Location #1: St Mary’s Square
Why We Love It: Surrounded by beautiful modern office buildings, St Mary’s Square offers several beautiful backdrops perfect for a modern professional photoshoot. This location is the most popular spot in San Francisco.
How To Get Here: There’s easy public parking at St Mary’s Square Garage directly below the park.
Other Notes: The best lighting and backdrops are available in the afternoon. If you’d like to change clothes, you can use our San Francisco studio, which is across the street. This location is oftentimes used from the Platinum Combo Session, which includes a 30-minute indoor session, followed by a 30-minute outdoor session.
Location #2: FiDi Corridor
Why We Love It: Flattering lighting shines down on the client while the alleyway behind stays darker. As a result, the client “pops” off the background. Central location in the Financial District makes this location perfect for working professionals downtown.
How To Get Here: We recommend parking at St Mary’s Square Garage that’s three blocks away.
Other Notes: Better backdrops in the afternoon, but available for both afternoon and morning sessions.
Location #3: Maiden Lane
Why We Love It: Sunny urban backdrop with greenery and designer lights in the background. Perfect for a slightly European & stylish backdrop. Availability in both the morning and afternoon.
How To Get Here: Parking can be tough at this location during the work week, so we usually recommend an Uber/Lyft ride. You can also park at SFMTA Union Square Garage, which is one block away.
Other Notes: This location isn’t available during the winter, as the sun only shines down the alleyway for 3/4ths of the year.
Location #4: San Francisco City Hall
Why We Love It: Awesome backdrops of city hall, long rows of trees, and attractive stone office buildings (shown in the example photo here). Great backdrops if you work in government, non-profits, or law. Best backdrops are available in the morning, but there’s also good spots in the afternoon.
How To Get Here: You can either Uber/Lyft, or there is a parking garage directly underneath the plaza in front of city hall.
Other Notes: Not available in late November or December, as San Francisco installs an ice skating rink which interferes with most of the good backdrops.
Location #5: Lover’s Trail Presidio
Why We Love It: Beautiful natural backdrops with trees and trails in the background. This is a great location if you’re an author, environmental scientist, or anyone who wants to associate their professional brand with nature.
How To Get Here: You’ll want to park at Ligget Circle which is just a couple hundred feet away.
Other Notes: Available in both the morning and late afternoon. There’s a bit of hiking, so bring comfortable shoes!
Location #6: Custom!
Why We Love It: Do you have a specific outdoor or office location in mind? Request a custom location for your shoot and we’ll tell you our availability. Some people know exactly what backdrop they want, and we’re here to help.
Other Notes: Depending on the location, we may have to shoot at specific times of day or otherwise modify our standard procedures. You may also be asked to email us photos of the location so that we can verify whether the lighting is right for awesome headshots.
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