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Vivienne on Larksper ferry, Diana Koenigsberg 2013 William and Vivienne on the ferry, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

If you had told me that taking my six year old on a trip to show my work for four days would be fun.. I would have laughed at you. But still, that’s what I did. Along with my husband William , we got on the road for our daughter’s school break and drove up to San Francisco.

The first challenge was seeing if we could or should show our work together, that seemed to be better for art buyers and photo editors in a way, two for one. So that was good, but how about the kid? Well, hopefully it wasn’t the stupidest thing I’ve done this year, but frankly I think it was good too. Everyone seemed pretty happy for a diversion in from the normal portfolio show, she is pretty charming ( generally speaking, depending on the time of day ), and it seemed to be a really great way for people who could potentially hire us to get to know us as real people, not just photographers. Now I don’t bring my daughter to shoots, but still it was fun, and lots of people have a kid or two  or maybe even three at home, so it’s not the weirdest thing in the world to see one at work. That being said, we had a busy week, with lots of meetings, so we had to build in some time for fun every day. The first day we were in town, that meant spending the morning at the Ferry building ( AKA Disneyland for Glutons )  my absolute favorite place. We had some morning treats ( Blue Bottle Coffee ) honestly we ate everywhere in that place, and then went straight over to the ferry for a ride to Larksper. Now this was really about the trip on a boat, her first one so far, and it was FUN! We were all tired and cranky from the drive the day before, so being on a boat with the air in your face and the wind shaking you up a little was absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend it.

On the Larksper ferry, William Howard 2013

Sunset view of Golden Gate Bridge, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

And another little note on kids. At Goodby Silverstein, we had a chance to meet the daughter of an old friend I worked with many many years ago, in fact the first time I worked with Dan Southwick, his daughter Isabella was about 6 months old. We’ve worked together and kept in touch over the years since, so it was great that we finally get to meet her on this trip. William did this sweet portrait of them at the office. Sometimes things come full circle.

Which was true for visiting my favorite all time cafe with William and Vivienne on this trip too. I LOVE, Cafe Trieste. It’s a spot I used to visit weekly if not daily when I lived in the bay area and went to school at the San Francicsco Art Institute. This place has such an incredible history and atmosphere. Maybe the coffee isn’t as sublime as some of the other hipster joints which I also appreciate, but it is straight up cafe culture, pure and simple. I got a quick image of Paul with my iphone, he’s been pulling shots there since I was a student at SFAI….

Isabella and Dan, William Howard 2013

Cafe Trieste, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

 Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Paul at Cafe Trieste, North Beach

Vivienne and William at Trieste, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

With the hat lady in San Francisco, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Beyond the ferry, we went to the new Coret Children’s playground in Golden Gate Park, which a friend in the area recommended. It is amazing, and slightly horrifying for any mother or parent with a penchant for slight anxiety. The kids can climb this rope structure up to 25 feet in the air… I’m sure it’s safe, but I couldn’t really stand to look.

Vivienne in Golden Gate Park, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

On our last day in town we had lunch with one of William’s collaborator’s and friends Kevin. Kevin Roberson is an incredible designer and has worked for many of the best shops in town doing design and art direction over the years. These days, he has a design studio in Hayes Valley with a partner, they design packaging for all manor of adult and child beverages.

I loved Kevin’s look, and fortunately, William did this great portrait of him. The white pants and black slip ons are the best part!

Kevin Roberson

Designer and friend Kevin Roberson

William Howard at SFAI, Diana Koenigsberg 2013

William shooting the view from San Francisco Art Institute


The super awesome and very Italian lobby at Venables Bell

Jessie and Mark

The last stop out of town was breakfast with friends Jessie and Mark at Sam’s Log Cabin in Albany. It was delicious, and very child friendly. There were quite literally children lying on the floor in this place at any given time and the servers were so funny, they’d just step right over them. Oh boy, but still it was great.

