Almaden Lake

Senior Portraits: Cameron Juarez

The only way to describe this senior portrait session is super relaxed and chill. Cameron Juarez from Pioneer High School was such a cool guy to work with and it seemed almost impossible to get a bad picture of him. He had a great smile and a cooperative attitude, and we were able to get a ton of good shots of him in no time at all.

To start off the shoot, Allen and Tori showed up at Almaden Lake Park in San Jose to scope out a variety of good locations before Cameron actually arrived. When he did, the team got to work and made some magic happen.

If you take a look at the gallery of photos from this shoot, you'll notice how we really took advantage of the subtle golden glow that dusk provided us with. It was about 7:30 in the afternoon and the sun was about to set, allowing for some gorgeous reflections off the water and great colors in the backdrop. When we usually have a problem with the sun's erratic behavior and blinding light, this time, our only problem with the sun was when it went down. Such is the benefit of late afternoon photo shoots.

All in all, it was a fun time. Cameron was able to open up to the camera, and it was like he was modeling for a magazine. His mom was one of the nicest people and seemed really excited about receiving the finished product. Take a look at what's in store for them below!

Written by Danika Lam

A Father's Day Photo Shoot

Father's Day is fast approaching, and everyone's scrambling to find their dad the perfect gift. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Megan Richofsky and her siblings, who became models for a day so they could surprise their dad with beautiful family portraits.

Allen and Tori met up with the Richofsky family at Almaden Lake Park in the late afternoon in order to take advantage of the perfect lighting that rolls around just before sunset. At first, however, the lighting was a bit tricky. Being early summer, the sun was high in the sky, so the crew had to seek out shadier areas to get some good shots. On the hunt for different locations, they came across a wooden bridge that served as a nice backdrop. It looked great in the photos, but it was a little too rickety for Tori's taste. So of course, Allen took it upon himself to scare her as much as possible, making the old wood creak left and right. To shake things up even more, the police decided to show up at the start of the shoot to report that somebody had brought a shot gun into the park. This shoot was clearly anything but uneventful.

Meanwhile, the subjects of this shoot were having a blast. The camaraderie between the siblings was evident and they were having a great time posing for photos. It almost seemed like they were more interested in making funny faces for the camera rather than sitting for genuine photos. But in between all the laughs and silly poses, Allen and Tori were able to capture some beautiful photos. The sun finally came around and the lighting was perfect. Even little Robert, who got a little camera shy towards the end, was able to bring out his inner model. Take a look at the gallery below to see some of the photos one lucky dad will be receiving this Father's Day.

Some of the best shots from the day

A few outtakes and behind the scenes photos

Written by Danika Lam