katherine briccetti photography: Blog https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog en-us (C) katherine briccetti photography (katherine briccetti photography) Wed, 23 Nov 2022 23:07:00 GMT Wed, 23 Nov 2022 23:07:00 GMT https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u793547005-o651730101-50.jpg katherine briccetti photography: Blog https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog 120 71 Fall Family Foto Fun https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/11/fall-family-foto-fun It's been a busy fall family portrait season! I love photographing families in parks and at home. Here are a few fun photos done in a local rose garden this year. 

Happy Fall Families! 

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Family Photoshoot at Home https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/7/family-at-home We did a mix of posed and lifestyle for this photoshoot in their home, and for this family I love both styles. The light and airy feel to their house--and great natural light--made for really sweet images. Here are some highlights from our morning. 


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Lifestyle Newborn Photoshoot! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/5/lifestyle-newborn-photoshoot This sweet little girl was alert throughout our photoshoot in her home, and she stared so deeply into her mother's eyes--and the camera--she reminded me of an old soul, someone who's been around a lot longer than eight weeks. She made her needs known to her parents and fiercely fought off sleep in order to study everything going on around her. I can't wait for our next photoshoot! Watching her grow and change is sure to be a joy. 


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Maternity Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/4/maternity-portraits I love maternity photoshoots in the studio or on location. This beautiful Mama-to-be was photographed in her home with natural window light, and she used some of her images in her baby shower invitations. Maternity photos look great printed and framed, in albums and on canvas. It's easy to order from your own private gallery and make keepsake images for wall art and coffee table books. 


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Photo Walk Oakland https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/4/photo-walk-oakland When I take a break from portrait and event photography, I love street photography. I recently joined the East Bay Photo Collective on a photo walk through several parts of downtown Oakland. It was great to meet other photographers and see how we approach making creative images. Here are a few of my favorites from the recent walk (for more, click here).

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Commercial Photography! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2022/1/corporate-photography I've been enjoying some unique (and fun) assignments lately. From a recycling center to a mammoth electrical tower to an active fire station, I love traveling to cool spots and capturing images for companies. Here are a few samples.

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Families! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/12/families It's a busy photoshoot season now, and I'm having a blast photographing families for holiday cards, enlargements and wall hangings! We've been meeting in beautiful outdoor locations where we make a few traditional family portraits as well as several lifestyle shots. Kids love being outside and taking walking (and running) breaks, while I'm still clicking away to catch those "in-between" moments. Here are a few images from recent shoots.

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Fall Family Photoshoots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/10/fall-family-photoshoots I love photographing Bay Area Families in beautiful locations, which also show off the season. This fall, we're shooting in nature spots as well as urban areas. We do both lifestyle and traditional family portraits on location, and we have fun doing it! I can't wait to see which photo from their gallery this family chooses for their holiday card! Will it be the cuddly one in front of the ivy wall, or one of their "album cover" shots? 

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Senior Photo Time! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/8/senior-photo-time We are having fun with outdoor, distanced and vaccinated photoshoots! The class of 2022 is back at school and ready for fun location senior portraits. For this photoshoot, we explored the Cal campus for great backdrops. There are so many! 


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Young Musicians' Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/7/young-musicians-portraits I come from a family of classical musicians, so when the opportunity came to photograph students at a summer strings camp this month I jumped at it. I also had fun capturing rehearsals happening around the camp that morning. Adhering to Covid-19 safety precautions, the students and their teachers and mentors rehearsed indoors as well as outside in a courtyard amphitheater. The local bakery, Arizmendi, donated breakfast goodies, and the students munched while a quintet of their teachers played "The Cappuccino Blues" to warm up and inspire everybody. Here's a sampling of images from that day.

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Business Photoshoot https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/6/business-photoshoot I had the pleasure of a studio portrait session with Joe recently to update his headshots for his business website and online media. Here are a few from our photoshoot in the studio. 


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Author, Author! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/5/author-author A friend gave me a beautiful book of photographs of authors by the wonderful photographer Beowolf Sheehan who works in NY. I've been making photos of authors here on the West Coast, and his book is an inspiration. 

