Animals and children are a lot alike. They can be shy, curious, excited and playful! They all have unique personalities. They all have a story. And they all need boundless love, warmth and companionship.
That’s why a pet owner’s veterinary choice is so important. You choose one whom you trust… one whose primary concern is getting your baby well from an illness or injury and helping them stay healthy. The staff at Bishop Ranch Veterinary and Urgent Care are all of these things!
In fact, my husband and I brought our little Henry there for many years until he passed away last year. We received enormous support there, beyond what we expected. So when Bishop Ranch contacted me about a photoshoot (not knowing I had been there before), I was elated.
It wasn’t my intent, by the way, for this blog post to sound like a client testimonial! haha. Raves naturally poured out when I had to think about what to write!
Anyhow, see for yourself. Below are a few images from last week’s Commercial Photography session. You can feel the pride in the staff and that there is care and love all around!
Styled shoots are like chocolate to me. I enjoy every morsel of it, want more of it afterwards, and love it so much I feel a bit guilty afterwards. It is THAT good!
My goal was to show Tammy’s versatility because, when off-court, she can look commercial, editorial AND high fashion.
Check out the different “scenes” at the beautiful mansion at Elliston Vineyards…
The College Campus
The Fashionista Outdoors
The Iron Castle
Venue: Elliston Vineyards
Makeup: Jasmine Davis
Hair and Styling: Brittany Thomas
Photographer: Annie Tao
Equipment info: Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, reflector
When it comes to children, there is nothing more important than health, safety and education… except happiness.
I had the privilege of spending the day at Carden Academy for a Commercial Photography shoot last week. I witnessed the most amazing thing: students here enjoyed learning through creativity, faculty commitment, and innovation.
Teachers were passionate about teaching.
Small group learning meant more time with the teacher to learn at your own pace.
Students were excited about learning.
Creativity bubbled over into self-expression and individuality.
There were iPads for each student for research, note-taking and learning.
All of this breeded enthusiasm, participation and excitement.
The result: HAPPY students.
That is definitely something to cheer about!
A few days ago, I photographed a High School graduation. I’ve been to Pinewood School before (click here to see some photos). It was so great to be back! There is an energy here that is hard to describe. Let’s just say, when the faculty talked about the students, it sounded like they were talking about their own children. <3
With other photographers there to capture the formal shots, my focus was to capture the graduation in a photojournalistic style. (Focus, get it? Yea I know, it’s late.)
Now onto the good stuff.
The end of the school year means more than just empty halls.
The end of the school year means…
Tears of Joy
…and maybe sadness too.
Congratulations to The Class of 2013 at Pinewood School and other High Schools!
What an amazing achievement! I tip my hat to you (I really am wearing one right now) and say, “WOOOHOOOOOOOO!”
I wish you much success and happiness in all that you do.
With industry accolades like “Top Electronic game of 2012″, “Best of What’s New, Best New Gadget” and “Family Choice Award Winning Product”, Sifteo Cubes were a delight to photograph. My goal was to capture real people playing with these little cubes of awesomeness.
[For those who aren't familiar, Sifteo is an interactive game where you press, tilt, shake and bump the cubes to play. It's pretty amazing. Here is a short clip about it.]
Below is a peek of my Commercial Photography shoot from a few days ago with Sifteo…
Can I just say how much I love photographing schools?!!
It uses both my Marketing background and artistic skills to assess and capture the best ways to highlight a school, staff and students. I get to photograph kids and work with adults. It blends Lifestyle Photography and Styled Shoots into one because some things are shot completely in their natural state while others require staging. OH MY GOSH, IT’S SO FUN!
Enough said. Below is a peek at the gorgeous Pinewood School. Sit back and enjoy.
This morning, I had a Commercial Photography project where I needed to shoot a few play rooms for one of Bay Area’s finest family entertainment centers: Super Franks.
I thought it’d be fun to share a lighting challenge I had in one of the rooms and show you how I ended up shooting it.
For Super Franks’ newest room, the Beach Room, it was completely enclosed for the kiddies, but a section of the space was uncovered, so there was sunlight, and the other section was covered with no artificial light and very little ambient light. Since this is a new room, they hadn’t set up toys and props yet. Also, in the uncovered section, the sun didn’t shine evenly, so one side was super bright (as you can see in the photo below). Another kicker: I had about 10 minutes.
How would you shoot this room?
WHAT I DID
First, I talked with Mannie, the Marketing Manager, to determine that I didn’t need to get the covered area since nothing was set up there, so I focused on the uncovered, sunny area.
I asked Mannie to bring in an activity toy, which I placed on the blue flooring and turned it, so it would catch the light that bounced off the walls. Now the image has more dimension and color, and the bus toy establishes the room as a play area.
Next, I wanted to show that the room was outdoors and create the illusion of being by the beach.
I shot from the sunny side of the open area. I crouched down and shot upwards into the brightest umbrella. Now the entire frame is filled with the beach scene and you can see the sunlight from above.
Here’s another perspective…
This time, I positioned the umbrella rod in the center of my frame and processed the image with more sunny goodness. This image makes me feel like I am sitting at an outdoor beach cafe after rollerblading on the strand!
After shooting four rooms, I got a bonus: I got a peek at Super Franks’ little campers! (This is their first year offering Summer Camp.)
Super Franks is making some major changes this Summer. I didn’t even think it was possible to make this place even cooler!
A school where the teachers are passionate about their lessons and their students.
The administrative staff have pride in where they work.
The students respect the uniqueness of their peers and enjoy learning. They are smart, self-assured and talented.
I was there. Oakwood.
Oakwood is a Preschool through High School campus in Morgan Hill, CA. Even with many students, I thought the school had more of a small town feel because of how friendly everyone was to us and each other.
The staff welcomed us with smiles and hugs, and brought us water and energy snacks (aka CHOCOLATE) throughout our 2-days there.
My goal was to capture images of student life at Oakwood as well as interactions between the teachers and their students.
These girls were giggling about the owl pellets display.
What was shocking was how many of the students were multi-talented in the Arts — from performance art to music.
There were times I felt like I was on the set of Glee!
It was really my pleasure to meet such a wonderful group of students and faculty.
I was so impressed with Oakwood that I wish they were closer to me, so MY kids could attend there!
Yesterday’s San Francisco Bay Area Commercial Photography session was for Horizons East Equestrian Center in Livermore, CA.
It was a cover shoot for Active Kids for May 2012. The theme for next month is Summer Camp, so this was to highlight one of the activities kids can do in the Bay Area.
Here are a few that I liked…
UserTesting.com provides a web-based service, rather than physical products, so shooting Darrell, one of the co-founders, posed an interesting challenge.
My task was to get a headshot in landscape orientation, but I wanted more than that. I wanted to capture the essence of the business as I did with SheetMusicPlus last month.
Inside the Office
Outside the Office
In these images, you get a sense that it is a small business, which is important for this project, and you get a sense for their business.