Ray Johnston Designer Photography Davis, CA

A Head Shot Photography consultation is just the beginning at Ray Johnston Designer Photography.  Many corporations require a certain background color for every head shot on their web site.  Here are a few background colors offered from Ray Johnston Photography.  Some backgrounds are low key-  dark, and some are high key – light.  For those small business not requiring a uniform background, Ray will recommend a background that compliments hair, eye color, clothing and the type of business one does.  Custom Head Shots are a specialty at Ray Johnston Photography.  Why not put your best foot forward?

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September 24, 2014

To be a good portrait photographer it certainly helps to be curious about people and with over twenty years of people portrait experience, Ray Johnston Photography understands that people want to be understood, and relate to the photographer making their portrait.  It’s important to our client to have a voice in “their” portrait.  During a consultation, Ray will ask, “what are you hobbies, what is your favorite color, do you play an instrument, do you see yourself dressed formally or casual?”  All of the above play a part in making the perfect portrait.

So many times we have heard the phrase from our new customers before a photo shoot,  “I am not really photogenic!”  And every time after the photo session, they had changed their mind.  There are many tricks we use to take a perfect picture, such as  finding the best angle of your face, lining up the background that will help you to stand out, adjusting your posture and facial expression.  Furthermore, when portrait photographs are composed and captured in a studio, the photographer has control over the lighting of the composition.  There are many ways to light a subject’s face, and a professional photographer can adjust the direction and intensity of light.

Portrait photography displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the persons face.

The samples below show the portrait of a high school senior.  A portrait can be a single image or a collection of multiple images making a triptych portrait.  A triptych, a collection of three images that make up a story, can be arranged to keep your eye’s attention.

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Northern California this time of the year smells of grape juice fermentation into wine and Ray Johnston Photography is busy with commercial wine photography.  Not just in the Napa Valley, other parts of Northern California create some of America’s finest wines.  Large and small wineries share the crush process with winery club members on their web site and by blogging for those to see the production process of their wine futures.  Wineries have found that blogging the wine making process helps increase sales and drive guests to their wineries for tasting and bottle buying.











The holidays are right around the corner and every year, our studio becomes very busy just before the holidays.  Therefore we’re offering 30% OFF Family Photography – Creation Fees and Prints for those who sign up EARLY, September 5th – 30th and have their Family portraits photographed before October 15.  Sorry no exceptions.  Call or email to set up a free consultation.  530-756-0499.

Families change, children move and Ray Johnston Photography believes a Family Portrait is a timeless memory that can be enjoyed by the entire family for many years.  Take advantage of this special offer.  You will be glad you did!

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September 3, 2014

When Dr. F.J. (Chip) Sundstrom, Agricultural Expert Witness and Auditing Services Consultant inquired about updating his head shot, Ray Johnston Photography set up a pre-photography consultation at his studio.  After learning of Dr. Sundstorm’s professional services and his vision of how his head shot should appear, Ray made some pose, camera angles, background and clothing color suggestions to make the most of his portrait and appropriate for his professional line of work.

Hear is Dr. Sundstrom’s previous Head Shot from Linkedin.


Hear is Dr. Sundstrom’s updated Head Shot by Ray Johnston Photography.


Notice Dr. Sundstrom’s Head Shot looks clear and three dimensional at three different sizes.  Size is important since different web sites, brochures and marketing needs require a Head Shot at different sizes.


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Ray Johnston Designer Photography Davis, CA