recent work | yerzy family photos by Maci Britt


A couple of Sundays ago the Yerzy's met up with me in the city for church and in the afternoon we squeezed in a post-picnic photo session. The park provided a perfect setting to capture Oliver's expressions of pure joy. He was having the time of his life on the big metal slide. 

After the park we took a walk down a nearby street to get some Christmas card-worthy shots. This family is so photogenic. Oliver and Salem are two of the cutest little guys I've ever seen. Chris and Tawnee make such a good team and I love watching them interact so well with their boys. 


scenes from the ferry building by Maci Britt


Today the city was so beautifully clear and crisp (in contrast to last Sunday's gloominess) and as it was also the first Sunday in December I decided to venture down to the Ferry Building after church. 

Maybe it's because my family seems to always end up at the Ferry Building on Christmas Eve, or maybe it's because the greenery and the lights and the general vibes this time of year make it seem so holiday-ish, but I associate the Ferry Building with Christmas and so a walk through seemed like the thing to do today. I also felt like being near the water. 


I was prepared for crowds, but it was much less busy than I was expecting. Full enough to feel energetic, but not so full that you couldn't walk slowly without causing a traffic jam. 👍 

I had a pork bun for lunch (it makes my mom happy when I eat lunch on Sundays... I don't have a great track record), followed by a cup of Blue Bottle's Oakland Lights holiday blend coffee. I wore gloves to keep warm, took lots of pictures, stood on the pier, watched birds, watched people, and enjoyed the heck out of everything. 


scenes from oregon by Maci Britt


Back in June, I got the opportunity to spend a few days working up in Oregon! On a Monday morning my boss and I flew from Oakland to Portland, where we were picked up by our coworker and whisked away to some really beautiful sites like Multnomah Falls and Vista House before heading to Newberg, where we stayed through Thursday. 


Newberg is CUTE. I loved every bit of it. Staying in an apartment above a wine shop (just a block from one of the main streets downtown), stopping at a different bakery/cafe/coffee shop every morning on the walk to work, walking to work (a dream), getting to work in person for an extended amount of time with my two Oregon-based coworkers, eating eggs from one of the coworkers' daughter's chickens every morning... I could keep going. 

I can't believe it's taken me so long to document the trip here (actually I can- I'm really bad at keeping up with blogging right now), but better late than never! Enjoy the adorable scenes of Oregon in June, as seen through the lens of my iPhone :)


During our stay, we walked most places- to work in the morning, to lunch, etc. The weather showed off the whole time and was perfectly conducive to a car-free week. I thoroughly enjoyed midday walks through the town.


For a town its size, Newberg has a lot to offer as far as cool restaurants and cafes go. I was impressed! We had dinners at a little Mexican restaurant and Subterra, pastries and coffee every morning from Newberg Bakery and Coffee Cottage, lunches at Ruddick/Wood (pictured below) and Jac's Deli (where I had my first frozen custard experience 🙌), etc. Also notable, though outside of Newberg, is Babica Hen Cafe. It was so wonderful, just thinking about it makes me want to be there right now. 


Our VRBO rental was charming. It was located on a side street just a block or so from downtown, above a wine shop, across the street from an old Victorian house-turned-gift-shop, and within easy walking distance to our Oregon office. The apartment had the best windows, a record player, local coffee, and a gas stove and I basically wanted to move in permanently. 


Caravan Coffee was not within walking distance, but thankfully my terrific coworker drove me over there for a cappuccino on my last day in town! It was cool to get a glimpse of their roasting operation and I had also never seen a Modbar espresso system in real life. Those are pretty sleek. 


'Til next time, Oregon 👋

recent work | johnson family photos by Maci Britt


Any excuse to hang out with Jared and Keri and Anora is welcome. But when I also get to bring out my camera and capture some of the cuteness? It's almost too much. 

We squeezed in this photo shoot just in time for Christmas card season :) First we met up at the cafe, then went for a little walk downtown, and ended at the Johnson ranch for some orchard photos. Here are some favorite scenes!


beach study by Maci Britt

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Last month I spent countless hours at the beach. Lots of hours walking up and down Ocean Beach, and lots of hours walking, chasing dolphins, and sitting in silence on beaches near Monterey. It's my absolute favorite. My happy place.

On the last day of my mini vacation near Monterey, I focused my photos on textures and objects rather than waves as I usually do. Seaweed freaks me out, as do other small beach creatures (birds are chill), but I don't mind photographing them as long as we don't touch :)

Here are things! 

