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!
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!
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.
Our son Avery is a budding actor and musician, so we are big believers in the performing arts. Working with performers, even when they’re young and still in training is always great. We recently had a fun little mini-session with Bailey, a young singer. We set the tone with an “Usher radio” soundtrack on Pandora. Bailey brought a lot of energy to the shoot, and we got some great 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.
Okay, so it’s not the most glamorous type of photo shoot but a lot of people need them done. Unsurprisingly, very few people are actually excited to schedule their business head shot session – it’s just something needed for professional purposes. Don’t worry, I get that! But, I also think the session itself is enjoyable – in fact by the end of the session we are always having good time. (Yes, I said always!) I respect that you’re a busy professional so I keep this type of session short and sweet.
Your place, or mine?
These days a business head shot can be taken just about anywhere. You can come into the studio, or I can bring the studio to you! If your office building has a gorgeous interior, or amazing views lets consider using that as our location.
If you love being outdoors lets talk about locations when you book your session. A lot of professionals are choosing Mother Nature as their preferred background and the natural light is very flattering!
If you decide to go for the classic in studio look there are a variety of backgrounds to choose from. From a traditional grey to hints of any color in the rainbow, the controlled lighting in studio makes it easy to bring out the best you!
I love that she wanted to incorporate her signature color into her images. We paired her pink shirt with a rosy background with great results. Pink is such an unexpected background color for a professional shot, but it really works, don’t you think? The lesson here is to not be afraid to bring your personality into the shoot. It’s these little things that really make a big difference.
What to wear?
Keep it simple! Avoid busy patterns, stripes and loud colors. A great business head shot shows off how you are confident, professional and approachable so keep that in mind when choosing your outfit by including a signature accessory. A collared shirt and jacket is the traditional choice but if you would never wear a suit or tie to work, let’s keep that look out of the shoot. There are a lot of professions where it’s desirable to have a more natural, relaxed, friendly photo – so just be you! Choose pieces you feel confident in, as that will shine through!