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!
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!
Newborns are so tiny and sweet that it should be no surprise they are one of our favorite types of sessions to do. We recommend newborn photography sessions be scheduled within the first 14 days after birth to be sure we capture that smallest stage of life as babies grow and change so fast!
We got to photograph Baby Ryan at 12 days old and had the best time with this little cutie. He would drift in and out of sleepiness so we were able to get a nice mix of sleeping and awake shots.
Our newborn photography sessions can be booked both in home/on location, as well as at our Alameda studio. We photographed Ryan over the winter, making him our first newborn session at the new studio – pretty exciting! The new room is great for photographing babies – big enough to work in, but small enough to warm up easily for baby’s comfort. Plus a comfy couch for mom and dad to chill on while we work!
For this shoot we mainly focused on the classic, traditional unclothed baby, but we also spent some time photographing Ryan in this adorable outfit his mom crocheted.
We also took time to get some sweet family photos.
Ryan and his family were so lovely to photograph and we are so glad they chose us to document his first days!
TIPS FOR A GREAT NEWBORN SESSION:
Schedule early! Ideally the session would be held within the first 7-14 days for maximum newborn squishyness!
Warm the room! A nice balmy 80 degrees is best since baby will be spending a lot of time naked, and we want them to be comfy and warm. If we are working at your home please start to preheat your space 30 minutes before our arrival. This is probably THE most important tip for a great session.
Personalize your photo shoot! We always encourage you to bring cute outfits, hats, headbands, blankets, and other personal mementos to incorporate into our session.
Relax! There is nothing your baby will do that we haven’t seen before so don’t stress if your baby fusses, needs to take a break to feed, or pees on us. We use natural, gentle posing techniques so your baby will be comfortable. Their safety is our top priority so you can sit back and relax, knowing you are right there if we need you!
In my front yard there is a giant acacia tree that blooms every January, which looks and smells heavenly. If you’ve been following my photography for a while you may all ready know this, but every year when the tree is in bloom I like to do a photo shoot with the beautiful mimosa flowers.
This year I collaborated with model Adrianna Reloba and makeup artist Lena Chavez on the shoot, which was fabulous! Adrianna did not miss a shot, and Lena’s work was flawless as usual. There were so many great shots to choose from. A few favorites are featured here. Enjoy!
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!
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!
Last month I promised to share the final version of the latest image from my Fairytography project. I have been working with this image for quite a while now and I finally feel like I got the image perfect. Cloud Fairy is available for purchase in the Art by Clayton shop on Etsy. You will find all the other images from this series there as well!
“…and she flew up above the clouds, baubles all around her…”