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San Francisco Portrait Photography for CAHILL Contractors

In October of last year I was giving an opportunity to photograph for a major contractor company CAHILL in San Francisco. They have done major construction projects all over San Francisco and in all Bay Area. Some are such as Oxford Plaza/David Brower Center, Hilton San Francisco Financial District, Oakland Museum of California, Transbay Block 6 and much more. I was very excited when they have reached out to me to photograph for them. Yet this post is not about architectural photography but about San Francisco portrait photography. Yes I was called to be portrait photographer for this particular job and my mission was to photograph their staff. Oh don’t get me wrong I love business portrait photography so yes I am very proud to photograph for such a big company. Best part of it as well as photographing for CAHILL, the location of the photoshoot was next to Oakland Tribune Building (I just love the architecture of that building).

The request was to photograph the portraits as natural as possible so the consistency stays the same with the rest of their website but it was all to be done indoors with of course fluorescent lights. Yet I love challenges and this was a good one but anyways take a look at the images below and see how the end result looks. This is just a few photos since there was more than 25 people to photograph.

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I want to say big thanks to Yuhi from CAHILL for contacting me and hiring me to photograph for her company.

San Francisco Portrait Photography by Shutter Avenue Photography

Portrait Photos Are For: CAHILL Contractors

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Shutter Avenue Photography offers Sacramento Portrait Photography and business portrait photography coverage in the Sacramento metro area as well as San Francisco Bay Area, including but not limited to California, and all surrounding States. Call for more information about Sacramento Portrait Photography in Sacramento and all of United State Of America.

Not looking for a Sacramento Portrait Photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your commercial/architectural photography and real estate photography needs in the California area and all of United State Of America.

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WARNING – Adult Material (not for light hearted)

WARNING! This post has some hard core stuff which I will talk about so if you can handle it then keep on reading. But I am about to get a whole lot of people mad at me, yet I am at a point where I just want to say “I don’t care”.

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I love photography. I have been doing this for over 10 years now and yes maybe I am not as good as Ansel Adams or like some other big shot but I am getting there. A little bit of background about this post – I have been trying to write it since July this year and at times I would say “whatever” and at other times I would delete everything and re-type it with lots of emotional/frustrating words.

Even though I do have my favorite camera Fuji X-T1 for many reasons (by the way Fuji X-T2 came out and I WANT IT) and you can see some of the reasons HERE from the past blog post. But I try to experiment not only with style of photography but also with equipment. Meaning I do rent out lots of cameras and lenses to tryout, as well as take online classes to see what is trending / how to use photoshop to perfect my skills. YET before I say anything else, take a look at photos below first.

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I couldn’t stop myself and when I was photographing this gentleman I knew that this photo would look good B&W. So here it is for the rest of the world to see, since I have not delivered this photo to the client in B&W.

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Now that you have seen the photos above here is the camera/lens and the set up which I was photographing with. This is at a minimum effort in photoshop (meaning this is almost raw photos from the camera) and photography because of many reasons I don’t want to get into. Also I want to mention before I get angry comments; it doesn’t matter what job it is I will always deliver to the standards that the client is requesting, now which equipment I use to deliver the photos is up to me. I will never use cheap equipment for any job and that’s why I always try out the equipment before I use it on any job. I have my own standards of what equipment should be and anything below that is cheap.

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What do you think, is it the camera that does the work or the photographer? This is an entry level DSLR (low end camera) and a low end lens. There is more to this blog post than what I originally wanted to write about. I will keep some of the things to myself or this would just end up as an angry post and I will need to add angry birds game just for the fun of it to relieve all the emotions =).

Where am I going with this? Originally I didn’t start my portrait photography in Sacramento, it all started long ago in Pennsylvania but all of that is in the past because when I make cold calls in real estate area (yes I actually make cold calls and yes it does work) one of the answers I hear especially from real estate agents is “I bought an expensive camera so I don’t have to pay you to do a job that I can do now”. WELL FINE! DO IT YOURSELF! Yet even if I choose to photograph portraits with low standard camera I can still do a better job than a real estate agent who owns very expensive one. It all comes down to this: you can’t be jack of all trade to be a professional in all areas. I’m very good at photography but if you ask me to do video, well I’m not so good at it. Some might say “it’s just little bit different from photography how hard can it be?” It’s very different from photography and recently I did a little bit of video few weeks ago and don’t want to do it again. By the way if you need really great guy at video contact Denis HERE, he does great job at video.

So real estate agents, I don’t sell homes and I don’t even try to because it’s not what I do, what I do is photography. Yes almost 90% of the time sellers ask me questions about the home and how to sell it while I am photographing their home, what do I say to them? “Talk to your real estate agent, he/she is the one whom you should be asking these questions.” My job is to help the agents to sell the homes, by providing best quality photos and not to be a real estate agent with all the answers of how to sell the home. Yes I still have to think like a real estate agent and figure out what make each home sell, and photograph that. But when a real estate agent tries to do what I do and thinks they are great at photography, I am sorry but just shut up and don’t tell me you know what you are doing. Because the reason why you bought the expensive camera is not to use a professional photographer and skip that step in all the areas(by the way it’s either cheap camera that sales person told you it’s a great camera or it is expensive camera but you are wasting your money because you will never know the camera’s full potential).

