Checking out the view from our friends' new apartment
I love a low-key environmental shoot and Bernal Hill is one of my favorites spots in the city. So these two things coming together for a recent portrait shoot was an ideal combination. Here are a few of my favorites from my walk with Mac around the hill.
Over the past few years, I've been doing an ongoing project on housemates. Here are a few favorites from a group who lived together in Telegraph Hill.
I'm rarely one to volunteer an unnecessary pre-dawn wakeup, but it's almost always worth it. Thankful Noah got me out for this one.
I've been working for a few years on a personal project called Dogpatchwork, featuring businesses in my neighborhood. Not only does it feed my love for shooting new environments, it's also helped me to get to better know people and places right around me.
All photographs by Kara Brodgesell
I never considered cutting my (oh-so-boring) long hair super short until I watched the intense skill and creativity of the men at Dogpatch Barber and Shave. Chris, Cornelius, Jan and their clients kindly let me hang around the shoppe for my Dogpatchwork project and helped me remember exactly why I started this project- to meet and learn about the people doing passionate work in my neighborhood. I probably wouldn't have had the occasion to stop into a men's barbershop otherwise, but now I want to hang out there all the time.
Kristen is 28! And back in San Francisco after 300 days of travel abroad! So much going on for her and it was really fun to be able to celebrate her birthday back in the States.
Making the last-minute decision to exit the Bay Bridge for Treasure Island is usually worth it. Especially around sunset.
Dylan was kind enough to lend me his time and thoughtfully decorated room for a personal project I'm working on. Among the many things I've loved about these shoots, it's always fun to see the things that people prioritize having in their bedrooms.
Gab was my roommate and bestie for almost four years in New York, so it's extremely fun and easy to have her at my place now in San Francisco. And it doesn't hurt the photographs that she's a photographer herself and always so fun in front of the camera.
Third Rail is a cozy cocktail bar less than a minute's walk from my house, which is wonderful and dangerous at the same time. They have a fantastic menu, which is cleverly divided into "Seasonal", "Citrus" and "Spiritous".