Portrait of a Fireman

Firefighters make great subjects. Like most people, they carry their stories in their eyes and mouths, but mainly in their eyes, where different shades of intensity gleam. In the coming weeks, I’ll be spending time at a firehouse and am eager to see (and share) what I capture, hopefully a mix of candid headshots, environmental portraits, and maybe even documentary work on a call the firehouse runs. Stay tuned!

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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.

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Portraits: Six-in-one, 3/21

Portrait photography in the San Francisco Bay Area is an embarrassment of riches. I meet young business owners, realtors, IT executives, founders, venture capitalists, students—and beyond. Most subjects identify with a core value or attribute. It might be candor or kindness, competence or trustworthiness, or something else entire. Whatever it is, the awkwardness of portraiture often prevents the value from shining through, as a photographer stares down the barrel of an 85 mm lens. When that happens, subjects rely on stale expressions and routine personas. That’s why I absolutely delight in knocking subjects off script and out of their comfort zones with all sorts of tactics. If you can navigate discomfort together, you can find the real thing that matters, which is pretty damn amazing.

Postcard. March 21, 2022

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Portraits: Six-in-One

As I land more business—excellent!—and make more photos—outstanding!—I’m falling behind on sharing work. The six-in-one concept, I hope, will help me address that challenge. Today it’s portrait photography, but next week, it could be family or landscape photography or even a photo essay. Really, it can be anything, but it’s got to be six-in-one, and I want it to be a weekly affair. Fingers crossed!

Postcard. March, 14, 2022

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San Francisco Corporate Headshots

I’d like to tell you a story about a 2-for-1. Last year, a client hired me to match the black and white style of their existing corporate headshots. But they also asked me to do something “different,” “creative” without offering specs. I love when an assignment gives me latitude. I can deliver images the client can visualize in advance, meeting a definite need, but I can also deliver something totally unexpected.

Black and white

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