Linda Lancione: San Francisco Bay Area Author Portrait


I had the great opportunity of working with author and poet, Linda Lancione, earlier this month as the release date of her latest work, The Taste of Blood (Finishing Line Press), quickly approaches.

The experience was both a privilege and an engaging endeavor, as we worked together to cultivate the candor that her work so aptly portrays. I loved the process of getting to an honest image, where the true self came through.

Linda’s work takes on challenging issues, and it was important for her portrait to be just as honest, engaging, and real. Beyond capturing a simple or welcoming smile, we needed to convey a more complex message, one that her work ultimately does; that life is complicated, messy, and that she maintains her ability to be present with all of it and reconcile the extremes.

Linda kindly lent a few words of appreciation about our process working together:

“Having my author photo taken by Nancy Rothstein was a transformative experience for me. I was nervous about looking old in the photos–and, was I wearing the right earrings, the right top?—but she put me at ease and got me talking about my book. Later, when I saw the photos, I saw a woman I liked: animated, thoughtful, complex—the age and beauty questions didn’t matter anymore. The photos seemed to reveal me from the inside—that was enough. That was a gift!”

A big congratulations to Linda Lancione on her upcoming title. Thank you, Linda, for giving me the chance to take on the feat of distilling your inspiring, captivating, complexity!

– Nancy


The Taste of Blood is scheduled to be released on March 11, 2016 (available for pre-order through Finishing Line Press after November 16). Can’t wait? You can get a taste of her work on


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My First Year: Bay Area Children’s Portraits

Josephine-0005RT-WebTime flies.  I realize now that it’s been over three years since I met Kerry, when she reached out to me for new headshots.  Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her as she and Chris were expecting their first child, and we’ve captured each phase of their darling girl’s first year.  Kerry has an amazing eye for design, and her clean aesthetic comes through in her home and wardrobe.  It’s always calming and inspiring to be in her home.  But, of course, the star of the show is this amazing little girl, whose smile lights up the room.  Every time I get to photograph her she absolutely wins my heart.


We had our first session when Josephine was a mere three weeks old, and I was delighted to bear witness to just how much her charm had blossomed six months later.  I love how the warm, neutral tones in their home help to accentuate Josephine’s beautiful blue eyes.


We met for our third session just last month, before Josephine’s first birthday, when she and Kerry joined me for a mother-daughter session. It’s always such a blessing to be invited along on a family’s journey to capture these landmark moments.

I am so excited to see what the future has in store for this winsome, young family.

Bon anniversaire, Josephine!

– Nancy



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Style Tips with Michelle: Figuring Out What to Wear

We’ve all been there – the impending morning meeting with an important client and the anxiety of opening that closet door and having to figure out what you could possibly wear to make the day great!  In this installment of Style Tips with Michelle, our personal style expert Michelle Moquin addresses a common mistake people make when buying new wardrobe items and how to figure out what to wear when finding the perfect outfit seems impossible.

Michelle-0030RT2What’s the most common mistake people make in selecting clothing?

Ohh, where to begin!  There are many common mistakes that I see people make.  But the one thing that stands out right now is women buying pieces they don’t really love, either because they were desperate for something new or they bought it on sale because it was such a great price.  Those are usually the pieces that I find still hanging in their closet with the tags still on when I conduct our first closet audit.

Many of us have days where we stand in the closet and figuring out what to wear seems impossible. What is the first step to eliminating that problem?

Insuring that you have enough “core basics” in your closet is the first step towards eliminating the problem of figuring out what to wear.

When your closet is truly working for you, meaning you have all of the core basics that are needed, you won’t have that problem because you will have interesting items that mix well into outfits with your core basics.  Everything in your closet should address your Personality and your Life-Style Requirements.  When those items also work best for your Body-Type and its Symmetry and Coloring, then you will have what I call a working wardrobe.

