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Wedding at the Westin by Sacramento River

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We always get excited to travel to unique venues that have interesting characters and charm for weddings.  When Helen and Matt hired us to photograph their wedding at the Westin Sacramento by the riverside, we were really looking forward to shooting there for the first time.

The Sacramento River is a long inland river in Northern California that flows into Suisun Bay. Tucked away from the bustling California capitol, the Westin was in a tranquil location along the river. Witnessed by around 150 guests, the wedding ceremony was held outdoors right by the river. A tent was conveniently set up by the ceremony site which made it really easy for the guests to enjoy the gorgeous river view.  Dinner was catered by Scott's Seafood Restaurant located in the hotel.

While the bride was getting ready in the hotel room, the bridesmaids asked us to be ready to capture the sparkles. Sparkles? What sparkles, I thought. When each bridesmaid came out to the living room with a paper sparkler in the hand, I immediately understood what they were about to do. I quickly zoomed out to wide angle, set my Nikon to continuous capture mode, and dropped myself to the ground as the sparkle flakes sprinkled all over the bride. And that was an awesome shot!

Kara's Modeling Portfolio

Published by in Modeling ·
Tags: brunettemodelportfoliokurtyphotographycompcardzedcard

Many people have dreamed to become a model, but it's not as easy as one would think. Besides the outer beauty and meeting the height and size requirement, a potential model has inner qualities, appealing character, and must be natural in posing in front of the camera.

Although it was her first time, Kara knew the rhythm of her body movement and was all natural during the photo shoot for her modeling portfolio. She even suggested to pose like Wonder Women, and I could see her super power within as she unleashed the energy. Funny that I had just watched the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, and I could see some resemblances.

Photo Shoot of FYB London Handbag for Forbes

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Dani and her business partner called us when they were driving from the East Coast to the airport. They urgently needed a headshot for a feature article in the Forbes magazine, as well as some product shots of their smart and innovative handbags. Since they needed the shots in a rush, I told them I am able to deliver awesome shots in just an hour.

So they flew to San Francisco and drove to my studio as soon as they got off the plane. We communicated the type of looks for the magazine and their website, took the shots and retouched the images on the fly. They were extremely satisfied with the shots. I am looking forward to seeing my work featured in the upcoming issue of Forbes magazine.
What's so innovative about their hand bags? They are designed with smart technologies including wireless charging pocket, fingerprint lock, RFID credit card protection, and distance alerts for theft prevention. I never imagined that a handbag can have so many features. It's not just a bag. It's a spy gadget!

For those who are interested in owning a FYB London handbag, check out their website.

Comp card for a modeling career

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Tags: compcardmodel.modelingagencyfashionphotozedcardtalent

Kelsey came in the studio for a modeling portfolio photo shoot. We begin with headshots in the studio then went outdoor for lifestyle looks in various outfits. I always feel blessed for running a photo studio in the Dogpatch neighborhood. There are countless textures and backgrounds right by the studio for awesome photo backdrops. I love to use the metal gate across the street, the evergreen trees on the sidewalk,  the 22nd Street Caltrain station on the back, and colorful walls in every block. Each element provides a unique backdrop that can be used for high fashion photo looks.  After the photo shoot, Kesley picked out several photos for the comp card. I then designed the comp card for her upcoming audition for modeling agencies. Kelsey's got the look and talent to be an awesome model. Hope to see her on the cover of Vogue magazine soon!

Comp cards are also called composite cards or Zed Cards. They are like business cards for models. Comp cards are essential for self-promotion and provide a higher opportunity for agencies to book the models. Clients browse through comp cards at model agencies for the look they want for commercial, runway, print ads, etc. Comp cards are printed on card stocks and are double-sided. A headshot is usually featured on the front, and 3-4 shots showing a good variety are featured in the back along with model's body weight and measurement. This is an important tool to get gigs and earn money.

Modleing Portfolio for Paul

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Paul came by the studio to update his modeling portfolio. He asked what he should wear, and I suggested Banana Republic look - neutral color, life style and fashionable. It looks great on him.

I was often asked by aspiring models on what makes a great modeling portfolio. First the print size in the portfolio should be 8x10, 9x12 or 11x14, include a good variety of looks from various photographers, and a good mixture of color and black and white prints. 6 to 12 photos is adequate to present yourself to a new agency but no more than 20.  and of course, the most important key factor is awesome photos that make your agency and clients "wow!".

Modeling Portfolio for Alison

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Tags: modelmodelingportfoliofashionphotoshoot

Alison was noticed by two model scouts in separate occasions. Realizing that she has a potential to be a model, she came in our studio for a high fashion modeling portfolio.

She's amazing even as a beginner. Not at all camera shy, Alison knew her best angles and body movement. She will be meeting an agent at a modeling agency next week. I hope she get signed and paid for major gigs.

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