At Pharaoh Studios, owner and master photographer James F. Edwards peeks through his lens to capture the complex and singular personalities of actors, models, and families. In doing so, he consults with his clients and incorporates their ideas when staging group portraits, senior pictures, or headshots. He can then touch up the best photos and transform them into specialty items, including posters and zed cards, which showcase an actress or model's finest photographs.
When not shooting within his professional studio, Edwards and his camera travel on-location and through time to encapsulate moments at weddings and birthday parties.
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.
In class, Setareh Shahvaran is a science major, but professionally she's a photographer. At Seti Photography, her pictures are as diverse as her interests, spanning from weddings to nature to portraiture. As a Bay Area native, her photo shoots serve as a way to immortalize local people and places. Click here to take a peek at some of her work.
A family of four poses amid crisp fall leaves, late sunlight casting a warm glow across their smiling cheeks. A newlywed couple beams at each other under a canopy of palm trees. Staff members of a new salon hold a giant pair of scissors, poised to cut the ribbon and the hair of their first giant customer during their opening ceremony. ultra-spective's photographers can capture groups and individuals in nearly any context, and they take a distinctive approach to each—so much so that the studio boasts six different divisions, for family portraits, high-school seniors, art portraiture, weddings, boudoir shoots, and business photography. An all-female team with expertise in lighting and airbrushing directs the boudoir shoots, where they guide subjects in poses designed to make them look svelte and beautiful. For family shoots, they'll gladly venture to a selection of reliably picturesque parks where split-rail fences lean, redwoods loom, and sycamores dapple golden fields with shade. The studio itself has plenty of personality, with chandeliers and black walls lined with hot pink sequins.