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.
San Luis Obispo Business Headshot - Studio 101 West Photography

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Paso Robles Business Headshot - Atascadero Business Portrait Studio - Studio 101 West Photography

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.
Find out more at: www.studio101west.com






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.

September 12, 2017

Senior Portrait Review From a Real Mom - Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer

I just got this amazing review from one of my high school senior portrait clients that sums up the experience that I try to give everyone of my customers. We honestly couldn't have written our own marketing any better. It is one thing to get people we know to say these amazing things, but to have someone completely new to our studio say what we hope every customer feels is an absolute WIN for us!
Atascadero High School Senior Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography
 "I want to start by saying I had written an even longer masterpiece regarding our Senior Photo experience here on yelp and lost it. This is a condensed version, unfortunately, as I can't say enough.... so I will summarize.
This studio is an amazing place to visit in the heart of rustic Atascadero's downtown district. As you walk in the first thing that strikes you is the amazing photos hung all over the place. From people to places and things, pets and families, weddings it is just a wonderful display of Dennis work. In addition, you will marvel at the amazing collection of vintage camera equipment that line the shelves, it's like visiting a camera museum. Then to the portrait studio. . . soft light, nice music and chocolate. . . where Dennis invites you in as a guest, where you sit on the big comfy sofa and talk about your ideas for a Senior Portrait. Dennis has a large, very large screen where he shows you some ideas and past work. He then goes over the clothing choices, determines if you want to use a prop or not..either from items he has in the studio to personal items academics, sports achievements and even hobbies can be what helps define your photos. As my daughter is a dancer we were thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot a few in the adjacent dance studio. . .and they are beautiful capturing my baby at the ballet bar, on the floor, and gazing out of the awesome windows this building has plus the large mirrors can help create a unique photo.  Then for the indoor, traditional Senior. . .lights..camera. . .action. . .with the backdrops and all of the lightening and equipment... anyone would feel nothing less than famous for that moment. I was able to enjoy each shot pop up on Dennis computer as he was taking them and they took my breath away. From there we used the amazing opportunities right outside in the downtown Atascadero area with rustic buildings, hidden stairwells, brick work and the Sunken Garden within a 2 minute walk where a variety of shots can be taken and we took them. Dennis will go anywhere to do the outside shoot but we were happy with the options right outside the door. We had a wonderful time and felt as if Dennis was a friend of ours at the end. He is easygoing and fun to work with. Upon returning to view the proofs, Dennis puts them up on that big big larger than life screen and helps you to narrow it down. This was hard. . .for us anyway because every photo is worthy of the wall. . . and if your one of the lucky ones. . .this studio can get you there. . .on the wall outside where Dennis displays several of his favorite, larger than real life Seniors displayed on an 8ft. print for advertising (great advertising) but more importantly for the towns own enjoyment. This is 2017. . .give Dennis a call. . .the prices are competitive, the location is amazing, the studio is worth stopping by to visit. Call Studio 101 West if you get the chance and book early for upcoming Seniors of San Luis Obispo County. Thank you."
Paula Raught, Atascadero, CA.


Atascadero Senior Portrait Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits - Studio 101 West Photography

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See this review and others on our Yelp page. You might have to look in the non recommended reviews, at the bottom of the page, to see this one right now. It's 100% real though.

Check out my website or call for more information on fun, professional portrait photography by Dennis at Studio 101 West.