After starting our photo shoot in the studio, we headed out for a photo adventure and had a lot of fun finding a spot for the location portion of Marianne’s professional portrait shoot. We ended up on Grand Avenue in the flourishing Uptown district of Oakland, where Marianne was surrounded by people on the bustling street, some of whom were gathered for one of the last World Cup games. A perfect location to capture her in the field, although in this case the sociologist was probably being observed as much as she was observing! We even enlisted the help of some pedestrians for some of our shots. I love my studio, but It’s always fun to be out on the street for a project.
Sheryl Sandberg has already read Marianne’s book; here’s what she had to say about it: “In this powerful book, Marianne Cooper weaves together carefully researched data about growing economic insecurity and gripping stories of families coping with these trends. Cooper has written an intimate look into what families are up against and the strategies they use to navigate the challenges they face. Cut Adrift provides a compelling examination of the pressing economic issues of our time.”
Maria Shriver also spoke with Marianne about the book. Their interview is featured on NBC News. In it, Marianne explains her inspiration for the work: “What I had seen in reading a lot about growing inequality and growing economic insecurity, was a lot of data and a lot of statistics. All of that is really important to understand how and why inequality is growing, which groups of Americans are more effected than others, and how we’re pulling apart. But I felt like the human face on this story was really missing, and somebody needed to go out and actually interview and talk with people, from rich to poor, to really understand what this means in people’s everyday lives and how they’re coping with such powerful forces.”
On September 9th, both Marianne Cooper and Sheryl Sandberg will be the featured speakers at The Commonwealth Club in a talk titled The Anxieties of Modern Families. The event will take place at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. Get your tickets now; this one will definitely sell out!
For many portrait photographers like myself, family photography is a truly a pleasure. I love the opportunity to document the unique character of each child and to capture the family relationship…..immense love! First I consult my clients to develop family photography ideas that resonate with their personal style. Then we have a fun family photo shoot that allows them to express their personalities perfectly.
For this session the white seamless studio look was a perfect foil for the bold graphic red, white, and black theme they chose for their wardrobe. Want to learn more about choosing colors for your outfits? Check out this in-depth introduction to the Color Wheel. If that one is too involved, here’s a basic Guide to Matching Colors. Outfits for family photography should reflect your family’s authentic style, so there is no right answer about what to wear. Elegant neutrals; bold primary colors; eclectic mixed patterns? Anything goes, as long as it’s thoughtfully selected (that doesn’t mean it has to be match-y) and reflects your style.
By using negative space in the composition and not over-posing the family, I created a dynamic collection of images that feel modern and crisp as well as relaxed and playful. Family photography in the studio doesn’t have to look traditional or conservative! Give me a call and we’ll come up with some fun family portrait ideas that work for your family photography. Every family is different; we’ll find the style that works for you. Portrait photographers should use their skills to represent who you are, not impose their style on you.
By the way, check out the eyelashes on this little one in the first image; I think they’re some of the longest I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing family photography for years! Wow! Thank you to this wonderful family for choosing me as your family photographer!
Father’s Day is here; a chance to celebrate our Dad’s amazing contribution to our lives. Was it invented by the folks at Hallmark to sell more cards? Maybe. Do we care? Of course not! We welcome any chance to throw Dad a big party….or just make him pancakes.
Everybody gets different stuff from their Dad….could be a ride in the Radio Flyer, could be a deep philosophical conversation (thanks Dad!) Whether he’s a biological dad or a fantastic father-figure, we appreciate our Dad’s in all their uniqueness!
Celebrate this Father’s Day with a family portrait, along with a special gift especially for Dad. It’s the perfect way to remind Dad how much he is loved….every time he sees those smiling faces!
Receive a complimentary 8×10 Gift Print with any family portrait session from June 17-July 17th.
Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day….the official one. To me everyday is Mother’s Day. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel grateful for my Mom and revel in her fabulousness. (That’s not a real word, I know, and since my Mom is an English teacher that’s what we call ironic.)
But shouldn’t we pick a day to give special thanks for Motherhood, even though we love our Moms 365? Of course! (I’d vote for celebrating quarterly, but we’ll take what we can get in the federal calendar…there’s a lot to fit in.)
So, get to the punch line already, right?!? Well, this month we will celebrate Motherhood with a chance to do two things all Moms love to do: document their children and save money. You can’t argue with that, so don’t even try.
Here’s the deal:$100 Off Family Portrait Sessions in May*
We had a great portrait session at Baker Beach! These two braved the wind and cold and you’d never guess looking at the images how chilly it was. We timed the session perfectly to capture the lovely late afternoon light just before sunset. Congratulations to a great couple; I know you’ll have a great wedding in Antigua!
If you think of horses when you hear the word “blacksmith”, you’re in for a nice surprise. Meet Daniel Hopper, modern blacksmith. Daniel is an amazing artist… the things he does with metals are truly miraculous.
One of his fabulous chandelier designs was recently accepted at Coup d’État in San Francisco and this past Sunday he held an amazing cocktail party/fundraiser to support this new community chandelier. Once the chandelier leaves the showroom, Daniel will be housing it in a community space for all of us to enjoy.
I had a wonderful time photographing the party in the presence of Daniel’s amazing work, so I’m very excited to share a slideshow of images from the event. Check it out along with other videos at our new Youtube channel.
Being with children as they play and explore the world around them is a magical experience. It reminds me of the joy waiting to be found in the simplest things: finding that perfect rock to treasure, the feeling of the sand under your feet, running with joy and abandon knowing the soft sand will cushion your landing. Thanks to this charming little one for reminding me of these simple, perfect pleasures.
It was so much fun photographing little Brooke and her parents in the historic Dogpatch district of San Francisco. This was our second session together as part of the First Year Essentials package: 3 sessions compiled into a fabulous album. How amazing it is to see her grow!
I’m honored to be the official on-site baby and family photographer for this shopping event hosted by the amazing team at Appel & Frank. New and expecting moms are invited for a day of shopping, information, and education. Shop from 55 local designers and companies offering unique baby & toddler items and services. Check it out!
I will be offering the following:
-on-site natural light photography studio in the atrium
-free mini portrait baby and toddler photography portrait sessions for the little ones attending the event
-special show pricing on digital images from the event
-exclusive promotions for your fall portrait session