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scenes from mount tam by Maci Britt

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Well I'm horribly behind on blogging, but that's nothing new. Since I last shared photos in this space, there's been another LA trip, an Oregon trip, a Monterey-ish trip, and some more pretty great weekends in the Bay Area. I'll hopefully get around to sorting/sharing scenes from those first three soon, but these photos today are from the most recent weekend.

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Saturday was spent at a beautiful waterside hotel in Mill Valley with my friend Brigid and about 35 or so other lovely ladies at a day retreat. To end the day, Brigid and I headed up to Mount Tam for the sunset. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and since we were already in Mill Valley it seemed like the right thing to do.

With no specific direction or location we drove up hills and through redwoods and eventually parked, ran up a hill, climbed a rock, and sat huddled in a blanket as the sunset colored the sky and the fog rolled in, swirling towards us. Happy to have been able to check this off my list of things to do, and also ready to experience it again! 🙌  😍  

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LA, part 3. by Maci Britt

Our last morning down south was actually spent in Malibu. We woke up, packed up, braved some Monday morning traffic on our way to the coast, and were rewarded with the most delicious breakfast at Malibu Farm Cafe. Food and coffee, with friends, on a pier, over the ocean, on a Monday morning? Yes, please. 

Once my toes hit that sand, I could've stayed happily forever. But of course we eventually had to get back in the car and make the long drive home. Counting down the days until we can do this again! 😊

LA, part 2. by Maci Britt

Sunday in LA was so nice. We took it slower, played things by ear. We had a long brunch at The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills before heading to church. I loved being able to visit Reality LA! 

There was this moment on Sunday, after lunch, where I needed some decent coffee. All I'd had all day was a small cup of hotel coffee and a small cup of Beverly Hills hotel coffee (which wasn't great). We happened to be driving on Larchmont Ave. and I spotted Go Get 'Em Tiger- a coffee shop I'd heard about from Bon Appetit. Alyssa and Tawnee didn't even park. They just stopped (safely) in the street and I hopped out. That delicious cold brew gave me life for the rest of the afternoon, haha. 🙌 

On Sunday evening we ate dinner on a rooftop in Beverly Hills. Recommend. 👌

After the sunset and after we finished our slow, leisurely dinner (a must on vacation, right?!) we went on an adventure to find "Urban Light" at LACMA. It's an art installation made up of 202 antique street lights, and I'm glad we got to see it at night! 

Part 3 to come...

LA, part 1. by Maci Britt

Last month I got invited to tag along on a trip to LA with two of my friends. They'd already booked a hotel room and pretty much mapped out the places they wanted to go- all I had to do was say yes, send some money for my portion of the hotel, and ask for one day off from work. I did all three, woke up much too early on a Saturday morning, and off we went. 

It had been years since I was last in Southern California, and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would! What a great place. I could maybe live there, but I would probably miss SF too much. First loves, you know?

I imagined my next trip down would be for Disneyland later this year, but as it turns out, I'll be spending another few days in LA next month! So I'm getting these photos from the first trip off my phone before that happens :)

Here's 2 days in LA (plus a bonus morning in Malibu) through the lens of my iPhone... 

Since we made such good time on the drive down (arriving in Hollywood nearly 2 hours earlier than expected), we were able to check a couple of items off the list before lunch on Saturday- Alfred Coffee and Micheltorena Stairs. After the stairs, we popped into a couple of the super cute shops in the area.

Late in the afternoon, after a failed attempt at getting some sun by the hotel pool (too windy!!), we made our way to Venice and explored Abbot Kinney Blvd. Such a cute, cute area! I loved it so much and would've liked to have spent more time there. Next time! 

Well I think that's enough photos for one post! Stay tuned for part 2...

fun with a disposable camera by Maci Britt

Here's an idea for 2017: go to Target. Buy a disposable camera (for $11.99). Take pictures on it all year. When December rolls around, get it developed! 

I bought a camera in October 2015 and took photos with it through December 2016. The best part about stretching it out for so long is the added fun of not remembering which pictures you took, in addition to the suspense of not knowing how the pictures will turn out. That anticipation is lost with digital. 

Of course, this is not about making high-quality photos. They're grainy. The lighting is funky. But heck, it's a whole lot of fun to do something so opposite iPhones and Instagram (which I still love, btw). 

Here are some of my favorites from the last camera. The new one is all ready to capture 2017!! 

The Window Seat at Elmwood. Berkeley, CA. 

The Window Seat at Elmwood. Berkeley, CA. 

Elmwood Cafe. Berkeley, CA.

Elmwood Cafe. Berkeley, CA.

