One of my favorite locations in Alameda for family portrait photography is Crab Cove. This is especially true for families with young children, as there is plenty of onsite parking, and a large, safe area for the kids to explore while getting their photos taken. As a photographer, I appreciate the wide variety of backgrounds available in close proximity to each other. This means we can make the most of our session time by taking lots of photos without having to spend much time walking to various locations in order to get a variety of backgrounds.
Crab Cove is a great place to shoot year round – this session took place during the Fall season, after most of the leaves had fallen from the trees. We took advantage of this, and let the kids have some play time with the leaves, which we, of course, captured in their photos!
For families who can’t decide if they want to do their family portraits near the water, with the trees, or in a grassy park setting, Crab Cove is a great choice!
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!
Newborns are so tiny and sweet that it should be no surprise they are one of our favorite types of sessions to do. We recommend newborn photography sessions be scheduled within the first 14 days after birth to be sure we capture that smallest stage of life as babies grow and change so fast!
We got to photograph Baby Ryan at 12 days old and had the best time with this little cutie. He would drift in and out of sleepiness so we were able to get a nice mix of sleeping and awake shots.
Our newborn photography sessions can be booked both in home/on location, as well as at our Alameda studio. We photographed Ryan over the winter, making him our first newborn session at the new studio – pretty exciting! The new room is great for photographing babies – big enough to work in, but small enough to warm up easily for baby’s comfort. Plus a comfy couch for mom and dad to chill on while we work!
For this shoot we mainly focused on the classic, traditional unclothed baby, but we also spent some time photographing Ryan in this adorable outfit his mom crocheted.
We also took time to get some sweet family photos.
Ryan and his family were so lovely to photograph and we are so glad they chose us to document his first days!
TIPS FOR A GREAT NEWBORN SESSION:
Schedule early! Ideally the session would be held within the first 7-14 days for maximum newborn squishyness!
Warm the room! A nice balmy 80 degrees is best since baby will be spending a lot of time naked, and we want them to be comfy and warm. If we are working at your home please start to preheat your space 30 minutes before our arrival. This is probably THE most important tip for a great session.
Personalize your photo shoot! We always encourage you to bring cute outfits, hats, headbands, blankets, and other personal mementos to incorporate into our session.
Relax! There is nothing your baby will do that we haven’t seen before so don’t stress if your baby fusses, needs to take a break to feed, or pees on us. We use natural, gentle posing techniques so your baby will be comfortable. Their safety is our top priority so you can sit back and relax, knowing you are right there if we need you!
We recently did business portraits for the LexTax office in Alameda. They contacted us because they wanted untraditional, casual business head shots to use for their website redesign. Rather than shoot on a standard studio backdrop they requested we shoot outdoors at a location that reflected the spirit of the community. For this shoot we took photographs at and around the Alameda Marina, just a few blocks from their office.
We had a great time shooting this two person office and can’t wait to check out their new website. Whether your office is large or small we would be happy to help you get business head shots for your team. We can shoot at our Alameda studio, your office, or any outdoor location. Contact us to book your session today!
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:
When this family contacted us about shooting a family portrait they knew they wanted to shoot outdoors and have photos with a modern, urban vibe like an old brick wall or graffiti wall. Our studio just so happens to be in a neighborhood like that, so we met at the studio and shot at a few different spots along the block.
We love dogs so we were really excited when they mentioned they wanted to bring their Silky Terrier Snowy along to include in the family portrait!
This shoot was a lot of fun, and we had a good time playing with the variety of background options on our block!
On Friday I hung a few of the photographs from my Arboreal Entropy series at PS Eatery in Alameda. I really like the food and the atmosphere at this restaurant so I am really happy to have my work up here! PS Eatery has delicious food and beer served in a casual setting at very reasonable prices and is a great place to eat with friends or to take your family. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this locally owned restaurant by stopping in for a bite to eat next time you are on Park Street!
We recently had a great session with Duke, who is putting together a look book for his modeling portfolio and for acting. He wanted to get a variety of looks to choose from, so we spent part of our time in the studio and part out and about in the neighborhood.
The Alameda estuary is a great spot for a “nautical” look.
Duke brought a ton of clothing and accessories (we always recommend this!) and we captured a great range of looks. He also brought his mom, who had a great time collaborating with us and playing around with different styling options! Not only is Duke pursuing modeling and acting, he is hard at work as a freshman at Cal, where he also plays football. Super photogenic, friendly, and genuine, we see great things coming from this talented fellow. Keep your eyes out!
We always have the best time during our Senior Portrait sessions, so we’re really excited for the spring senior season. Sure, the kids all ready had a session with their school photographer, but we find that those sessions don’t really show off their unique personalities, or reflect any of their interests. So, while some people are perfectly happy with the cookie cutter “fake tux for the guys & velvet drape for the girls” followed by a cap and gown shot that the school photographer provides, we hear over and over from both parents how they want to do a senior portrait that really reflects who they are at this point in their lives. We’re parents ourselves, and our son is in fact a senior this year – so we really understand how important it is to capture this pivotal moment. And, since we have a teen, we also understand that they definitely do not want any dorky photos going out with the graduation announcements!
Tips for a great Senior Portrait session!
– Location, location, location! This session is all about you so let’s think outside the studio box and shoot somewhere that is meaningful to you. Bonus points – most people are much less nervous in front of the camera when they’re in a familiar space, making your pics look that much better!
– Accessorize! Do you have a signature hat? Or sunglasses you NEVER take off? We love your style, so bring them to the shoot!
– Share your passion! Senior portraits are supposed to be fun, so think of your photos as a way to express what you love doing. If you’re a musician, bring your instrument. If you’re an athlete, let’s shoot out on the field. Love to dance? We’re totally getting you to dance for some of your shots! Whatever your passion is, share it with us to completely personalize your photos.
We met Bridget when she wanted an updated portrait. She was hoping for a range to choose from so we took advantage of our studios indoor and outdoor spaces. We had great afternoon light and used it to our advantage to get both dramatic and more casual, relaxed images. She was such a good sport and up for anything so we just let loose and had a great time.
Whenever possible we love to step beyond the typical studio portrait. For Bridget’s session we used our reception area, roof top patio, as well as the cute little blue door across the street! And yeah, we took a few studio shots too! Hair, makeup and styling for Bridget’s session was done by Beth Alyse at Guerrilla Makeovers.