I almost can’t believe that this is my job now. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to photograph food and food stories, for boutique food companies and national brands, restaurants and resorts, chefs and purveyors, farmers and wine makers. I’m most interested in storytelling, in the intersection between people and place and food.
I worked as a sushi chef for over a decade before I traded my knife for a camera. When I’m not photographing food, I’m cooking at home, or traveling for it. I’m a sucker for chorizo tacos, and if brownie-a-la-mode is on a menu, I’m bound by a personal code to order it. My girlfriend calls me a “light dork”, because wherever I find myself, I’m distracted by it and turning over where to find it again or how to recreate it.
As a sushi chef, I became comfortable being publicly under pressure with packed tables, a full bar and a line out the door, or when the restaurant was slow, I was often the entertainment in an intimate setting. I learned how to read a room, to enjoy working with and in front of, a wide variety of people and personalities. It was a wild ride. No night was ever the same and I came to truly value grace under pressure, communication, flexibility and teamwork.
I was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. I could engage a target from 500 yards and fieldstrip an M-16 blindfolded. After serving with some of the bravest people I’ve ever met, I traded my weapon for a camera — and learned about myself.
In the years that followed, I was reborn through photojournalism. My work has since taken me around the world — and into the lives of countless beautiful people. Today I shoot a healthy mixture of commercial, editorial, and personal work.
If it’s true that we’re all on a fast train to somewhere, you’ll recognize me as the elder statesman with the kid spirit in the front car.
Don’t be a stranger.
Editorial and Advertising
I was a contractor once upon a time, working closely with designers of all kinds. My job still requires the same thinking: to produce work where craft and design combine without a seam.
Many more pictures are on Instagram and Tumblr.
Tai Power Seeff grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and at age 17 moved to New York City where she studied Photography, Anthropology, and Cinematography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Photojournalist Angel Franco of the New York Times was one of her first mentors at NYU, and after graduating from university she became the first assistant to fashion photographer Todd Marshard. She has since had the privilege of working with such photo luminaries as Steve McCurry and Dana Gluckstein.
With family hailing primarily from Mexico, Italy, and South Africa, she has traveled the world from an early age, and has lived in Rome, Italy; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; and Chiang Mai, Thailand. This international experience, coupled with the creative influence of her father, photographer/filmmaker Norman Seeff, has inspired her own career as a travel and portrait photographer.
Based in Oakland, California
English, French, Spanish
Hi! I’m CHAVA,
an Oakland based Photographer and Creative Director whose love for photography and food, and even the packaging it comes in, has transformed into my life’s passion.
Growing up in Mexico City filled my life with colorful culture which has deeply influenced both my design style and photography. Browse my portfolio and you’ll see that I am not a stranger to pops of color and dramatic lighting.
My love for photography began the day my father placed his beloved Pentax K1000 film SLR camera into my hands. He taught me everything he knew about depth of field, exposure, film speed and technique – I was hooked. So hooked that I continued to study photography in college. I have yet to put the camera down.
I take pride in the fact that I am what many would consider a one-stop shop. I’m able to launch brands from inception to application – whether it be photography, web design, social media content or packaging design. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “I didn’t know you did that!” from my clients, I’d be richer than a chocolate croissant.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I almost became a Nuclear Engineer. Thankfully, after about a year of college physics and math, my creative brain cells wrestled control over the nerdy geek in me and pointed me to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. I still have a bit of that nerdy geek in me, but in a creative photographic way. The San Francisco Bay Area is where I landed after graduation and where I launched Vantage Point Photography. I love what I do. I love the process. I love creating images that cause people to pause, to look, to think and sometimes to smile. My other loves? My kids, our dog, a good hiking trail, and my SX 70 loaded with Polaroid film.
Joseph Weaver is a photographer and artist based in San Francisco, California.
Known for his unique journalistic and storytelling approach to food, travel and design, Joseph’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Food & Wine Magazine, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times, Forbes and Fortune. His clients around the globe have included restaurants, wineries, and luxury design firms.
Joseph has also spent time as staff photographer in some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, recently 3-Michelin Starred Quince and Saison. During his time on the dining room floor amidst some of the industry’s most impressive artists, Joseph would document the culinary craft. By connecting his passion for food and beverage with a career as a photographer he spends his time dining and traveling, documenting his experiences.
Lucas Saugen is a San Francisco based commercial advertising photographer who focuses on product lifestyle. His work for Apple, Logitech, Ancestry, Salesforce, Walmart, ThirdLove, Mozilla, Levis, Dockers, Girlfriend Collective, Preservation Magazine, Peek Kids, Charlotte Russe, Target, Lumio, Maker Media, Museum of Craft and Design, Craft in America, Westward Leaning, Jelly Cat, Tile, JINS, Olio, Goodwill, Vode Lighting, and the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis among other clients has appeared in print, web, newspaper, and out of home. He has been documenting the installation and creation of a 25,000 LED light sculpture on the San Francisco Bay Bridge called The Bay Lights.
