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Rockridge with Kate and Anna

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This past weekend, I uncovered some film I got developed but never shared on the blog.

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
Perhaps it’s because the weather is getting warmer and the summer season seems just a breath away, but I got really nostalgic for these pictures. I don’t take film pictures nearly as much as I’d like to these days–digital photography is just so much easier–so I treasure moments like these captured perfectly on a beautiful roll of film.

With analog photography, even accidental shots like this are dreamy:

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
This day was the same day with Kate and Anna I blogged about 1.5 years ago; I just never shared my own pictures from the day, so here you go. I’ve said this before, but I love the little neighborhood where we took these pictures: Rockridge. It’s part of the city of Oakland but so full of shops, restaurants and pretty homes, it could be should be a city of its own. I was recently talking to someone who said they like Oakland better than San Francisco. I still think I’d rather live in a charming San Francisco Victorian home, but this is quite lovely as well.

rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
rockridge with kate and anna - drifter and the gypsy blog
PS. To see pictures of Rockridge homes, click here.

Guardian

guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog

Earlier this week I showed you my outfit and now I’m showing you something I did behind the camera.

I had this photo shoot idea in my head for a few months now and finally got to execute it on my last school break, right before the new year (which oh my gosh seems so long ago!!). The two young girls are not models; they are just some (pretty) girls of family friends whose mothers so graciously allowed me to borrow their kids for the day. I am really pleased with the result and that I was able to do something creatively for myself before school started again. The shoot was loosely inspired by the song Guardian by Alanis Morisette, which I don’t really like that much (heh), I just liked the idea of a protector/mother figure over a child and wanted to translate the concept to photography.

guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog
guardian - drifter and the gypsy blog

photography: me
styling: savana scarlett
hair and makeup: janet mariscal
models are caitlin at cast images, myla and arine
shot on location at studio e

More from this series on my website.

Grandma’s Brag Bag

grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog

I found this sitting in my computer archives and had to laugh. I thought these pictures would never see the light of day, but now they are just too good not to share.

Back when I was applying to SCAD, I entered their Challenge Scholarship Competition. I found out about the competition pretty late in the game and the photography challenge had already ended. Darn. The only challenge left (besides some sort of dress-sewing competition) was their accessories challenge. The accessories challenge was to design an innovative handbag that was functional in real life. I sure didn’t have enough time design and so sew a fancy dress (I only had 1 week until the deadline), so I chose to enter the handbag/accessories challenge. Being a nana at heart, of course I had to do something painfully nana-ish: Grandma’s Brag Bag.

grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog

For the grandmother who can’t talk enough about her grandkids, who needs to be toting around a wallet full of school pictures? This bag is sure to stir up conversation wherever she goes. The clear pockets make it easy for grandma to update photos as her grandkids grow. It also comes complete with detachable bag that can be used as a carry-all for when she babysits the kids for the day.

grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog
grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog
grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog
grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog

Some of the pictures are my own baby pictures (can you guess which ones they are?) and some of them are random pictures I found off the Internet haha (hello Google Images). If you see your picture here, do know it was used for an educational cause!

grandma's brag bag - drifter and the gypsy blog

Unfortunately I didn’t win. But I still had fun making it. I’m waiting for the perfect grandma to give it to. My grandma (thankfully) isn’t like this haha!

Behind the scenes of Bella Blue

bella blue behind the scenes

I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty nosy person. Nosy in the sense that as much as I love to look at a final product, I love a sneaky peak behind the scenes, maybe even more. I love seeing what the surroundings looked like the moment a shot was taken, what was the team wearing, how large was the team, etc. Sadly, no one usually takes behind the scenes pictures of my shoots other than some quick snaps on their phones, but that just doesn’t compare. For my Bella Blue shoot, I asked my friend Helen to take some behind the scenes shots with her camera. I had such fun seeing how I look while taking pictures. I hope you enjoy!

bella blue behind the scenes

What the pool looked like from the observation deck:

bella blue behind the scenes
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Isn’t the lighting dreammyyy??

bella blue behind the scenes
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Pssst if you missed my Bella Blue shoot, go here. Also, check out the full series complete with all the final images on my website.

Bella Blue

Here’s a shoot I did last month for the Material Girl Magazine blog. The model was a girl named Isabella, the beautiful younger sister of a model I’ve worked with before (although the shoot we worked on together has not yet been released). This shoot was inspired by ballet, mermaids, and other beautiful creatures of the sea. We shot at the most amazing pool in the world at the Berkeley City Club, which was designed by Julia Morgan, who was also the designer of Hearst Castle. The stylist was my friend Helen, a ballerina, who kindly lent us her ballet leotards for this shoot.

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About a girl named Bella who lives at the pool, except she only comes out after hours. She is very lonely and longs for companionship, but has been forbidden to be seen in public.

bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog
bella blue - drifter and the gypsy blog

photography: micaela hoo (me!)
styling: helen grace lahey
model: isabella sofia
clothing: vintage, stylist’s own
shot on location at the Berkeley City Club.

More photos from this series can be seen on my website here.

Summer of ’63

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You may have already seen bits and pieces of this shoot on Calivintage, but back in February, I did a shoot for Ballad Of Magazine’s Summer of ’63-themed issue: Brian & Betsy.

summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog

Heavily inspired by Brigitte Bardot, we spent the day shooting and frolicking about the grounds at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.

summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog
summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog
summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog

This was one of my favorite shoots to put together, mainly because the ’60s/prep style is so close to my heart. I also got to work with an amazing team whose talents blew me away. Tate, the model, embodied the Brigitte Bardot character better than I could ever imagine. She and her mom are a hoot and so fun to be around! Erin of Calivintage styled the shoot and Miche Tan did hair and makeup.

summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog
summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog
summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog
summer of 63 - drifter and the gypsy blog

A HUGE thank you to my friend Abby who lent me her bunny for this shoot!

Lots and LOTS more photos from this shoot are up on my website.

photography: micaela hoo (me!)
styling: erin hagstrom
hair and makeup: miche tan
model: tate at stars model management

Holly Baby

holly baby - drifter and the gypsy blog
holly baby - drifter and the gypsy blog
holly baby - drifter and the gypsy blog
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite films ever. I’m not sure if I like it more for the story or just to swoon over Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe, effortless grace, and the scenes of New York City.

I did this Breakfast at Tiffany’s-inspired shoot exactly two years ago (!) in July, but I felt like it was tired and lacking and needed a facelift. I worked with illustrator Caitlin Shearer to jazz up the pictures a bit. She printed some of the photos in black and white and hand-painted the images with watercolor. The concept was to make the images look like very old technicolor films, where each still was hand-inked throughout the film, just like in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This was my first time collaborating with an illustrator on my photographs and I’m so happy with the result.

holly baby - drifter and the gypsy blog
holly baby - drifter and the gypsy blog

I love the idea of creating mixed media art. It puts a new spin on 2D art (especially photographs), don’t you think? Some of my favorite mixed media artists are Shae DeTar and Ben Giles. I have a feeling this is the beginning of new collaborations with artists!

view this shoot on my website here.

Photography: Me
Collages: Caitlin Shearer
Styling: Ashley Abtahie
Hair and Makeup: Mikaela South
Model: Lindsay at Stars Model Management

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