OMG! We made a music Video!!

Remember when i was so excited about shooting the album cover? Well, she asked me to direct her music video!! Of course I agreed! This is my first full length music video.

I chose some really amazing locations for her. We shot a “sunset” scene, but since it was so hot out in the evenings we chose (more so, i chose and pushed the rest of the crew)to get up early and hike up the mountain for sunrise.

We shot some scenes in my studio. Jake was convinced Carol and I would burn the place down with candles so he stood by ready with an extinguisher. I love love love the way that smokey candle lit stage scene turned out.

We shot at a mansion in the Bay Area. Here we had her friends and family join us for a lovely brunch. She strolled by the pool and sang from a second floor balcony. One of my favorite scenes is simply her walking through the rose and hydrangea garden. It was such a beautiful set. Please check it out.. share it. And remember she sang this to her friends, family, medical staff and all the other everyday heroes out there… ***LYRICS START @ 2:00***

Kabuki Hair Filler

Men and women both struggle with thinning hair. The bright lights used for video and photographs can be especially difficult. They can shine on the scalp making the hair look even thinner. My friend brought me this product to try before he went on set (they were shooting a commercial in bright stage lights). We tried it out on him for the first time. Not only did it look realist and undetectable on camera- but it was also natural looking in person. I highly recommend it! #caboki

Album Cover Shoot

I have been sitting on this for a minute.. Now the single has been released, I get to share. I had the great privilege to shoot the album cover for CAROLINE LUND “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”! She was such a pleasure to work with and the song is an amazing ode to all the everyday heroes. She sang it to her family, friends, medical staff and firefighters. Carol is in the recovery process of a long illness that left her learning to walk again and still struggling with chronic pain. She is an inspirational human that while paying homage to those that have stood by her, lifts others around her up at the same time. I am lucky to call her a friend.

Boudoir Movie, or Music Video

I am making movies! Okay, more like short music videos. Bringing boudoir photo to life! Adding music and movement to some of my favorite shots. This is a really exciting new venture. I am so happy to be able to offer this to my clients. Some ladies have expressed concern that I will not be able to “photo shop” areas they are not pleased with showing..Drawing from photography and dance, I use lighting and positioning to only accent those things you want to show!

Another little trick; Creative editing! I would love to chat more about concepts, get in touch!

FILM NOIR STYLE SHOOTS

November 5, 2017

I have started playing with Film Noir style video and stills. This is a classic Hollywood technique. Mostly shot in Black and White. I use a few different lighting tricks to create the authentic look. Lighting is very important. For some shots I use blinds to get that old detective movie feel. Other shots I light the background independently from the subject, to push the separation, creating the “golden age” Hollywood movie look.

Another important aspect is the wardrobe, hair and makeup design. We can go fully authentic with my collection of vintage hats, jackets and jewelry. It is also fun to play with mixing modern clothing and styles with the classic lighting.

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO RENOVATIONS. DOWNTOWN WALNUT CREEK

We recently renovated a new boudoir studio. Here is a little video we put together of the 6 week project. Dramatic Before/After.

We leased to a new space and had to do a lot of renovating. From ceiling to floor, we covered or replaced almost every surface. New silver tiles and chandeliers give the space a classic yet modern flair. The wood floors were one of the most physically taxing jobs, but they came out beautiful and make a great base for all of the sets we have created.

Because it is a photography studio, we wanted to keep as much flexibility as possible.. We needed a designated dressing room. We went with floor to ceiling curtains, that can be moved/rearranged in many different configurations.

The bathroom, as you can see, was a disaster. Christina did a pole on Facebook, asking friends and family to vote on wallpaper.. Add flooring, wainscoting and a giant mirror, and the final result was beautiful, vintage chic.

Having all cinderblock walls was another challenge we faced. While hanging paper rolls, Jake discovered the joy of the rotary hammer!

Splash of Color

We take a lot of photos that look amazing in Black and White, sometimes people ask for them specifically. I like to play with a splash of color, especially in albums. Choosing a color for shoes, lips, nails, eyes or clothing details can add a beautiful visual interest. It can also pull together Black and White images taken on different sets/in different attire.

I love classic pink or red, but it can be fun and eye catching to use other colors. Make it personal, pick your favorite color, or your significant other’s. Get creative!

THUMBTACK BEST OF 2016!

We’re proud to announce that we have been awarded a “Best of 2016” award from Thumbtack for our consistently positive reviews. We have had some great clients find us through Thumbtack and we’re planning to keep our 5 star rating all year. Thanks Thumbtack.

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PIN-UP FUN

We’ve been doing quite a few Pin-up shoots recently and wanted to share some photos from our most recent session. We always have fun crafting a narrative with props and a healthy dose of attitude.

Here’s some fun trivia about the origins of the term “Pin-up”:

The term Pin-up originates from the late 19th century when burlesque performers and actresses would construct a persona via photo cards to advertise themselves. These photo cards would would be found “pinned up” around the the mirrors in green rooms (back stage).

Source and more details: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin-up_model

DRESSING ROOM RENOVATION

We’re finally happy with the dressing room design. The original color we painted the room with wasn’t working at all. We tried using a large damask stencil over the paint, but that didn’t turn out the way we intended, so we ended up going with a wallpaper. Turns out putting up wallpaper is quite a bit of work, but the results were great.

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