We live in a digital age of instant gratification, we all know it and accept it. Long gone are the days of hiring a portrait photographer and waiting weeks or months to receive prints. Anyone of us today can run down to Target, purchase a point and shoot camera, or more likely use our iPhone, and have a blast with all the digital images
Scenes on Tween Shoot in Belvedere See more Tween Sessions here!
As a portrait photographer I can tell you that Jack London Square is not only a great place to shop, eat and enjoy the Bay views, it is also a really fun place to have a portrait session. You can find old brick building facades, graffiti walls galore, cool colored walls and steps, old rusty stuff, sailboats and even palm trees! So when I was
In January I decided to begin offering a new type of session geared specifically for kids (read mostly girls) between 9 and 13. The age more commonly know as "tweens". So, I contacted a former client, asked if she would like to round up a few good friends and meet me in downtown Tiburon for my newly minted be-Tween sessions. The result was getting to
[custom_headline type="left, center, right" level="h2" looks_like="h3" accent="true"] Lines are BEAUTIFUL [/custom_headline]is my personal project for 2015. My desire is to provide a FREE portrait session for any woman over 50 years old. That is the sole requirement, that you be over 50. Why am I doing this? Have you ever heard the song by Brandi Carlile - The Story? The first lines of the song are:
For the past few years I've been working with the Friends of Oakland Animal Services to photograph adoption stories for their yearly calendar. This year I traveled into SF to meet Chester. An extremely sweet guy who, after a very long and sad stay in the Oakland shelter, finally has a great new home. Chester is a goofy mastiff mix adolescent who first came to
I first met Annie and Bernard in the summer of 2013 for a portrait session of their little cutie, Munji . At the time Munji was suffering from advanced cancer, but was doing really great. We had a second session in April of last year when Munji got a new little puppy brother, MacGyver to play with. Again Munji was doing really well, but unfortunately,
I have had the Pet Portraits pleasure of photographing Wyatt the Bloodhound for 4 years in row now! He is an absolute sweetheart of dog and I look forward to his session each year and hanging out with his owner, Josephine. In the past we had our sessions on the beach twice and once at the UC Berkeley campus, so this year we choose a more
What is a Fusion Business Card you may be asking? The simple answer is - a hybrid of a traditional head shot and video of your business elevator pitch combined in a sweet small 40 second video that you can promote on your website and social media. It is also a brand new offering from Chickpea Photography and you can see a sample in the
It is time for the holidays and to help my clients get ready I held a series of holiday Christmas mini sessions in the studio. Here is just small sample of the fun we had.
Family Portraits on the Campus This past rainy weekend during a very short break in the much needed rain here in California, I had the privilege and delight of photographing a very special family. I've known Chris, Kristy and their daughter, Addie for about 10 years and consider myself very fortunate to have such wonderful friends in my life. Kristy officiated at our wedding in
On my website I state that you define your family and I document the love. This Beautiful Family Photograph in Oakland recently is the perfect example of that sentiment. It started with a call from Sandra who wanted to surprise her partner with a portrait session for her birthday. Sweet, right? (hint, hint to anyone else thinking of doing this - yes I do offer
On Sunday November 16th I held a fundraiser for Friends of Oakland Animal Services in my Richmond studio. For only $40 and the donation of a toys or collars participants received a 20 minute in-studio session and 1-8x10 print of their choice. It was a fun day, I met some really great people and their pets and we raised some much needed funds for the
I know it isn’t even Halloween yet and here I am about to mention the holidays (believe me, I hate that too!) but don’t pull a Cyndi and wait until the week before Christmas to get holidays cards. Then end up frustrated, tired of the hoards of shoppers all doing the same thing and decide “Oh, screw it, I’ll just send a New Year’s greeting
Imagine if you will a beautiful late summer morning, the sun shinning down on the small lake at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek, the birds chirping, owners walking their dogs and stopping to give a wag to the H family as they stroll around the lake shore picking up dried maple leaves. Well, actually you needn't imagine it, just check out the images of
Bay Area Kid Portraits I had two delightful sisters playing in the cube recently. These girls were playful, silly and a total joy to photograph. Enjoy this quick sneak peek. [callout type="left, center, right" title="Is it time for your family portraits?" message=" See more images" button_text="Click Me!" href="http://kids.chickpeaphoto.com/" target="blank"]
Bay Area Pet Portraits The Chickpea Cube isn't only for kids. Dogs like to play too and their owners. I photographed Suzanne's other Standard Poodle, Mellow, a few years ago and when she heard about the Cube Sessions, she decided it was a great idea to have family portraits done with her new puppy, Bentley. He may only be 10 months old, but Bentley is
When I worked in Corporate America as an IT Manager I worked with some pretty amazing women. On Labor Day these same women brought their families into the studio for a series of Cube Sessions. Three families; 6 adults and 7 children and can you believe it - they all fit in the chickpea cube! Well ok, not all at the same time, but nearly.
Jeannie was one of my very first clients way back in 2009, when I photographed her wonderful dog, Buddy. Now I get to continue with her children in the Chickpea Cube. Lucas and Levi got to play with bubbles, the vintage tricycle and couple of other fun props. Jeannie and Nico were great sports and jumped in the cube too. Looks like a lot of
Imagine, if you will, a warm summer afternoon, soft diffused light coming from the slightly overcast skies and bouncing off the trees and green, green grass. Then add to this idyllic scene a young family playing with their two children. Well actually corralling the two-year old who is enthusiastically running along said grass in pursuit of the many geese, while the other child plays peek-a-boo