Dawid Bilski has a knack for spotting eye-catching moments—his portfolio includes a newly engaged couple hanging from the bars of a trolley and a pair of dice caught midflight at a craps table. These shots of candid life and intriguing action are the basis of his galleries, which is stuffed with reels from weddings, bat mitzvahs, and birthdays. But the galleries also contain more eclectic subjects, from surfers kicking up sprays of water in Santa Cruz to capoeira artists caught mid-handstand.
Signature service: Photography for those special moments.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: It's not just pictures. It's an investment to make those treasured moments last a lifetime.
When major life events take place, Linda Hans dispatches to the scene to capture moments in a candid, natural manner. She's especially polished in shooting weddings and engagements, though she'll also snap the smiles of kids and families for portraits. After sessions, clients can even have Linda organize photos and transform collections into memory-packed albums.
Based in a 7,000-square-foot loft with 20 sets for photos, the staff at Modern Love Photography offers clients a unique photography experience. The team is led by lead photographer, owner, and creative director Denise Birdsong. In 2015, she was named "Best in Show" by the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. She also teaches boudoir photography across the globe and was a featured speaker at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference. Under her direction, the crew works to capture both candid and posed pictures. The studio, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, also hosts beauty portrait and boudoir sessions, utilizing a variety of sets and an ample collection of lingerie and garments. They've also been lauded by publications such as I Do Venues and The Knot for their on-site shoots.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I've been full-time portrait, fashion, and event photographer since 2013. Awarded 2014 Best Photographer by the San Francisco Fashion Awards.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My biggest inspirations are fashion photographer greats such as Mario Testing & Patrick Demarchelier.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is being able to create great work with our people and seeing the positive reaction from my clients.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
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.