Mya in the City

Not long ago, I had the honor of photographing the staff and executive team at Mya, an SF-based company that helps recruiters optimize their workflow through AI.

Their office is located on Maiden Lane, one of the most picturesque streets in the City. Combine that with the team’s commitment to shooting outdoors, and you have the makings of a great photographic day.

One of my favorite shots is this portrait of a CEO as a young man. The hubbub of City life goes on round him, while he hovers confidently in space. Red accents glow in the background. If I were to retake the photo, I’d drop 2/3 of a stop below ambient and fire an off-camera flash. Pesky shadows under his eyes bother me now.

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This particular shot was a lot of fun to make. Primarily because I enjoyed walking the Lane with this executive. We shot the breeze about science, medicine, and the National Geographic. I had good fun just getting to know him. Best of all, I fired my flash.

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I love this next photo. It took a while to get it just right. But it was worth the effort. Plus, I like things in threes. See the bokeh frame left? See the bindi, nose ring, and earring?

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How did I get this harried professional to relax? You know, the usual—we talked about our wives and family life. Trust me, if you’d been there, you would have smiled, too. Oh, one last thing. Check out the crop. You’re looking at 2.39×1, which isn’t your standard 5×7. I’m a big fan of 2.39×1 and 16×9 because they offer a cinematic lens on the environment, of which the subject is a part.

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See the soft green tree-clouds in the background? I did then, and I do still. I tell you, threes are the best! Plus, I like the curbsides, faint and disappearing.

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Ditto. Except in this shot, the light had changed dramatically from the prior one, requiring me to stop down from f/1.8 to f/4.5. Background is too sharp for my liking, but it was a trade-off I was willing to make to get the shot.

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Happily, the executive team was thrilled with the process and results. One of their senior leaders even chimed in here.

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The Outsider

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That’s Gavin.
And his shirt and his glasses.
Together, they form an image of a fine young greaser.
If you know something about Gavin, you know he doesn’t smile for me.
And that’s exactly as it should be.
He’s got a point of view.
He resists much; obeys little.
Good for him.
Cleverly, I asked Gavin to smile,
Knowing precisely what I would get:
A radiant non-smile of magnificent proportions.
Perfect for a steely-eyed visage and a tough kid aesthetic.
So good on dad for hacking childhood behavior and making the shot work.
A few days later, Gavin hacked me back, proper.
We were scouting light at Stevens Creek County Park.
Dad, he said, posting up in dry yellow grass.
You can take a picture of me for a scoop of ice cream, he said.
One or two?
Two, he said.
No, one.
OK.
Smile or no smile? I asked.
He laughed.
No smile, he said.
Deal.
I got the shot; Gavin got his scoop.
So good on us.

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Then There Was Lightroom

My photography advanced with Lightroom in a big way. It taught me color theory, composition, and patience. Imagine my surprise when Adobe—the creators of Lightroom—contacted me for executive and staff photography. Surprise bordering on ecstasy. The photographic equivalent of returning to the mother ship. I gleefully boarded, then developed a new kind of String Theory…

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…visited the psychedelic wall…

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…and the ball wall…

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…and made portraits outdoors…

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…and went back indoors…

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…then out…

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…twice…

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…and finally back in, again, always in search of new light and backgrounds, like this one…

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…and this one.

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I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to photograph at Adobe and meet the people who make Lightroom possible in the first place.

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Face The Light

I’m in the City at a coffee shop called Farley’s.
The place is thronging with guests.
And for good reason.
The vibe and coffee are great.
At a table next to me,
Four friends are talking and laughing.
Their banter is infectious.
I listen to them.
I watch them carefully.
Then I home in on one.
She brings great energy to the scene.
Plus, she’s graced by light streaming in from the window.
One of her friends leaves the table.
I shuffle over and plop down in the empty seat.
Hi, I say, warmly.
I want to photograph you.
What for, she asked.
Because I chase good light,
And it’s transfiguring your face right now, I add, lamely.
Her friends chuckle at my remark.
But she doesn’t chuckle back.
She just looks at me, friendly and puzzled.
Sure, she says, go for it.
I smile, she smiles.
Our eyes connect, briefly.
And the camera shutters of its own volition,
Preserving 1/125 of a second in digital immortality.

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50% Off Family Sessions

Family photography special offer in July and August. San Jose, Bay Area, Silicon Valley.

In July and August, I’m offering a steep discount on family photography. Fifty percent off means you pay only $250 for a one hour session with your family on location or in your home, with a $50 credit for the first five re-touched images you download, ready to print or share on social media. For instance:

Five images—$250 for time + $50 credit (first five downloads are free) for a total of $250.

Ten images—$250 for time + $50 credit (first five downloads are free) + $50 (next five downloads) for a total of $300.

Fifteen images—$250 for time + $50 credit (first five downloads are free) + $100 (next ten downloads) for a total of $350.

Twenty images—$250 for time + $50 credit (first five downloads are free) + $150 (next fifteen downloads) for a total of $400.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Kevin@1103photography.com.

I’m eager to chat with you about photographing your family!

Say Hello

 

Eyes like Exotic Insects

A neighbor’s niece was visiting from out of town.
We were introduced.
Hello.
Hi.
Your eyes, I said.
Yeah, I know, she replied.
They’re amazing.
Yeah, I know.
Confidence, you got to love it.
Can I take your picture, I asked.
Yeah.
Great.
In the shade of our backyard,
She sat in front of the side of our house,
Which was brightly illuminated behind her.
I went high key with the 85mm
And got lots of fun-interesting shots in minutes,
Like this one, slightly playful…

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…and this one, brightly astonished…

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…and then this one, exotic eyes edged with reptilian intensity.

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Notice how the taupe background on the left
And the green background on the right
Pool in her irises like an estuary,
Where a brown river meets an emerald sea.
Love it when that happens.

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