Debra A. Zeller


The Tuck-It-Inn

Last weekend my friend Greg and I had the pleasure of staying at my friend Marc’s place, which he calls the Tuck-It-Inn. It’s in a little town called Cazadero which is about a 2 hour drive north from San Francisco. I went expecting a cabin with not many amenities only to find that it is more like a 5 star retreat! Here are some photos from our little journey.I heart birdsI had the downstairs room, which is pictured below with the door open onto a lovely deck.Tuck-It-InnCalmingMy reason for choosing the downstairs bedroom was because it’s attached to this amazing bathroom! The view is incredible.Best bathroom everThis is the room my friend Greg stayed in. It is on the top floor in a nice cozy setting.Upstairs BedroomLots of beautiful birds and bugs to go around, too.  I had fun trying to shoot this little guy.i heart birdsMothDid someone say BBQ? Besides the hot tub this was our favorite place to hang out. It’s attached to one of the nicest kitchens I’ve ever seen!Back porch bbqBalls of funIt was sad to have to leave so soon…drivingI can’t recommend it highly enough.oxooxDebra

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Treasure Island Music Festival – Photos!

My photos have been posted on the Treasure Island website, so grab a beverage and a comfy seat and check them out here.  I shot 13 bands over two days and some scenery shots. Fun stuff! Can’t wait to do it again next year.


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Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 2

The 2nd day of the festival was so incredibly fun. I ended up shooting 10 out of the 13 bands that played. It occurred to me while I was editing that I’ve never shot live music in the day before. What a real treat! I’m so use to dealing with really bad lighting or no lighting at all. Below are some of the highlights of the day for me. You should be able to see all my photos on the Treasure Island Music Festival site probably within a week.

So, on to the fest… Strange creatures roamed the grounds making friends with festival goers (and photographers!). How can you not smile when you see these guys? They’re kind of creepy, yet kinda cool.
Here’s a shot of Peter Ellenby in action shooting Built to Spill. Peter is one of my all time rock photographer heroes. You should get his book with his incredible work “Saturday Looks Good to Me”.
Peter Ellenby in action!
I haven’t seen Film School in such a long time; I absolutely love this band and am so proud of everything they have accomplished. This is the first time I’ve seen the new line-up; could they have found a prettier bass player? I don’t think so. They also sounded fantastic.
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One of the biggest highlights of the day for me was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They have a couple songs I absolutely love and have to listen to daily. Clap Your Hands Say YeahClap Your Hands Say YeahClap Your Hands Say Yeah
Finally we have Modest Mouse. It was so strange, yet cool, to see Johnny Marr playing in the band.
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Modest Mouse - full stage
That’s it! The rest is history.

I’m heading out tomorrow for a nice long weekend up at my friend Marc’s place in Cazadero. I seriously can’t wait to hit that hot tub!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend,
Debra Zeller


Treasure Island Music Festival – Day 1


Today was the first day of the Treasure Island Music Festival which was put on by the folks from NoisePop and Another Planet. I wasn’t originally planning on going as I’m not really a big fan of big festival type settings and mostly just stick to Opry performances, but I was hired by NoisePop to shoot the festival so I said “why the heck not!”, there were a few bands that I wouldn’t mind seeing/shooting and a few bands I’d heard of but never heard so I thought it’d be fun. I started my day at 8:00am sharp in hopes of finishing editing Sarah and Dan’s wedding pics, but ended up not finishing as I had to get out of here by 3:00 to go catch the shuttle to the island. Wow, what an experience! It was pretty exciting to arrive at the Pac Bell Park (or does it have a new name now? I can’t keep track) parking lot where there was a ton of folks waiting for a shuttle – it was exciting, it felt like a real adventure. This is the first time this fest has ever taken place. To be able to park in the city and get shuttled on a big bus loaded with music fans to an island rarely explored was pretty cool.
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I arrived just as M.I.A. hit the stage, so I made my way through the crowd so that I could figured out the layout and where I could go and not go. I made my way to the side of the stage where I didn’t see easy access to the pit, so I just shot from the sidelines, here are a couple shots…
The first familiar face I saw was my fellow rock photographer pal Jeanne, she informed me that I had to make my way through the crowd to get to the photo pit (!!!). Can’t say that I’ve ever experienced that before. I really don’t like pushing through crowds, and with big events like this I’m use to be escorted to the pit or having easier access. Needless to say I was out of my element! (sorry to those I had to push through!).

After listening to a bit of M.I.A. (who btw, KICKED SERIOUS ASS!!!) I thought I’d check out the other smaller stage; West Indian Girl was set to take stage next. There was a photo pit there but it was PACKED with photogs, so I opted to shoot from the audience, which was sparse – go figure.
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After seeing a bit of West Indian Girl and capturing the above shots I wandered back over to the big stage. DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist were up next. Not being able to access the photo pit (long story!!) I shot a shot from the sidelines, this is all I could get – shooting this type of music is really tough an not very exciting, though the music is good… anyhow.

That’s it for now, more tomorrow, this gal has to catch some zzzzz’s! But before I hit the hay, one more shot of the most adorable gal on the entire island, Ms. Ruby!
Word can’t describe how much I love this kid!!


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Sarah & Dan, September 2, 2007

Sarah and Dan are hands down one of the coolest couples I’ve ever met, both of them are really fun loving and easy going. Here’s a few pics from their amazing wedding day…

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Their wedding took place at the most adorable church in Healdsburg (Dan’s cute car in front), then their reception was at a really nice restaurant called Barndiva.
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The church was so picture perfect for a wedding.
Healdsburg Church

I love their rings!!
Sarah & Dan’s ringsSarah’s shoes


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A couple months ago I took some shots of my pal Kate (aka Squid). I wanted to do some shots using the sun as well as try out my new selective focus lens. Below are two shots I think turned out nicely. What do you think?


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