San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in social media profile pictures including online dating photos and professional corporate headshots.

Playing Dress Up: Halloween Everyday

Playing Dress Up: Halloween Everyday


Do I want to look sweet? Stylish? Clever? Do I want people to think I am smart? Fun? Quirky? As I went digging through my costumes recently, getting ready for Halloween this weekend, it got me thinking about who we are every day. Every year on All Hallows’ Eve the...
Nerd Alert: 5 tips for wearing glasses in photos

Nerd Alert: 5 tips for wearing glasses in photos


In fashion today, it seems that glasses are being fully embraced. It’s a part of hipster style, has always been part of intellectual trends, and many use their eyewear as a fashion trademark. As a San Francisco photographer I photograph everyone from creatives to lawyers to techies. Whether I am...
Breaking the Bay: 3 tips for San Francisco Newbies

Breaking the Bay: 3 tips for San Francisco Newbies


If you have spent any time at all in the City you can tell it’s changing. Whether you have been here for a month or a year, its obvious that people seem to be arriving in droves. As of April of 2014, San Francisco’s unemployment rate was reported to be...
NoCal vs SoCal: Beach Photo Shootout

NoCal vs SoCal: Beach Photo Shootout


I LOVE the beach. It’s really one of my very favorite places to spend time and to take photos. Fortunately, as a San Francisco photographer, I am blessed with the option to regularly use the Pacific as my backdrop for professional profile pictures. The light and the soft backgrounds really...
Dating Tips for Grown Ups: Part 1

Dating Tips for Grown Ups: Part 1


Finding love is never easy and after a certain age it seems to get even harder. I think this is especially true for those of us that didn’t grow up with much technology. When I first started dating, the only way to meet people was in school, at work or...
Girl’s Night Out with Match.com

Girl’s Night Out with Match.com


When I was first contacted by Match.com to photograph their Girl’s Night Out event, I didn’t even have to think before saying ‘yes’. Even with the rise of dating apps like Tinder, How About We, and Coffee Meets Bagel, Match.com is still one of the largest and most effective online...
3 Reasons to Use Instagram

3 Reasons to Use Instagram


Lately, I’ve been kind of addicted to Instagram. I have found that I appreciate it for a few different reasons. For Relationships One reason why so many people are doing online dating these days is that it’s a good way to “weed out” the people you don’t want to spend...
Tinder Tips for Men

Tinder Tips for Men


This thing has become so popular I had to write about it. Again. Tinder just keeps coming up in conversation. My online dating photo clients want to talk about increasing their chances of winning in this fast and furious dating game. Many of these are San Francisco tech guys and...
KLP Reading List: De-stressing the Job Hunt

KLP Reading List: De-stressing the Job Hunt


The variety my San Francisco photography work brings me, by way of both people and topics, is truly exciting. A few months back, I started a little blog series highlighting the stuff that my clients are always asking me about. This one is for my corporate photography clients. With opportunities...
Tinder Tips for Women

Tinder Tips for Women


OK, so there is this new online dating app that has everyone talking. Well actually, it has everyone “swiping”. Basically, it works with the maps function on your phone to find other singles in your area. Seems like a fun way to meet people right? Yes, but your photos are...
The Secret to a Good Selfie

The Secret to a Good Selfie


I have never been a fan of taking pictures of myself. I know this comes naturally to some, but not to me. But lately I’ve noticed that when I feature photo of myself on social media, I get at least twice as much interaction as when another person or object...
My Top Tip for Relaxing Your Face in Photos

My Top Tip for Relaxing Your Face in Photos


I find that so many people share the same problems and bad habits in front of the camera. If you don’t already know, I am a portrait photographer who specializes in getting the best natural headshots from people who really hate having their photo taken. In so many ways we...
More Water = Better Photos: 5 tips for healthier drinking

More Water = Better Photos: 5 tips for healthier drinking


My photography business in San Francisco centers around natural headshots. As a result, I love finding simple ways to improve my clients photos, helping them to get corporate headshots or online dating photos that they really love. When I come across these tips, it’s always exciting for me to pass...
Fun Faces Roundup/2: I dare you!

Fun Faces Roundup/2: I dare you!


Recently, I took my own advice and cleaned up! Being a social media photographer includes more than just taking great profile pics. It means helping people to look their best online. In this digital world, regardless of the work we do, to a greater or lesser extent, we are our...
Men in Suits: Are Suits Making a Comeback in San Francisco?

