Jonathan Mandel attributes much of his current success as a photographer to the people who gave him his start at 8 years old. There was Mr. King, his photography teacher, who taught him how to develop pictures. And his father, who gave him his first camera and patiently allowed a bathroom in their apartment to become a darkroom. That was a while ago, and yet something he learned early on still lives on in Jonathan's work today: a sense of discovery and play. His clients often credit the visual artist with making his sessions fun, bringing out natural moments, and demonstrating a rare talent for steadying a tripod inside a bouncy castle. Whether capturing happy families for portraits or documenting wedding days, his unique eye for light casts each shot in unexpected, striking tones.
Cruise around the city while brushing up on basic camera skills and honing an eye for composition during a two-hour photography workshop led by professional photon-wrangler John Ater, who has shot for the likes of Modern Luxury magazine and Dillard's. The workshop requires snap-happy shutterbugs to bring their own personal cameras, which may include traditional point-and-shooters, digital SLRs, or parlor-sized camerae obscurae. During the course of the photo trek, students are guided through the Mission, the Castro, the Embarcadero, or Chinatown, so comfortable clothes, shoes, and tracking devices are highly suggested. Check out the FAQs and view the current schedule and sign up for the workshop online.
Doré Studio is the oldest photography studio in San Francisco. Founded in 1951 by the mother of the current proprietor, the studio specializes in capturing life’s most important moments through modern digital imaging technology and a sense of old-school glamor. A vein of 1930s Hollywood runs through the in-house productions here, where divas lay on the divans as makeup artists prep them as if for a would be screen test. The studio also provides tuxes and formal wear for guys. Be it senior portraits, quinceañeras or nostalgic re-enactments of grainy, sepia-toned photos, Doré shows its clients in the best possible light.
A picture taken by Rey Rey is one that tells a unique story. As an artist, his passion, kindness and easy going nature make people feel relaxed and comfortable, allowing him to capture the purest essence and true personality of his subject.
A photo by Rey Rey is one that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Teresa Kennett believe that species shouldn't be a factor when it comes to friendship. Rather, she delights in observing the bond between people and their pets, whether you own a dog, a cat, or even a parrot. At Pet Poses Photography, Teresa captures digital snapshots of owners and their animals sharing both close and silly moments. She'll also photograph pets by themselves, leading to beautiful basset-hound portraits and freeze-frames of cats getting excited playing with a catnip mouse.
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.