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Outdoor Portrait Session at Wildcat Canyon – East Bay Portrait and Head Shot Photography

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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.

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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.

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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!

Family Portraits at Crab Cove – Alameda, CA Portrait Photography

Family Portrait at Crab Cove

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.

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Fall Season Family Portraits

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!

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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!

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Engagement Photography Session at Rios-Lovell Winery, Livermore, CA

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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.
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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.
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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!

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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Urban Family Portraits with Pets – Alameda, CA

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.

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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!
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This shoot was a lot of fun, and we had a good time playing with the variety of background options on our block!

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Pet Photography and Family Portraits – Oakland, CA

We consider our dog Lola to be a pretty important member of the family, so we definitely love it when our clients dogs take part in the family portrait session. We recently did a pet and family portrait session starring an extremely adorable senior whippet in Oakland.pet_photography_oakland family_portraits_with_dogs_oakland dog_photography_whippet oakland_pet_photography

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It really does not get any cuter than this.

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Family Portraits in Benicia, CA

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We recently had the chance to shoot again with one of our favorite families. For the past 4 years we have done a Fall season shoot with these guys, and it was great to see them again and see how much the kids have grown! This year we went to a park in downtown Benicia, then moved to the nearby fishing pier for the second half of the shoot.

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Urban Vintage Family Portraits in Oakland

Gritty. Urban. Retro. Chic. These are not usually the words you’d associate with family portraits, but for this family, they are a perfect fit.

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The Dallas family wanted artistic family photographs that juxtaposed a gritty, urban environment against their elegant formal wear and I am very excited about how the photos turned out! It is always really fun to work with someone who has a creative vision of how they imagine their perfect family portrait, and be able to coax and refine that into the final images, while also putting my artistic mark on them.

I scoped out locations in advance of their session and we spent time in Emeryville and Oakland along Mandela Parkway and underneath the MacArthur Maze.

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Our homage to Abbey Road

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The first half of the session had a very urban vagabond feel to it as we were using major transportation landmarks as our backdrop. We accentuated this by using vintage trunks and suitcases, as well as smaller props for posing and to enhance the scene.

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We spent the second half of the session off Mandela Parkway exploring an urban garden and areas surrounding American Steel Studios.

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My favorite shoots are the ones where we get to step out of the traditional family portrait box and create beautiful artistic images with a timeless feel, and this session with the Dallas family definitely qualifies! We had a great time hanging out with this beautiful family and I think we really captured their individual personalities in these images. I love shooting out on location and having the opportunity to take advantage of our fantastic Bay Area weather and all of the beautiful locations. While the locations we chose for this shoot are non-traditional, they were an absolutely perfect match for this wonderfully unconventional family.

What do you think of these urban-chic photographs? We love hearing from you, so please let us know in the comments!