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Personalized Forest Fairy Goddess Shoot – Oakland, CA

Forest Fairy Goddesses Dancing

One of the things I love about being a photographer is the ability to bring a vision to life, and it’s always a special treat when your vision aligns with someone else’s! This shoot is one of those moments.

Tamar is my Yoga instructor, and owner of Tamar’s Training. She is not only a fantastic personal trainer, but also a fun, creative spirit. So when she showed me a picture of photo shoot she wanted to do – a band of fairy goddesses in a forest – I was definitely on board! The concept fit perfectly with my Hidden Realms series.

Tamar has a large number of fabrics, outfits, and accessories from her days as a belly dancer, so we had the wardrobe covered. I have spent a fair amount of time scoping out good outdoor locations for just such a concept, and we settled on Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills.

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Do you have a vision you’d like to bring to life? Let me know!


Dramatic Family Portrait Session at Gray Whale Cove, near Pacifica, CA

With a high fashion concept, and super dramatic location, we knew that this family portrait session was going to be amazing. The photographs did not disappoint! We met at Gray Whale Cove on an overcast afternoon, which acted as a natural soft box to give us a very flattering light. As promised, the family showed up dressed to the nines. Their impeccable styling combined with the breathtaking landscape was the perfect recipe for some pretty amazing family portraits!black and white family photo Family portrait Pacifica CA fun family photos SF Bay Area dramatic family portraits Pacifica CA

During the shoot we photographed the entire family, some of just the kids, as well as some striking portraits of mom and dad!

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We continued the shoot through dusk and were rewarded with high drama, vivid imagery.

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We love ending our family portrait sessions with a little unscripted fun time where everyone can get their silly on. 🙂

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Arboreal Entropy, First Edition Standout Mounted Prints Available – Alameda, CA Fine Art Photography

Arboreal Entropy Fine Art Photography

I’m very pleased to be able to share new images from my Arboreal Entropy series with you! This series has turned into a long term project for me, and I plan to expand upon the series and continue adding new pieces. These are the most recent additions that I had printed and standout mounted for display at The Jingletown Jazz Room at Ale Industries during December 2014.

Arboreal Entropy Fine Art Photography

These photos are printed on metallic finish photo paper, and are ready to hang – no frame needed! They’re about 3/4″ thick and the edges are finished with a thin black plastic veneer. The standout mount results in a really slick looking piece of art and I love how it compliments these images.

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For a limited time the first edition standout mounted prints of these new images are available for sale through the Art By Clayton shop on Etsy. If you are local and would prefer, you can also contact the studio purchase and pick up in person.

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Arboreal Entropy at PS Eatery

Black and white photography hanging at PS Eatery on Park Street in Alameda

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!

Cloud Fairy

Last month I promised to share the final version of the latest image from my Fairytography project. I have been working with this image for quite a while now and I finally feel like I got the image perfect. Cloud Fairy is available for purchase in the Art by Clayton shop on Etsy. You will find all the other images from this series there as well!

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“…and she flew up above the clouds, baubles all around her…”

One Fairy, Four Versions

I have been playing around with a “cloud fairy” for a while now. I have just about finished up the final version so that will be coming to you soon! For now though I just wanted to share this photo which shows some of the versions I was toying around with while working on the image.

Sky and Cloud Fairy Four Versions

Which version is your favorite?

2014 Acacia Fairy Photo Shoot

First off, let me just say that I am thrilled about how this year’s “Acacia shoot” turned out. I hope you will agree that the photos turned out amazing! We met our model at a mutual friends wedding and immediately knew that she would be perfect for a fairy type shoot. Despite having no modeling experience she totally knocked it out of the park! What you see here is only a small sample of the TONS of fabulous images which is pretty exciting!

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Model in golden light with acacia branches

A few notes about this shoot: Hair and makeup by Lena Chavez who is so wonderful to work with and does beautiful work. Our model Thera designed and made all of the clothes you see here. Amazing, right?

Unlike previous years we kept this one out of the studio and shot outdoors in front of and in the branches of the tree, and surrounding areas.

Model in cream colored romper

Model wearing blue patterned mini dress

Sultry posed model wearing a blue printed mini dress

Beautiful woman with sprig of acacia flower

Woman posed with tree branch and yellow flowers

Outdoor Portrait of a woman in a colorful dress

The pictures above are a mixture of my favorites, and the models favorites. Definitely looking forward to working more with these to make some fairytography art, like this!

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Acacia Excitement

This past Sunday the stars aligned and the 2014 acacia shoot happened! This year was a little different as we did the shoot in my front yard with the tree as the back drop, where as in previous years branches were trimmed from the tree and taken into the studio. This year the tree did not really need it’s annual trimming and we were able to take advantage of the summer like weather we’ve been having here in the bay area.

Due to Monday being a busy office task catch up day for us I’ve barely had time to look at this years pics, but am pretty excited to have some time this afternoon to get into the editing process. I hope to have some sneak peeks for you in the next couple days! In the mean time please enjoy this collage of a few of my favorite images from previous acacia shoots.

Mimosa Collage

New Years Art Resolutions

Happy New Year!!!

2013 was a fabulous year, and we are looking forward to an even better 2014! We’re only one week in but are all ready on track for this to be our best year yet. Our first wedding of the year is right around the corner, we recently worked on a music video project for an up and coming local artist, and we’re fleshing out concepts for some creative shoots being scheduled over the winter.

Getting those creative juices flowing is really important this winter because doing more art, and gaining more exposure for the work that’s all ready been done is our 2014 resolution. There has all ready been some success in this – we are very pleased to announce that we’ve opened an online storefront on Etsy, and the entire 11 photo “Arboreal Entropy” series is now available for purchase there, and at prices well below what we were able to offer at the galleries last year. If you missed seeing these in person, or would like to take a second look, please see the sneak peek photo below and check out the online shop to see them all.

Wood Burl Black and White Photo

We are also gearing up for our annual Acacia themed shoot. The tree looks like it will be in full bloom late January/early February. It should be a spectacular bloom this year, and it’s very exciting to be adding to this series. Please enjoy this photo from a previous year;)

Glamour Photo Head Shot

There are going to be a lot more creative concepts coming this year so please follow this blog, or find us on Facebook to see all the latest pictures!

A Little Art By Clayton

Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving – we were fortunate enough to be able to spend it with dear friends old and new, and it was a well deserved break from our busy November family portrait season. We had fully booked weekends for the entire month of November, which is something we are truly grateful for.

December brings many people into full on holiday shopping mode, which makes this seem like the perfect time to show off the new “Art By Clayton” shop! This is where we are showcasing some of the art prints and fine art photography Clayton has produced over the years, and this is where new work will be placed for sale going forward. Let us know how we can help you find the perfect gift for the art lover in your life!

Screen shot of images from Art by Clayton on Etsy