Mira Amiras has written a gorgeous story that is both a soon-to-be-published book and soon-to-be-released film called The Day Before Creation. Here's one of the photos we made in the studio recently. 


Rachel Sarah's new book, Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists are Saving the Earth, is getting great reviews and could not be more timely.

The first three of Char Rygh's new series for children, Shrimp N' Lobster, is at the press now! You can preorder here


Meredith Essalat's recently released The Overly Honest Teacher is helping parents of school-aged children navigate the educational journey.

Katherine Whitney's anthology, My Shadow is My Skin, was released just as the pandemic hit. Her book is a wonderful collection of engaging, important voices. 

Meredith Stout's memoir, Out of My Shoes, is a gripping personal narrative as well as a historical look at sexism and racism in America. 

And, yes, our Vice President is also an author and I was lucky enough to photograph her at a rally in Oakland, California. 


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Model Portfolio Building https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/5/model-portfolio-building Jeffrey and I met recently in a super location with several backgrounds that worked so well for his modeling photoshoot. He's a natural in front of the camera and was so fun to photograph!



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Graduation and Senior Photos https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/5/graduation-and-senior-photos Some of my favorite photoshoots are with high school and college seniors as they celebrate their graduations. (I also love to photograph kindergarten kids!) We've photographed on campuses and in parks and backyards to capture these important milestones and turn them into family heirloom photographs. They're great for graduation announcements, gifts and prints to frame and hang on the wall. 

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Corporate Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/3/corporate-portraits Happy to be back in the studio (following all safety protocol guidelines) to do some quick corporate portraits! Subjects and photographer changed out of daily covid clothing and into clothes we haven't worn in a year. Suits came out of closets and the men had to remember how to knot their ties. Now, it's back to working in sweats and tee shirts! 

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Guys! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/3/guys Photographing guys for modeling and acting portfolios, social and business media and for family heirlooms is a lot of fun. For formal, business or casual photoshoots, I enjoy matching my clients with setting, backgrounds and lighting that flatter them and make them comfortable so their personalities shine through. 

Local backdrops work well...

...in the same location:

Once in a while we get to shoot somewhere very special:

And we can make great portraits in the studio:

In the studio or on location, it's headshot and portrait time anytime!

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Events and Ceremonies https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/2/events-and-ceremonies I loved photographing events and ceremonies before the pandemic, and I'm eager to get back to it when it's safe to gather in groups again. Here are a few of my favorites, one posed, most candid and lifestyle. 

Young people getting ready for their quinceañera entrance:

Members of a wedding party getting ready for their entrance:

The bride getting her hair and makeup done:

Inside the cabin in the woods there was one lightbulb hanging from the ceiling and my flash would not fire. I kept clicking anyway and got this image that I enjoyed turning into a painting-like scene:

And this engagement portrait was taken inside a tunnel below a walkway near a lake: 

I hope we can get together in groups again soon! You can see more Events and Ceremonies photos here

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One Location, Many Looks https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/2/one-location-many-looks For this portrait photoshoot, we stayed in one location and captured myriad backgrounds and perspectives. In this spot, I love the rock wall, the steps, and the light bouncing off a building opposite the wall. It's shaded and the light is diffused and soft. An ideal spot! Here are a few of my favorites from that photoshoot.

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High School Senior Photoshoot Time! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/1/senior-photoshoot

I had a blast on this recent high school senior photoshoot in a great location with three unique backgrounds. When scouting for locations, I look for interesting rock walls, stairs, ivy-covered walls, wood or cement benches, urban gray buildings--and the surrounding light at different times of day. I enjoy scouting, and I LOVE trying out each spot with my clients. 


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Girl Scout Digital Photography Badge https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2021/1/girl-scout-digital-photography-badge When I was a Girl Scout there was no digital photography badge because there were no digital cameras. I'm sure we had a (film) photography badge, and I'm pretty sure I earned it. So when a local Girl Scout troop leader recently asked if I'd present to her girls, I said of course I'd meet with her girls over zoom to talk about photography. I showed them the camera I got for my 9th birthday:

and some of the photos I took when I was their age (4th grade) like this one: 

and then photos I take now as a professional photographer like this one:

I let them know that photographers take all sorts of photos, like travel:

and journalistic:

We also photograph weddings:

and models:

and portraits of actors and artists:

studio work: 

and families!

