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A man and his dog ~ San Francisco Portrait Photography ~

I had such a wonderful time doing this portraits.  Firstly, Capp was just too cute for words and luckily for Christian I didn’t try to take him home in camera bag.  Secondly, Christian really came prepared for his portraits with outfits planned out and a great smile.

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Environmental Portraits in San Francisco

 

Blog by Misti Layne

Jamie and James ~ San Francisco Engagement Session ~

Engagement Portraits

San Francisco Engagement Session

The laughs and love Jamie and James have for each other is just obvious. We had a lot of fun doing this San Francisco engagement session and I think you can tell! It started at the bar for the nervous bride to be and ended jumping puddles in the street. It was a great day!

Engagement Portraits

San Francisco Engagement Session

Engagement Portraits

San Francisco Engagement Session

Engagement Portraits

San Francsico Engagement Session

Engagement Portraits

San Francisco Engagement Session

Dress for Success ~ San Francisco Portrait Photography ~

I met lovely Rita because she had won the auction for my photography services at the Dress for Success event this year.   This is one of those times that when you think you are giving but you are actually receiving.  This amazing woman gave me insights to life, uplifted my spirits, made me change my mind on aging and made me laugh, a lot.   We did her portraits at the Legion of Honor and it was just a perfect day all around.

Holiday Portraits ~ San Francisco Photographer Misti Layne ~

Holiday portraits are a time to be silly in my opinion.  When you have a restless two year old boy, well, you let him be a boy!

San Francisco at Night ~ Engagement Session Photography ~

Engagement Session photography is among my favorite.  It is during this time that the couple and I get to spend some time together with no stress in a variety of places and just have fun.  I learn about them and they get to see how I work.  I find this really important before a wedding to help build trust. If we do an engagement session then when I walk into the room the day of your wedding you are excited and assured that the day will go well when I arrive. The difference is “Misti is here!” and not “The photographer is here.”  I love that!

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Little Amelie ~ Napa Family Portrait Photographer ~ Misti Layne

Little Amelie had her first professional portraits taken in a beautiful private home in St. Helena.  We let her run, smell, walk, fall and smile to her hearts content!

Boys will be Boys ~ San Francisco Family Portrait Photographer ~

One was happy and one was cheeky.  One was willing and one was fighting.  One became sad and the other then became happy.  The crazy day of child photography!  But when you let kids be kids the faces, the expressions, the cheeky NO and the smile say much more than “Look at the camera and smile!”

Family Portraits ~Portrait Photography San Francisco~

This lovely family and I spent the afternoon in Golden Gate Park and just let things happen. We had no say in what happened next and it was quite fun!  Portrait photography and frankly just about all photography of a personal nature should be about emotions, expressions and feelings.  I think these images express that.   Sareen was totally in charge here for everything!  She’s quite  a happy and adored little girl and I think that shows.

San Francisco Family Portraits at Golden Gate Park

Sareen is just a delightful, happy, curious little girl.  The only time she didn’t laugh or smile during our San Francisco family portraits in the park was when she wanted crackers–very, very much!  It’s important to go with the flow with kids.

I’m not one at all to say look at the camera.  Parents get those shots.  I want mine to say “this is a unique person discovering life before your very eyes”.  Let their personality shine!  I also love the shots most parents would hate–the crying and fits.  They are quite funny when you are done dealing with them.  Of course when your child turns teenager and sees this they will not be happy!

 

At Home Family Portraits ~San Francisco Portrait Photography~

I first met the Daughtery’s years ago with their adorable Pug Vito.  He was a total charmer with a toothy grin.  When they called to do some family portraits with their new daughter I remembered them ONLY when he said Vito was our dog!  We did these family portraits at their home in San Francisco.  The front bedroom had amazing natural light and we piled everyone–the dogs included of course–on the bed and created some truly simply, beautiful and intimate family portraits.

Families come in different types and sizes and capturing the nuances of a family is the goal for me.  They are never the same!  I never know what is going to happen and just go with the flow.  Especially with babies and pets.  In this case, it was both!  The dogs were just too cute and the baby, well she was totally at our mercy but the irony is we had to work according to her desires!

The images show a beautiful family in all it’s glory.  Congrats to the Daughtery’s!

