Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Potrero Hill
Friday morning


Hello. My name is Julie and I live in San Francisco. Like many in this town, I’m a transplant – originally hailing from Ohio. Much to the dismay of my mid-western kin, I’ve officially planted roots here - Potrero Hill to be exact - with my husband and 3-year-old boy. Over the years my lengthy response to their enduring question – “When are you coming home?” – has evolved into one simple word: never. I still don’t think they get it.

Raising a family in San Francisco is a challenge. It’s expensive, the school system sucks and we trip over ourselves in our tiny house. While many friends have fled for the bucolic family life the suburbs provide, we’ve committed to persevere. There’s a life force of energy and creativity in San Francisco that I wouldn’t trade for any amount of money or square footage.

When I’m not being ‘Mom’, I’m running a business and blogging about my obsession – music. I am also in the process of completing studies for another passion of mine - clothing patternmaking and design. Add to my resume, ‘Patternmaker’, and my current string of titles looks something like this – Mom/Entrepreneur/High Tech Marketing Maven/ Blogger/Patternmaker. Or maybe I should just shorten it to: Cliché – typical San Francisco overachiever.

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Char said...

and beautiful model - these shots were gorgeous

Bee said...

Julie's face has a serenity in this one; so different from most of the others, where you caught more animated expressions. I also like the stillness and grace of her body. Did she make that feather necklace?

Her biographical bits made me wonder how much a place allows you to be the person you want to be. Or perhaps transforms you?

Kathryn said...

Love the photos as usual. And love the story behind them. I'm always really interested about how people feel about raising kids here since it's not something I'm sure I'd want to do. Totally feeling the comments on the Midwest thing and the question about "when you're coming home" ... my response? "I am home."

KennethSF said...

There's a sunniness about Julie. That may be the best proof that she's at home in San Francisco's charm, quirk, and vitality. Her mid-western kins may not get it, but we San Franciscans do.