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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.


1. Monte Carlo – San Marino, California, 2. Tromp l’oeil on Fountain, 3. Mr. and Mrs. – Burbank, 4. Green Screen Set – Smashbox, Culver City, 5. Palm – Phoenix

1. Sweet Cutlass – Burbank, 2. White Wall 3.  Caprice Classic Wagon – Palm Springs, 4. Scientology Building – Hollywood

Alexandro Segade and Malik Gaines of My Barbarin, in artist Lara Schnitger’s costumes for their collaborative piece “The Butterfly Dance”

Jade Gordan of My Barbarian and Lara Schnitger

Alexandro Segade in Lara Schnitger’s costume for “The Evil Butterfly” 2012

Recently I photographed a collaborative project between friend and artist Lara Schnitger and performance art collective My Barbarian.

Their show titled “The Butterfly Dance” is currently up at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York.

Lara made these incredible costumes, in addition to head pieces and and the three of them acted out their performance in this mesmerizing video

I fancy myself a creative person, a photographer, a director, an artist? I’m not so sure. This is a interesting question and challenge for me as a commercial photographer and image maker. Still this is why I love working on projects with people like Lara, My Barbarian and her husband Matt. I am enamored by their creative spirit and raw guts. They make work that comes out of their heads, from their hands and their experiences and put it out into the world. Over and over again. Original art inspires me to be brave and go deep into my unconscious when making new work.

Here’s some information on the show and their collaboration and the show.

The Butterfly’s Evil Spell is a collaboration among the three members of LA based collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade) and sculptor Lara Schnitger.  Playing between the dramatic spaces of fantasy and realism, the piece uses a fragmentary Symbolist theater text from 1920 by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, entitled El Maleficio de La Mariposa, as a starting point.  The artists responded with a performance video and installation that re-stages scenes from the play in elaborate sculptural costumes. The group also generated original material drawn from the circumstances in their own interconnected lives, shot on location in their shared LA studio, extending a relationship between imagination and social reality.

El Maleficio de La Mariposa, with a cast of talking insects, tells the story of a mother beetle whose son is “going to be a poet” against her wishes.  The son, in another scene, abandons his girlfriend Sylvia because he is “in love with the butterflies,” a wistful declaration that carries notes of both poetry and prohibited sexual desire, linking the two. The artists perform these scenes in the video, wearing masks and costumes that become sculptures in the installation.  In complementary scenes, the artists act out episodes that reflect their own lives: Gordon, who is pregnant, talks to Schnitger, who has a five year old, about her anxieties; Gaines and Segade, a gay married couple, re-negotiate the complexities of their long-term relationship. The Butterfly’s Evil Spell draws parallels between feminist and queer political identities while locating the space for making these connections in the ludic realm of play.  Emphasizing the theatrical conditions of this play-space, the video begins with a sung adaptation of Golden Age Spanish playwright Calderon de La Barca’s famous Life is A Dream soliloquy, and ends with the dance of the butterflies, in which the four artists become a chorus line of fabric-clad dancers whose wings are decorated with slogans from the women’s and gay right’s movements of the 70s (when most of the members of the group were born), finally leading them to strip off their costumes and reconnect with the imminence of their bodies.

I just made a quick trip to Minneapolis to show my work to Art Directors and Art Buyers at agencies and design firms around town. It was a wonderful trip. The weather was unseasonably warm and breezy. I was hosted by some very lovely friends who took me out to great places to eat and shop. I was blown away by how kind and generous people were to me.  I love this town!

Also of note,  was a  profusion of rainbows in Minneapolis ( not the ones in the sky ) it’s possible I was looking out for them? Because I do LOVE a rainbow, and a dream catcher in strange places ( see slide show below ). Now, for the very best coffee in Minneapolis, in case any one cares, I vote for Dogwood. They are in an odd mall type spot that is surprisingly beautiful, hands down they beat anywhere else I’ve been. And for the very finest in men’s shop, damn it I’m a women, there’s Martinpartrick3. I strolled into this place and had a brief moment of remorse that I couldn’t shop for myself,  by the way they seem to serve cocktails!

Thank you Minneapolis, Sara, Chad, Otto, Piggy, Watson, Meighan for the insane bucket of candy and Coco!!