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.
Eugene Tsipenyuk describes photography as "addictive." Having a camera in his hand, he says, helps him understand the world more deeply. And perhaps more importantly, explains Eugene, it helps him nab candid, natural shots of his subjects. Instead of instructing them to strike a stiff pose and say "cheese-wheel dreams," Eugene achieves images of "spontaneous, real-life, fleeting moment[s]" with his signature unobtrusiveness. Clients rely on YtyPhoto for wedding and special event photography, as well as family portraits.
Robinett Photography's on-location photo shoots preserve memories of weddings, engagements, and new additions to the family. Each image of giggling children and beaming brides and grooms draws from real, spontaneous reactions. And they are immortalized in dreamy soft focus, rich saturations of color, or sepia tones that look more antique than a bumper sticker that reads, "My other horse is a car." Photographers work hand-in-hand with couples-to-be or families to create images in front of lush natural backgrounds or stunning architecture.
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.
President Obama and Sammy Hagar. There may only be one thing these two have in common: They were both photographed by James Waynauskas Photography. It's James's photojournalism background that's taught him how to capture all the emotions and drama of the fast-moving world in sharp focus. His background in art is why he's able to infuse all images with eye-catching compositions. Today, he puts all his experience into photo sessions for weddings, portraits, and glamour shots. Covering events such as sports and concerts are his bag, too, as are headshots.