BW Portraits and Headshots

When I became more intentional about portrait and headshot photography, there was a temptation to make things complicated. Two or three lights instead of one. Expensive canvas backdrops. Snoots, grids, and scrims. Best advice I ever got was to keep things simple. One light and a reflector, or maybe just a reflector,—or maybe neither, just ambient light only, depending. I love simplicity. It makes…

Portrait of a Cowboy

One person will see her husband. Some will see their dad or their uncle or their grandpa. But I see a cowboy, a neighbor, and a prophetic eye. In conversation, he asks questions and works hard to commit answers to memory and to keep those memories—so many of them now—properly sorted. When I asked him if I could take his portrait, he politely laughed…

Portrait of a Creative Professional

Quiet, intense, visionary, thoughtful, worldly, confident. Those are just some of the traits that help define creative professional Aïda Jones, whether she’s sitting for a portrait or creating brand experiences for global clients. I hope you enjoy the headshots as much as I enjoyed making them. Make Contact Explore More

Author’s Portrait

Behind every book is an author with a story. As with most people, this story is a long one with many twists and turns. There are three things that ground retired firefighter and writer Christy Warren during challenging times: her wedding band, her watch, and her tattoo. As a photographer, I particularly like how all three, in the first set, subtly lead to her…

Portraits: Six-in-One, 5/3

Eyes, always eyes. Start there, then everything else falls into place. Below are examples of portraits and headshots I’ve captured that start in the starting place, and slowly move out from there, integrating other key details: a cigarette tip, a dimple, wooden grain, earrings, a blazer, and a hand casually placed. Contact me for kids, teens, family, portrait, and headshot photography in the San Francisco…