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Drone Safety Certificate


We’re looking at the possibility of adding areal photography to our range of services. A number of our clients and prospective clients have been inuring about this possibility. To that end Treve has completed a Drone Safety class.  At the moment the FAA is not making it easy to fly a drone for commercial purposes, but the regulations may change shortly and we what to be in position to take to the air when it’s feasible.


Heart of the Home 2016

CSL Heart of the Home

Working with the folks at the Children’s Support League is always delight. We recently spent two days capturing photographs for an upcoming fund raiser, the Heart of the Home Tour which will take place on April 29 and 30. This is an amazing opportunity to visit some wonderful homes and the money goes to a good cause. CSL is committed to improving the lives of children in our community. It’s an all-volunteer organization raises funds, primarily through the annual Heart of the Home Tour. CSL’s goals are to keep children safe, support their families, enhance their intellectual, emotional and physical well-being, and enrich their lives. CSL has awarded over $3.3 million in grants to programs supporting disadvantaged children.

We photographed six properties over the course of two days, spending several hours at each property. Our mission is to capture images that can be used to promote the event, and the photos end up on the printed mailers, the tour book, on the website and in print.  We offer our services pro bono for this cause, and while simply supporting a good cause is enough in itself, we’ve found that the exposure results in opportunities that make our investment well worth the effort. We’ve already had opportunities show up as a result of our photography efforts this year, and we’re expecting to see our photos appear in Diablo Magazine, and other media was well.

Buy your tickets now and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the tour.


Photos in Sunset Magazine


The November 2015 Sunset Magazine has an article titled “Let it Rain” on pages 50 and 51, with one of our photos spreading across two pages. Most of the photos on the page are credited to Marion Brenner, but the larger photograph is Treve’s.


In the News!

The Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle for Sunday October 11 has a story about a house we photographed for the architectural firm of Studio Bergraun. This house has been in the news several times, having been on the AIA East Bay home tour a couple of months ago. We’re always happy to see our photos working hard to create visibility for our clients.



New Home in Portola Valley


Yesterday evening found us in Portola Valley on the site of a beautiful new home. Designed by architects Mark Tetrault and Marc Lindsell of 2M Architecture and built by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders. We had a crew of five on the photo shoot, both Mark and Marc from 2M, Kimberly Moses
of Kimberly Moses Design, the landscape architect, my assistant Marco Hyman and myself.  At dusk with had two cameras going, with Marco on one side of the house and me on the other. I believe we captured some stunning photos of a truly amazing project. This marks my fifth visit to this location, since we originally visited the site to walk-through and photograph the interior, followed by two days of photography to capture the interiors, another visit in the spring to plan the exterior photos, and last night to capture the exterior images with the landscaping in place.


Dale Hardware Bronze Sculpture

Dale Hardware

I was meeting with a client today and reminded of a photo shoot we did for the client, FCGA Architecture, at Dale Hardware in Fremont.  We did this last fall, and in reviewing the work with the client I was reminded how remarkable it is to see artwork of this scale on a retail location like a hardware store. Life-size bronze sculptures of workers,  Here’s a worker about to loose his footing on a ladder, hanging onto the Dale Hardware sign.  Complete with tool belt.


Photos in the April Diablo Magazine


The April issue of Diablo Magazine has an article about the upcoming Heart of the Home Tour. The article written by Jeanne Berres talks about the homes that will be on tour. The six page spread includes eight of our photos. The article starts on page 46. The Heart of the Home Tour is a fund raising event for the Children’s Support League of the East Bay (CSL). CSL serveS disadvantaged and at-risk children throughout the East Bay.


On the River

Hokulane. A Carver Yacht

We recently had the opportunity to photograph a boat on the Petaluma River. This is a job that came to use through an interior designer we’ve worked with, Jenny Ildefonso of Jentry McGraw Design. (jentrymcgraw.com) What made this photo shoot work was the planning we did ahead of time and the styling. I made a visit to the boat a week before the shoot in order to determine what might be involved. I met with the owner, and the interior designer. I decided at that time that we would conduct the interior shots in the late afternoon while the boat was at the dock, and then close to dusk we would head down the river to a location where we could photograph the boat on the water with some color in the sky and with a less distracting background than the marina. Needless to say, Jenny’s selection of props for styling and her attention to detail really helped the interior photos come to life. I think you’ll agree that the styling and the planning made this project work. Hokulane. A Carver Yacht


San Jose Earthquake’s Avaya Stadium

We recently had the opportunity to photograph the San Jose Earthquake’s Avaya Stadium for a client Reliable Concepts Corporation and Brilliant General Maintenance Inc. We were there on Friday February 27, the day before the stadium opened. We had a limited time window, so the challenge was to pick a point of view that would show off the stadium without some of the last minute construction items that I consider to be visual liabilities. The lighting turned out to be a bit contrast-y since we were shooting in the late morning with the sun at a high angle. We used a multiple exposure technique, called HDR to help bring out the details in the shadows while reducing the brightness of the highlights. Fortunately we had some interesting clouds to add some drama to the images. The team was actually on the field practicing when we captured this image. At the clients request we removed the players in post-production.



Clients Win Regional CotY Awards!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) just announce regional awards for their Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards. Two of our clients won awards. HDR Remodeling won an award for the Residential Kitchen $30,000-$60,000 and Podesta Construction, Inc. won an award for Entire House $500,001-$750,000. Congratulations! We’d like to think that the high quality photos we provided for both of these projects was a factor in winning the awards.
Whole house remodel in BurlingameAbove: Podesta Construction
Residential  kitchen remodel Above: HDR Remodeling