Small Business Spotlight | MAEK Ceramics

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and mere weeks before this pair exchanges their vows, I’m excited to feature lovebirds and business partners, Michaela Maes and Ryan Shoemaker, also known as MAEK Ceramics.

For nearly two years, Michaela and Ryan have combined creative forces to produce ever-evolving ceramic housewares out of their studio in Clayton, California. Through hard work, long hours, and continual relationship building, MAEK has made their mark and now graces the shelves of many shops, pop-ups, cafes, and homes. Photographing them in action gave me a new appreciation for how much time and focus each piece requires. The process may be as admirable as the final product.

Thanks to Michaela and Ryan for the reminder that good things take time — like mugs, pots, and growing a small business. I look forward to seeing how your lives and your ceramics continue inspiring others as you step into marriage and a new studio in San Diego!

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Editorial Feature | Diablo Magazine

Diablo Magazine amazes me with their unceasing discoveries of the East Bay’s most interesting people and places. The February issue introduced me to mouthwatering BBQ from Pig in a Pickle (mmm…that smoked chicken with Alabama White Sauce!), hand crafted bitters from Batch & Brine and Maya Enista Smith modeling kindness in action through the Born This Way Foundation. It’s easy to see why these local folks have earned the attention.

Thanks to Diablo Magazine for another opportunity to connect with my community through photography!

Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine




Editorial Feature | Diablo Magazine

The January 2019 issue of Diablo Magazine presented the opportunity for me to photograph four local happiness experts. I enjoyed connecting with these remarkable East Bay women and learning more about the ‘The Science of Happiness’ through their research. Be sure to check out the article in the current issue!

Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine

Editorial Feature | Visit Oakland Inspiration Guide 2018

In case you needed another excuse to explore beloved Oakland… below are a few images of outstanding murals and outdoor activities photographed for the Visit Oakland Inspiration Guide 2018 by Diablo Custom Publications.

Featured Image: Stomper the Elephant by The Illuminaries

Featured Image: Stomper the Elephant by The Illuminaries

Featured Images: Dog walker at Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve and Lake Merritt

Featured Images: Dog walker at Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve and Lake Merritt