Men in Suits: Are Suits Making a Comeback in San Francisco?


I have a confession to make. I know I’ve said over and over that San Francisco is a casual city. I have explained how in most of the largest Bay Area industries, men just simply aren’t expected to wear a suit. I have even written about the easy going local...
Fun Faces Roundup /1

Fun Faces Roundup /1


There are 100 reasons why I love being a San Francisco photographer. But my number one is simple: The People Their faces and stories make my job fun, and I can’t imagine doing anything other than portrait photography. Every day I have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people...
5 Ways to Help Your “About” Section Stand Out

5 Ways to Help Your “About” Section Stand Out


My love for natural portrait photography began with online dating photos. But very quickly, I branched out into corporate photography. With all the interesting tech startups in the Bay Area and other creative businesses, I find myself continually surrounded by brilliant individuals with companies who needed professional profile pictures to...
Fogust is Over!

Fogust is Over!


As anyone that lives in San Francisco knows, there is a strange phenomenon that occurs in the month of August. Although it is very warm in the rest of California, and even other parts of the Bay Area, it is cold and foggy in the City. This is caused by...
San Francisco Startup Style Inspiration

San Francisco Startup Style Inspiration


The Bay Area is arguably the startup capital of the world. When it comes to creating breakthroughs in tech, this city is filled with hungry, talented people who are at the top of their game. The Bay Area seems to be the best place to get it all going, and...
WHAT TO WEAR: San Francisco Women’s Corporate

WHAT TO WEAR: San Francisco Women’s Corporate


If you work in the corporate world, it’s pretty mandatory these days to have a LinkedIn photo and/or a business portrait for work. In recent years it has even become a signature feature on resumes worldwide. And, given that San Francisco is a very casual city, this makes dressing for...
Avoid Professional Boredom- Introducing “Creative Corporate”

Avoid Professional Boredom- Introducing “Creative Corporate”


When I meet people and tell them what I do, they usually ask me what kind of photos I take. When I tell them I am a social media photographer specializing in online dating photos they are intrigued and surprised. When I tell them I also take professional corporate headshots,...
PRICING & CONTACT

PRICING & CONTACT


Co-creating fantastic online profile pictures. Are you ready for your close up? Available Business Packages: Small Business Package: $200 per employee. I will come to your office and spend 20-30 minutes with each person. You will receive 4 high-resolution retouched images per employee ready to post or print. (Minimum of...
What NOT to Wear, Part 1

What NOT to Wear, Part 1


My job is all about people. That’s the deal with natural portrait photography- my work is to help individuals to look their best. And it’s my job to understand things like lighting, background and focus. But when my clients are preparing to shoot with me for their corporate headshots or...
Is it Normal to Be Nervous?

Is it Normal to Be Nervous?


We all seek different types of attention in our daily lives. Because portrait photography in San Francisco attracts so many different types of clients, I meet people every day in very different situations. Many of my business clients, who are coming to me to update their LinkedIn profile picture, are...
5 Ways to Tell: Is Your Photo Faking It?

5 Ways to Tell: Is Your Photo Faking It?


One of the most popular things my San Francisco Portrait Photography clients ask for is a good, candid shot. They then often proceed to explain in detail exactly what “candid” looks like.  They seem to have every detail considered; what they want to wear, what they want to convey, etc....
Basic Make-Up Tips for Photo Shoots

Basic Make-Up Tips for Photo Shoots


Because I specialize in natural portraits in San Francisco, a topic of discussion that comes up with my female clients quite frequently is make-up. I had been somewhat avoiding the subject because for me it feels rather sensitive and personal to each individual. Sometimes I get in touch with just...
LinkedIn Photos & the San Francisco Job Market

LinkedIn Photos & the San Francisco Job Market


The digital age has certainly changed the way we do business. It has changed the way our customers find us, communicate and buy from us. The internet forces even the most tactile businesses (such as massage therapists) to communicate in words and pictures on a screen to express who they...
I Am Not Photogenic!

I Am Not Photogenic!


It seems there are two types of people: those that look great in almost every photo they are in, and then, there are the rest of us. As a photographer (and a person who for the majority of my life considered myself “un-photogenic”) I have noticed that there are lots...
Getting Naked

Getting Naked


I have found that the best way to get natural photos of my clients is to help them to get naked. Its important to avoid the fake smile, the one I call “the mask”. It’s that pose we all snap into whenever anyone utters the phrase, “Say cheese!” This expression...

