The photographer’s heart

mattresses on Fell St., SF, CA

Driving in SF the other day I had to pull my car over to a screeching halt when I saw this abandoned furniture on the side of the road. Something about the way it glowed in the sun made my photographer’s heart palpitate. Just as I wondered if I was crazy, if maybe I had lived in the suburbs of Berkeley for too long and discarded furniture was starting to look exotic, I saw another photographer shooting the same decrepit old chair. I grinned to myself and as I stuck my head out of the window saw that it was one of my favorite photographer pals– cookbook author Heidi Swanson and her husband.

“Heidi!” I shouted and pulled over to say hello, waving my hands wildly.
“I was photographing that too!”
I said this in a very uncool and extremely excited away. Clearly I don’t get out much.

But this is the joy, the thrill of seeing something that delights your eye, your photographer’s heart. And the feeling that other people might share in that joy as well? Priceless.

discarded chair on Fell St. taken with my point and shoot

Treasure Hunts

One of my favorite parts of the Superhero Photo class (next session begins this Monday, September 19th) are the treasure hunts. We download a PDF to print out with fortune cookie sized photo prompts (or treasures) to find. As we go about our days we look for “the mess” or the “riot of color” or the “peeling paint on a wall.” It’s a bit like bird watching, a field guide of sorts.

Discarded furniture? Check.

self portrait in the leaves, taken with my point and shoot

Images are powerful

Do you want to capture more beautiful photos for your blog?
Take better portraits of your kids?
Learn to really use that camera?
Create a new way into joy?

Join me for this fall’s session of Superhero Photo!

Class begins Monday, September 19th.

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Hi, I’m Andrea

On this blog you’ll be learning with me how to use our voices, share our creative superpowers and live life in full color.

As an artist, photographer, life coach + mentor, I’m redefining what it means to be a SUPERHERO — ‘cause in my world, it’s got nothing to do with capes, spandex or sidekicks and everything to do with tenderness, intuition & baby steps of bravery.



  1. Rachel

    I was walking my in-laws’ dog last night, talking to my mom on the phone, and I found a fussball (sp?) table on the sidewalk! It was such a fun find!

  2. Mrs. Fun

    Love this concept of this class!! Awesome!!

  3. Jill

    Would you be able to share what kind of camera your point and shoot is?
    I’m so glad I found my way over here via Brene!

  4. Karen

    Wow, yes, love your shots on Fell Street, and why not?!! It’s the same blues next to yellows that make me love Wayne Thibaud’s paintings! Rich and POWerfull…

  5. Christina

    oh this class sounds amazing.

  6. oprolevorter

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…


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