Engagement Portraits Napa, Ca Wine Country ~Napa Wedding Photographer~

Sarah has been a friend for years and I am so happy she found Tres!  She’s an executive assistant at a winery and does a lot of planning for them so she planned the travel idea, the locations, the outfits and the accessories!  I love when clients have ideas!  It really brings their unique relationship to the table.  It was so fun and somehow in the process of rolling on the ground getting different angles I even ripped my jeans!  The engagement portraits to me are so important and I really do love doing them.  While I have known Sarah for years it is a great opportunity to work with couples on a fun day without stress and we learn about each other in the process.  Then too you have some great engagement portraits in the process!

Sarah has seen me work numerous times but now she was in front of the lens and for the first time ever Tres got an idea of the process too.   So because of this we have familiarity, ease and trust the moment I walk into the wedding to photograph the big day.  This is an important step in the process.  Yes you have to love your photographer’s style and images but you have to really like them too.  A florist drops off flowers and you may or may not see them.  The photographer?  Well, we are with you all day!  So it’s important to really like and trust them.

A special thank you too to the Robinson Family Vineyard!  The not only provided us with the location and the car but a great tasting too!  Yes, I do get to drink on the job!  Without them these engagement portraits Napa wouldn’t have been the same!

Engagement Sessions Before Your Wedding ~Engagement Photographer San Francisco~

I love doing engagement sessions and I love doing engagement portraits in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The reasons are simple really. First I get to know you as a couple, no wedding stress and just us photographing in the environment. I’ve done engagement portraits at the standard Chrissy Field, Baker Beach and Ferry Building and unique places like a wine bar, cigar bar and Flora Grubb.    I get to see how you act and are with each other.  This is really important.  A lot of people don’t think them necessary and they certainly are not.  However, we get to learn about each other during this time.  You get to see how I work too and then know what to expect on the day of your wedding.  Then when I walk in you don’t see me as a stranger but as the photographer you trust, know will make everything right and have fun with!

I’m not about posing people in my images.  It’s actually just not my forte.  I also believe that if I just let you “be” as a couple the images will say SO very much more than some standard pose.  If you look at the images in this post.  Not one is posed.  Not one and bring your pets!  But anyway, I may have directed things a little bit and yes, I instigate!  But I want you to feel comfortable to be who you are.  I look for those moments that say something.  That make me feel something about you.   I think this is the way that when you look back at that day and like your wedding day you will be able to say I remember it all like it was yesterday.  Success!

Professional Environmental Corporate Portraits ~Corporate Portraiture San Francisco~

Professional images for business or corporations are more important now than ever.  They are used in promotional materials, websites, LinkedIn, blogs, speaking engagements etc.  Setting consistency in business is always important and now that images are so prevalent these days it’s just as important in most any corporate and professional service industries.    Business owners, attorneys, corporations, speakers, realtors, authors and all types of industries are changing from the standard gray or black or white background to something that shows more personality and depth.  Environmental corporate portraits can take place in an office or on the street which makes for an image that can really stand out from the rest.

My experience photographing people in and environmental setting have an easier time and feel less stressed in this situation which brings about an image that can express a person and personality far better than the sit here, turn, angle, chin down image.  Images have texture and depth that just isn’t the same in a studio shot.  I often hear a client say “I just want my image to have more personality than the standard kind of gray look.”  This is exactly what you do get.

Living in the San Francisco/Bay Area we truly set the tone in many industries especially in technology and creative industries.  There is no reason why your photograph shouldn’t represent you at your best, be something you are actually proud to use and help your business too.

A partial list of my clients are here.  If you want an image that resonates and makes a great impression, call me.  See the difference yourself.

ABC 7, AIG, Alain Pinel Realtors, Anshen + Allen Architects,  Bingham, Bryan Cave LLP,  Buzz Media, Cisco, Colgin Cellars, Dave Flemming-Giants Announcer, Disney,  Goodwin Proctor, Green Ivyed,  Incisive Media, Merrill Lynch, Payne + Fears,  Reid Hoffman-LinkedIn, Ropes Gray, SAP, ShotSPotter,  TAJ and many more.

Pregnancy Portraits ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

Angela and John are expecting little Jackson in the next couple of months and I’m so excited for them.  We did these in their home and included a few of course of their cats (see the post Cat Portraits).  They are such a cute and fun couple.  I don’t think I stopped laughing and with all the natural light, bounds of happiness and love I couldn’t go wrong.  I can’t wait to do the baby portraits!