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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!

Fitness Photography at Blue Sparrow Pilates, Photography for Small Business, San Francisco & Oakland

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As a small business owners, one of our favorite aspects of the job is to help other small business owners with their photography needs. In today’s social media driven climate, having eye catching, professional quality imagery at hand is more important than ever for the business owner. Many of our clients have remarked on how essential the photos we have done for them have been for the promotion and growth of their small business. That is so rewarding to hear!

One of our favorite clients is Holly Ferguson, owner of Blue Sparrow Pilates in San Francisco and Oakland. We have had the pleasure of working with Holly and her staff multiple times, providing them with images for their website and social media accounts.

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No matter what business you are in, having a selection of photographs at the ready makes it easy to keep your social media accounts active. If you are one of the many who finds that keeping up with their social media profiles has become a time consuming chore, you especially can benefit from a photo shoot for your small business. Because those mediums are image driven, posts with compelling professional photography receive more interaction and become more “shareable.”

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Photo of a dog doing pilates

studio dog Hazel is pretty serious about her workout!

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We do staff head shots on location, and can either bring a traditional studio backdrop, or use your business as the backdrop for a more modern and casual look. Professional head shot head shots for small business owners fitness instructor headshors personal trainer headshots pilates teacher head shot headshots for personal trainers personal trainer headshots

In addition to head shots, we can also get a group shot of your entire team!

Staff photo Blue Sparrow Pilates

Whether you are in need of photos that highlight your facility, staff, products, or all three – we would love to consult with you about how a professional photo session with us could be beneficial to your business. We utilize a full array of lighting and equipment to make sure you can always show your business at its best!

pilates photo shoot behind the scenes

The instructors at Blue Sparrow are the best in the Bay area. They are all so strong and in shape – shooting with them is always inspirational and keeps us motivated to stay on track with our own fitness goals. Both the San Francisco and Oakland studios are beautiful spaces with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Visit their website or facebook page to learn more about this awesome, locally owned fitness studio.

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Outdoor Portrait Photography – Alameda, CA

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.

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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!

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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:

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Bicycles: Infinite MPG!



How To Know When To Update Your Business Head Shot

We talk a lot about business head shots here. That’s partially just because we do a lot of them, but mostly it’s because we see so many bad head shots out there and really want to help! 90% of our head shot clients start their sessions by telling us that they hate having their photo taken, but by the end of the session they let us know how much fun they had! And having shot hundreds of professional head shots over the years, we’re kind of experts on what does and does not work. So, how do you know if it’s time to update your business head shot? There are a lot of ways to tell, but today we’re sharing the top three that we see all the time.

1) If your shot looks like it could be from a different decade, it’s time for an update! We get that almost nobody is truly excited to have their professional head shot done, but if your photo is still showing off your hairstyle from the 90’s it’s probably a good idea to have a new photo done. A great business head shot showcases your professional persona and should be current to the fabulous person you are today. Sure, 2002 you was awesome, but don’t you think 2013 you is way better? Let everyone else see that too!

2) The expression in your current shot is forced and makes you look fake. You know who you are!! Yes, a lot of people find sitting in front of the camera to be incredibly awkward, so it’s easy to end up with a forced smile that makes you look fake – or worse yet, wearing that deer caught in the headlights look! The solution to this is using a photographer who understands that not everyone is supermodel comfortable in front of the camera, and will guide you step by step for a natural looking result. Let us know a little about you and the professional image you are trying to convey so we can guide you through a range of poses designed to loosen you up, find your best angles, and show off the real you!

3) You’re professionally active on social media and you’re worried your profile pics are getting stale. If you’re all over LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, but have been using the same profile pic forever it’s time for an update! If you’re bored of your current photo, chances are everyone else is too! But when you’re using social media for professional purposes the photos from parties or family portraits that many people put up just aren’t appropriate. A good solution for you is to develop a library of professional images that you can draw upon to swap out your profile pics with something new every so often. Work with your photographer on a longer session that would show off a wide range of outfits and locations so you have a lot to choose from, and can always keep it fresh. Or, make a commitment to yourself to go in for shorter sessions more frequently, and try something different at each session! Regardless of which option you prefer, the key is to get a bunch of great shots that show off the friendly, approachable and professional you!

We’ve posted some of our favorite business head shots below. As you can see, we’ve achieved natural smiles and expressions and are really showing off the unique personality of each individual.

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