Ever since Heather launched her fitness blogging business, Dumbbell Blonde, we’ve been talking about shooting content for her. The only hiccup in planning it was that Heather lives in Chicago. So when she recently planned a trip to San Diego for a vacation, she set aside a day to book us for a lifestyle fitness portrait shoot. For a lot of our portrait clients, a single outdoor location typically provides enough variation in background to satisfy their needs. Bloggers on the other hand because of their daily needs for content, really benefit from shooting in multiple locations. Sometimes this can present some challenges from a lighting and logistics standpoint, but with good pre-planning we can pull off lots of different outfits and awesome spots. Banker’s Hill made for a cool urban neighborhood background for a jogging series. Next we went to Tecolote Shores North to take advantage of some of the built in exercise equipment. As it turned out there were some grassy little hills that made a perfect spot for the yoga content we wanted to shoot. And we ended the day at Marine Street beach to shoot Heather in her snazzy red Baywatch inspired suit. If you’re a professional fitness blogger, personal trainer, yoga instructor, or have a business based off athletics, we’d love to help you create some awesome imagery!

Client: Dumbbell Blonde
Locations: Banker’s Hill, Tecolote Shores North, Marine Street Beach
Hair & Makeup: Kimm DiCato

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Becky and Jesse are the co-founders of San Diego based Idealust – a business coaching company catering to creatives. For their shoot we wanted to incorporate their love of travel, as well as illustrating the freedom they have in being able to work remotely. We pre-scouted locations to find spots that had backgrounds that complimented their logo colors. We also worked with stylist Bianca Kofman to have their attire match the look. For our brand stories we first scour the net for inspiration images, and then create a mood board to help get everyone excited and on the same page for the shoot. Becky and Jesse are both fun loving, energetic people, and we loved how it shows in their photos!

Client: Idealust
Locations: Santa Fe Depot, Communal Coffee, Influx, Morley Field
Stylist: Bianca Kofman
Hair & Makeup: Kimm DiCato

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San Diego actors and models: If you’re an actor or model in the San Diego area, we’d love to help you create the perfect actor/model comp card. Jessica was looking for a naturally lit look for her portraits, so we chose an area that had nice green foliage for the background, and shot towards the end of the day when the light was warm and soft.

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RevCult in their own words are strategy and technology implementers. They help other companies develop growth strategies. Like a lot of companies who have websites, they wanted headshots that reflected their approachability as a team. It seems like a simple request, but I can’t tell you how many companies out there are staffed with great, approachable people, who don’t look all that approachable in their photos. In addition to taking headshots of their key members, RevCult also wanted a shot or two of one of their strategy meetings, and a group photo that was a little different than average.

We didn’t have much time to work with, as getting all of our subjects in the same room didn’t happen all that often. In addition to the timing challenge, the RevCult office is pretty cozy in terms of size. Due to time constraints there wasn’t really an offsite option. We spotted a piece of colorful artwork on their wall that tied in well with their logo, and instantly we had our backdrop. Getting that one awesome headshot in a short time frame, utilizing an existing environment is one of our specialities!

Client: RevCult
Location: San Diego, CA

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Three talented San Diego photographers began an educational podcast about the topics and issues photographers face as business owners. Although each member of Photospark is a skilled photographer, tripods and timers are a major slow down to any branding story. Of course that’s where Your Face Is Rad comes in! The ladies of Photospark were looking to bring out the candid and unscripted nature of their personalities – which is super easy to feel when you listen to their broadcasts, but a little more difficult to put into photos. To do this we did a variety of poses, some purposely serious just to trick them into cracking up and being natural.

Shout out to James Coffee Co. for being gracious and let us take some photos in your space!

Client: Photospark
Locations: UCSD, Point Loma, Little Italy

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Ashley came to us looking for some new photos of herself for a re-brand she’s in the midst of. It just so happened that she’s also a San Diego based fashion and wardrobe consultant, which we are always on the look out for. Not only is she stylish as hell, she’s super cool too. A shout out to the Azzura Capri Boutique in Little Italy for letting us hang out and let Ashley do her thing for a client!

Client: Array of Style
Location: Little Italy

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Kristana is a San Diego event coordinator who needed an updated headshot for her website that really captured her personality. For Kristana that’s usually upbeat, and big smiles. A good event coordinator is also great at delivering a soothing calmness in the midst of chaos, which is why we loved so many of her neutral resting images. As usual Kimm did a fantastic job with Kristana’s natural makeup look and gorgeous wavy hair.
Client: Kristana Marie Events
Location: East Village, Downtown San Diego
Hair & Makeup: Kimm DiCato

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Liivi is a business coach who focuses on female entrepreneurs. She just so happens to be on a bit of a world tour at the moment, and it was really stars aligning that she happened to be in San Diego for a conference and we got to connect with her. Liivi has a strong connection to natural environments, so we ended up splitting up her story into two different days so we were able to capture all of the nature she wanted in her images. San Diego has a pretty remarkable and varied landscape!

Client: Hello Shiny Life
Location: Mission Trails Park & La Jolla

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Mary Beth is one of our favorite return clients. She’s a financial planner based in the San Diego, who specifically caters to “generation Y.” She’s pretty awesome at what she does, and it’s always a treat to see images of her we’ve taken popping up on financial news sites. And just to clarify, it’s not that either Melissa or I are really on financial news sites, we just happen to follow Mary Beth.

Client: Workable Wealth
Location: Balboa Park

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Stephanie is a San Diego based marketing consultant. She was specifically looking for some portraits with an urban background. We settled on the Little Italy area near downtown. It’s a great spot for a modern, sophisticated feel with just a little touch of edgy mixed in.

Client: Hey Stephanie
Portrait Location: Little Italy

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