Palo Alto Food & Drink Restaurant Photography @ Quattro / Four Seasons

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Palo Alto Food & Drink Restaurant Photography @ Quattro / Four Seasons

Quattro Restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto needed a bunch of new food photos, including shots with a few food suppliers they work with (like for caviar, mushrooms, spices and fresh fish). This was a very productive 1/2 day shoot, covering over a dozen fully-plated entrees, some side dishes, cocktails, and even some action with the chefs in the kitchen. I’m very used to dynamic restaurant shoots like this, and my clients appreciate that I can quickly switch between food detail mode and lifestyle portrait mode as-needed. Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the Palo Alto food photography shoot.

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Grand Opening – Aprés @ Four Seasons Silicon Valley

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Grand Opening – Aprés @ Four Seasons Silicon Valley

Four Seasons in Palo Alto have a new “Aprés” outdoor-ski-lodge-style addition to their Quattro restaurant patio. I was hired to capture the ambiance, the feel of the setting – couples cozying up to open fire decor enjoying custom Tito’s Vodka-based cocktails. Don’t these photos make you want to check out this place? You should!

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Palo Alto Headshot Photography for Venture Capital Company

Two new hires at Eclipse Venture Capital means a couple quick portrait sessions in their beautiful Palo Alto office space. These are more environmental portraits, taking into account the surroundings, then a standard headshot. This type of business portrait is more interesting and challenging, and therefore more rewarding when I can do it well (and quick). Here’s a few of my faves…

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Rose Garden, San Jose Headshots for Community Energy Dept.

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Rose Garden, San Jose Headshots for Community Energy Dept.

I photographed the first few staff of the newly-formed Community Energy Department for the City of San Jose last year; since then the department has grown and they needed more photos of the new employees. We had originally shot in the Rose Garden in San Jose, so we booked the same location. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that (this being January and all) there would be no roses… Ah well, I started out with the fountain as a backdrop, but then the harsh sun came out, and we moved to a little crop of redwood trees to find some shade. The light continued to change throughout the shoot, which gave some nice variety to the headshots, even though the subjects themselves were lit consistently. Enjoy a few of my faves below:

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Group Photo of Staff at Eclipse Venture Capital in Palo Alto, California

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Group Photo of Staff at Eclipse Venture Capital in Palo Alto, California

This was a last-minute, same-day request for a group photo, needed for an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Eclipse VC is on High Street in Palo Alto, and their office is actually really interesting for shooting portraits. Luckily I was able to accommodate their quick turnaround needs. I had a 15 minute window to identify a couple location options on-site and stage a group of 12 people in an interesting composition. I think it worked out pretty well!

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Food and Interiors @ The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse in Palo Alto

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Food and Interiors @ The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse in Palo Alto

Photographing restaurants is kinda my thing – everything from the smallest details to sweeping panoramic interiors, pouring fancy cocktails to elegantly styled dishes. The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto needed some new photos showing off their banquet / private dining space, so we ended up shooting that and a lot more! Here’s a few of my faves…

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Santa Cruz Headshot

This was a quick headshot for one person in Santa Cruz, California. We met up near Crow’s Nest at Twin Lakes beach on a weekday morning, and our goal was to get a few different backdrops that felt natural without distracting from the subject. The first shot is with the ocean in the background, the wood shot is the side of the restaurant in a breezeway, and the last shot I positioned my subject in the shade, with some nice, sunlit green foliage in the background. All in about 15 minutes, easy!

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San Francisco Corporate Real Estate Headshots

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San Francisco Corporate Real Estate Headshots

I found an out of the way spot in the office space for this company to set up and shoot some new headshots for 26 people in about 4 hours. I was shooting tethered to a laptop so each person could review the shots as we went, and reshoot as necessary. I love doing it this way because I know I’m getting at least a few shots for each person that they will be satisfied with.

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Corporate Headshots (Group and Individual) In Campbell, California

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Corporate Headshots (Group and Individual) In Campbell, California

Ah, corporate headshots: the perfect day to call in sick.

But not always. I try to make sure it's painless, quick, easy, and dare I say... fun. Seriously, if you give me 5 minutes, I'll give you a great shot (or three). Retouching is always included – I'm totally OK with vanity edits. 

