More than 20 years of photography experience grants PhotoArts Marin's Glen Graves more than just an eye for an ideal snapshot. His skill with traditional film cameras, lighting, and composition elements imbues his photos with a quality that has drawn the attention of such clients as Ford, US Air, and Architectural Digest. When not capturing boudoir portraits or smiling families during photo shoots, Glen can be found in the classroom teaching aspiring photographers the tricks of the trade, from using dynamic angles to frame a subject to how saying “cheese” banishes spirits intent on photobombing.
Since 1986, the filmmakers and video experts at CAV Media Studios have blended creative instinct with technological aptitude, producing films and preserving footage via digitization and duplication services. Transferring still photographs or movies onto modern DVDs reduces the effects of static on an aging VHS, the fading of a 35mm slide, and the unnerving creepiness of a silent, scratchy 16mm film. Duplication and digitization packages convert old memories onto shiny, new Blu-ray and HD formats, all wrapped in professional labels and packaging worthy of display. Far more than mere archivists, the technicians at CAV Media Studios create masterpieces of their own, whether they’re filming underwater adventures with former Navy SEALs or helping construction companies keep their workers safe by producing informative training videos.
Claire Dobson captures couples, families, and high-school seniors in crisp, colorful high-definition snapshots. In those snapshots, she frames emotion and personality through deft composition learned over her years in the field of photography. She also gives a flawless, magazine-like quality to her photos through detailed retouching in the editing studio. With the same approach, she also trains her camera eye on classy and elegant boudoir sessions, as well as weddings and engagement shoots.
The piercing, unrelenting gaze of dozens of Canon, Nikon, and Olympus cameras can be a little intimidating. Luckily, the crew at Shutterbug Camera is on hand to guide shoppers through its stock of professional equipment and accessories. The team leads in-store classes to help students explore the settings on digital cameras and traveling day trips to focus newfound knowledge on locales such as Angel Island State Park. In addition to outfitting shoppers with camera cases and lenses, staffers emblazon the resulting images on water bottles, canvas wraps, and iPhone cases, creating distinctive gifts that eliminate cell-phone mix-ups better than a ringtone plucked from Gilbert Gottfried's Christmas album.
Alicia Parks values the comfort of the home just as much as the mystery of the forest. She travels to homes to capture domestic bliss in her family portraits, amassing snapshots of subjects in front of Christmas trees and on cozy sofas. However, she also ventures into the woods, where she photographs brides dirtying their dresses, and to the beach, where wedding parties frolic on the sand and ignore the jealous glare of Poseidon.
Alicia's versatility gives clients the confidence to choose their preferred locale for each shoot. Whether she's following sisters through their favorite park or snapping pictures of a high-school senior leaning on his car, she captures easy smiles and a variety of poses. With her retouching finesse, she makes certain colors pop, and she readily produces prints for framing, nestling inside of wallets, or stapling to mannequins' faces in an effort to make them more personable.
Jenny Daughtry doesn't need a studio. As the head photographer for Daughtry Photography, she harnesses natural light and the beauty of the greater San Francisco area to frame portraits of families in the scenic forest or glamorous subjects at the beach. Jenny also preserves festive nuptial memories during wedding shoots and provides promotional shots for models, actors, and musicians.