Lucas has a large 2,500 square foot ground floor studio in San Francisco. Ample parking and drive in access to the studio space makes load in easy. Isolated in a quiet industrial part of the city. The studio is an oasis from the chaos of the city.
Saroyan Humphrey is a photographer and designer based in San Francisco, CA. He works across California/West Coast and is always open to traveling for assignments. Saroyan has been published widely and featured in a variety of magazines and websites, covering an array of subjects.
Anthony Lindsey is a photographer living in San Francisco and working just about anywhere. Originally from Austin he earned degrees in both Architecture and Photography before choosing “door number two” and settling in San Francisco during the late ‘90s.
By 2006 he had been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Young Photographers in America” by American PHOTO magazine. Now older and (thankfully) wiser he continues to work with clients intent on making pictures that are pure, relatable, and timeless. He currently focuses on images of the built environment and the people who live and work there.
After work you’ll find him looking for the best spot to hunker down with some local food & drink and plan his next trip, preferably to somewhere warm near a large body of water.
Anthony has worked throughout the US and in Europe, China, and West Africa.
Go find the strange and the arresting. Make it personal, with tenderness and respect. Go analog, go tethered, go untethered, change where the sun is relative to your lens, switch out the softbox, put a grid on it. Put a gel on it. Put another gel on it. Kick the tripod. Ask if there’s another view, another room, another flavor, a favorite record, a very first book, a pair of shoes that will never be thrown away. Say yes. Ask if there’s any way they can put sod down in time for the shoot tomorrow. Ask if there’s wifi, if there’s a good sandwich shop nearby, if there are any quirks, anything they’re known for. Ask if they know any good jokes. Tell a good joke. Ask if they like their smile. Make it sing. Make it up as you go along. Make it worth the expense. Make it great.
Exotic places, live music and unique, thoughtful people are some of the things that inspire me. I consider, I observe, I listen, I read (loved this), I binge (currently this). I have a favorite radio station. I grow some of my own food and share it with friends. And I write.
My background is documentary stills, but creating original work from the depths of my mind has been equally rewarding, and is now taking up increasing amounts of my time and interest. If I really need to zone out, I might be found swimming (formerly here) or building a table, meditating with the steady rhythms of the orbital sander.
I’m a dual citizen of Ireland and the US, but I don’t love borders, and certainly not the walls that delineate them. I was born in Detroit and raised just north, but Austin was equally formative. Home is now on the edge of the great wide-open of west Marin in the San Francisco Bay.
Angela DeCenzo is a lifestyle, food and travel photographer that got her first taste of wanderlust traveling the country in her family’s VW van as a kid. Though she now calls San Francisco home, Angela’s adventurous spirit still finds its way into her everyday life and work.
She focuses on places, cultures, happenings, and the little moments between that end up being most meaningful. They’re snippets of contemporary human experience that are just as fleeting as they are universal. Angela approaches her shoots with genuine curiosity and the belief that everyone has a compelling story worth representing.
“I like capturing authentic moments and details that encourage us to appreciate the beauty of everyday life and the common thread beneath our differences. Photography reminds me to slow down, maintain a sense of curiosity, and explore the tiny moments and big ones that make life remarkable.”
Jayms Ramirez is an Active Lifestyle Photographer based in San Francisco, California shooting Editorial and Advertising work for a robust clientele.
He specializes in Adventure/Travel/Lifestyle work, and Environmental Portraiture of people immersed in their passion space….
Before pursuing his photography career full-time, Jayms spent a decade on the road leading adventure travel trips through Mexico, Central, South America and Se Asia; and producing content for the Travel Channel.
He is very well traveled and has a great passion for shooting on location, while conveying an authentic sense of adventure for his clients’ branding, editorial and travel projects.
Jayms has great experience producing and shooting conceptual client work in the field and has a great of network of colleagues around the globe, ready to collaborate in creating adventurous imagery and video deliverables.
Mark Rogers is a San Francisco-based pet photographer with an uncanny ability to draw out the personalities and emotions of his animal and human subjects. His eye-catching, often humorous images of dogs and cats-plus a few other animals-appear in national advertising campaigns and print publications. Consistently selected as one of the Bay Area’s top pet photographers, Mark is highly sought by private clients to work with their pets. He also donates his time to animal welfare and rescue groups. Mark lives with his wife, Anne, their dog, Bizzy, and their cat, the mischievous Jimmy Chew.
