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san diego photographer | what san francisco looks like | january 2013

We’re back for another month of What ___ Looks Like, and I chose to spotlight our recent trip to San Francisco.  This was Brooks first visit to the City and we loved every minute of it.
Please make sure you continue on with the group by heading over to my dear, sweet friend, Amy Grace | a beautiful life photo.

Dear Brooks,

Stunning views.  Belly laughs.  And delicious food.  That is only the beginning to describe our amazing weekend in San Francisco last month.  I loved how giddy with excitement you were to just be at the airport, however we both decided that the San Diego airport was an embarrassment compared to San Francisco’s airport.  You were so excited for our return flight, just so you could do a little shopping … the candy store was to be your first stop.

We stumbled upon Scala’s Bistro for lunch while we were waiting for our room to be ready.  You were thrilled with the sparkling lemonade and the best bread I think you’ve ever had.  This was just the first of many delicious meals during our stay.

Soon after we checked in, we raced back downstairs to wait for Wendy and Will.  The four of us took off for Pier 39 to see the sites like a true tourist.

When we had our fill of the Pier, we ended up at Golden Gate Park.  One look at this tree and both you and Will were happy boys.

This was our view from our private breakfast room at the Grand Hyatt.  We felt so spoiled by all the great food and the incredible view.

Our only plans for Sunday was a trip to the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park.  I was so impressed with this place … wish we had one in San Diego.  So many incredible animals and exhibits.  These are only some of our favorites … I have so much more.

A morning and evening shot from our room.

Before we went in search of the cable cars, we came back to the room for a quick rest.  You weren’t all that into taking a nap (even though you only got 7 hours of sleep) so you thought bed jumping was much more fun.  In between jumping from bed to bed, you stopped every now and then to let me take a few pictures.

Off to the cable cars …

Before we took off for our biking adventure on Monday, we took a few more minutes taking advantage of the gorgeous light in our room.

Even though it had been countless years since I’d been on a bike, we decided we wanted to rent bikes and head across the Golden Gate.  It was one of the best days that we have ever had.  I promise once the chemo treatments are over, I’ll buy a bike for myself.

I LOVED watching you ride across the bridge with such joy and confidence.  Watching your jacket flap in the wind just made me smile.

Once across the bridge, we ended up in Salsalito at the height of herring season.  The coastline was buzzing with fishing boats and birds.  After lunch we hopped on the ferry which took us back across the bay to San Francisco.

Once we got back into the airport, you went straight to the candy store and grabbed a giant bag of sour candy … it didn’t even last to the start of the flight.

We are such great travel partners.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for both of us.  I hope you will look back on these images and remember the incredible time we had.

I love you to the moon and back!


Be sure to continue on with my dear friend with Amy Grace | a beautiful life photo.


From the beginning …

What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like
What Our Everyday Looks Like
What Love Looks Like
What Choosing Joy Looks Like
What Life Looks Like Now

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February 4, 2013 - 7:13 am

julie l. - These are all so perfect!! Hope you make an awesome photobook of these, I wish my vacation pictures turned out so incredible:-)

February 4, 2013 - 7:34 am

celeste jones - These are AMAZING Jules. You and Brooks are adorable. <3

February 4, 2013 - 8:02 am

Adele Humphries - Such amazing shots of one of my favorite cities! I adore them all but loved that b+w of Brooks jumping on the bed!! So much fun! Your compositions are amazing Jules. Really really enjoyed looking through these…more than once! 🙂

February 4, 2013 - 8:19 am

Jasmine Sargent - I adore every single one of these photos. You have such a true talent for capturing every moment. I want you to come teach me! The tree shot of Brooks might just be my favorite though!

February 4, 2013 - 8:30 am

Sophie|London Ontario Photographer - beautifully clear, crisp and vibrant images! Love!