These types of photo shoots are always "on location" - that is, I come to your office, home or other location, set up lighting gear and get to work! For this company, I set up in a conference room for the individual shots, and we used the kitchen for a bigger group shot. Can you tell? Good :)

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Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in Kihei, Maui

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Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in Kihei, Maui

If you love BBQ and tasty drinks and find yourself on the south side of Maui in the lovely little town of Kihei, then you absolutely must check out Fat Daddy's Smokehouse for dinner. Your family will love getting their hands dirty on these scrumptious, finger-friendly dishes (I highly recommend the "burnt tips"). The location is small, but packs big taste and a friendly, clean atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the restaurant is a fully-stocked bar that is known for its selection of top-shelf whisky options. Eat up, drink up! Here's a few photos from my photo shoot there:

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Pasta Dishes at Five Silicon Valley Restaurants

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Pasta Dishes at Five Silicon Valley Restaurants

I shot some pasta dishes at five restaurants around the Bay Area in one day – needless to say my family and I ate well for a few days... I love the unique presentation at each location. Food photography is challenging, but highly rewarding (and tasty!). Enjoy a few of my faves from my "pasta shoot day" below:

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Menlo Park Headshot Photography

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Menlo Park Headshot Photography

On-site professional portraits for a luxury real estate group in Menlo Park, California. I set up a white backdrop and lighting in the office and we had a blast getting a variety of poses, from full body to waist up and tighter headshots. 

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Menlo Park Hotel - Food & Drink Photos

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Menlo Park Hotel - Food & Drink Photos

The Executive Chef in the about-to-open Hotel Nia restaurant in Menlo Park is truly a visionary. I only photographed a few of the middle-eastern-inspired dishes, but the color, texture and overall presentation is truly impressive. I hope to return soon to photograph more of his edible artwork! Here's a few of my faves:

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Menlo Park Hotel Staff Lifestyle Portraits

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Menlo Park Hotel Staff Lifestyle Portraits

There's a new hotel in town – and it's a stunningly beautiful creation named Hotel Nia. I arrived a week before opening, so of course between the final construction, incoming decor and staff training, it was a bit of a chaotic environment to shoot in. Plus the weather was sunny one minute, and pouring rain the next – guaranteeing a variety of settings and a true challenge for the photographer (me). This shoot was dual-purpose – first, to get some food and drink photos for the restaurant, and second to capture some good portraits of various staff for press releases and the website. 

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Editorial Portrait: Bike Doctor @ Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz

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Editorial Portrait: Bike Doctor @ Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz

A magazine contacted me recently to photograph this local doctor for a story they are writing about him. The only qualifications were to get some portrait and landscape orientation shots, and to make sure the subject brought his bike along to use as a prop. Since he's also a surfer, we met at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz to get a unique setting/backdrop for the shots. Here's a couple of my faves from the session:

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Santa Cruz Headshots on the West Side

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Santa Cruz Headshots on the West Side

This local (Santa Cruz) startup company needed some fresh portraits for their website – casual, yet professional; so of course we met at the brewery down the street on a cold December morning. Sadly, the brewery (Humble Sea) was not pouring at that ungodly hour, but we braved the chill anyways. I'm always the lucky one, not having to have MY picture taken – but I do my best to ensure the process is quick, painless, and dare I say? Fun. I had an awesome time with this crew, starting with a big group shot and quickly powering through all the individual portraits in about an hour. Not too shabby! Enjoy a few of my faves below:

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Food & Kitchen Action Photography in San Francisco

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Food & Kitchen Action Photography in San Francisco

Alioto's is the oldest restaurant in San Francisco continually operated by its founding family (almost 100 years). They've got a ton of history in what is now Fisherman's Wharf, and are arguably the bedrock of San Francisco's purveyors of freshly-prepared seafood. Alioto's is expanding / creating a new brand with its own unique signature items and presentation. The goal of this photo shoot was to create a library of images to help promote the new brand on social media and other online outlets. Here's a selection of photos from the shoot, enjoy!

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Corporate Headshots in Campbell, California

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Corporate Headshots in Campbell, California

This corporate client was having an off-site meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in The Pruneyard (Campbell) and since both local executives as well as ones from Germany would be attending, they took advantage of the setting to get some updated headshots (and group shots) done. I set up a studio space in an empty hotel conference room, using the existing wall as a warm/neutral backdrop. Here's the results:

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Editorial Food Photography in San Jose

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Editorial Food Photography in San Jose

I shot a few Bay Area restaurants for a magazine article about Hawaiian food & poke dishes. Here's a few photos from each restaurant. Keep in mind these are quick shoots, 15 to 30 minutes max. I think food looks best when it's shot as soon as it exits the kitchen!

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