A few months ago, my friend Dan asked if I’d be interested in collaborating with him on a photoshoot! Wedding photography season was wrapping up, and he was interested in doing more lifestyle photography to try his hand at something different. Of course, I was excited to get involved!
He originally wanted to do a “art studio” type shoot, but since most of my work is done on my unattractive bedroom floor, I proposed finding someplace else. After some brainstorming, we settled on a county park located off Highway 9. It’s quiet, calm, and nestled among beautiful redwood trees — a perfectly woodsy, owl-themed setting.
The shoot lasted for a few hours, and it was a great experience! Dan has a very warm personality and was quick to offer staging suggestions, which really helped since I tend to be nervous on camera. I could tell that he was enthusiastic about capturing the entire atmosphere, down to the subtle details.
His photography mantra is “seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary”, and it was really interesting to watch him turn simple things like twigs and fallen leaves into art. I remember at one point, we were digging around in the dirt looking for the perfect twigs and pine cones to use as props! We definitely had a good laugh about that :P
2015 was a major year for me in the sense that I finally launched this site and turned my hobby into something greater. I’m really excited about how Owl Ink has turned out thus far, and I hope that shows through in Dan’s photos.
If you are a Bay Area-based artisan interested in some new photos for your website, Etsy, or blog — contact Dan over at his site, Dan Chern Photography!
He is really great to work with. and he would love to combine his passion with yours :)