Based in San Francisco, California
Jaime Borschuk (she/her) specializes in environmental portraiture for editorial, personal documentation, and brand narrative. She loves making people feel comfortable about having their picture taken.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999, Jaime is originally from Iowa. She is a musician/music enthusiast, and currently hosts a weekly radio show Saturdays on BFF.fm (see BFF community photo project). She has a past as a graphic and web designer, co-edits and designs an annual literary memoir zine called We’ll Never Have Paris, and enjoys a quality homemade Manhattan.
Jaime lives by the beach with her two cats, Earl Grey & Boone. She also has a photo studio in Potrero Hill, where she can capture you or your products against various colored backgrounds and surfaces.
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Since my dad handed me an antique film camera at the age of ten, I’ve been passionate about still image storytelling. I remember the first image I ever snapped of a wild buffalo on the western plains. And the anticipation of getting the film developed, memories rushing back.
My passion is creating exclusive photography for the outdoor industry and beyond – connecting brands to their markets through visual storytelling, and providing imagery for advertising, print, web, social media and other platforms.
I feel at home with a camera whether on an alpine peak, underwater with sharks, or shooting product in the studio. Loading my gear into a backpack for a weekend of shooting outside of cell reception is right in my comfort zone.
Based in South San Francisco, California
I am JJ Casas, a San Francisco-based portrait and commercial photographer utilizing my creative direction for brands. I’m also the founder of 8:45a, a small agency with big ideas using photography + cinematography. Clients include 500 Startups, Twitter, DoorDash, eBay, Postmates, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, UCSF, and San Francisco Unified School District.
My name is Dalton Johnson, I am a photographer and writer enamored with helping others design their lifestyle. Along my journey of self-discovery, I fell in love with the ability to shape my future through creativity. As photography, writing, and adventure became a profession I realized self-reflection was key in honoring this one, precious life we all are uniquely living. From oceans to deserts to mountains, my ability to apply meaning to this natural world has lead to contributions of numerous galleries and written essays for outdoor brands, magazines, and NPOs.
My ultimate goal is to rewrite the American Dream by inspiring others to design their lifestyles through rigorous introspection to consciously consume experiences instead of things.
More than a photographer, Rachid Dahnoun is a visual storyteller who draws viewers into the earth’s wildest places. His award-winning images earned him a coveted spot on the Nikon 100 List composed of the world’s top 100 rising photographic stars—and in fact, nighttime photography is one of Dahnoun’s specialties (the cover of National Geographic’s Night Sky of North America features one of his spectacular Milky Way shots).
A Manfrotto and Lowepro Global Ambassador, Dahnoun is both a photographer and a director. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, such as National Geographic, Backpacker, The New York Times, Forbes, and Outside. Some of his commercial clients include Microsoft, Meredith, AARP, Coors Light, Visit California. He also works with non-profits dedicated to landscape conservation: National Parks Conservation Association, The Trust for Public Land, and The Conservation Fund are among his favorite organizations.
With studios in South Lake Tahoe and Bodega Bay, California, he logs frequent trips into the Sierra and along Sonoma’s picturesque coastline—often accompanied by wife Regina and his dog Avery.
JSquared Photography is a photo team in Los Angeles specializing in Celebrity/Portraiture, Entertainment and Commercial. photography.
We get a lot of questions about how a photography team works. It’s not too difficult to explain. Joe Magnani and Jared Schlachet have been working togther for over 10 years (and now you know why we went with JSquared rather than Schlachet and Magnani). You get two sets of eyes carefully watching the set and the monitor as images come in. You get two individuals who genuinely care about the quality of the photography we are handing to the client. Best of all you get two guys who are easy to work with and are willing to do anything for the shot. We are a team involved with all aspects of the production from pre to post.
Their work has appeared in numerous magazines including international magazines. We work with all level of clients from small business’ to entertainment networks. Some clients include Warner Bros, CW, Too Faced Cosmetics, Angeleno Magazine, Emmy Magazine, and many more.
JSquared Photography would like to continue to grow by working with new clients both local to LA and nationally.
I started my career in food, restaurant, and brand marketing. In my 10+ years as a marketer, I had lots of opportunities to oversee commercial photo shoots. It was on those shoots that I realized where my true passion lies—behind the camera, stylizing and taking photos for social media, print, and the web. Eventually, after some soul searching and encouragement, I took the plunge into self-employment. I’ve loved every minute of it.
When I’m not taking photos, you’ll probably find me at home attempting to entertain my two young children *while also* thinking of new recipes to try *while also* binge-watching a new show *while also* figuring out if I have enough time to photograph what’s in the oven before the light disappears outside.
If you’re looking for a food, lifestyle, interiors, or event photographer that specializes in creating and stylizing images for your restaurant, brand, or special event you’ve come to the right place.