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Senior Portrait Photography At Redwood Regional Park – Oakland CA


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.




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!


Senior Portrait Photo Shoot – Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area


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.

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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.

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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!

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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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!

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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!

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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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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


It really does not get any cuter than this.

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Children’s Dance Photography Session at Lake Temescal, Oakland

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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!

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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.

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The duck REALLY wanted to be a part of the shoot!

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Whenever possible we tried to integrate the natural setting into the shoot by incorporating the trees and rocks into the posing.

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We also stopped to pet all the dogs we met along the way!

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We ended the session on the giant rock formation at the head of the lake with an homage to Maxfield Parrish.

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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!




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!


Family Portrait at Oakland Lake Merritt

Family portrait in Oakland Garden

One of the most rewarding things about being a portrait photographer is working with families year after year and seeing the kids grow and change from year to year. We recently met with this lovely family for what has become our annual photo session with them at The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland. This was our 3rd springtime session with them, and as usual we had a great time keeping up with this energetic family!

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Family Portraits at The Gardens at Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA Portrait Photography

It’s really wonderful to work with a family over time and see how everyone grows, changes, and yet is still exactly the same over time. We met this lovely family last year, when there were only three of them, and caught up with them earlier this month to meet their newest addition!

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Because everyone had such a great time here last year we shot again at the Gardens at Lake Merritt, which is definitely one of our favorite spots in Oakland for a photo shoot. And we got to meet this little cutie who is just so perfect she doesn’t even need funny hats or fancy headbands to look adorable.

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We love shooting at the Gardens because there’s so much variety here, so there’s something for everyone. And, no matter what time of year it is there is always something gorgeous in bloom. The paths are wide and neat so there’s plenty of room for the kids to run and play. It’s also just really fun having your photo session be a walk through a beautiful park!

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I’m really excited to be showing my work at Smokey’s Tangle this Friday 10/5. 4709 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA. I hope you can join us for this fun event!

Photographs and Photo booth by Clayton J. Mitchell

Join us for a deconstruction of trees and an examination of arboreal entropy.

Wood/You like to take your picture? Spread out your roots in the Wood/You photo booth. WITH THE ACTUAL WOOD!

Join the festivities around the neighborhood during the quad-annual Autumn Temescal Art Hop.

You won’t be “board”.

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