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.
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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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!
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!
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!
During the shoot we photographed the entire family, some of just the kids, as well as some striking portraits of mom and dad!
We continued the shoot through dusk and were rewarded with high drama, vivid imagery.
We love ending our family portrait sessions with a little unscripted fun time where everyone can get their silly on. 🙂
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!
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.
We recently had a fun photo shoot at Lake Temescal in Oakland with a young ballerina. She’s been in dance classes for several years and had a great time dancing and posing her way through the park!
It was a beautiful afternoon and the light was fantastic. I had been thinking of doing some sort of dance inspired photo shoot at Lake Temescal for a while now, and I love working with kids so the timing of this photo session could not have been better!
There is a trail that loops around the park so we started at a grassy field at the front of the park and worked our way around the loop during the session to get a variety of backgrounds during this one hour session.
The duck REALLY wanted to be a part of the shoot!
Whenever possible we tried to integrate the natural setting into the shoot by incorporating the trees and rocks into the posing.
We also stopped to pet all the dogs we met along the way!
We ended the session on the giant rock formation at the head of the lake with an homage to Maxfield Parrish.
This photo shoot was so much fun and it is always wonderful working with young artists. Do you have a favorite picture from this session? We love hearing from you, so please leave a comment and let us know what you think!