Congratulations Alexis Davis!


We photographed Alexis back in 2012 and she’s been on a tear since in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.  The above shot was during that shoot we did for her and we […]

Farewell Don!


This week we lost a dear friend in Don Anderson.  Don was a mentor at First Exposures which is how I first met him, but he had done so much before that as well.  He […]

The Instagram Papers – social media and usage rights grabs


As photographers, you may have heard about the Instagram terms of service kerfuffle a while back, but it kind of died down and then it seemed like radio silence.  However, the real issue for all users […]

Happy Beer Week!


San Francisco Beer Week has been growing by leaps and bounds every year and we’ve been fortunate enough to have been to all of them and photographed a few events.  While we prefer to just drink and enjoy the amazing beer, food, and events, we thought we’d share our love of beer as a sort of Valentine’s Day post!  You can see all the photos we took so far during Beer Week in this gallery.

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Rip-Tie velcro® straps to keep you organized

7574_RipTie_0027fI’m sure a bunch of people will have New Years resolutions to be more organized and as a photography studio we have a lot of things that get messy so we decided to get more velcro straps to attach to the many cords and such that we have as part of our photography gear.

We found Rip-Tie made custom ones and decided to order a batch and then realized they were right here in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Leandro so that was quite a plus to be able to support another local business. This week we dropped by and got to see some of the behind-the-scenes at Rip Tie and found out that the company was actually formed out of the same frustration that we had.

Founder and President Michael Fennell used to manage a video rental department at a local San Francisco photography equipment sales and rental shop.  He had to manage all the cords and cables and it was all quite messy and there weren’t really any good solutions so he came up with cable organizers using Velcro® straps and that’s what turned into Rip-Tie.

Their space in San Leandro has a bunch of custom machinery as well as some other old machines (some as old as 20-years old, that have been modified and maintained) like a Brother tacker.  But it’s the new machines that were built just for Rip-Tie that are the most impressive.  Fennell explained the evolution of the machines and how they were built, which was a lot of pretty nifty engineering that’s way beyond us :)

There are various areas where different parts of the manufacturing process happen including a shop where they fabricate what they need, a warehouse/shipping and receiving zone, kitchen, office and lots of open areas where the sewing, stamping and such happens.

We’re super excited to start using our straps to keep our cords and cables more organized and definitely would recommend them to other businesses as well.


Sideways Photo Booth Redux


You may have seen the sideways photo booth before, but we did one again last night and this one was a total blast!  The set was really nicely done by our client and made for a perfect illusion.  Above is a shot of our team doing test shots and if you are into selfies, this is the most epic selfie we’ve seen in a while :) 7504_Sideways_0365f […]

Star Trek Tricorder XPRIZE photo shoot

Tricorder XPRIZE

We had a blast recently doing a shoot for the Star Trek Tricorder XPRIZE competition.  We had some Star Trek fans at the studio to promote this awesome Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and everyone was really into the shoot.  The prize itself is super awesome too: “A $10 million competition to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand,” as they state on the website.  We’d love to see this happen and a lot of the other initiatives that XPRIZE is doing are incredible too so check them out on their website!

We had a ton of help from our friend Jon Sung (above) to pull this together: “It helped immensely to have in Dallis a highly professional, organized producer who also spoke fluent Trek, so he could make specific requests about particular alien races and uniform looks. The evening’s photographer, Billy, was also a blast to work with!”

And that awesome Klingon?  That was Jesse MacKinnon who said “It was a long process, but putting on the Klingon makeup felt good. It felt natural. In fact, I got the strong urge to disembowel the nearest person I could!”

Star Trek Tricorder XPrize