Portrait Photographer

San Francisco Bay Area

My name is Jason Guy and I am a portrait photographer serving the San Francisco bay area. My goal with every client is to create beautiful portraits that are ageless. Portraits you will look back on decades from now, and still love them just as much then as you do today. While flattering lighting and pose are important, capturing what others see in you is my ultimate goal.

Studio Style Portraits

I Want to Take The Best Picture You've Ever Seen Of Yourself!

I Want to Take The Best Picture You've Ever Seen Of Yourself!

The following are tips to help you get the best photos possible from your session, more about my process, and what you can expect when you book your photo shoot with me.

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Studio Portraits On Location | Bay Area | Sonoma, CA

I create studio-quality portraits at your location. Studio portraits can be photographed on white, black or muslin backgrounds. Additionally, I’ll also arrange for a hair and makeup artist to join us at your location to enhance your features before your photo shoot!

Portrait Photo Shoot Overview

Portrait Photo Shoot Overview

If you love my portfolio and want pictures like I show, this post will provide an overview of my process. My goal is to give you total clarity so you know exactly what to expect, when you book your photo shoot with me!

Every photo shoot with me consists of four main segments: Planning your photo shoot, booking your date, the photo shoot, and your photo reveal.

What Makes a Good Portrait

What Makes A Good Portrait: The 5 Elements All Great Portraits Have

There are 5 core elements that make up a good portrait: Location, lighting, composition, emotion and technical settings. When all 5 of these elements are well executed, a great portrait is created. If any of these elements comes up short, the quality of the portrait suffers. A fanatic obsession with good implementation of these elements will lead to better photos, and more consistent portraits.

How to look good in pictures

How To Look Good In Pictures: Preparation Tips For Your Photo Shoot

This post covers everything you should consider doing leading up to your photo shoot so you can get the best portraits possible. Note that there is no single thing that you can do to prepare that will make everything turn out amazing. A successful session is about doing lots of little things that build up to an amazing result. 

Environmental Portraits

Environmental Portraits On Location

Environmental portraits are when the photo shoot location is the background in your photos. These portraits can either be captured outdoors or indoors.

Outdoor Portraits

Although not required, outdoor environmental portraits will generally have significantly better ambient lighting opportunities when timed within an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. These periods around sunrise and sunset are called “golden hour” and is when the sun is lowest on the horizon. During golden hour the color temperature also changes from daylight blue at mid day to be considerably warmer the closer the sun is to the horizon. Both the angle of the sun and the color temperature combine make for the best lighting of the day.

Indoor Portraits

Indoor locations should be chosen thoughtfully so that the decor at the location is in alignment with what you’d like to see in the background of your photos. Occasionally the decor of the space is irrelevant in the case of simple window light portraits. If you’re unsure weather the location you’re thinking of will be adequate or not for your intended portraits, we can discuss specifics at your initial consultation.

Full Sun Portraits

Generally reserved for models, I also offer full sun, high fashion portraits inspired by Herb Ritts. These sessions are photographed on white or black backgrounds and use full sun as the main light source.

Full sun is a light source that chisels features unlike any other, however offers zero forgiveness for me as the photographer or you as the subject. These sessions aren’t for the faint of heart as they require very precise posing and looking in the direction of the sun. Moving your head an inch in any direction can literally break a shot due to how hard the shadows are from unfiltered sun.

The final results are worth the added challenge though! The high contrast nature of unfiltered sun makes these photos look particularly striking when processed as black & white portraits.

Full sun portraits obviously need to be planned on a day where there is no clouds. It’s also a good idea to try and capture them on a milder day so you don’t sweat your makeup off too quickly.

San Francisco Bay Area Portrait Photographer Jason Guy

Headshot of portrait photographer Jason Guy on black background

My name is Jason Guy and I am a portrait photographer located in the San Francisco bay area.

Whether it’s immortalizing moments for couples or families or helping a woman change the way she see’s herself through portraiture, I am committed to excellence in whatever I do.

I don’t want to take a photograph of simply what you look like, I want to capture who you are as a person. While flattering lighting and pose are important, capturing what others see in you is what I ultimately strive for.

If the photos here in my portfolio resonate with you, I invite you to reach out so we can discuss your intended session.

Can’t wait to get you in front of my camera!

-Jason Guy