Bay Area Portrait Photography

One of the rewards of photography is the opportunity to capture people at different stages of life—from graduating seniors to business professionals—and visit gorgeous locations, like Yosemite, and photograph the world’s most iconic rock formation at different times of the day. Please enjoy!

Bay Area senior portraits

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bay area senior portrait session

I have an impulse control problem. Everyone around me knows it. It’s part of my charm. When Will smacks Chris, I want to talk about it. When I read a good book, I want to recommend it (The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas!). When I take good images, I want to share them. Years ago, when I started photography, I never thought I’d photograph teens or graduating seniors. It just came about. Recently, this young lady’s mom reached out to me. She shared a bunch of standard senior portraits with a word of caution. “My daughter hates all of these images.” “She wants to do something different,” the mom added. I like different—a lot. So she had my attention. We spoke on the phone, all three of us. We devised a choreography to explore the subject’s interests. I’m delighted with the results. Below are my current top ten images from the set. I eagerly await the next creative, non-standard senior portrait session to come my way.

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neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia flower
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia antique mirror
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia creek
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia joyful pose wood grain
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia eyes hands

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Bay Area Senior Portraits

From Danville and Pleasanton, through San Jose and Los Gatos, to Cupertino, and beyond, I’m photographing high school seniors, as they prepare to journey from home. A typical senior portrait collection has too many good-to-great images to share in a blog. But here’s a subset that definitely caught my eye, in the field and during post production. Hope you enjoy!

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neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue sweatshirt smile
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue pollo bench off camera
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue sweatshirt smile tree
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue sweatshirt smile path
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch footbal
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue pollo brick wall on camera
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school mcclellan ranch rural blue pollo brick wall off camera
neilson senior teen portrait photography bay area san jose cupertino saint francis high school railroad tracks

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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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