Reviewing my work from the previous year is always fun. In 2015 my best photos came from lots of different directions. Some were shot with my iPhone, some with the new DxO One (above), most with my Canon 5D Mark II or Mark III. Some were shot for hire and many more were done for fun. Here, in no particular order, are my favorite photos from 2015.
In October, I traveled to Meat Camp at Belcampo Farms in Gazelle, CA. As we were preparing breakfast, a beautiful sunrise unfolded over Mount Shasta about 20 miles away. Fog blanketed the valley below. I shot this with a DxO One camera attached to my iPhone 6. The DxO One is amazing because it has a full-sized sensor and a great lense but fits in your pocket.
Almost every week we have an SRK Headshot Day where individuals can sign up and come in for a headshot. We pop up all over the SF Bay Area. One of our locations is the vibrant Impact Hub in Oakland. Their CEO, Konda Mason, came in for a session. I love her energy and love for people. I think it really came through in this headshot.
A long running series of mine are portraits of People with Scars. We met Amy Calvert at one of our Corporate Headshot Days. We connected right away. I asked her if she would be willing to come in for a scar photo and she graciously agreed. Many people find identity and pride of survival in their scars and I really appreciate it when they have the courage to share their stories.
I love shooting sunrises and sunsets. Particularly if they have architecture involved. This shot of an art installation near my house is a great example. I trundled over one morning and rested the camera on a railing to get this .3 second exposure. The reflection is in Islais Creek. The lights change color and so does the art you see on the Silo. Artists are Laura Haddad and Tom Druggan. It was painted by R.B. Morris III.
Group photos are a challenge I love. For this shot at Merriwether Williams, we did a lot of planning with the client. They chose the group. I choreographed the sitting and poses based on what we wanted to convey. It is my favorite group shot to date.
To honor their 40 under 40, Investment News required a full body portrait of each of their nominees. Our client, Sonya Dreizler, was 8 months pregnant and saw no reason to hide the fact. This powerful, full-body portrait resulted.
I photographed jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti for inMenlo. Taylor has recorded 5 jazz albums and has been moninated for a Grammy. We met him at the amazing SFJazz center in San Francisco. Taylor was relaxed and pleasant. We had the empty concert hall to ourself for the shoot. I let the warm existing lights blend with the flash for some interesting light on his face.
The best camera is the one you have with you when you need to get the shot. On a trip to Berlin we had some amazing cocktails at Becketts Kopf, a bar in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood.The bar was dramatically lit and the cocktails artfully crafted, so the shot was easy. The other great thing about the iPhone is that I can post immediately on my Instagram feed.
I still do a lot of architectural and interiors photography. This was my first love and I still have clients that let me indulge. I prefer to use available light and often use a tripod so I can bracket the photos and blend several exposures into one final image. The amazing work by my client City Building made this photo at the Chinese American School in San Francisco a snap.
We had worked with Diane Powell previously at one of our SRK Headshot Days. We really hit it off. Diane needed a photo to match the style taken by another photographer on a website for a charity for which she served on the board. This confident pose and expression really reflects what a powerful yet warm person Diane is.
I take several road trips every year. In June, I drove a loop through central California including Kings Canyon and up the Central coast. My favorite shot came at Sunset in Morro Bay. This sunset went on for 90 minutes giving me one amazing shot after the other. This was my favorite. I wrote up a blog of my trip for InMenlo.
My wife Patricia and I have a blog about our San Francisco Dogpatch Neighborhood called indogpatch. We did a story on a new brewery called Harmonic. I got this shot after we had completed the set piece of the three founders. To me it captures the spirit of what I call workstyle photos of people doing what they do where they do it. A lot of companies and entrepreneurs want these shots for their websites and blogs. The trick is catching them in the moment so they have that candid feel while having good quality and composition.
Do you need photos to tell your story? Please email me and I would be glad to brainstorm ideas to come up with just the right photographic solution.