I am a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Oakland, CA. I enjoy people-watching by Lake Merritt, eating kale and fighting the man.

Documentary video shooting and editing, old school photo chemistry/digital photography, organization and a little bit about working for oneself

Expanding my skill set (motion graphics, here I come!), schmoozing and business management/growth

There are a million ways to shoot a wedding.

My parents for teaching me to be independent, work hard and live sustainably. They also gave me a happy childhood playing in the woods with my sisters.

Cleaning. It's actually not a secret.

I tend to only do weddings if people have a secret password. But I know I could and would shoot a lot more weddings if I moved to a smaller place where corporate/nonprofit work may be nonexistent.

My childhood landline phone number, which my parents don't even have anymore. :(

How to load a dishwasher right.

But if we are so disconnected…and all we see are the laws that they say they want to pass, the walls that they say they want to build, the leaders that they are putting into power, the wars, if all we get focused on is what we can see, we’ve missed it. Because we have to understand that despite what you see, something else is happening underneath the surface. That there is something else being born, that there is something else is going to emerge, but you don’t get to watch it grow! So how do you navigate that? How do you navigate this reality of knowing something is bubbling, we can all feel it in our bodies, but none of know what it’s gonna look like when we get through the other side.

Zakiya Harris

When you’re not grounded and rooted in something, the biggest feeling that you feel is fear. And I think that this is such an interesting concept because we live in a society that is terrified, terrified of darkness. Terrified of what they can’t see, define, measure, hold, terrified of what’s not tangible. So we live in a society that has spent thousands and thousands of years creating more tangible things. Every single one of us in this room has too much stuff in our homes, too much stuff in our closets, too many tangible things on the planet. So many tangible things that now we’re destroying the planet with all of our things…we’re contaminating life with all of our things. We can’t move to the heart place…but that’s where all the life comes, that’s where all the magic happens.

Zakiya Harris

Robert Alton Harris was going to be the first guy killed in the gas chamber in 25 years in San Quentin. And for his last super he wanted Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi. So my friend did a sketch and he painted in acrylic, I painted in spray paint…and then we put it up in downtown San Francisco. So is this graffiti? ‘Cuz here’s this really iconographic painting still life image. Or is it graffiti ‘cuz my friend is working in acrylics? Or is it graffiti ‘cuz we’re starting to show our stuff in galleries…and here it is outside?