A Show of Hands

Most headshots live up to their name—tight portraits cropped closely around the head and shoulders. Small image sizes on most websites and social media dictate that portraits need to be pretty tight just to get a good view of the face. Recently, I have been doing some portraits that are a bit wider. This is […]

Party for a Cause

In December, as is always the case at the end of the year, I got booked to shoot several events. Most were company holiday parties. One, though, was a party for a special cause. Two causes, actually. A long-standing corporate client of mine was sponsoring a fundraiser dinner, to be hosted in a private home. […]

Nice Wheels

I recently had the opportunity to make some unique portraits. I was contacted by a non-profit in Berkeley that provided information and resources for the disabled. The organization had originally tried to purchase stock photography for its website, but contacted me after experiencing an interesting (and frustrating) problem: stock photos of “disabled” people are almost […]

Stepping in to the Ring

I recently got a call from the Marketing Director at a small start-up in headquartered in Berkeley. She needed headshots of their whole team for the website, and wanted relaxed and candid posing, with a more “punchy” look than the standard corporate headshot, reflecting their young and dynamic company culture. After a short phone conversation […]

Modern Family

I have met some talented people while making my Improvisors portraits. While I was at an improv retreat earlier this year, I took a workshop with the wonderful Dana Powell. She is a great teacher and a terrific improvisor, and I had the opportunity to photograph her for my project during the retreat. I just […]

Ollie

There is no greater dog-lover than me. Dogs are the best. I grew up with a delightful female golden retriever who lived to be 16.5 years old, so I am particularly fond of sweet old doggies. Early last month, I had the pleasure of making some portraits of my friend’s 14-year-old dog, Ollie. (That’s 98 […]

Getting Outside the Studio

“Variety is the spice of life.” – William Cower The majority of my corporate headshot clientele want their photography done indoors with a studio set-up—and with good reason. Studio lighting and background is the most easily controlled, the most versatile, the most consistent from shot to shot, and is repeatable months and years later and […]

Camp ImprovUtopia

I started my Improvisors project just over a year ago, setting out to make portraits of improv performers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. During the past year, I have gathered folks at my studio, photographed visiting performers at the San Francisco Improv Festival, attended the Committee Reunion, and even traveled to New […]

The Actor

I recently met a fellow improvisor, who is also an aspiring stage and film actor. (He also has a PhD in Applied Physics, so the guy’s talents are diversified!) I photographed him for my Improvisors project, and afterward he asked me to do some actor headshots for him sometime. I hadn’t done many actor portraits […]

The People Behind Ask.com

Last Fall, I was asked to photograph the executive team at Ask.com in Oakland. The company was doing a complete redesign of the corporate information page on its website, and high on the priority list were portraits of the leadership team. The folks at Ask were great to work with (I first wrote about the […]