Commercial Photography: City Build

It was time for shoot #3 of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) adult education ad campaign.  This time, I photographed students from their City Build program.  [Here is my post about the first two CCSF shoots.]

They only need one of these images.  Good luck with that ‘cuz I love them ALL!

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Bubble Tea

Families can be described immeasurable ways.  Here are a few I found online that struck my fancy:  {authors unknown}

Family:  an anchor during rough waters.
Family – like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.

But have you ever heard this one by Annie Tao?   :)

Family is like bubble tea.  You are awesome to most, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  And no matter what, you always stick together!

Don’t worry, I won’t write fortunes in a fortune cookie factory!  hahaha.  I’m sure I’d be fired.  With my silliness aside, check out this family’s lifestyle shoot of shopping and drinking bubble tea!

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Styled Shoot: 50 and Fabulous

I love the colors of this photoshoot.

I also love vibrant personalities, women who are strong yet kind, and people who can have fun and laugh in pretty much any circumstance.  That’s Ria.  And this fabulous person is turning 50 today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RIA!

Ria’s styled shoot took place at her home, where her heart is — aka, husband José and doggy Riley.  ❤️

There were so many cool textures, prints, and colors that I had to include a bunch of detail shots!  I hope you’ll enjoy the sneak peek.

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Commercial Photography: City College of SF

Perhaps you returned to school after you identified your passion.  Maybe life got in the way and you are now back on the path to earn your GED.  Whatever your story is, I applaud those who return to school because it takes a lot of tenacity and desire to grow to do that.

I met a few students from City College of San Francisco and had the privilege of capturing part of their lives with someone who supports or inspires them.  It was invigorating to hear their stories, and the culinary class made me want to take a class (and made me hungry).  :P

Here’s a peek of my 2-day Commercial Shoot with City College of San Francisco.  I can’t wait to see the ads around my favorite city!

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Whoops, that’s my iced tea!  ;)

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Something Is In My Eye

I first met Heather and Brent the week of their 3 year anniversary when their only child was a four-legged one.  That was back in 2009.

Since then, I’ve watched their family grow each year.  And get this:  I got to meet each of their beautiful babies a few days after they returned from the hospital!  How awesome is that?!!

I really do love this family and will miss them.  ❤️  Dang it, something is in my eye.

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If you want to see how different Heather and Brent’s past photoshoots have been, grab a drink (or a tissue, in my case) and get comfy: 

Autumn in the Park (2016)

Twinkle Twinkle (2015)

Little Pumpkin (2014)

Newborn Evy (2013)

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (2009)

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Styled Shoot: Woodland Nymph

Lifestyle Photography is my jam, but from time to time, I like to stretch my creativity by telling a visual story through a Styled Shoot.  Let me tell you one:

According to ancient Greek mythology, there lived a beautiful nymph who preferred the company of her imagination and nature more than the company of other people, so she built a house in the woods and lived alone.

She picked berries and washed them with river water before eating them one by one while lost in her own thoughts.  The isolation meant being alone, but she never felt lonely.  She felt…

Free.

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When Your Heart is Full

When your heart is full, you allow yourself to feel a wider array of emotions — and you approach life with more confidence because you know everything isn’t always perfect, but everything is the way it is supposed to be.  Man, I should’ve been a philosopher!  ;)

Tim and Jennifer seem this way to me.

Their photoshoots are always filled with emotion that make me want to find reason to hang out with them even longer just to be around that kind of energy.  Even when there is no activity and everyone is calm, there is tenderness and love radiating from them.  It really is beautiful to see and photograph.

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Relaxed Headshots

Julia and Aaron needed headshots for work, but not stuffy ones — so I pulled them aside at the end of their Landfill Shoot.

We walked to an area between the water, parked cars, and large shipping containers (seriously!) where there was diffused light.  The light was so pretty there that I widened my scope to include the kids.

These relaxed headshots are more like relaxed portraits.  Ahhhhh…

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For more information about taking headshots, you can read A Change Is Coming and How Your Subject Feels.

Or if you just want a LAUGH, you can read about doing headshots of my Worst Client!

The Landfill Shoot

When you think graffiti, landfill, broken toys, old bottles, and rusty abandoned bikes, “This would be a great location for a family photoshoot” isn’t usually what comes to mind.

It did for Julia and Aaron though, and I’m so thankful for that!  Add bright sun and strong winds to all of this, and you get a hefty challenge that made me excited to dive into.

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This little nook is a place Julia and Aaron visit with their furbaby, Georgia, who loves to explore the bend of a hidden path or dip into the bay.  It is where David finds cool sticks and climbs trees with his dad.  It’s where Samara collects wildflowers and draws patterns in the dirt.

Just like life, Art is how you interpret it.

The location was nature’s playground and a haven for modern art created with everyday items.  The sun was a warm blanket on an otherwise cold day.  The family treated their shoot like a regular weekend day, and that allowed for sweet organic moments to unfold.  ❤️

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Pink Peonies

When Jeff found out they were having a baby girl, his heart melted.  He had always wanted a girl!  ❤️

So their first photoshoot with their new baby girl was in a flower garden while mommy Louisa and baby Kate wore pink and Jeff and Jacob wore blue.  It was symbolic and colorful, both perfectly fitting for their location and meaning.

Why the name, Pink Peonies?  They’re my favorite flowers.  I saw them at the garden and did a muffled squeal as to not totally embarrass myself — haha.  Well, that and the fact that Louisa and Kate looked like flowers in the garden with their pink outfits!

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