Dawid Bilski has a knack for spotting eye-catching moments—his portfolio includes a newly engaged couple hanging from the bars of a trolley and a pair of dice caught midflight at a craps table. These shots of candid life and intriguing action are the basis of his galleries, which is stuffed with reels from weddings, bat mitzvahs, and birthdays. But the galleries also contain more eclectic subjects, from surfers kicking up sprays of water in Santa Cruz to capoeira artists caught mid-handstand.
Mawiyah Johnson doesn't just want to photograph her clients' good side—she wants to use her camera to reveal the exceptional qualities she believes dwell in everyone. Her ambitious aims for each shoot are matched by her passion for photography—an infectious enthusiasm that spreads to her subjects. Mawiyah lends her savvy eye to headshots and portrait services in the San Ramon area.
When major life events take place, Linda Hans dispatches to the scene to capture moments in a candid, natural manner. She's especially polished in shooting weddings and engagements, though she'll also snap the smiles of kids and families for portraits. After sessions, clients can even have Linda organize photos and transform collections into memory-packed albums.
Frank Denevi is a technical expert when it comes to photography and video transfers, but that's not the only reason he's well known in the Bay Area. In the 1960s, he was one of the first business owners in the city to appear in his own television commercials, complete with a memorable jingle: "Dublin, Berkeley, San Lorenzo, Cupertino and San Jose…"
Today, major corporations such as Kodak and Walgreens trust Frank Denevi and his son, Michael, with their media transfer needs, but the Denevis and their staff also lend their expertise to individuals. They convert home videos, photos, and slides from VHS to digital formats that can easily be read by a DVD player or plugged directly into technologically advanced brains. DVDs are archival quality and come with protective poly cases; the playable discs include easy to use chapter mark navigation.
As the business name suggests, the stars of PawPawrazzi Pet Photography aren't humans. Anne Mary, the resident photographer and artist, specializes in environmental portraits of cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and other pets, as well as their owners. She lets people pose in front of the camera as well of course, capturing the bond between pets and their owners. The photographer doesn't start snapping right away, however. She takes ample time to walk, play, and meet with animals, helping put pets at ease. She also keeps several pets herself, including cats and Leo, the business' dog mascot who secretly moonlights as one of the world's most prolific fashion photographers.