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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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San Francisco Bridal Portraits – Bride and Groom Photo Session – Couples Photography

We recently had a photo shoot with this soon to be married couple in downtown San Francisco. We took advantage of our location to get some fun, modern bridal portraits a few days before the wedding. The pictures are traditional, but with an urban edge. Styling for both the bride and groom provided by Guerrilla Makeovers.bride-and-groom-portrait-san-francisco modern-wedding-photography-san-franciscojessie-square-san-francisco-wedding-photographyphoto-of-bride-jessie-square-san-franciscobride-and-groom-in-reflecting-pool-photographurban-wedding-photography-san-franciscobride-and-groom-jessie-square-san-franciscobride-and-groom-with-copper-patina-doorsbridal-wedding-kiss-photograpg


Portrait Photography in Downtown San Francisco

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.

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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.

All styling for this session provided by Guerrilla Makeovers.

Krissy & Matt – San Francisco Wedding Photography

Krissy and Matt came out to San Francisco from Tennessee for their small wedding ceremony on Baker Beach. And by small we mean just them, the officiant, a videographer and us!

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After the ceremony was over we got to spend some time alone with them on the beach, and then took them to two of our favorite San Francisco locations for super romantic photos. Our first stop was Fort Point, at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. This spot gets a lot of foot traffic and pretty much everybody had congratulations to give to the bride and groom!

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Finally, we took them to the Palace of Fine Arts which is absolutely stunning and always looks great in wedding photos as it practically oozes timeless romance. At the end of our time here Krissy and Matt were surrounded by a group of tourists who were very excited to wish them well, and snap shots of the happy couple!

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Nicole – San Francisco Portrait Session – Yerba Buena Gardens

We love getting out of the studio, and Yerba Buena Gardens is one of our favorite locations in San Francisco for shooting portraits, so we knew this session with Nicole would be a lot of fun and that we’d end up with some great shots!

We met up with Nicole at Bloomingdale’s where she was getting the finishing touches added to her look.

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Yerba Buena Gardens is just a few short blocks away, but we couldn’t resist stopping for a few shots along the way.

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Once we got to the gardens we were able to capture Nicole in a few different outfits. We are typically able to squeeze in 2 or 3 different looks into our one hour session.

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All of Nicole’s styling for this shoot was done by Beth Alyse at Guerrilla Makeovers. She’s great and she’s our #1 recommendation if you’re looking to add make up and styling services to your session! Nicole has such a great smile and we loved working with her to capture her vibrancy. Yerba Buena Gardens with it’s varied landscape provided the perfect mix of backdrops for another great shoot!


James – San Francisco Union Square Portrait Session

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Baby Stella & Family

Have we mentioned how much we love babies? Yes, babies and children can be challenging to shoot, but they’re really cute and these sessions are always a lot of fun! Last week we packed up our mobile studio and headed out to Castro Valley to shoot baby Stella and her family.

Stella is a real cutie pie! She loves crawling around and is just starting to learn how to walk. Her brother, Stanley was very sweet with her and if she would start to cry, he would lean in and give her a little kiss!

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Doing a session with two kids under 3 years old is definitely a work out! Stella and Stanley both have so much energy, and it is almost always hard to get kids to focus that energy into getting a good photo. We try to keep it light and fun and in the end this was a really great shoot!


Costume Makeup From Blush School

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and it’s right around the corner! To help get you into a spooky mood here are a few photos from one of our shoots at Blush School of Makeup this summer. The students presented costume and theatrical makeup and there were a lot of very scary looks! Are you ready for Halloween?

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Christianna – San Francisco Portrait Session

Last week we partnered with our friends at Guerrilla Makeovers for a San Francisco portrait session with Christianna after her makeover. The stylist, Morgan did a really great job with the makeover, and it is always wonderful to have a stylist on set – it makes our jobs so much easier, and makes a big difference in the final photos.

We met up with them at the make-up counter where Christianna was getting her finishing touches.

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Christianna is a big Disney fan, and since after her makeover she was looking so much like Sleeping Beauty, we decided to focus on that and go for a storybook fairy tale vibe during the shoot. With that in mind we started under the rotunda at Westfield.

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From there we went to Jessie Square which is quickly becoming one of our favorite San Francisco portrait locations. We started at the side doors of the church which have a beautiful patina. Christianna really looks striking posed against them.

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From there we moved on to the reflecting pool and got some fun shots on the stepping stones.

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We finished up on the front steps of the church as the sun was going down. We had a lot of fun on this shoot, and her pictures turned out gorgeous!

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Keeping Busy

In the last couple days I’ve shot: 2 business head shots, apartment interiors for a property management company, portraits for the whole Kenshoo social media team, Resignato for District 5 Supervisor campaign fundraiser/happy hour, the SoFit City race, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts’ Richmond Arts in Motion Street Festival. WOW – can we say busy?!? On the way now to shoot the Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run.