There is nothing better than exploring new locations with people who are local to the area. I was shown one of my all-time favorite shoot locations by Ksenia & Elana when I spent a weekend in Santa Cruz earlier this month.Read More
Many Bay Area photographers have their share of awesome photos taken at Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, CA, but up until last weekend I had never had the pleasure. As my friend Taylor (@taytayboxing) and I wandered around the beach across from the "shark fin" rock at sunset, I was amazed at how much more beautiful it was in person. Taylor braved the waves, climbed around on a ton of rocks, and even got a little bit splashed. (Do it for the shot, am i right?)
As a thank you for her bravery to "get the shot" and to her fiancee, Dylan (@hailestormin), who is always so much help when we're taking pictures, we snuck in a quick little couples session at the end. This was one of my first times experimenting with games during couples sessions. I prompted Taylor and Dylan to play some silly games and asked them some questions about their relationship. Not only did we have a lot of fun, but both Taylor and Dylan actually look like they're having fun in these photos. I was super happy with how they turned out!
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to comment below or send me an email!
Also, check out more of Taylor's work at her website: https://taylorjstone.squarespace.com/
Jacob & Nikki are two of the sweetest people I have met since starting my photography business. They are so kind, welcoming, and, most importantly, not afraid to be silly and have fun in front of the camera...Read More
Photos from my semi-styled session with Danica Hull (@DanicaAshHull) & Damon (@damondance16). I had a ton of fun with these two cuties on their short visit to San Francisco, and am becoming absolutely in love with capturing love. It is incredible to be given the opportunity to capture sweet moments between two people who really care for each other, and I'm so excited for some couples/engagement sessions coming up this month!
Shot at Sutro Baths in San Francisco during Sunset (one of my favorite locations!!).
Gear: Canon 6D with 135mm and 24-70mm lenses. Some Pictures taken by my photo assistant/boyfriend/total cutie Zeke Morton.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about gear, editing, or anything at all please feel free to email me or leave a comment below
Also, here's one of my favorite before/afters from the session:
Pictures of Becca & Nick at Creekside Park in BrentwoodRead More
The Portrait Culture & Vintage Lilacs Magazine hosted a meet up this past weekend at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. It was a great opportunity to finally meet some of the talent I have been following and interacting with on Instagram and to learn from other talented photographers and models.
This meet up experience got me thinking about how important the phrase "Community over Competition" is. As photographers, especially on a platform like Instagram, it is very easy to compare ourselves to the mass amounts of talent seen on any given feed. I know that I, personally, can often get stuck in this way of thinking. I often have to challenge myself to become inspired by other's work, rather than discouraged.
Photography can be complicated. Not every shoot comes out exactly how you pictured, not every client is easy to work with. Sometimes this can be for the better, and sometimes... well, you know. Experiencing this kind of negativity can often discourage us (creatives) to allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the art we are creating.
On Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to meet so many talented and humble creatives whose work I have been following for months or to meet new creatives that I will definitely be following in the months to come. So many wonderful people had such meaningful and positive words for me and I was blown away by the kindness and support that surrounded the whole meet up.
I drove home Saturday night knowing that I have a strong community behind me of photographers, models, and other creatives. Most importantly, I knew that my photography was helping me to create lifelong friends and surround myself with positivity and the motivation to keep improving upon my art. There was no sense of competition, but, instead, an inspiring and supportive community that has been built on passion and encouragement.
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Margaret Pizarro (@messymarg)
Lily Hawkins (@lillian_vintage)
H. Kunz (@_hkunz_)
Hussein Termos (@husseintermos_)
Also, big thanks to The Portrait Culture (@theportraitculture) & Vintage Lilacs Magazine (@vintagelilacsmag) for hosting the meet up!
Most of my friends and clients know that I will almost always pick a natural, outdoor location over an urban or indoor one. There's nothing wrong with shooting in the city or in a studio, but I can't deny that I love shooting in nature. Forests, oceans, coastal cliffs, desserts... I love them all.
