ON LOCATION PORTRAITS
Our portrait sessions take place everywhere and anywhere...from the rolling hills of the east bay to the lush vineyards of the wine country, to the gorgeous sweeping cliffs of the coast. Where we choose to capture your family portrait will depend on the look and feel we are aiming to capture based on your family's style, taste, and the decor of your home. Some clients are drawn to a formal aesthetic and wish to have their portraits created in an atmosphere that has classic architecture with arches and columns and dress in more formal attire. Other clients may prefer a more casual scene, something with a soft quality of light and the calming feel of a small body of water, where they can pose easily in jeans and snuggle up with the kiddos. And others clients may get really excited about the idea of creating a more urban portrait, with lots of texture of worn walls and old brick buildings. The possibilities are endless and that is exactly why we always start the process with a private design consultation so that we can get to know your taste and style and go over the many options with you to design a look and concept that you will love.
Hearth and Home portraits
Sometimes we don't have to look any farther than our client's own backyard (or front porch) to find the perfect spot for a family portrait session. A session at home has many benefits...it holds a special warmth and meaning as this is the "family home" where your children have/are growing up, it's easy to include your beloved pets, clothes are readily available if someone would like to switch outfits during the session or run an iron back over a piece, we can artfully incorporate personal mementos that will give your portraits extra sentimental value, and it's convenient to you! But don't worry, you don't need a expansive villa or ocean front property to set the scene for a Hearth and Home Session, you just need a place that you love, that your family calls "home" and we will make sure we find beautiful angles and nooks and crannies that will show it (and your family) off in the best light. These sessions always start with a personal "go see" appointment done by Gretchen prior to the portrait shoot to scout out the location and map out the session.
A Hearth and Home Session is also a wonderful time to include the grandparents in your portrait session. Or if you are the grandparent, it's a wonderful time to invite your adult children and their families over for a portrait! What matters most is family, and we refer to these generational portrait sessions as a Legacy Portrait. It's a time to gather the extended family together and celebrate the generations. Whether a Legacy Portrait Session is being planned out by the adult children or by the grandparents, it's truly a gift for all of the generations. As with any of our sessions, the session does not end with just the family grouping. We also make time to create individual portraits as well as all of the combinations, so grandparents are sure to get some beautiful and special portraits of just them with their grandchildren. When was the last time your parents had a professional portrait made of themselves? If the answer is your wedding a decade ago, then it's time to book this session. Here's a small sampling of some of our sessions created in the comfort of our client's own homes.
high school senior portraits
Senior portraits are a rite of passage. And you don't have to settle for the standard yearbook shot, either. Our sessions are crafted to give your graduate a special experience that will make them feel like a star and show off exactly who THEY are as they are hitting this incredible milestone and transitioning into adulthood. Senior sessions range from a complete session just for the senior with many outfit changes and multiple locations, to a senior session that is combined with a family session (what better time to capture a family portrait when one child is about to leave the nest!). If you have a child who is going to be graduating soon, give us a call and we will be happy to go over all of the options with you!
Business Head shots
Your professional image is a key marketing tool in your online and print advertising. A head shot can effectively convey your personality and the purpose of your work to your clients or customers. It gives them a brief, but vibrant, insight into who you are and how you can help them. When that first impression is made in as short as a 100 milliseconds, you want to make sure your clients get the right message. We are very skilled at crafting images that will speak to your audience
As huge animal lovers ourselves, we definitely understand the bond between a human and their fury four legged friend. We absolutely love (and encourage) our clients to include their pets in their portrait session. But sometimes those special companions need a session of their own, and here are some of our favorites.