Then I taught them about light and sent them off with an assignment to photograph an object in different kinds of light. They shared their photos, they asked great questions, and one girl said she wants to be a professional photographer when she grows up. It was a lot of fun, and I'm so glad to encourage girls to follow their dreams!

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Location, Location, Location https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/11/location-location-location I love finding a location where we can capture a variety of backgrounds and flattering light all in one spot. These author branding photos were taken at Crissy Field in San Francisco so we could take advantage of the Golden Gate Bridge, a sandy beach, a gorgeous dock and dockhouse, and two different walls as our backdrops. This also gave us opportunities for multiple poses and moods. Plus it was fun!


Charlotte Rygh is an artist and the author of the children's book series Shrimp 'n Lobster, which premiers in San Francisco in 2021. Check out her website here. 

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Branding Photography https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/10/branding-photography My client, Meredith, needed a portrait photoshoot and a gallery of images to use for the publication and marketing of her upcoming book. She has used her photos for her book jacket, website, social media, and, most recently, to accompany an interview in San Francisco Magazine (October 2020). I love to work with authors, musicians, actors, models, business people, and anyone who needs updated headshots and portraits. Here are a couple of her photos from our photoshoot at Crissy Field.

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Holiday Cards https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/9/holiday-cards It's time to schedule family portrait sessions if you'd like printed cards in time for the holidays. The sooner the better! We can shoot in your yard, in a park or at a scenic location. We'll capture the whole family as well as just the kids, if you'd like. Your session will include a private, online gallery of around 25 images from which to choose, and you can order holiday cards directly from your gallery. Here are some images from recent family sessions.



More family photos here.

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Senior Portraits! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/8/senior-portraits The members of the Class of 2021 are starting their final year in high school and college in a new way, but they deserve to preserve memories of this year just like any other. And parents still want photos of their kids to mark the milestones. We can do beautiful outdoor photoshoots in a variety of locations and with a variety of outfits and styles. Gardens and parks and Bay views. Formal and informal. Serious and silly. Capturing their personality and interests. I love working with kids, teens, and families. Let's get together and make this happen. Scheduling Fall, Winter and Spring photoshoots now. Honor the Class of 2021!







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LIfestyle Family Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/7/lifestyle-family-portraits I'm so excited to be offering lifestyle family photography in beautiful locations around the bay area. We can get a few traditional photos with everyone looking at the camera, but we'll concentrate on lifestyle photos, which show families looking at and interacting with each other. I will still pose and guide so you know what to do, but the photoshoot is more fluid and relaxed. We'll definitely do lots of squishy, huggy poses. Connection is more important than perfection!

Here are a few images from a backyard photoshoot...

Do you want trees, wild grasses, water and beach in your gallery? I know the perfect location! Here are a few photos from a recent park photoshoot. You can see more in my Lifestyle Family Portfolio.

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Author Headshots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/7/author-headshots Authors need professional headshots for their book covers, websites, and marketing materials. Here's WHY.

I love working with authors, partly because I'm an author, too, and I know what it's like to emerge from the writing cave and promote a book. As a photographer, I love capturing an author's unique spirit in portraits that will connect with potential readers. 


Meredith is the author of this forthcoming book.

Katherine is an editor of this anthology.

Chris isn't an author (yet), but I love his headshot!

Rachel's work is HERE.

Meredith's memoir is forthcoming...

So is Will's book about mediation...

I'm an author, too! Here's the link to my book.

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Outdoor Headshots and Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/6/outdoor-headshots-and-portraits I'm so happy we can photograph outside again while following social distancing requirements. For this photoshoot in a local park, I wore a mask, used a long lens and shot from 10+ feet away (and for some images stood on my step stool to get the right angle). Finding the best time of day for great light, we can make beautiful portraits and headshots. My client here is an author, and she'll be using her images for book marketing.



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Families! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/5/families Family portraits make great Father's Day (and Grandparent's Day) gifts!