A working wardrobe makes dressing effortless because your core basics all work well with your “interesting items.”  Figuring out what to wear is eliminated. My Initial Consultation is the first step toward creating a working wardrobe.

Thanks Michelle!  I know from experience and from the testimonials of countless clients that working with Michelle is a life transforming event.  I’m so glad we can call on her for expert advice!


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Professional Portraits and Great News from

I love working with start-ups.  Generally there are bean bags, ping pong tables, games that make me nostalgic (think Etch-a-Sketch and Rubik’s Cubes) and lots of energetic people working away.  And the driving force behind it all is someone’s big idea.  They’re solving a problem, helping people, and hopefully turning a profit in the process…eventually.  The thing about start-ups is that the vast majority of them fail, even if they manage to get funded.  So, it’s particularly exciting when a company does actually succeed.  When a company has great culture and employees who are working together to support folks in their pursuit of health I can really feel the triumph and joy at their success. Today, that company is (MFP) whose free calorie counter app is helping over 80 million users achieve their health goals.

I first met the MFP team when I was brought in to do some photography by my awesome client, marketing maven Tara Nicholle Nelson, who was doing some contract work for MFP.  By the time we did our third photo shoot at MFP, Tara had been offered the VP of Marketing position, which she accepted; she’s now CMO.  MFP sees talent quickly and they were lucky to get Tara!

Tara Nicholle Nelson , VP of Marketing at

Our first couple shoots were in a pretty small office; I had to take folks outside to do the headshots, and working around the room to take candids was tight.  Showing up to our next shoot at their new offices was pretty amazing; it was huge in comparison with tons of light, an exposed brick wall, and multiple meeting rooms.   We had plenty of room to work, and room for all the new hires…things were moving in the right direction.  I’ve enjoyed showing up for each subsequent shoot and seeing familiar faces; great people in a great work environment, complete with ping pong table, of course.  It’s hard to believe that their first team photo had about 30 people, while the third one had more than 90 and was less than a year later!

MyFitnessPal at 90 strong!

MyFitnessPal as it grows!

Some of the headshots from our shoots are now being showcased on the MFP jobs page. These guys know that having a consistent collection headshots for a business team really adds to the polish of the website, ultimately helping empower the brand.  Here are a three that are currently featured, along with the quotes from the team members about MFP.  I love it that they have a job titled Customer Happiness Lead; that says a lot!

"The culture is fantastic. It's a great, super-smart bunch of people. The projects are fun and you can go home feeling like you actually accomplished something." - Paul, Senior Software Engineer

“The culture is fantastic. It’s a great, super-smart bunch of people. The projects are fun and you can go home feeling like you actually accomplished something.” – Paul, Senior Software Engineer

"The decisions we make impact so many people in a positive way. It's pretty incredible to think about it." -Suzanne,  Product Manager

“The decisions we make impact so many people in a positive way. It’s pretty incredible to think about it.” – Suzanne, Product Manager

"There's a real emphasis on member success. We know that if our members are succeeding, we'll succeed." - Steven, Customer Happiness Lead

“There’s a real emphasis on member success. We know that if our members are succeeding, we’ll succeed.” – Steven, Customer Happiness Lead

The big news came last week, when it was announced that MyFitnessPal has been acquired by Under Armour for $475 million!  Why is this exciting?  Well, Forbes magazine writes that “In its nine years of existence the firm has amassed more than 80 million registered users for its website and app, and will see its combined user base with Under Armour grow to 120 million, in what the acquiring company calls the “largest digital health and fitness community in the world.”  That’s 120 million people working together and using technology to better their lives to lead healthier lifestyles.  How much better can it get?  Congratulations MyFitnessPal, you deserve it!

So, I’m guessing there will be more growth at MFP; check out the jobs page and maybe will be your new professional home.  Perhaps we’ll meet at the next photo shoot!  In the meantime, download their app and join a community of 80 million folks supporting each other in the pursuit of better health!




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