Category Archives: Life

My Family Photos–And Why You Should Print Yours!

For Thanksgiving, I headed to my mom’s house. There, along with my siblings, and some of our aunts, uncles, and cousins, we spent nearly a full week playing games and eating. We took a day to do family photos, though! As the years have gone on and I do more portrait work, we’ve done family photos together periodically. It has always been important for me to document my life as I live it, and being able to capture my own family is a way of documenting and also expressing my love for them. Even the fur members of the family […]

Northern California lifestyle photos and portraiture. Natural light outdoors photography.

Camping With Rad In Santa Cruz

In all my years of running a food blog, I’ve made many acquaintances, and one truly amazing friend, Rad of The Snobby Foodie. When she learned that I had never been camping in California, and that I had sworn it off years ago because of a couple of bad camping experiences, she and her boyfriend resolved to go with my husband and me. We ended up near Santa Cruz next to a gorgeous redwood forest where we hiked, ate a ton of delicious food, took star photos at midnight, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Rad and her boyfriend completely made the […]

Northern California outdoors camping and lifestyle photos. Vero Kherian

Exploring Sutro Baths During Golden Hour

In San Francisco, I get to see a lot of out-of-town visitors because it is such a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Last week, I got to see one of my oldest friends–not that she’s old–I met her when she was 8 years old and we were both heavily into the Irish step dancing circuit (She has competed at the World Championships!)! Not only that, this was her first time in San Francisco, so in our short time together, I knew I wanted to take her somewhere special. We made it to the Sutro Baths just […]

San Francisco lifestyle photography by Vero Kherian.

Learning To Enjoy The Creative Journey

Sometimes, I, and I think many of us, are plagued with doubt about whether what we are creating is “good enough” or worthy of anyone’s appreciation. It’s not quite “imposter syndrome,” but it is tied to wanting to always offer the best work one can possibly create. When these periods of doubt come, I have been learning more and more that I need to embrace that mistakes are allowed, that they are learning experiences, and that through them I will grow as an artist and human. This is how I approach my photography and all of my creative and technical endeavors. […]

San Francisco-based photography by Vero Kherian. Visiting Yosemite National Park.

The Power of Acknowledgement

When I was ten years old, I discovered the book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet was a little girl about my age who wrote observations of life around her in great detail. Her practice intrigued me, so I took it up. My foray into journaling coincided with my discovery of swear words, so sadly, when my parents discovered my profanity-laced observations of playground life, they destroyed them. Mom and Dad may have been able to destroy those pages, but they couldn’t keep me from writing new ones! Now that I think about it, my love of documenting every day life is […]

I Am An Artist. There, I Said It.

I am an artist. There, I said it. It’s taken over 3 decades to accept, embrace, and love this part of my identity, but at last, I do. If you had asked me if I considered myself artistic 15 years ago, when I was composing songs to mourn the death of my father, 5 years ago, when I was cantoring in a church, or 2 years ago, when I left the legal profession to pursue my cheese blog and photography, I would have told you I wasn’t an artist. But then, just in the past few months—my painter cousin happily […]

Reach Past The Naysayers

I’m going to tell you a little story. When I first started taking photography seriously, which isn’t that long ago, the person who I looked to to guide me warned me off photographing people, events, and portraits. They made it seem like a Herculean task that required some unascertainable technical and artistic level that I hadn’t yet achieved. And so, I believed that person because I valued their insight, and always felt inferior and unready. It happened for a long time. Needless to say, we parted ways. But now, I no longer have that burden of this person’s judgment. I […]