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Front Porch Portraits https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/5/front-porch-portraits Now that some of the health department restrictions on businesses are being lifted--gradually and safely--I can photograph outdoors while wearing a mask and maintaining distance. With a long lens, I can shoot from 10+ feet away and get great portraits of individuals and families. Here are a few recent captures  taken from the sidewalk or driveway while far apart. I look forward to opening my studio, but for now we can make beautiful portraits outside!







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Proms and Grads https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/5/proms-and-grads My heart goes out to all the seniors who are not able to celebrate with cherished traditions like proms and commencements this year. They still should be able to have keepsake photographs of them wearing their dresses and tuxes and caps and gowns. As soon as it's safe for us to get together outside at parks again, I'll be photographing with a long lens from 10+ feet away. Get on my sign-up list so we're ready to go!






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Social Distancing Selfie Photoshoot https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/4/social-distancing-selfie-photoshoot Since my studio is closed temporarily, I thought I'd make some silly selfies that document this unsettling time. I'll be so happy to make beautiful portraits of others again. In the meantime, here's a link to gift certificates for your future photo shoot. Remind me to give you 10% off when you use a gift certificate to book your session.







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Maternity Photoshoots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/3/maternity-photoshoots I love making gorgeous keepsake images for mamas-to-be, both in the studio and in pretty locations. Hardback albums and prints on paper, canvas, or metal all look beautiful and are perfect for displaying and sharing.

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High School and College Senior Photoshoots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/2/high-school-and-college-senior-photoshoots Check out these amazing images from one of my favorite senior destination photoshoots. (Can you tell where we shot?) Kjell is a college graduate and we met in this special city to use some iconic backdrops for his special graduation gift. We're lucky here in the Bay Area to also have beautiful natural backdrops for senior portraits. I love places like Crissy Field, the Berkeley Rose Garden, The Wave Garden in Richmond, Blake Garden in Kensington and so many more. Special occasion photoshoots are a great excuse to travel!



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Portrait Session in San Francisco https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2020/1/portrait-session-in-san-francisco I chose The Presidio for Meredith's San Francisco photo session because of the range of backdrop options all from one spot. We met next to Chrissy Field with the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge in view. For one look, I wanted to get a hint of the bridge and the iconic red-roofed buildings on the former US Army airfield. Meredith is a teacher, principal, and author so I wanted the first backdrop to mimic a quaint school house in San Francisco...

From this spot we also had fun with some walking shots, which always get my clients laughing and relaxed.

Next we crossed the street and made portraits using a large bush for a natural leafy background...

...and then used the wall of the old Stilwell Hall for our white backdrop.

In less than an hour, with two outfit changes on a chilly winter morning, we got a ton of images for her to market her brand and her upcoming book!

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Pet Portraits! https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/12/pet-portraits

I'm offering pet portraits in the studio and on location. I have been photographing dogs at play for many years, and now I'm enjoying photographing them with their owners, too. We can make gorgeous portraits in the studio or we can meet at a picturesque beach or at a bayside park or on a trail in a redwood grove in the hills. We can be serious and playful. I'm also photographing clients with their horses, and I'll be adding cat portraits soon. Let me know when we can get together and play with your babies! Check out more pet photos in my portfolio here.



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Audubon Eco-Education field trip to MLK Regional Shoreline https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/11/audubon-eco-education-field-trip-to-mlk-regional-shoreline The Golden Gate Audubon Society brings kids to nature and gives them an experience they will remember for a long time. On a recent trip to the MLK Regional Shoreline (part of the EBRPD) I photographed a class of third graders from Oakland eagerly studying bird identification cards, picking up trash along the shore, and planting natives in a field. The teams of kids lovingly named their plants, and one girl promised to come back to see her tree in ten years, "when I'm nineteen." I love my pro bono work, and this photo shoot gave me so much hope to see the next generation learning ways to keep our planet healthy.                    


