Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.
Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.
Amid the white sands of sunset-lit beaches and wildflowers of grassy fields, or even the bright lights of his professional photography studio, Jesse Gabriel transforms his subjects into printed portraits with clicks of his camera. After spending years traveling across the country, photographing the natural landscape and the people in it, Jesse Gabriel, along with his wife and business partner, Susan, opened Jesse Gabriel Photography to fulfill Jesse’s dream of running his own studio. Jesse specializes in shooting family, children, high-schoolers posing for senior photos, and seniors posing as high-school students.
Bay Area native Ryan Willis can rarely be found anywhere but behind his camera. It’s a passion he’s gratefully transformed into a career, taking traditional-style portraits for families, newborns, couples, and kids. He shoots in varying shades of black and white, as well as vibrant color, manipulating studio lighting to create crisply focused images. To assist with headshots or images for promotional materials, he also customizes photo sessions for business professionals, actors, models, and bands.
Armed with 20 years of experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of light, composition, color, and storytelling, the photographers at Krazy Zexy immortalize sensuous moments. Krazy Zexy specializes in helping women find and flaunt their sexy side with fun, flirtatious photo sessions. They retouch the images to ensure each element of the photo is picture-perfect and the resulting images make perfect gifts for loved ones.
The press-lauded commercial shutterbug and digital image pro behind Soo Photography, Michael Soo has lent his expertise in commercial, food, and portrait photography to numerous international publications, including the New York Times. Drawing upon his expertise and multicultural background to educate fledgling photographers, Soo hosts workshops, teaches classes, and runs an online forum where digital cameras discuss technique in binary. Beginner- and intermediate-level classes acquaint novices with the art form, and advanced courses delve into lighting, black-and-white photography, portraiture, weddings, product photography, and how to cover up red eye with drawn-on mustaches. The classes also assist in lighting techniques, learning exposure and composition, and how to photograph portraits.
Every year, photographer Marc Aviles has to limit the number of weddings he photographs to 20. That magic number allows him to take a meticulous approach in capturing both photojournalistic and posed photographs during one of life’s most momentous occasions. This is it Photography's wedding-photography process, which begins with an in-depth consultation and ends with photo-album production in Italy, reflects a deep respect for each client's vision. While snapping shots, photographers zoom in on sparkling rings and colorful bouquets to capture the subtle details of the ceremony before panning out to take pictures of the couple and guests. Marc also performs engagement photography sessions, which preserve romantic images at a cherished locale, such as a beach, a blossoming cherry tree, or the restaurant where lovers shared their first heimlich maneuver.
This is it Photography's talent for creating narratives through photographs has earned them several accolades throughout their career. Though they limit their annual wedding presence, they always welcome families, pets, newborns, and models into their studio for specialized portraits. Whimsical infant photos pair babies with studio props, including a miniature claw-foot tub and giant rubber duckies. Alternatively, outdoor shoots supply sunny backdrops for candid pictures. This is it Photography also rents out photo booths, which print sheets of smiling faces with custom event logos.