Capturing Clean Energy: A Glimpse into AVA’s Environmental Photoshoot in Oakland, California

In the heart of Oakland, California, amidst the vibrant streets and the bustling energy of the city, a unique gathering took place. It wasn’t just any photoshoot; it was a celebration of clean energy, a visual ode to sustainability, and a testament to the power of collective action. AVA Clean Energy Company, a leading force in renewable energy solutions, orchestrated this event to showcase their commitment to environmental stewardship. 

The highlight of the photoshoot was undoubtedly the group shot, featuring over 40 individuals from different walks of life.  AVA’s employees stood shoulder to shoulder, symbolizing unity in purpose. Each person brought a unique perspective and passion for a greener future, embodying the collective effort required to drive meaningful change.

Greenbacker Capital

Greenbacker Capital, a leading renewable energy investment firm, recently commissioned a photoshoot at the windmill farm on the Altamont Pass, California. The purpose of the photoshoot was to showcase the importance of megawatt windmills for clean energy.

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of renewable energy globally, and wind turbines are an essential component of generating clean energy. The windmill farm on the Altamont Pass is a prime example of how wind turbines can harness wind energy to generate clean electricity.

The Altamont Pass windmill farm is located on a mountain pass in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay Area, California. The farm has over 4,000 wind turbines, making it one of the largest windmill farms in the United States. The turbines generate an average of 125 megawatts of electricity annually, which is enough to power over 30,000 homes.

Megawatt wind turbines are significant for clean energy for several reasons. Firstly, they produce electricity without emitting any greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change. This means that wind energy is a clean, sustainable, and renewable source of energy that can help reduce the world’s carbon footprint.

Megawatt wind turbines are more efficient than smaller turbines, and they generate more electricity. This means that fewer turbines are required to generate the same amount of electricity, reducing the environmental impact and the cost of wind energy.

Megawatt wind turbines can help increase energy independence and security. Wind energy can be generated locally, reducing the reliance on imported energy sources. Additionally, wind turbines can be deployed in remote and rural areas, providing access to electricity in areas where grid connections are not possible.

The photoshoot at the Altamont Pass windmill farm was an excellent opportunity to showcase the importance of megawatt wind turbines for clean energy. The farm’s size and the number of turbines underscored how renewable energy can generate clean electricity at scale.

Paul Ferradas offers aerial photography, aerial imagery, and aerial photo services for Commercial and residential property.

Haggerty Wind Farm

I had the opportunity to work on an aerial photo and video shoot for Haggerty Wind Farms located in the Altamont Hills in California. The project was in conjunction with East Bay Community Energy, a non-profit community choice energy program dedicated to promoting clean energy. The goal of the shoot was to capture the massive wind turbines that produce clean energy and showcase the beauty and impact of renewable energy sources.

For this project, I used a DJI drone, which proved to be the perfect tool for capturing stunning aerial shots of the wind farm. The drone’s advanced technology allowed me to fly high above the wind turbines and capture the beauty of the surrounding landscape. From above, the turbines appeared as giant white blades spinning slowly against the backdrop of the rolling hills, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

As I flew the drone over the wind farm, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the sheer scale of the turbines. They stood tall, reaching high into the sky, their blades spinning gracefully to generate clean energy. It was an incredible experience to see the turbines in action, capturing the energy of the wind and turning it into electricity for homes and businesses.

The final product was a series of stunning aerial photos and video footage of the Haggerty Wind Farm, which will be used by East Bay Community Energy to promote renewable energy and educate the public about the impact and importance of clean energy sources.

Environmental Group Headshots for the Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District

I was tasked with capturing environmental group headshots for the directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Working outdoors comes with its own set of difficulties, from unpredictable weather to finding the perfect location that showcases the beauty of nature while also highlighting the directors. 

