One of our favorite type of sessions to do are Senior Portraits. It is endlessly fascinating to work with young adults as they navigate through this transitional period in their lives.
Our Senior Portrait sessions focus in to capture the individual personality and interests of the client. Earlier this spring, we had the pleasure of working with Cody – a Senior at Clayton Valley High School who plays both Varsity Football and Lacrosse. For his photo session he wanted to get off the field and into nature, so we scheduled the session for one of our very favorite East Bay Parks to shoot in – Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.
One of the reasons why Redwood Regional Park is one of our preferred local parks to shoot in is because there is a variety of natural backdrops and settings all within a reasonably small area. As we did not have any major outfit or “look” changes during this shoot, we were able to get a large selection of photos to choose from all within a one hour portrait session.
Fun fact: Cody designed his own Letterman jacket design to highlight both Football and Lacrosse!
Our main goals for this session were to keep the portraits casual and fun, while highlighting his time and efforts as a member of both the Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse teams. We create a relaxed shooting environment to make our clients feel comfortable – even when shooting out in public.
We are pleased to offer portrait photography sessions at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA year round. One hour, two hour, and half day sessions are available with no additional permit fees. Sessions must be scheduled at least one week in advance so we can secure permissions with the park. This location is highly desirable for Senior Portraits, Head Shots, Personal Branding, and Family Portrait sessions.
Having worked with Katherine before I was excited to have the chance to work with her again. Our goal was to get some casual, natural looking photos for her to use on various social media outlets, and for personal branding and professional use. She wanted to shoot outside – in nature, so we recommended a few of our favorite East Bay parks and settled on the Alvarado Park area of Wildcat Canyon.
Wildcat Canyon is one of my favorite East Bay Parks to work in due to the large variety of background options to choose from in a relatively small area. This park has trails along Alvarado Creek, through Eucalyptus and Redwood trees, and grassy lawns – all accessible with a short and relatively easy hike. This means we spend less time hiking, and more time taking photos, which gives you more variety of images to choose from.
I do a lot of work with people looking to enhance their professional and social media presence with portrait photography, and love working with clients to design a shoot which fits their needs and reflects their unique personality. Please click here for more information and pricing on this type of session, or to schedule your appointment!
We had a great time with this Class of 2016 Oakland Tech graduating senior, one week before she left for her freshman year at Cal Poly. She booked a deluxe 2 hour session to make sure there would be enough time for the studio shots she wanted, as well as a few outdoor locations.
To make the most of our time, we began the session in the studio where we shot indoors and took advantage of a few of the cool, urban backdrops in the neighborhood.
We did the second half of the session at one of our favorite parts of the Alameda coastline over on Bay Farm Island. This is a great location because there is easy access to the grassy banks along the lagoon, as well as dramatic sunset views.
This was such an amazing shoot to close out the 2016 senior portrait season, and it definitely got us excited to work with our 2017 graduates!
As a photographer, I have always found it interesting how well you can get to know someone in just a few hours.
Arthi and Rishi were no exception – but their kind nature made it especially easy! They chose Rios-Lovell winery for their Engagement Party – in the Livermore wine region. Having shot a wedding there in 2011, I was excited since they have many gorgeous shooting locations – from vineyards, to fountains, a pretty garden area with and adorable bridge… and a little patio area with European flair!
Wisely, they chose to do their engagement portraits in the hours before the party started, while they we dressed and ready for action.
By the time we finished the engagement portraits, family had arrived. We gathered the families for groups of portraits. This is something we’ve been seeing more of lately – taking time at your engagement party to do some family portraits – and we think is a positive trend! For those families who don’t get to see one another very often, it’s a great way to be sure to have beautiful memories to hold on to.
Arthi and Rishi are very talented, ambitious, and inspiring individuals – and I’m not the only one who thinks so! In fact, Rishi was featured in a recent documentary called Urban Fruit – – You can watch it on Amazon Prime. Their commitment to organic farming and sustainability will help us reawaken our connection to the land!
We recently had a photo shoot with this soon to be married couple in downtown San Francisco. We took advantage of our location to get some fun, modern bridal portraits a few days before the wedding. The pictures are traditional, but with an urban edge. Styling for both the bride and groom provided by Guerrilla Makeovers.
I met Cheyenne at an engagement party for one of her friends, that I had been hired to photograph. We briefly talked that night about shooting together, and finally, almost a year later we were able to do so.
After hair and makeup was done by the very talented Lena Chavez, Cheyenne and I went for a hike through Alvarado Park in Wildcat Canyon, up to he grounds of the old Beglum Sanitarium.
I had been meaning to schedule a shoot at this location for several years now, so it was wonderful to finally have a great opportunity to do this shoot. Many thanks to Lena and Cheyenne, who were both so fantastic to collaborate with for this shoot.
We recently met with Pam and Marvin at their waterfront office in the Alameda Marina to take some casual outdoor head shots for their respective businesses. Pam is the principal of Chaolysti, a solar energy consulting firm, and Marvin is founder of Hamon Engineering, which specializes in solar design, assessment, and implementation.
With the estuary in the background, the marina has a great variety of places to shoot. Bonus that it is under a mile from our studio!
While we were there we also snapped a few fun shots of them together, including this photo of the two of them posed with their bikes. (If you didn’t know, Alameda happens to be one of the best places in the Bay Area for biking. Not only are there beautiful vistas and historic spots everywhere, it’s also totally flat!) This is one of our favorite shots from the session:
These photographs are from an executive portrait session shot on location in Diablo, CA. For this shoot our objective was to provide our client with a variety of images that were more casual than a standard business head shot, and with a lot more personality. We took a few of our studio backdrops and light set up to recreate an in-studio look, and also took advantage of the gorgeous views at his estate to deliver a photo set that can be used for both corporate messaging and personal branding.
Studio photography is not for everyone, and as people are increasingly networking on social media it has become really important to use photos that really reflect who you are as a person, not just a standard head shot or party snapshot. For today’s young, urban professionals we are doing a lot of exciting on location portrait sessions in dynamic settings throughout the bay area. This session was on location in San Francisco, in the area surrounding Union Square.
We definitely encourage our clients to choose a location that’s reflective of their personality, as it really makes a big impact in the final images.