Santa Cruz Beach & Downtown San Jose Photo Shoot – San Jose & SF Bay Area Fashion Photographer

It’s easier said than done but it’s a good idea for us photographers to schedule photo shoots for ourselves. This gives us a chance to play with new equipment, work on creativity and scope out new locations. I recently hosted a photography workshop with Craig Stidham of Amarillo Texas and he brought with him his model Paige. Hosting the work shop gave us a chance to catch up, hang out and just have fun!

The Clothing
Clothing is critical for any photo shoot. It’s a good idea that I meet up with my clients to discuss clothing options and the type of photo shoot they are looking for. From the clothing selection I then select the locations that will enhance the background as well. For the work shop, Craig discussed ahead of time with Paige the type of clothing she should pack and when they arrived we went shopping for few more things. We had already planned the places we were going to photograph and we were pretty excited to start playing!

The Photo Shoot
Our group started out at Calero Lake on day one and we headed over to Panther Beach on day two. We were working with a small group of four people which is so much easier than a group of ten. We have this unwritten rule of helping each other out by holding equipment for each other, only one person is shooting, rotation is consistent and we throw out posing ideas to each other. It really makes for great portfolio work without the weird angles when you are shooting with a large group.

If you are interested in one of Craig’s work shops you can contact him at Craig Stidham Photography. You can also purchase his awesome book from Amazon at this link – Dynamic Posing Guide: Modern Techniques for Digital Photographers
If you are local and would like to set up a shoot together, please contact me at

Here are a few of the images I produced from the work shop. If you like these images and would like to book a photo shoot for yourself please contact me at I do travel and mainly work in the San Jose and SF Bay Area.

I might as well share this landsacpe from the end of the day.

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