Oh some of you real estate agents, you just drive me crazy thinking you can do it all. Yet I think some real estate agents forget that they are in marketing/sales business and more effort you put in representing your product the better sale you will have. But some of you are thinking on the cheap, less effort as possible and the end result is low. Yes I will admit even I can’t make gold out of silver but I will make every home look its best to attract buyers for you (and that also goes for portraits as well).

Here is something interesting: one of the images above was photographed with my Fuji Xt-1 and rest of them with Nikon D3200, can you tell the difference (by the way it’s not the B&W photo)? And that is my point, a professional photographer will be able to take entry level DSLR and still get great photos out it. Yes he can do even better with high-end camera but he will still be good at what he does with low end as well.

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This photo was captured with Nikon D7000 on auto settings and with Tamron lens.

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And this photos was photographed with same camera yet after everything that I do to make a home look good.

Sacramento Portrait Photography by Shutter Avenue Photography

Portrait Photos Are For: Keller Williams Real Estate

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Shutter Avenue Photography offers Sacramento Portrait Photography and business portrait photography coverage in the Sacramento metro area as well as San Francisco Bay Area, including but not limited to California, and all surrounding States. Call for more information about Sacramento Portrait Photography in Sacramento and all of United State Of America.

Not looking for a Sacramento Portrait Photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your commercial/architectural photography and real estate photography needs in the California area and all of United State Of America.

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Something Different – Children Portrait Photography by Shutter Avenue Photography

Last month I was contacted by a wonderful person whom I have worked in the past and currently for many photography projects; requesting to do some some children portrait photography of her son. John is a wonderful child whom I had a pleasure of photographing very energetic, curious, and most of all loves to be photographed. His hair was the reason of why I was contacted because the mother wanted to cut it yet she really loves his curls and wanted a memory of the hair while John was at this age of life. Now I will say that I don’t really do lots of children photography, I don’t know why really but maybe because I am afraid (and this is coming from my heart) to mess up the photos. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to photograph portraits yet to me children portrait photography is a completely different ballpark from wedding photography or even business portraits. But knowing John and his mom made things very easy for me, we just meet up at a park early in the morning (it’s summer in Sacramento and VERY HOT during the day) to start the photoshoot. The time when by fast, just like John while running around everywhere =) I love it. Anyways check out some of the the photos below and let me know via facebook what you think: are they good or should I just stick to more grown-up portrait photos.

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Side note: I have changed the name of the child for safety reason so yes the kids’ name is not John.

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Looking for Sacramento Family Photographer? Want to see more photos? Visit my homepage for more Sacramento Portrait Photography images. You can contact me via email info@shutteravenue.com or through my homepage to get more info.

New and Improved Logo Design by TwoTone Creative

So I wanted to talk about something new. Yet for some of you, you have noticed it already but I still want to make an announcement about it. What am I talking about? Its the new logo design for my business.

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Some time just before end of last year I got to talk to a wonderful person who designs logos and not only logos but she and her partner does very good job at web designs, cards and much more. Who am I talking about? Well its Jenny Cross from TwoTone Creative. Jenny did a great job because I was looking for a very versatile log design since I am now not only going to be photographing weddings, portraits, but also architecture and real estate. This did make me wonder how would this be possible because one field is completely opposite from another. Yet this did not stop Jenny from creating something this good and with a clear message in the logo + text.

So check out their website here and also like their page on Facebook.

Jenny thank you for your hard work and creating something this great with me being so difficult at times =) I appreciate from the bottom of my heart of what you have done and looking forward working with you and your company in the near future.

New Website : www.shutteravenuephotography.com

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Shutter Avenue Photography offers Denver wedding photography and Denver portrait photography coverage in the Denver metro area, including but not limited to Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area and all surrounding areas. Call for more information.

Not looking for a Denver wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your portrait photography and all your family photography needs in the Denver and Sacramento area.

Shutter Avenue Photography now also offers Architectural & Real Estate Photography for Denver and all of United State Of America.

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Introducing Brand New Website for Shutter Avenue Photography

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Its been a long time since I have written any blog posts, but also its been very, very, very busy end of the year for me. Lots has happened and lots is about to happen but its all for the best of this company. I am taking new risks and new routes in photography and yet I am enjoying every minute of it.

But this post is to introduce the new website or should I say a new landing website. I am still going to do wedding photography and portrait photography here in Denver or for new client in California. But the new route is architectural and real estate photography.

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So check it out with the link below or just type in Shutter Avenue Photography in your search engine. Which will also have my new logo on it as well.

I do want to mention someone’s name who helped me to create my new landing page and something else (that will be in the next blog post), it is Jenny Cross from TwoTone Creative. Thank you Jenny, you have been a great help to me by explaining how not only CSS works but with other things as well. So check out her website and also their Facebook page here.

New Website : www.shutteravenuephotography.com

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Shutter Avenue Photography offers Denver wedding photography and Denver portrait photography coverage in the Denver metro area, including but not limited to Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area and all surrounding areas. Call for more information.

Not looking for a Denver wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your portrait photography and all your family photography needs in the Denver and Sacramento area.

Shutter Avenue Photography now also offers Architectural & Real Estate Photography for Denver and all of United State Of America.

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