February 4, 2013 - 9:59 am

amy grace - there is so much to love about this. seeing the joy of you two together, that precious face that never gets old to any of us, all the beautiful color of this magic place. these are some of my favorite places and scenes in the whole world. i love this city, i love marin. yet you made me see in with NEW eyes. that is amazing. the two of you scream love. i can actually feel this experience with you. so much life, so much goodness, so much beauty you share with us all. just awesome jules xoxoxo

February 4, 2013 - 10:03 am

Cara Harrison - WOW Jules, you’ve outdone yourself. What an amazing set of memories you’ve captured for yourself and Brooks. I can.not.wait. to see what you can do with hawaii! 😉

February 4, 2013 - 11:05 am

shalonda - jules…your moments always leave me beyond speechless…i could scroll through “the adventures of brooks and jules” book all day long. i love that you experience so much in your days, its awe-inspiring…beautiful adventure ms jules

February 4, 2013 - 11:14 am

brenda - When I see your images I see two people that are the world to each other. Your relationship with Brooks is so unique Jules and if I didn’t know the both of you and I was just some admirer of your work, I can clearly tell that in your photos. They pour with love and admiration. You have a truly special boy on your hands and you have done well by him…I hope you know that. 🙂

The one of him jumping and doing a tuck on the bed puts me in the best mood on this crazy Monday morning! It looks like you all had a wonderful time and I love seeing the three of you together too. I’m just jealous I wasn’t there….but hopefully in June!!

February 4, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Wendy VonSosen - It was so much fun seeing you two this month! That shot of the tree is insane. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Academy of Sciences. Next time we’ll start there. 🙂 The rest of your trip looks awesome. The bed jumping shots are so great! And I’m happy to see you in so many of the images. I can’t wait to see your post of Hawaii next! xox

February 4, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Summer Murdock - Oh Jules SO many ahhhhmazing images in this set. You have made me feel like I was there with you on this trip. I love San Francisco so much. It’s awesome to see the two of you having so much fun and I can feel your love for him in every Mage you capture.

February 4, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Sarah c - Wow Jules!! Just wow!! Each and every image is glorious!! The one of Brooks in the tree vines is straight out of a fairy tale! To be a fly on the wall around your family! As always these are just stunning! I am loving how you processed them too!!!

February 4, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - I have never been to San Fransisco but this just makes me want to go even more. Looks liek you guys had a blast and I love all the critter photos. And I also love the ones of B jumping on the bed, they are perfect. You look great Jules, another beautiful post!

February 4, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Lindsey Bergstrom - Jules,

I so so love this whole series. I keep wanting my babies to stay small and hold on to them but your images and your storytelling of your SF trip makes me want them to grow up. Its clear you two just are so in love with each other…that you two make each other so happy. Unbelievable…and that image of B in climbing through the tree is crazy good…love it. what a trip…to see the world through the eyes of a little boy…so amazing.

February 4, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Kara May - Oh these are awesome! I felt like I was there. I love that you got shots in the airport of Brookes just chilling. I haven’t been to San Fran in years and this makes me want to go back. I miss it. We used to live not too far from there when I was young. You make me want to travel. Love these and I love that you were able to get in a few too. That’s important!

February 5, 2013 - 1:12 pm

leah - oh jules what a beautiful and full month you had! so happy you got a chance to see wendy and make all these wonderful memories. they are all so sweet and beautiful. and i could just eat your little guy up. he is SO darn sweet! xo

February 7, 2013 - 11:56 am

Christina - Amazing!!! You captured this trip so beautifully and as always your relationship with that handsome little man. The images on the tree are my favorite but so hard to choose. Seriously Jules, I am so in love with these.

February 12, 2013 - 8:48 am

Butch - Jules, you photography and story telling is simply amazing! I look forward to rading them each month. It also gives great inspiration for getting my camera out and capturing my own family. Thank you so much for sharing.

February 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Lacey - Looks like MAJOR FUN!! Thinking about you this week and hoping treatment is going well (as can be expected).

March 2, 2013 - 9:14 am

andrea - i’m so happy to have been introduced to your work through this circle jules! your work is beautiful. i love love all of the shots in those crazy tree roots — amazing.

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