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Photo Session Giveaway! (Closed)

Congratulations Malia for winning the giveaway! I will get in touch soon to schedule our session. Everyone else who entered, thank you for your interest and I hope to be able to work with you in the future. 

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I am very excited to announce my first photo session giveaway!

In celebration of the new year I will be giving away one family, couples, or portrait session! It will include a two-hour photo shoot and a disc of high resolution, fully edited images, a $350 value. The winner can enjoy the session themselves or gift it to a loved one. 

To enter:

1. Comment on this blog post telling me one thing you look forward to in the new year. (Be sure to include your email with your name, so if you win I will be able to contact you.)

2. "Like" Roseann Bath Photography on Facebook. (If you already like my page, great. Don't click again or it will unlike.)

3. "Share" the giveaway image that is on my facebook page on your own timeline. (The image below is only an example, be sure to share the giveaway image you can see at the top of this post, which can be found near the top of my facebook page.)

You must do all three to be entered to win.

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Details:

The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, January 7th at 9pm. Giveaway is open to anyone within an hour drive of Oakland, California or Hilo, Hawaii (or willing to come to me). I will be on the Big Island from February 8th-16th, so if the winner is in Hawaii you must be available to redeem while I am there, or wait until my next visit. 

Good luck!

Golden Gate Bridge // Marin Headlands

Sadie and I planned a trip to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. I can't believe I had never been. Leaving Oakland it was really hazy, but when we crossed over to 101 it cleared up. And when the sun began to set the clouds came alive. 

The narcissus think it's spring.

It was an exercise in patience. And it felt like such a luxury to compose my shot and wait for the light to be just right. 

If you've never been I highly recommend going to watch the sunset. It would be a fun date. Be sure to bundle up, and maybe take a thermos of hot chocolate. There is so much to watch: tourists, seriously equipped photographers, boats (they go out just past the bridge and then make a sharp turn back to safety), container ships, cars without headlights on. The bridge itself really lights up when the sun is on the horizon. 

Clay, Julayne and Baby Viv // Hayward Family Portrait Photography

I first met little Vivienne at a birthday party a few months ago and I couldn't get a smile out of her, so I was a little nervous about our family session. I had no reason to worry. This is one happy little girl. I think you can tell how much fun we had. So much laughter and smiles and good conversation. And those little teeth! Really beautiful people. Thank you Clay and Julayne for such a fun morning!

If you live in the Bay Area and are interested in a family session please contact me. I am currently booking for the new year! 

Environmental Portraits of a Photographer // Oakland Hills

I am really lucky to have such a great photographer friend. It makes it even better that she's gorgeous and doubles as a pretty spectacular model. I have learned so much from Sadie. We met in a photography class, and one of our assignments was to team up with a classmate and take portraits of one another. Looking back at our portrait session from just over a year ago I didn't know the first thing about taking portraits. I used my kit lens, all the photos were take in f/5 and didn't know where to stand in relation to my model and the light, which is really the most important part. In February she generously photographed me for my website, we walked around Golden Gate Park at sunset and froze. It was time to return the favor. 

For this shoot I wanted to play around with a wider angle lens to incorporate more environment. I had a difficult time location scouting. The day before I drove around Oakland and Berkeley for about an hour getting increasingly frustrated because I couldn't find a spot that wasn't littered with background distractions. It made me want to move to the country. Immediately. So I decided we'd wing it, trust our intuition and maybe discover some place new. We drove up to the Oakland hills, winding our way up to Joaquin Miller Park. We found a gorgeous patch of eucalyptus trees on the top of a hill that was all lit up. And then she found a stump to stand on. Genius. Our second location was a turnoff off of Grizzly Peak Blvd up above Claremont. That last photo was taken after the sun had set.

Being up so high, we got the most out of the early setting sun. And there were trees but there was also so much sky, which is the beauty of being on a hill, you get light filled images. I could have shot for a while longer, it was so beautiful, but we were both freezing.  And there wasn't very much room for us on the side of the road. It was a pretty sheer drop. When I got home I made some black been and sweet potato chili. (Recipe here. It was definitely on the sweet side, but with a generous amount of salt and a drizzle of lime on top it was really good.)

Maybe for our next shoot we can be in the tropics. 

Jessica in Old Sacramento

Jessica is one of my favorite people.

She's obviously stunningly beautiful. And she is kind and funny and she inspires me. We share a deep love for furry animals and beautiful clothes. And travel. Out of the six years we have known one another, two of those years we have lived in separate countries. I don't think any amount of time or distance apart will hurt our friendship, and that makes me feel pretty lucky. 

After the shoot we got root beer floats at a decade-old drive-inn and met this little guy. The next morning we bought donuts from Doughbots and mochi from Osaka Ya, and spent the afternoon window shopping. For dinner we went out for Mexican food, drank cadillac margaritas, and had flan for dessert. Indulgences galore. It fed my soul. 

I've been busy. I have three family sessions, a birthday party, and an engagement session to share, and two family sessions and a birthday to shoot in the next four days. And I'm back to playing soccer three days a week. It feels good. I decided I am going to continue offering free sessions through the end of October (while spots last!) and then I am going to raise my rates. 

Black and White

Two beauties for your Wednesday...

I've been taking less photos lately, mostly because I only want to shoot under perfect lighting conditions with beautiful subjects and if I don't have them I won't shoot, and these things are hard to come by. I've always been hypercritical of subject matter, especially when I was studying writing, no matter how much my professors lectured to "silence the inner critic!" Really it is about always having my camera with me and not being afraid to use it (or just writing, writing, writing). And creating something beautiful under imperfect conditions. The nice thing about art is that if you work at it enough you are bound to get something good. And I'm starting to feel inspired again.