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Bay Area Vacation Photographer: Our Nation’s Capital

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Saturday, July 4 2015

While I certainly have more family portrait sessions coming at you soon, it’s been awhile since I’ve shared some personal life with you. It’s the 4th of July today, and I couldn’t really think of a better day to share my vacation photos of my trip to our Nation’s Capital than today. While my time there was brief, it was inspiring. So many people in our history have put their own lives and comfort aside to stand up for something bigger than themselves. Their acts were grand and DC’s monuments communicate that so well! My primary reason for visiting DC was actually work related: I was attending the DIA (Drug Information Association) conference. However I had an afternoon on the[…]See more from “Bay Area Vacation Photographer: Our Nation’s Capital”

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SEO for photographers: “A Photographer’s Guide To SEO” book

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Monday, March 23 2015

Over the past few years I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on SEO (search engine optimization). As a professional photographer and service provider, I welcome new clients. The families I have worked with, thus far, have come to me through referrals, through Yelp, and some come because they find me online. Being found in online searches is simply a necessity for businesses. However, as I and many other discovered it is not as easy as creating a website and setting it free in the world. So I’ve been reading, and experimenting. For awhile now I’ve also been part of a number of photographer groups. While we provide the same service, I’ve found the photographer community to be[…]See more from “SEO for photographers: “A Photographer’s Guide To SEO” book”

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Belmont, CA Child Photographer: Before & After

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Saturday, July 19 2014

I tend to like very clean, simple editing in my photography. While I touch every image that comes out of my camera, rarely do I bring in elements and textures into the composition that weren’t originally part of the scene. But every once in a while, I know that a little bit of extra can bring a pretty good image to something so much more.Today, I want to show you one of these examples, and tell you a little bit of what I did to get from the original to the final result. San Mateo child & family photography by Zemya Photography Copyright:Zemya Photography A few months ago, I posted the final of these two images on facebook. I was[…]See more from “Belmont, CA Child Photographer: Before & After”

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Redwood City, CA Photographer: The night’s sky

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Saturday, July 5 2014

Two months ago, I came across a blog post on photographing the night’s sky. I’ll be honest — I’d tried it before, but without much guidance I just didn’t get particularly excited about it… until that post entry. Seeing someone deconstruct what they were doing, and how to consider your location for this type of project got me energized and excited to try it. For real this time. I posted on my Facebook page, looking for a buddy to join me, and I lucked out. My friend Lizz was up for the task, so we met up on the next month’s New Moon. I’d scoped out some locations where the light pollution was supposed to be not so bad. We[…]See more from “Redwood City, CA Photographer: The night’s sky”

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Belmont, CA Photographer: Model Call!

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Wednesday, June 25 2014

In my head I have a vision for a number of images I want to capture. They’re a stretch for me to grow as a photographer: whether it’s about portraits with a style of lighting I don’t usually rely on, a different approach to my work flow, or a whole new genre… it’s about learning experiences. And of course, a way to re-inspire myself and have fun. One of the ideas I’ve been batting around in my head is a collaboration with an artist. We will transition from different media and genres to create a genuinely transformative experience. I want to tell you more, but I won’t! Ha! Sorry to tease, but I partly want it to be a surprise,[…]See more from “Belmont, CA Photographer: Model Call!”