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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.

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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”.


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.


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


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.

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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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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.

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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.


7 Questions Every Couple Should Ask | By Denver & Sacramento Wedding Photographer

So for this blog post, instead of showing you photos from previous weddings or portrait sessions I have decided to write to all couples who are looking for a wedding photographer. Most of the time when a couple meets with the photographer, he or she will be asking most of the questions to the couple but rarely does a couple ask questions that are so important to figure out if the photographer will be the right fit for them. So here are some of the questions that every couple should atleast ask the photographer to get to know him or her before making the final decision.

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1 – I would like to know as much as possible about you. What do you like and dislike?

This is obvious and quite simple to understand. You’re likely to get the photos you desire if you really know your photographer. Ask questions and then really listen to the answers from the photographer. Let the photographer talk and pay attention. If the conversation is all about you (the client) then its good but if you don’t know your photographer then you will not know the characteristics of the photographer and he or she might not be the right fit for your wedding. “What do you prefer: outside wedding or inside, how do you feel if the wedding goes off the timeline, what are your favorite moments of the wedding to capture?”

2 – Why are you shooting in the style of photography that you do?

At times most blogs say that you should follow your heart and find the photographer in the style you like. But sometimes the style of the photographer changes due to trends or because the photographer is trying something new. As for me I like to experiment and blend photography styles in the wedding day. For example, nature light and studio lights. But every client should know why and when it should be used not just to keep up the conversations but also to get inside of why. Maybe the photographer is trying to branch out to lets say film photography and the photos do look different but maybe he or she is just trying to fit it and please the crowd or be different. Sometime the photographers just do what they think is right and that does take time during the wedding so know why the photographer is doing it and maybe you will be willing to give that extra hour for something different. Yet ask for examples when you meet with the photographer.

3 – How do you feel about wedding planners? (And this question is a must if you have a wedding planner.)

This is big, at least for me. There are photographers that work great with wedding planners and some they just don’t like wedding planners. There are plenty of reasons why but for most part even though wedding planners are there to help in organizing a wedding they do think as only as wedding planner not photographer. In the past for me I worked with great wedding planner and not so great. Sometimes the couple would come to me and say that the wedding planner informed them to have certain kinds of photos or style, I will not go into what or why but wedding planners are not photographers. The wedding planners do think they know it all but in reality. But for the sake of this blog I will mention that one time a couple after engagement session contacted me and said that their wedding planner (many years of experience) told them that all photographers give out digital images to the couple for their “Save The Date” card for free. I had a long conversation with the couple and tried to explain the situation that I have also done this for some time and never heard of this. Another example of how one wedding planner was just trying to sell to the couple that they have to do the first look even though they wanted to go more traditional way. In the end when I meet them they were telling me that they need to do first look but after talking with the couple I did notice that they still didn’t want to do the first look even if the wedding planner said that this is the best thing for their timeline. But not all wedding planners are like that some that I have worked with give lots of freedom to couples but still guide them in the right direction working with every vendor from the wedding trying to make sure everything runs as much smoothly as possible. So talk to your photographer and see how they feel about wedding planners and why.

4 – We are still looking for a photographer and why should we hire you?

Be honest with your photographer, I will only speak for myself on this but you will not hurt my feelings if you tell me you are meeting with other photographers. Now some photographers will or can take offense to this but in reality this is why good photographers filter out from bad photographer. If you notice that the photographer you are meeting with is starting to get nervous, or offensive you should not hire that photographer. There could be many reasons why they could get nervous, because of jealousy, pride or they will try to give you a super discount if you hire them on the spot even though it will hurt their budget over time. So talk about why you have considered the photographer you are meeting with and why you are considering to meet with other photographers (even if its the cost you are thinking about).

5 – Do you work with the plan (timeline) that we create or do you make your own timeline for us?

Some photographer are and I want to say free spirited and will work with anything you give them (and still produce great images). Yet some photographers that prefer to create a detailed plan of the wedding to know what to expect. Both cases are good and some photographer prefer one way and some the other way. Know your photographer and ask what they like. This also can give you a heads up if the photographer can capture a special moment with knowing what is going to happen or just by random trying to capture everything not to miss anything.

6 – Why do you like to photograph weddings?

Many clients think that if the photographer is photographing weddings they love what they do. Yes it is true because if they didn’t they would not photograph weddings. But what most clients don’t know is why. See if the photographer matches your expectations and has passion for weddings not just because they get paid. This is kind of going back to the first question of likes and dislikes.

7 – Have you photographed a wedding at my location?

This can be a question that can help you know what to expect. I do understand that there is a trend now a days to do backyard weddings and the photographer will never be able to photograph a wedding at your backyard in the past but do ask if they have done this before and ask for examples. I have been asked with this question before and my answer is yes if I have shot at the location and if not I will check it out (and first I show them simural weddings) or if its at someones backyard, I do ask if I am able to stop by to see what to expect. This not only gives assurance to my clients but also gives me an idea if we need to plan where the ceremony should be for the best photos and so on.

I hope this would help every couple out there to get to know their photographer but I do want to say that if you are meeting with the photographer ask questions to get to know him or her. Think about it you will be working with the photographer all day during your wedding and knowing that the photographer has the right attitude, knows what he or she is doing, and can connect with you and your guests is very important. Yes I know that photos speak for themselves but you will have to make sure that not only does photos look good in photographers portfolio but also the person whom you are hiring has the right vision, personality, and attitude towards you and your wedding.

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