One of the biggest challenges of working outdoors is the weather. We are often at the mercy of the elements, and even the most carefully planned shoots can be disrupted by rain, wind, or other weather conditions. In this case, we had to be flexible and adapt our plans to the conditions on the day of the shoot. Fortunately, we were able to find a sunny day with mild temperatures that allowed us to capture the perfect shots.

Another challenge we faced was finding a location that would be suitable for headshots while also highlighting the work of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The district is dedicated to protecting and preserving the water resources of Santa Clara County, so it was important to find a location that showcased the beauty of nature and the environment. After scouting several potential locations, we ultimately chose a scenic background lush foilage, which provided the perfect backdrop for the group shot.

Once we had found the perfect location, it was time to get to work. We used natural light to capture the beauty of the environment and create a natural, organic look for the shot. We also used reflectors to fill in any shadows and provide a balanced, even light for the directors. The result was a group shot that showcased the directors in a professional and natural setting, surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Intel Capital Headshot

Recent Headshot for Intel Capital Investment Firm in Santa Clara, CA

A great headshot is essential for any professional, especially those in the finance industry. It is the first impression that a client or potential business partner will have of you, and it is crucial that it accurately reflects your professionalism and attention to detail. That’s why Intel Capital Investment Firm in Santa Clara, CA recently commissioned a new set of headshots for their team, with a precise brief laid out to ensure a consistent and professional look across their website.

One of the key aspects of the brief was to match the existing headshots on their website, including lighting diagrams and a neutral grey background. The neutral grey background was a great choice for a headshot, as it is timeless and can be used just about anywhere, from their website to business cards and brochures. It also helps to create a clean, professional look that puts the focus on the person in the photo.

The lighting diagrams were carefully crafted to provide a flattering and natural look for each individual, ensuring that their unique features and personalities were highlighted. This attention to detail helped to create a set of headshots that were not only consistent with each other but also with the overall look and feel of the company’s brand.

The final headshots were a great success, with each member of the team looking professional and confident in their new photos. The neutral grey background and precise lighting helped to create a cohesive and consistent look across the website, giving a positive first impression to anyone who visits the site.

In conclusion, Intel Capital Investment Firm in Santa Clara, CA has set the bar high with its recent headshots. By paying attention to the details and ensuring that the brief was followed precisely, they have created a set of headshots that accurately reflect the professionalism and attention to detail of their team. 

Franco Uomo Campaign Photoshoot

Franco Uomo, a renowned menswear brand, decided to update its website with a new set of product images. The company wanted to showcase its latest collection of stylish and sophisticated clothing, and knew that the right images would be key to attracting the attention of potential customers.

With this goal in mind, Franco Uomo contacted Paul Ferradas, a commercial photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul was known for his expertise in product, lifestyle, and headshot photography, and Franco Uomo was confident that he was the right photographer for the job.

The photoshoot took place at the Ameswell Hotel in Mountain View, CA. Paul brought his team of assistants, who helped set up the lighting and equipment, while Paul worked closely with the Franco Uomo team to plan the shoot and ensure that all of the clothing was presented in the best possible light.

The photoshoot was a resounding success. Paul’s expertise in lighting and composition allowed him to capture the beauty and sophistication of Franco Uomo’s clothing, and the natural, stylish setting of the Ameswell Hotel provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot.

With the photoshoot complete, Paul carefully edited and processed the images, ensuring that they accurately reflected the quality and style of Franco Uomo’s clothing. The images were then delivered to Franco Uomo, who was thrilled with the results.

With its new images in hand, Franco Uomo updated its website and began to showcase its latest collection to the world. The images were a hit, and the company received a flood of compliments from customers who were impressed by the quality and style of the clothing.

In the end, Franco Uomo was glad that it had decided to hire Paul Ferradas for its photoshoot. The images captured the essence of its brand and helped to build its reputation as a leader in menswear fashion. The company was confident that its investment in professional photography would pay off for years to come, and it was eager to see where its journey would take it next.

