I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bay Area marketing expert Todd Wilms for several years now, and I feel lucky to have made a great friend along the way. You can see the images we created on location in San Francisco for his website here. Recently, we took things in a different direction and did a Martin Schoeller inspired portrait shoot in my Oakland studio. Schoeller is a German born photographer who works in New York. I love his photography, including his celebrity portraits and his conceptual work. He is particularly well know for his detailed close up portraits, shot with a shallow depth of field and a lighting style that results in intense catch lights in the eyes. While I didn’t spend the thousands of dollars it would take to replicate his exact lighting and camera set up, I created a set with my trusty Profotos that yielded results we found quite pleasing. Thank you, Martin, for the inspiration. And thank you, Todd, for being the perfect model!
For many portrait photographers like myself, family photography is a truly a pleasure. I love the opportunity to document the unique character of each child and to capture the family relationship…..immense love! First I consult my clients to develop family photography ideas that resonate with their personal style. Then we have a fun family photo shoot that allows them to express their personalities perfectly.
For this session the white seamless studio look was a perfect foil for the bold graphic red, white, and black theme they chose for their wardrobe. Want to learn more about choosing colors for your outfits? Check out this in-depth introduction to the Color Wheel. If that one is too involved, here’s a basic Guide to Matching Colors. Outfits for family photography should reflect your family’s authentic style, so there is no right answer about what to wear. Elegant neutrals; bold primary colors; eclectic mixed patterns? Anything goes, as long as it’s thoughtfully selected (that doesn’t mean it has to be match-y) and reflects your style.
By using negative space in the composition and not over-posing the family, I created a dynamic collection of images that feel modern and crisp as well as relaxed and playful. Family photography in the studio doesn’t have to look traditional or conservative! Give me a call and we’ll come up with some fun family portrait ideas that work for your family photography. Every family is different; we’ll find the style that works for you. Portrait photographers should use their skills to represent who you are, not impose their style on you.
By the way, check out the eyelashes on this little one in the first image; I think they’re some of the longest I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing family photography for years! Wow! Thank you to this wonderful family for choosing me as your family photographer!
I had a great time photographing Quartet San Francisco for their promotional materials. They have upcoming performances in Marin and Korea. Their album “QSF Plays Brubeck” received two Grammy Nominations for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Engineered Album, Classical.
What an amazing day! Combine two amazing people, a perfect day, and a gorgeous venue… and you have a day of pure joy. Congratulations Gena & Brad, it was a pleasure working with you! For those of you who haven’t heard of The Garden Pavillion, please check it out, it is a hidden gem in Sonoma.