February 26, 2018

Baby Layla at 4 Weeks - Studio Portraits in Atascadero

Four-week Baby Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography

I don't photograph a lot of babies, but when a old client comes in with their new grandbaby and some great ideas of what they like, it can be a fun challenge. After being a full time photographer for 30 years I pretty much know how to shoot just about anything and I know babies like a warm and soft environment so I turned up the heat and put her on a pre-warmed soft fuzzy blanket. I also used the biggest, softest studio light I have to give it that big warm window light feel.

Baby in Guitar Case - Infant Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography
This is one of my favorites. Both dad and grandpa are guitarists so we came up with this idea to use one of their guitar cases. To me it was much more personal than using a basket or wrapping them up like a cocoon in some unnatural position.
Sweet Baby Portrait - Sibling Photo - Baby Photo Shoot - Studio 101 West Photography
Here are some with Layla and Ava her 6 year old big sister. Ava did awesome even when her baby sister peed all over her legs and the background. (I gotta get some puppy pads in the studio for next time.)

Baby Photoshoot - Sibling Infant Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography
Atascadero Baby Portrait - Guitar Baby Shoot - Studio 101 West Photography
Here she is with Dad's guitar and Grandpa's hat.

January 8, 2018

Top Ten San Luis Obispo Studio Headshots of 2017

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Getting headshots or business portraits in San Luis Obispo County is much easier than you might think. Most of my headshot sessions are done in less than 30 minutes. That's enough time to discuss your photo needs, pick the right background and outfit, and get at least two headshots that you love. If after the first look through there is nothing that you really like, we can make changes to the lighting, background, or clothing and shoot some more. We both have the same goal—to get headshots that make you look your best. When they are done, most of my customers tell me that the process was much easier than they had expected. I shoot a lot of outdoor business portraits too, but here are 10 of my favorite studio headshots from 2017.
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Business Headshot - Head Shot - Executive Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography

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Realestate headshot - Sales Portrait - Marketing Headshot - Studio 101 West Photography

Atascadero Business Headshot Photographer - Business Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography


San Luis Obispo Business Photographer - Headshots - Studio 101 West Photography
Most of our studio headshots are shot on a white background, which we can control with light to be brighter or darker. We have many other backgrounds to choose from as well, if you have something specific in mind. If you have specific corporate requirements please let us know and we will be glad to match them.

To find out more visit our Business Portrait Website.  To make an appointment you can call 805-235-3801 or email Studio 101 West today.

December 20, 2017

Grand Portrait Shoot - Grandkids and Grandparents, Paso Robles Ranch Portraits


Outdoor Family Portrait - Paso Robles Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
The day after Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of photographing three different families at three different locations. One of them was the McLaughlin kids and their grandparents on a ranch north of Paso Robles. The kids were so fun and well behaved it helped me realize again why I love doing family portraits. I was like a kid in a candy store with a thousand acres of rolling, oak studded hills to choose from and everyone was so nice to work with.

Outdoor Family Portrait - Paso Robles Kids Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
Paso Robles Ranch Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography

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Outdoor Family Portrait - Paso Robles Ranch Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography

Paso Robles Family Portraits - Outdoor Ranch Photo Shoot - Studio 101 West Photography

Outdoor Family Portrait - Paso Robles Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
Grandpa found something interesting in nature.

Outdoor Family Portrait - Paso Robles Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
A furry piece of poop!

Ranch Family Portrait - Paso Robles Family Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
Hanging out on grandpa's bridge.


Celebrate your family by booking a family portrait session.
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November 9, 2017

Sydney's Senior Photo Shoot Was a Blast - Paso Robles High Class of 2018

Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography
Sydney's senior photo shoot was so much fun. She brought some great clothing selections, a basketball and two of her best friends to the shoot. One of her friends, Amanda made it on our wall from last year's seniors.

Paso Robles Senior Portrait Photographer - Indoor Studio Session - Studio 101 West Photography
 Sydney has a terrific smile and was not afraid to show off her braces.

San Luis Obispo Senior Portrait Photographer - Indoor Studio Session - Studio 101 West Photography
She brought about seven outfits to her combination studio and outdoor shoot so we had plenty of great choices.
Paso Robles Senior Portrait Basketball Photographer - Indoor Studio Session - Studio 101 West Photography
I tell people to come in with ideas and props and this is one of the poses Sydney showed me at the beginning of her session. It turned out to be one of my favorites.
Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer - Indoor Studio Session - Studio 101 West Photography
Having your friends gawk at you during the shoot doesn't work for every shot but it makes for some fun outtakes.

Paso Robles Senior Portrait - Friends on Location - Studio 101 West Photography

Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer - Location Portriat Session - Studio 101 West Photography

Paso Robles Letterman Jacket Senior Portrait Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography
It's always good to get a couple of shots in your letterman's jacket to show off your accomplishments and your school colors.

Paso Robles Senior Portrait Photographer - Outdoor Portrait Session - Studio 101 West Photography
I always look for new locations on our photo walks. I found this spot because the city is building a foot bridge at one of my other locations so we used this place instead.

Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer - On Location - Studio 101 West Photography
I encourage seniors to bring a friend or two to their photo shoot. In this case one of her friends played music on her phone during the shoot, and that made it even more fun.

Paso Robles Senior Portrait Pictures - Location Photoshoot - Studio 101 West Photography

Here is a quick slideshow of Sydney's senior photo shoot.
To see more of our portrait work check out Studio101West.com

September 21, 2017

Senior Portrait Yearbook Deadlines for Atascadero and Paso Robles High Schools

It's not too late to help make your senior year great! If you are a senior at Atascadero or Paso Robles High you still have a few weeks left to get an awesome senior photo shoot before your school's yearbook deadline. 

Atascadero High School's senior portrait yearbook deadline for the class of 2018 is October 6th. Paso Robles High School's yearbook deadline is October 20th.

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At Studio 101 West we shoot both studio and outdoor portraits so you have a choice of cool backgrounds and dramatic lighting, or one of our favorite outdoor locations. And since we are a real studio conveniently located in downtown Atascadero we are easy to find any time.

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Studio 101 West can give you the once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait experience that can help make your senior year great. Session times go fast so call now to save a time before it's too late.

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Give us a call to check on available times or visit our website for more info.