Environmental Portraits and building custom stock libraries

2018-05-16T21:54:56+00:00By |Categories: Portraiture|Tags: , , , |

We’ve been doing more and more environmental portraits as part of the custom stock work we’ve been creating for our clients of late and it’s a lot of fun.  In the past we’ve talked about the value of building out custom stock libraries and how it’s not as expensive as you might think.  Additionally having control over […]

Small Potatoes Catering Custom Stock photography

2017-12-12T19:49:15+00:00By |Categories: Photography, Portraiture, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Earlier this year we had the wonderful opportunity to photograph some custom stock photography and staff headshots for Small Potatoes Catering and Events.  It was really a fun time going over there and setting up for some food shoots as well as their amazing chef at work! We love getting to go and photograph people doing what they love, that’s the power […]

Behind the scenes at Melons Catering and Events

2018-03-13T19:24:01+00:00By |Categories: Commercial, Feature, Point of View|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the wonderful things we get to experience in our industry is seeing and experiencing other creative event professionals. We usually get to see everyone at the event working hard and only get to see the final presentation which is why we jumped at the chance to join our partners at

Featured Vendor – Hyatt Place San Jose

2018-03-13T19:22:32+00:00By |Categories: Business, Feature, Trade|Tags: , , , , , |

We were super happy to spend a few days photographing the beautiful Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown San Jose.  It’s in a great location close to a ton of great restaurants, conference centers and lovely parks! The staff are super friendly and when we arrived they […]

Tips on Licensing Photos and getting the most out of your images

2017-07-24T21:22:05+00:00By |Categories: Commercial, Industry Knowledgebase, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

_11A0493Licensing is often a confusing term within photography (and even in other industries).  Often times people get thrown a curve when asked about what kind of licensing they require.  Many times clients are told they should ask for ‘full rights’ or a ‘buyout’ which may or may not meet your actual needs.  The key to licensing […]

Buying Stock Photos / Custom Stock Libraries (aka how to stand out!)

2017-07-24T21:22:06+00:00By |Categories: Business, Commercial, Event, Photography, Portraiture|Tags: , , , |

66-5825-SC-0632Recently I got to hear Joanne Dennison speak about intellectual property rights. She had some great insight into how to use creative and intellectual property correctly to avoid lawsuits and such. Many event professionals may be aware that using popular music at events and in presentations requires a license but many probably don’t do so. […]

San Francisco Center for the Book

2010-04-27T09:15:22+00:00By |Categories: Commercial, Photography|Tags: , , |

san francisco center for the book

I was recently commissioned to create a custom stock library for the wonderful San Francisco Center for the Book, in neighboring Potrero Hill. I pass the center twice a day on my commute but hadn’t had a chance to stop by and investigate their classes. They provides tons of expertise on letterpress, bookbinding, printing, and more.

The brief included capturing equipment, instructors, spaces and textures, but was pretty open-ended. […]