Newborn Photography

There is nothing sweeter or more ephemeral than a newborn baby.  In my own life, witnessing the birth of my children ranks right up in the top echelon of my memories along with my wedding.  I feel it is important to capture a few professional photos that are "wall worthy" in addition to the hundreds of everyday images you will capture with your smartphone.

When it comes to a professional photo shoot with newborns, there are really two main ideas -- lifestyle and posed.  Posed newborn photography often involves complicated positions, backdrops, and a variety of props.  When I do posed newborn shots, I draw inspiration from famous photographers like Anne Geddes and try to keep the props to a minimum and concentrate more on the positioning of the newborn and the beige, neutral colors that help bring out the newborn's skin tones.  A note for expectant moms: the best time to take these types of photos is before 10 days old if you really want to get that Anne Geddes look!

Lifestyle photography, however, turns the traditional newborn session on its head by ditching the props and photographing a newborn in its natural habitat.  A really good photo of mom soothing the child after a tantrum or dad holding a naked infant after a diaper changing says so much more about the close bond between child and parent.  Because life is always happening, good photography can happen at all ages.

While the two styles are seemingly contradictory, I actually find that a good newborn session can comprise photographic elements from both.  That is, we can start off trying to get those artistic and wonderful poses while the newborn is sleeping and then finagle some nice lifestyle shots.  My own take on lifestyle photography is that it is OK to have a mix of authentic and staged. In other words, what I am shooting could actually happen in real life (this is the core definition of “lifestyle” in my opinion).  Therefore, it is fine to create a diversity of opportunities that will generate real-life type of images which might not have spontaneously happened at that specific moment if I hadn’t been there to jump-start them.

Composite Portraits

Do you want a photo that draws attention and becomes an immediate conversation starter?  Maybe you should consider a composite photo session and we create images that reflect your unique personality.

Compositing combines visual elements from separate sources into a single image.  This creates the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.  You recognize this technique in magazine ads, movie posters, etc.  When done right, the results express a part of your personality.  The composite is limited only by our combined imagination.  For example, an interesting engagement photo can be a woman whimsically riding a moped while her fiancee holds on for deal life and a cable car of close friends looks on in amusement.

If you are considering a graduation photo, an engagement, or just a fun idea, please consider this option.

It is fairly straightforward how we go about this.  After collaborating on an idea, we schedule a photo shoot to capture you (and whoever and whatever else needs to be in the image).  I will map out the lighting, angles, expression, and mood to match what our final idea represents.  During that same photo shoot we can capture some "normal" portrait images, also.  Then after Photoshopping you and the other elements together, a composite image is born!  You get the composite photos and the regular portrait shots.

The cost of doing this varies depending upon the complexity of the composite and whether we will do the photo shoot in a studio or in your home.  Prices start at $460 which is a Location Portrait Session with Photoshop added to it.  What you will receive are the high-resolution images of the composites and some regular portraits.  I have generous usage terms so you can use these images almost anywhere you want or print them with whomever you like.  You will also receive a very high-quality, museum-like matted art print of the composite to hang on your wall if you select the Composite Portrait Session.

    • Quality Head Shot

    • $150 SF/Peninsula

      • - Up to 60 minutes of photography time
      • - Your office, home, or outdoors
      • - Retouching
      • - Digital download of images
    • Location Portraits

    • $250 SF/Peninsula

      • - Up to 90 minutes of photography time
      • - Your office, home, or outdoors
      • - Retouching
      • - Digital download of images
      • - Smartphone album
    • Studio Portraits

    • $450 In SF or Oakland

      • - Up to 120 minutes of photography time
      • - In a private studio setting
      • - Retouching
      • - Digital download of images
      • - Smartphone album
      • - a 20x16 matted art print
    • Composite Portraits

    • $600 In SF or Oakland

      • - Up to 120 minutes of photography time
      • - In a private studio setting
      • - Retouching
      • - Photoshop compositing
      • - Digital download of images
      • - Smartphone album
      • - a 20x16 matted art print

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