The Truth About Photos: In this digital age, busy professional people are finding more and more just
how important a great profile picture can be. Statistics show that a person is over 3 times more likely to get
a positive response based on a good picture than without. Whether you are searching for the perfect job
through LinkedIn or the love of your life though online dating, the time to show your best self in photos is now!
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Corporate Headshots

Corporate Headshots

Professional headshots used to be a requirement reserved for actors. But today busy, professional people (just like you) are finding that having a quality executive headshot is an essential part of the business or looking your best.

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KLP Favorite Find: Mission Bowling Club

KLP Favorite Find: Mission Bowling Club

I put my nerd hat on again. Maybe this isn’t something I should openly admit, but I think I have a secret love for bowling. The trouble with conventional bowling is, however, that it usually takes place in a dingy and uninspired locale with terrible food and drinks. Leave it to San Francisco to come up with a creative solution: Mission Bowling Club. So, this month’s KLP Favorite Find is dedicated to an old time sport with a new twist. I was happy to take my camera along so I might share this San Francisco gem with you. There were several things I liked about this experience. Not only is there a fun and upscale décor but they also serve super delicious food. When you go, you should try their fried chicken appetizer. Delicious! It’s a great place for some 21+ kind of fun as they also serve some unique high quality cocktails and beer....

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Single? Five Steps to Sorting Fast

Single? Five Steps to Sorting Fast

As a social media photographer, many of my clients come to me for natural portraits for their online dating profiles. This always comes with questions because these San Francisco professionals are looking for love but don’t have time or energy to waste. But, I am a photographer not a professional matchmaker. And when it comes to online dating -or relationship advice in general- I prefer to leave the answers to the experts. So I recently asked Joy Nordenstrom, a Bay Area relationship coach and certified matchmaker to explain how my clients can improve their chances of finding “the one”. The following are the great tips she shared. “When we are young we learn how to pick a great college, a career that suits us, a reliable car and most likely even how to choose a fabulous glass of wine. But most of us never learn how to become a good picker when it comes to...

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KLP Reading List: Spring Dating

KLP Reading List: Spring Dating

I have a bit of a confession to make: I am a serial procrastinator. My work in San Francisco keeps me interested in many topics such as online dating, natural beauty and corporate photography. But with so many interesting things to check out, my list of online reading seems to be growing and growing daily! There’s just so many fun blogs out there that I find interesting and helpful in my work and life. So, I thought I might start a little series to share some of my favorite articles with you. Whether you are just getting into this online dating thing, or you want to look your best naturally, or you want to take better pictures, I’ve got you covered. And since the season is changing, in the interest of Spring, I think we should start with one of my favorite topics: LOVE. ONLINE DATING Do you still think that meeting the love of...

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Redefining Women Online: Can Stock Photos Really Change Perception?

Redefining Women Online: Can Stock Photos Really Change Perception?

When I first heard about the book ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sanberg I was sure it wasn’t for me. I assumed it encouraged corporate women to work crazy hours, take time away from their families and basically just work harder in order to be ‘successful’. Even though I wrote it off, I just kept hearing about this book. So, after a few months of good reviews, I decided to give it a chance and see what all the fuss was about. I’m half way done, and so far, the book is actually pretty great! Contrary to my previous thoughts, it’s more of a discussion about women in the modern workplace and how we can often sabotage ourselves and hold ourselves back. The book encourages women to value their contributions in the office as well as the home. A main theme is to inspire women to strive for leadership positions and speak their truth in whichever...

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Look Your Best: Chemical-Free Kisses this Valentine’s

Look Your Best: Chemical-Free Kisses this Valentine’s

I consider myself a natural beauty photographer. It is an important part of both my personal and professional philosophy. Real beauty excites me and I love capturing it in photos. I wholeheartedly agree with Marilyn Monroe’s quote, “A smile is the best accessory a girl can wear.” When we are happy and healthy, beauty really does shine from the inside. And, what goes better on the smiling lips of a health conscious lady than some natural (chemical-free) lip gloss? After reading “No More Dirty Looks: the ultimate guide to safe and clean cosmetics” Although I have written in the past about natural beauty tips, I’ve realized that there are many more harsh chemicals in our beauty products than I ever imagined. Thankfully, I have never been one to wear much make-up. But I still regularly don mascara, blush and some colored lip-gloss. This has forced me to ask the question: what natural makeup is best?...

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