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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Doctor Is In

My good friend Vanessa is the office manager at a medical practice in Berkeley. A while back, she and her colleagues were nice enough to host an exhibition of my portraits in their very nice office. Recently, she called me because the medical practice was updating its website, and they needed a good group portrait […]

Ask

Last week I had the opportunity to meet and photograph the executive team at Ask.com in Oakland, California. The popular search site and parent company of Dictionary.com is in the process of updating its corporate information webpage and executive profiles, which currently don’t include portraits. Back in early August, I was referred to a Senior […]

Food, Shelter, Clothing…Headshot

A quality headshot has become an essential component of a business professional’s toolkit. LinkedIn and Facebook profiles are as informative to employers as a resume, and they are often the real first impression that an applicant makes, before the interview itself. And whether employers admit it or not, the profile photo that sits front and […]

Catching the Laugh

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a friend and fellow creative professional for the promotional materials for her upcoming one-woman show in San Francisco. Meghan is a classically trained opera singer and musical theater performer who teaches and performs in the Bay Area. Whether it is a reserved corporate headshot or an unconventional artist […]