roses that are growing in our new yard…I used to do that (take pictures!) so, so many years ago! Not just “snap shots” documenting the events of my life but compositions of light & color & form. You have such a gift. Maybe I do too but it’s so dormant right now, like a long lost part of myself. Sigh….It’s time to invite a high quality camera into my life. Will you keep you eyes & ears & psychic vibe open for me? Or maybe you just know the best store or website I should check out? Love you. Gotta get to sleep! JadeReplyCancel