ABOUT | Gia

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I was born in Colorado (mountains)

I was born in Colorado (mountains)

and I grew up in New York (finger lakes)

and I grew up in New York (finger lakes)

but I was always a California girl.

but I was always a California girl.

This is my family: Matt (my beloved) and Izzy (my furry beloved).

This is my family: Matt (my beloved) and Izzy (my furry beloved).

Izzy when she was a puppy.

Izzy when she was a puppy.

My favorite grown up photo of Izzy, and of summer.   (She helps me use up all my rolls of film)

My favorite grown up photo of Izzy, and of summer. (She helps me use up all my rolls of film)

I have almost always kept some sort of garden for myself.

I have almost always kept some sort of garden for myself.

(nowadays: figs! succulents! grapes! lemons! greens of all sorts, especially sorrel and kale!)

(nowadays: figs! succulents! grapes! lemons! greens of all sorts, especially sorrel and kale!)

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Lots of people say they left their heart in San Francisco, but I feel like I fill mine up here …

Lots of people say they left their heart in San Francisco, but I feel like I fill mine up here …

and in lots of places:

and in lots of places:

Edinburgh, Scotland…

Edinburgh, Scotland…

New Mexico has the most incredible skies.

New Mexico has the most incredible skies.

Orick, CA...

Orick, CA...

Best swimming in my whole life! (Cinque Terra along the Italian riviera).

Best swimming in my whole life! (Cinque Terra along the Italian riviera).

For a homebody, I have some serious wanderlust.

For a homebody, I have some serious wanderlust.

My twin sister and me, age six. We still consider this the classic photo of us.

My twin sister and me, age six. We still consider this the classic photo of us.

Younger sister and brother are twins, too. (It's true: my mom is kind of amazing).

Younger sister and brother are twins, too. (It's true: my mom is kind of amazing).

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I have twelve (12!!) nieces and nephews—and counting!

I have twelve (12!!) nieces and nephews—and counting!

My twin sister and her husband have four boys!

My twin sister and her husband have four boys.

How I used my very last pack of Polaroid 600 film.

How I used my very last pack of Polaroid 600 film.

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This is the first 4x5 photo I ever made.

This is the first 4x5 photo I ever made.

I can't pick a favorite camera—not just one anyway—but my favorite book is Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

I can't pick a favorite camera—not just one anyway—but my favorite book is Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

I have found that I am tallest when I stand on my hands.

I have found that I am tallest when I stand on my hands.

I used to love how my writer friends could write a poem that would just sum up what life or a particular moment was like for all of us.  I love that I now get to make photos that are kind of like a poem that sums up the moments of our  life—of our lives. The act of bearing witness is a pretty sweet one.

I used to love how my writer friends could write a poem that would just sum up what life or a particular moment was like for all of us. I love that I now get to make photos that are kind of like a poem that sums up the moments of our life—of our lives. The act of bearing witness is a pretty sweet one.