This week I got to work with my friend Candy Tong (@candytong12), a very talented dancer and model, and my friend Nathan Carlson (@nathaancarlson), a talented photographer who specializes in dance photography. While I love working with clients to create sessions that represent them and what they love, there's nothing better than planning a shoot that is really representative of your own style.
The romper Candy wore here was right up my alley. We got some awesome pictures of the fabric flowing in the wind and the white color tied her into the background as she was the color of the clouds.
But back to the nature...
The Bay Area is a wonderful place to be a photographer since there are so many great landscapes within a few minutes or hours of wherever your are.
This particular day was one of the best days for a coastal shoot that I've seen in a while. The only thing I love more than being having an outdoor location is having an outdoor locations with clouds. I love love love how clouds add detail to a background and make it unique. Even though I'm sure tons of people have gotten pictures in Pacifica near Devil's Slide Trail, no-one else had the same cloud formations. This shoot was really unique because of that. The only thing better than a cloudy day, in my opinion, is an overcast one!
I get so spoiled with how beautiful this area is. Within a 10 minute drive along the coast, we found a trail to the ocean, a coastal overlook, and a sandy beach.
How lucky we are to have these beautiful locations so close to where we are. Photography has made me realize how often I took these spots for granted, and how much beauty can be found within a few miles of where I live.
Thanks for reading! I will be trying to blog a little bit more to keep you updated on my sessions and show you more of what my shoots look like in the end. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, please feel free to email me or comment below!
Alright, let me start off by telling you why I love Candy's dress in this picture so much. Candy could have been wearing a simple outfit, jeans and a t-shirt, but what really makes this picture unique is the flowy dress in contrast with the ocean. The picture would not have had the same, fairy-tale feel if she had been wearing jeans. This dress is especially nice, because it compliments the colors of the overcast day, and is flowy, just like the ocean behind her.
In the picture above, the dress works equally well. With a slight violet tint at the top, it really stands out against the purple flowers surrounding her. If you know me, you know that I LOVE pictures like this. A pretty dress in a natural setting just really stands out. It's out of the ordinary, which makes the picture more interesting.
Again, same dress. The light violet top really stands out against the dark gray rock, and the flowy sleeves add a nice touch. I don't think this picture would have the same effect if she was wearing a very simple tee and some ripped jeans.
In contrast to the dress that Candy was wearing above, the leather jacket Candy is wearing for these photos contrasts really well against this more urban background. The black jacket stands out from the red, and gives the picture a very different kind of mood.
More grungy, less princess-y.
If you're planning a shoot with me, I will almost always ask for pictures or a description of what you're planning on wearing. I think it's very important to tie in outfits to the location in order to make the pictures more memorable and unique.
And you can almost never go wrong in a pretty dress.
Thanks for reading. All pictures taken with the talented Candy Tong (@candytong12).
Let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to answer in my next blog post!
I am a photographer who gets largely inspired by locations. Two of the most important things to me when planning a shoot are outfits and locations. These can make or break the picture.
Luckily, even when you may not have the best location ever, it is really easy to fake it. Most of the time, all you need is a few feet of a decent looking background, and you can make it work. Some of the best pictures I've taken have been in flower fields off the side of freeway exits, an unoccupied spot on a golf course, or even a simple brick wall that provides nice shade.
Although it is more than possible to find a location that can provide decent backdrops, there is nothing like going out to shoot in a new area and challenging yourself to really incorporate your surroundings. In my recent shoot with Carly, we were standing on top of a hill overlooking the city. This was not a backdrop I had worked with before, and was inspiring to be somewhere new and to see San Francisco, a place I visit a few times a week, from a new perspective.
While it is important to find beauty in your everyday surroundings, I value the times when I can get out and explore new places.
Let me know some of your favorite outdoor locations, whether they're places you've traveled to once or places you see every day. I'm always looking for recommendations!
How I go about planning my photo sessions with clientsRead More
Read about my spring, wildflower photo session with Chloe B, and look at some beautiful pictures we got while taking advantage of everything blooming.Read More