Durant Ave from the Fire Escape. Berkeley, CA.

Durant Ave from the Fire Escape. Berkeley, CA.

Downtown Farmer's Market. Berkeley, CA. 

Downtown Farmer's Market. Berkeley, CA. 

B + L at Dolores Park. San Francisco, CA. 

B + L at Dolores Park. San Francisco, CA. 

The Campanile. Berkeley, CA. 

The Campanile. Berkeley, CA. 

Bougainvillea on College Ave. Berkeley, CA. 

Bougainvillea on College Ave. Berkeley, CA. 

Sunday Lunch at Beachside Cafe. San Francisco, CA. 

Sunday Lunch at Beachside Cafe. San Francisco, CA. 

Go Giants! San Francisco, CA.

Go Giants! San Francisco, CA.

Saturday Afternoon Chill. Berkeley, CA.

Saturday Afternoon Chill. Berkeley, CA.

So, are you going to use a disposable camera this year? Or have you used one recently?? 

sunset magazine's bay area idea house by Maci Britt

Ugh. Guys, I am literally so behind on blogging!!!!! Honestly I've been spending a lot less time behind a computer screen lately (outside of work, of course), which is a good thing (it really is). I've been journaling more! I've been reading more! I've had more time to listen to podcasts and take notes! Like I said, a good thing.

I'll do my best to catch up in this space (and try to be better in 2017 :)), and first up is this house tour- Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House, which just so happens to have been built in my favorite town. On a hill. Overlooking my favorite region. Major heart eyes. 

Are you familiar with this idea house concept? Each year, Sunset Magazine builds an innovative house somewhere in the West. They partner with local builders and architects to create some stunning living spaces. 

This year's home is modern and sleek on the outside, but the inside feels very inviting and livable. Each floor features a deck of varying size, encouraging the indoor/outdoor living that Sunset always promotes and that the Bay Area is so well-suited for most of the year.

Needless to say, I was ready to move in from the moment I stepped through that front door. Since that's never going to happen, I'm happy just to have had the opportunity to visit and to photograph the house :) 

john + annette | engaged by Maci Britt

When I first started at my job, I met my next-office-door neighbor, John. I spent a month or so trying to figure him out... I kind of thought he hated me or something. Fast forward to present day I'm so glad he's my office neighbor. He's hilarious, knows a wealth of random trivia, and is a major movie buff.

The most common occurrence is for John to walk into my office and ask, "Have you ever seen [insert movie title]?" If I have, we converse about it. If I haven't (much more likely), he either turns and walks away in silence or tells me I "am wrong" (direct quote).

He also happens to enjoy cooking as much as I do, so we have great conversations about that topic and often send recipe links back and forth on IM. 

A couple of months ago on their annual vacation to Florida, John proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Annette, and I had the honor of being asked to take their engagement photos. We drove up to a winery in Lodi for a lovely afternoon of wine slushies and pictures. 

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Sunday was chill. 

Pastries and coffee at Thorough Bread. 


Lunch at Beachside. 

A relaxing chat with friends in their living room.

A walk to Andytown (for an afternoon pick-me-up, you know?). 

A trip up to the top of the observation tower at de Young. 

And a very lively drive home thanks to the "Songs to Sing in the Car" playlist on Spotify.

Such fun.  

beau + liz... by Maci Britt

…are engaged!!! 

Beau proposed in Yosemite the very day these photos were taken, and everything was perfect. Also, fun fact: this day, February 13, was their one year anniversary of dating!

It's been my pleasure to know both of these folks for a very very very long time, and it's been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to spend an exceptional amount of time with them over the last 8 months or so (they make the best SF buddies)… (see here, here, and here).

On top of getting to take their engagement photos, do I even have to say how incredibly excited I am to have the privilege of being in their wedding in August?! 

+ Click here to see more of Beau + Liz's photos.

berkeley art museum and pacific film archive by Maci Britt

A few Saturdays ago I headed to Berkeley to hang out with my friend Micah and also, well, Berkeley. It had been awhile. 

We headed downtown to check out the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive before grabbing lunch at Sliver across the street. 

The museum is very cool. The building itself is so snazzy (I wish I would've taken more photos of the exterior), and there are some neat exhibits at the moment. Walls are alternately filled with paintings and objects, film projections and installations.

I think one of my favorite pieces was Cityscape with House and Gray Energy by Chris Johanson, though I didn't photograph it. It's a brightly colored, busy painting with so much going on that you're forced to look at it for quite a while. 

Have you been to the museum yet? Check it out!