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Holiday Gift Ideas https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/10/holiday-gift-ideas So many of our photographs never leave the screen but are archived and forgotten. So I've started framing my own favorites for my walls and shelves and recommending it to my clients. There are so many options for displaying and preserving our photographs: enlargements for traditional framing, albums (not your grandma's album!), and wall art (canvas wraps, metal and wood prints, and more). Now that we're into October, it's time to think about which of our images would make great holiday gifts for family (grandparents!) and friends. I'm posting some photos to show some of the choices I'm offering. You can even check out this cool app for visualizing your photos on your wall.

These are canvas wraps:

Pretty cool, huh?

Here's what modern photo albums look like. They're books: paperback or hardcover (including linen, faux leather, acrylic, wood covers)!

And we can always frame our precious keepsakes in so many beautiful ways. I'm working with Stoll Framing on Solano to help my clients get heirloom framing, or you can order framed prints directly from your private gallery on my website.

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Berkeleyside's 10th Anniversary Celebration https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/9/berkeleysides-10th-anniversary-celebration Berkeleside, an award-winning, independent news site in Berkeley, California, celebrated their 10th anniversary with a party at Urban Adamah, a luscious farm in West Berkeley. I enjoyed clicking away during appreciation toasts; pizza from Lucia's, Indian food from Viks Chaat, and gelato from Almare; grooving to music by a band called Cuband; garden touring; and lots of schmoozing. As sunset approached the light got better and better, and I scurried around to get lots of angles and catch the beautiful light. Event photography is a challenge--and a great way to enjoy a party! (More party images are here.)


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Author Headshots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/8/author-headshots Authors need headshots for book jackets, websites, social media, and marketing materials. I'm also an author, and I remember getting professional headshots for my first book. I did not love the idea of posing in front of the camera, but the photoshoot was relaxed and easy so I survived! It's important to me that my portrait clients are comfortable and relaxed and that they have a positive experience. To help with this, I provide several tips for preparing for a photoshoot, and we talk ahead of time about expectations for the shoot and for the finished product. I really enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them a bit while we work on getting the best images we can. This studio photoshoot was especially fun because Will has a wry sense of humor and his wife Susan was a great stylist assistant! In a half-hour we got over a dozen images to chose from, some of which he'll use to promote his book. I'm happy to be part of his team!



Here's a flashback to one of my author photos, which I used promoting my memoir, Blood Strangers, in 2010. Photographer: Meredith Stout

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Paris Destination Photoshoots https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/7/paris-photoshoots Paris in early June was balmy and magical--and a lot of work! We got up early every morning, and arrived at our location by 6 a.m. in order to capture the best light and beat the crowds. On Day 1, we met at the Luxembourg Gardens where we shot in front of the palace and then on the streets and sidewalks around the garden. On Day 2, we explored the Louvre grounds where I loved playing with backgrounds: arches, pyramids, iron railings and French Renaissance architecture. Our Day 3 location, the pièce de résistance, was the iconic Eiffel Tower, where at that early hour we were one of about a dozen photoshoots happening around the Trocadero. But there were plenty of spots to take beautiful portraits with that classic background, and by 9 a.m. the sun was bright and we were done and ready for brunch and sightseeing. Destinations photoshoots are a great way to both explore a city in a new way and make beautiful keepsake photographs. They are perfect for senior portraits, graduations, engagements, weddings, family get-togethers, and any excuse we can come up with. I've only been home a couple of weeks, but I'm ready to pack my passport and my gear and go again!


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Bay Area Book Festival Volunteer Photoshoot https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/6/bay-area-book-festival-volunteer-shoot The first couple of years of the Bay Area Book Festival I strolled among the booths and stages and relished in the literary world. The third year of the festival, I rented a booth to sell and promote my own books. This year, the fifth year of the festival, I went as a volunteer photographer and spent a day photographing panel talks, book signings, and kids getting into books--something that warms my heart! These are some of my favorite images from the day.


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Graduation Time https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/5/graduation-time I am passionate about photographing special occasions and making photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime. It's truly an honor to spend time with my clients and to capture these moments in their lives.

High school and college graduates are celebrating years of hard work and the completion of a huge milestone. They are excited to make photos and we have a great time at our photoshoots. I love this part of my job!

Here are a few images from a recent Cap & Gown photoshoot on the University of California Berkeley campus.


