If you’re ever going to spend a day exploring the wonders of Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, it’s really great to know you can do it with a wonderful family like the Burns’. We met up at the main entrance to the garden and started to wander the grounds. I’ve been to the Botanical Garden with families several times over the years and the beauty of this place never ceases to amaze me. It’s a wonderful place for families and children to frolic, and it’s a different experience each time you visit.
What a lovely afternoon in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of my favorite venues in the city for family photoshoots – shhh don’t tell the other photogs 🙂 J/K there’s enough beautiful space in urban nature out there for all of us to explore! We started out as many of my ventures out there do, just kinda wandering and seeing where the little ones take us. One of the first things mom says is “you’re just photographing them.” Of course I love following young ones around as they explore new and exciting things in the wild, but of course we had to pull mom and dad in for a few group photos. We explored together and saw everything from grassy fields to lakes and redwood forests. All in all a magnificent day in the park!
We met up on what was probably the windiest rainiest day Los Angeles has ever seen, which unfortunately scrapped our classic Hollywood sign ideas among other shots around the city we had planned, but we were fortunate enough to take an hour of shelter in the glorious Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica as well as make refuge in the conference room of Greenhouse Studios.
Radostina was one of the most engaging and vibrant people I’ve ever photographed and the shoot was certainly memorable. We all had a great time and couldn’t stop laughing the whole time, which made my job easier as not a smile or smirk was planned. In fact the assignment had called for a mix of smiles as well as those straight-faced images we actually struggled to produce 🙂 In the end the editors agreed Radostina’s personality came out way more in the laughing shots and many of them made the magazine.
We all had a totally awesome time on this shoot – the family’s energy was great together and it wholeheartedly carried high energy throughout the time we spent together. Everyone laughed and one of us even cried… Don’t worry, Mom and Dad were quick to the rescue 🙂 All of the photos made on this shoot were very editorial and it totally felt like we were shooting a GAP, JCREW, or AppleiPhone ad. In the end we all really felt like these look like they should end up in a magazine!
Portraits of Emre for Ingenjören Magazine, a publication for the national Swedish Engineers association. Emre is a computer programmer completing his MSc in data while working as a graduate student at the SF Bay Area tech firm Splunk. We met up in the morning and headed down to the Fort Point area of SF for a few shots in a classic San Francisco setting. The rain had just begun clearing from the night before, leaving us with a beautiful big softbox of a mostly overcast day, my favorite weather to photograph under 🙂