Environmental Portrait Session with Annie

Last Friday I had the pleasure to shoot the beautiful and talented Annie Tsou, designer of the cutest toys for toddlers and young children at Petit Collage. Annie is also a close personal friend, and we've been talking for a while about making some portraits outdoors, since we live in such a beautiful city.  Here are some photos from our little outing:


For location I settled on Billy Goat Hill Park, as I knew it had a rope swing and wanted to try some portraits with the city in the background lit by the sunset. We only had one hour to shoot, it was insanely windy and freezing cold, and on top of that the soles of my shoes were slippery, making shooting on a dirt-covered slope that much more treacherous. I'm kidding, it wasn't that bad, but my biggest wish was to have had a hat on, to prevent the wind from tossing my hair all over the camera. 

The outside temperature was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. We joked about how you often hear of models having to wear skimpy clothes and pretend it's summer, when in fact they are freezing their asses off. And here we were, doing the exact same thing. Annie was a trooper and battled the cold and wind bravely. The wind also made it impossible to get any photos with hair standing still, so I decided to embrace the "wild hair image" and go with it.  All images shot with a 50mm 1.2 lens (tho I wish I had a 35mm with me for wider shots.) 


If you live in the Bay Area and are interested in having your portrait taken in a similar manner (outdoors, natural light, casual), please contact me and I'd love to set up a time to discuss.