Franco Uomo Designer Menswear Photoshoot Campaign

Shooting Technology

Kinetics corporation had a few machines that needed to be shot for a catalog. Most of these machines are shot on tabletops or on the floor which requires us to cut them out of the shot and replace them with a plain background that is common in catalogs. Working with the larger machines we take care in ensuring that we don’t get any significant reflections that would pose a problem when working with metallic surfaces. 

New Headshots for Nevro Co.

I recently had the pleasure of shooting headshots for the board members of Nevro Corporation. Nevro is a medical device company located in Redwood City, California. Their goal is to help patients suffering from chronic pain achieve lasting relief. For these pictures, I wanted the headshots to amplify the team’s high-quality, caring professionalism.

As a Bay Area photographer, I often travel to my clients and use the unique benefits of each location. I worked outside of my studio for this shoot, and I even brought travel photo studio equipment with me on set. Within half an hour of arriving on location, I had already quickly set up a makeshift photo studio! As per the client’s request, I also set up a portable white background to make the headshots stand out. 

Additionally, I provided a makeup artist for this photoshoot. The makeup artist gave quick five-minute touch-ups for all of the clients before pictures began. Having a makeup artist on set always helps with the overall headshot process, ensuring that clients are camera-ready. Although there is an additional makeup artist fee upfront, it often reduces post-production costs because there is less editing to do. Having the makeup artist on set ensured that each board member from Nevro felt comfortable and confident. 

My favorite part of this shoot was the brief interactions I had with everyone I photographed. It is natural for many people to tense up in front of the camera. Therefore, I always treat everyone like a friend rather than a high-level executive. Being grounded with my clients helps them to open up their personalities and vulnerability with me. For instance, one of the board members I photographed named Brad was having a hard time smiling on camera. While looking through my camera lens, I slyly exclaimed, “Brad, has anyone ever told you you’re a cross between Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins?” Immediately after that, Brad couldn’t help but crack an authentic smile. It is moments like these that make me fulfilled and proud to be a silicon valley headshot photographer. 

Here are a few of the results.

Let’s Recycle!

Olyns Recycling Machine

Olyns is a recycling company with a desire to
change people’s perceptions about recycling. Their product, called the
Container Cube, is a high-tech recycling machine that makes recycling
interactive and educational. When using Container Cubes, users can track their
recycling habits through a phone app to learn more about their recycling habits
and positive environmental effects. Container Cubes also have a screen that
doubles as an advertising platform, as well as cash incentives for recycling.
Olyns is leading the forefront of the Recycling Revolution, and I was lucky
enough to photograph their first production recycling machine.

The purpose of this photoshoot was to help
Olyns create content for their website and media kit for potential investors.
Up to this point, Olyns only had a 3-D rendered image. For the shoot, they
wanted to use an actual machine and woman to model alongside it. The only
requirement they had for me was to shoot the machine on a white background, in
case they wanted to add graphics later.

Our studio
at Blink Creative was perfect for this because it provided us with lots of
options. Ultimately, we decided to use the studio’s white cyclorama wall, which
always makes it relatively easy to position and shoot larger products.

The machine itself was shot from multiple
exposures. In post-production, it was combined together due to the various
reflective surfaces. Olyns even ended up using the founder’s daughter for the
final image. It was an exciting and collaborative shoot, and we are thrilled
with the final results!

You should begin to see Container Cubes at
local grocery stores near you, so don’t forget to bring your recyclables!

From Label Design to Final Wine Bottle

Mission Peak Wine is nestled between the top of Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont and the rolling hills of Sunol; two beautiful cities located in the Northern California region. When they reached out to us, they were looking for label design for their new 2018 and 2019 harvest bottles. We are mostly a photography and video company so we were thrilled that they were asking us and were up to the challenge. We ended up designing the label to go on 6 of their bottles. Here’s a sample of the finished product that was added to their merchant website.

This was a first for us! To go from creating the labels, to photographing the bottles.  We also included a quick little video of the bottling process when we went to pick up the bottles from them at Page Mill Winery in Livermore California. 

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