Few things can derail a family photo like a crying child. However, though the tear-soaked cheeks and scowling faces may seem disastrous, they allow the photographers at Dekker Photography to capture what they're after: personality. They've been snapping fun, personal photos at weddings and family photo shoots for the past decade. Though they happily welcome subjects into their studio, they also haul their gear to local spots, such as Baker Beach, Crissy Field, Lyon Street Steps, and the place where the Golden Gate Bridge intersects with a pot of gold. As an example of the dedication to making subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera, each boudoir photo shoot is directed by a female photographer, includes ample wardrobe changes, and offers the option for a hairstylist and makeup artist to glam up subjects before the shoot.
Looking back, Mischa and Brianne Purcell seem destined to have become photographers: Mischa was bitten by the shutterbug at the age of 8, when a family friend and photography professor first introduced him to the camera lens. Brianne started even earlier—when she was just 7, she put a camera on her Christmas list right when Santa had just secured the rights to manufacture celluloid. All these years later, the Purcells’ love of the art form hasn’t waned. They bring their enthusiasm and smiles to important events in people’s lives, including weddings.
As Mischa puts it in a video on his website, “It’s a true honor to be paid to create art around people’s love stories. It’s the best thing I could ever imagine doing.” This genuine passion comes through in his photographs. To capture the essence of each couple, the photographer thinks outside of the box. Aside from photos at the church, Mischa might have newlyweds pose in front of old buildings, on a truck bed, or simply in front of a bright blue sky. The photographers extend this sort of creativity to other types of sessions. They can photograph families in fields dotted by wildflowers or stay in their studio to carefully capture senior portraits. Mischa also shares his expertise during workshops, which teach the ins and outs of photography and postproduction.
Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.
I'm a people photographer and my goal is to capture who you are, not just what you look like.
I have the knack of getting the most camera-phobic people to relax and be themselves. It's like getting candid photos by hiding in plain sight.
Although I'm based in SF, I travel far and wide.