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.
Do you have a vision you’d like to bring to life? Let me know!
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!
I met Cheyenne at an engagement party for one of her friends, that I had been hired to photograph. We briefly talked that night about shooting together, and finally, almost a year later we were able to do so.
After hair and makeup was done by the very talented Lena Chavez, Cheyenne and I went for a hike through Alvarado Park in Wildcat Canyon, up to he grounds of the old Beglum Sanitarium.
I had been meaning to schedule a shoot at this location for several years now, so it was wonderful to finally have a great opportunity to do this shoot. Many thanks to Lena and Cheyenne, who were both so fantastic to collaborate with for this shoot.
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:
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.
First off, let me just say that I am thrilled about how this year’s “Acacia shoot” turned out. I hope you will agree that the photos turned out amazing! We met our model at a mutual friends wedding and immediately knew that she would be perfect for a fairy type shoot. Despite having no modeling experience she totally knocked it out of the park! What you see here is only a small sample of the TONS of fabulous images which is pretty exciting!
A few notes about this shoot: Hair and makeup by Lena Chavez who is so wonderful to work with and does beautiful work. Our model Thera designed and made all of the clothes you see here. Amazing, right?
Unlike previous years we kept this one out of the studio and shot outdoors in front of and in the branches of the tree, and surrounding areas.
The pictures above are a mixture of my favorites, and the models favorites. Definitely looking forward to working more with these to make some fairytography art, like this!
We recently had a great session with Duke, who is putting together a look book for his modeling portfolio and for acting. He wanted to get a variety of looks to choose from, so we spent part of our time in the studio and part out and about in the neighborhood.
The Alameda estuary is a great spot for a “nautical” look.
Duke brought a ton of clothing and accessories (we always recommend this!) and we captured a great range of looks. He also brought his mom, who had a great time collaborating with us and playing around with different styling options! Not only is Duke pursuing modeling and acting, he is hard at work as a freshman at Cal, where he also plays football. Super photogenic, friendly, and genuine, we see great things coming from this talented fellow. Keep your eyes out!
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!
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.
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!