Food Photography Dreams by Katie Newburn in Oakland

Oakland is an amazing city that has really started to thrive over the last few years. There are tons of restaurants and coffee shops where you can fulfill your food photography dreams. There are so many amazing artists who hold open studios where you can see their work and meet people. The Bay is right in our backyard. It’s a wonderful place to take photos and catch the sunset.

Name:Katie Newburn



Travel. There’s definitely more travel in the future for me!

Tell us about the Bay Area:

The East Bay is full of talented and thriving artists and craftsmen. There is definitely no shortage of good food or places to gather with your friends. There are hills to hike and a beautiful bay where you can be close to the water and catch the sunset.

A perfect day in Oakland?

The perfect day would start with a cup of coffee (always). Then a long hike in the Oakland Redwoods with my pup, Mr. Brooks. I’d be back in my studio by noon for a light lunch and enough time to make some photographs and do a bit of work at the computer. By the time 6pm rolls around, I’m ready to meet friends for a glass of wine and a little dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Penrose. I can’t get enough of that place!

What is the best thing about the Bay Area?

The beautiful San Francisco Bay Area has just about everything you could want at your fingertips. There is the Pacific Ocean (go to Mt. Tamalpais for the best views). In just a little over three hours you can be hiking in Yosemite or skiing in Lake Tahoe. The Napa Valley, with its wonderful restaurants and wineries, is only an hour drive away. We’re spoiled here!

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What would be surprising about the Bay Area to an outsider?

Summer isn’t actually much of a summer around the Bay. It’s very foggy here. But by the time late September and early October rolls around, we’ve got plenty of sunshine.

If the Bay Area was a person or character who would it be?

Buster Keaton

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Bill Viola, Fever Ray, and Ditte Isager.


Name:Katie Newburn


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Local Tip:

Oakland Art Murmur on the first Friday of every month is where you want to be!

Must Do:

Hike at Redwood Regional State Park.