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Make-A-Wish Foundation Quinceañera https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/4/make-a-wish-foundation-quincea-era-photos The Make-A-Wish Foundation often needs volunteers for their wish events, and I was happy to contribute to a Quinceañera for a lovely young woman in the San Francisco Bay Area. We did formal portraits of her court and candids of the event. It was fun to photograph on the pretty golf fairway--we had to make a few golf carts wait on the path until we got certain shots. The golfers were patient and seemed to enjoy seeing the kids all dressed up posing and getting silly. It's an honor to witness special occasions like this one, and I loved making keepsake photos for the 15-year-old and her family.

Lobos Ice Cream


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Hack the Future https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/3/hack-the-future  

Hack the Future at the Lafayette library brought in scores of kids who spent the day (2/23/19) coding, soldering, and experiencing virtual reality. I provided photos for the group and had a great time getting shots of the kids working and playing. This is an annual event and the first time it was held in Lafayette.

On another note, I'll be at Kid Dynamo clothing store in Berkeley on Sunday, March 24, doing kids' mini sessions. We'll have a lot of fun making formal and casual portraits of kids in time for Mother's and Father's (and Grandparent's) Days and Easter. A great chance to get a beautiful new photo of your kids! More information here.


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Member of the Press https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/2/member-of-the-press

I had a great time photographing for Berkeleyside.com at my first POTUS campaign launch in Oakland, California on January 27, 2019. The crowd filled the Frank Ogawa Plaza downtown and several streets were cordoned off and packed with people, reminding me of Times Square on New Year's Eve. Huge Jumbotrons televised the speakers and performers so people who did not get a spot inside the park could see the event. With my press pass around my neck, I was able to snag a spot right behind the VIP section where the press was corralled: national broadcast television and reporters from national media typed and clicked during the event.

So many young people came out to watch Senator Kamala Harris announce her candidacy for president.

The crowd was estimated at around twenty thousand. Frank Ogawa Plaza was packed and the crowd filled many city streets in downtown Oakland.


Next step for me: White House Photographer!


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Photojournalism is My Other Passion https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2019/1/photojournalism-is-my-other-passion Thanks to a break in the rainy weather, it was a sunny day for the 2019 Women's Marches around the Bay Area. I returned to the Oakland Women's March because I love photographing in Oakland, especially around Lake Merritt where people can enjoy a bit of nature in the middle of the city.


I started photographing at the Oakland Museum of California where Sista Boom was warming up the crowd heading to the lake. I made my way to the spot where groups were assembling to lead the march and found bands and drummers and disabled rights groups and feminist clubs. Women dressed as Supreme Court justices. Families. Teachers. Girl Scouts. Nurses. Adult children of immigrants. One man held a sign reading, "Real Men Do Not Fear Equality." Another man wore a tee shirt with "This is What a Feminist Looks Like."


It was joyous and hopeful, this march for rights and positive change for America. I left feeling inspired and glad I could document a corner of our world.

  (More photos from the day here.)

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Making Snow in Berkeley https://www.kbriccettiphoto.com/blog/2018/12/making-snow-in-berkeley Waiting for the snowParents in North Berkeley help their children wait for the snow makers to finish. I like to mix it up a little and get out of the studio to photograph what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, and, believe me, there's no shortage of things happening around here! Last Saturday, I volunteered at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco for the Hope Portrait project, and although I can't share any photos of the event (the images are just for the clients), you can see what Help Portrait is here. I loved the day of portrait shooting, learning from other photographers, and meeting so many cool people.

Then, on Sunday, I checked out a snow day in Berkeley. (It doesn't typically snow in Berkeley, so I wanted to see how this event played out.) The kids were held back by their parents until the snow makers had finished, and then everyone got to walk onto the snow--some for the first time! Here are a few pix from Snow Day.

Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto of North BerkeleyWaiting to play on the snow.

The snow makers at workThe kids wait for the snow makers to make their playground in Berkeley.

It's a snowball!Berkeley kids get to make snowballs at Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto.

Snow in Berkeley?A toddler giving a snowball a good look at Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley.

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