Here’s to taking your kid, to work once and a while. I highly recommend it in San Francisco for this or any other kind of trip, the playgrounds are well designed and plentiful, the food is beyond your expectations if you do a little research ahead of time, and you can get a great view or cup of coffee just about anywhere.

New York, January 201

Across from St. Patricks

A very quick visit to New York last week to see clients and agencies, magazines and friends, coincided with the anticipated NEMO a storm with a silly name.  My first night in town, I stayed across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and made this photograph through the window. It made me think of all the fantastic images I’ve been seeing on Instagram, by Photo Editor Kathy Ryan from the T Magazine. She’s an incredible photographer with her iphone, and gives such a beautiful little window into her world at the New York Times. If you don’t already follow her,  then start. ( @KATHYRYAN1 ) So anyway, it was cold. For me of course, anything under 60 feels chilly.  Still the city was beautiful and busy as always, I shlepped my portfolio and ipad around for a few days and met some lovely new people and saw some not so new…equally lovely. I got to catch up with an old friend and collaborator from many years ago, Brittain Stone. We had lunch, and I got to hear about all his various non and for profit projects ( Brittain works on lots of cool non-profit projects as a photo coordinator ), not the least of which is, a website featuring virtually every photography agency out there which he has built with partner Rob Haggart of the popular blog aphotoeditor .

BRAVO to them, it’s a pretty damn concise listing which will no doubt save mucho time for many photo editors and art buyers everywhere, now for all of us without an agent, this list is well, not so helpful, but I’m patient. Maybe we can have our own parade or site or something?

Ok the best part of this visit, besides seeing the most glamorous older woman in a fur hat and matching coat at the Plaza food court ( only place to get stumptown uptown ), was eating at The Fat Radish. Oh, this place is beyond! Do yourself a favor and just go.

Anyway New York, I’ll be back soon.

Valentine from the Highline


The most glamorous woman

Earlier this month I did a really fun shoot. It involved two things I love, Rainbows and Roller Skating. A little background on me. I grew up in Los Angeles,  during the 70’s and 80’s and did my share of roller disco. Up and down the block, in the drive way, on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, you get the picture, if not there’s one right here.

My sister and I had awful skates, and we walked to school in the snow…no we didn’t. We made up dance routine for ridiculous fake commercials. It was the time of Xanadu, Roller Boogie, Rainbows and Muppets. Then there were the clothes. It seemed to be the first wave of designer jeans, ( I think this is the second wave, or maybe the third )? Anyhow, it was all about the colored ones like Dittos, and Jordache, and the fancy denim like  Sassoon Jeans, and the real fancy chemin de fer line. Well that was right around the time I really began paying attention to clothes and what everyone was wearing, needless to say it was an important time in my life for visuals that helped shape my sensibility and awareness of fashion, music and style.  Any how I had the fever for skating…

Cut to last December I saw a show at the Palm Springs Museum of Art, and this Judy Chicago piece really jumped out at me. I started doing research online for roller skating imagery and found these amazing images from the SF Chronicle, from years ago, and I got inspired to create an image of clothing in rainbow colors on models roller skating.

Rainbow PIcket, by Judy Chicago

Rainbow PIcket, by Judy Chicago


Skaters, SF Chronicle

Skaters, SF Chronicle

Went on a trip to the  Moonlight Roller Rink for real inspiration, where I met Marcus, who came to the shoot to skate and teach the models some moves.

Jolene and Marcus, Copyright 2013

Here some of the photographs from the shoot. It was great! I hope you enjoy them. Happy Belated New Year!!! Diana

Many thanks to the following people who helped with the shoot:

Models: Jolene Anderson, Sarah Brewer, Jessica Brittain

Makeup: Geoffrey Rodriguez, Hair: Boyd

Wardrobe: Jennifer Levy

Set Design: Kendall Faeth

On Set Art Direction : Dee DeLara

Gaffer: Gal Harpaz

Retouching Magic: Gloss Post-production

Digital Capture: Dimitri Newman

Sarah does Arabesque, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Sarah does Arabesque, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Rainbow skaters, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Rainbow skaters, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013