Meet 7 Of S.F.’s Coolest (And Cutest!) Photographers

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on October 18.]
San Francisco is a hotbed of creativity; there’s just no denying it. From emerging artists to must-watch designers, fresh, notable talent is popping up left and right at essentially every turn. And, in case you haven’t noticed, we do fancy some fine artwork around here — and are constantly enamored by the photo-centric scene this city boasts.
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So, naturally, we thought it was only fitting to rally up some seriously fashionable photographers and, for once, place them on the other side of the lens. Yep, we’ve captured the seven stylish shutterbugs who are heating things up in their respective fields — and looking damn good in the process. Ready to meet the cool crop? Peep pics of this eclectic, behind-the-camera bunch and get the 411 on their budding careers. Just point, shoot, and click!
Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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Aubrie Pick

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I take pictures of food and people — two of my favorite things."

How would you describe your photography aesthetic?
"Crisp, clean, and a little humorous."

Where do you go to find inspiration in S.F.?
"Bernal Hill is my favorite spot in the city — the views are uncanny. It's a great place to take my little dog and get some perspective."

What does a typical day look like for you?
"One thing I've realized in working for myself is that there really isn't a typical day, but my ideal day goes something like this: Walk and coffee with my dog, fun on-location shoot, back to the office to download, edit, email, and home in time for dinner with friends followed by another walk with my dog, and then bed. In reality, though, every day is different, which I love, and I’m rarely ever done by dinner — which I don't love."

Aubrie in a vintage dress, shoes, and jewelry.

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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If you weren’t snapping pictures what would you be doing?
"I'd be writing overly sentimental short stories and cooking big meals for everyone ... and myself."

How would you describe your personal style?
"Similar to my photography, I like to keep things mostly uncomplicated. I like to build my outfits around one key piece that I love and not over think things, which isn't to say that I don't take some chances. I'm a sucker for vintage and thrift-store finds. I've got a pretty neutral palette, although I’ll usually throw in one bolder pop of color. Shoes and jewelry are my weaknesses."

What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
"I love people, especially people who are passionate about what they do, so portraits are super fun for me. And I really love shooting food that's made with love. We have access to so much amazing, fresh, colorful, and unique food in the Bay Area — not to mention talented chefs — that I feel like a kid in a candy shop."

What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to break into photography?
"Make good work and it will be seen."

Tools of the trade!
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Alison Suzuki and Kelly Long

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
Alison: "I am a freelance photographer with a passion for detail and design! I am currently working on projects involving press kits for San Francisco bands and talent, as well as working with local — and not-so-local — agencies building modeling portfolios. I enjoy environmental portraiture and creative narrative through photography. I also manage the photography blog KAZ+KEL Photography with my friend and business partner, Kelly Long."
Kelly: "I met my partner Alison Suzuki in art school and have been working with her ever since. We were both competitive, had big ideas, and a little attitude. It didn’t take us long to realize that we both wanted to have our own photography business and there was no one we trusted more to get the job done right than each other."

What do you like about partnering up with another photographer?
Alison: "Working with Kelly has always been amazing. We had spent over three years working together or assisting each other through our college career. We have a similar aesthetic that makes for a seamless project when we are tag-teaming an assignment."
Kelly: "Being able to work in tandem is something that is unique to photography. It’s a pretty special partnership. We have very similar aesthetics and a clear idea as to our ultimate look for each project."

Alison in a Pins and Needles dress, Aldo heels, and Marc Jacobs necklace. Kelly sports a Kimchi Blue sweater and pants, and Vera Wang flats.
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How would you describe your photography aesthetic?
Alison: "I try to bring a sense of dreaminess and nostalgia to my work, whether it is a landscape or portraiture. I also try to bring a subtle narrative to all my subjects, involving the environment and the style of the set."

Tell us about your background, how did you get into photography?
Alison: "Darkroom photography has always been a passion of mine. I transferred to a different high school my sophomore year, so I could take actual classes on the subject. From there I have always wanted to learn more — different techniques and styles, traditional and digital."
Kelly: "Originally, I was a journalism major and I remember the first time I stepped into the photojournalism darkroom, a cave of chemical smells, rubber aprons, dripping prints, and a peacefulness that was somewhere between a library and a mausoleum. Somehow, it felt magical and I’ve been at it ever since. Photography is the perfect mix of art and nerdball-science."

Oh, snap!
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How would you describe your personal style?
Kelly: "A little bit Katharine Hepburn mixed in with some Sandra Dee. Pretty details with strong lines — I like the contrast between feminine and masculine. I love men's slacks and collared shirts with a decidedly feminine accent, something delicate and subtly sexy. Katharine Hepburn did that best. And always a little bit of black leather and leopard print."

Who are some of your fave designers?
"Phoebe Philo of Céline — and Juergen Teller photographed those clothes and made me love them even more! But, if I could only ever wear one designer it would be Les Aperizes in L.A. The label completely embodies my love of dichotomy in fashion."

Kelly peeks through her own personal looking glass!
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We hear you guys have an interesting life mantra. Spill!
Alison: "Meow Life! Working on cultivating a personal style or landing a job can't always be a walk in the park. Meow Life is when life is just one giant mess but you make it work, and you look good doing it! Girls living the Meow Life are always sexy and always hard-working, no matter what."

What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
Kelly: "Fashion! Working with creatives on the other end, local clothing designers, and stylists is incredibly fulfilling. The production, the fabrics, the beautiful theatrics of it all."

If you weren’t snapping pictures what would you be doing?
Kelly: "Agh! I can’t even imagine. There is nothing else for me."
Alison: "I love to read. I am always working my way through a good book, sometimes I'm even reading more than one at a time!"

Meow life!
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Anthony Deeying

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I'm a fashion photographer."

How would you describe your photography aesthetic?
"I would describe it as simple, clean, raw, and in-the-moment."

Tell us about your background, how did you get into photography?
"I've always loved photography and was a part of an art magnet in high school. I ended up taking photos of friends and submitting them to an agency and was booked the next day."

Who are some other photographers you look up to?
"I adore Hedi Slimane and Steven Klein's work."

What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
"I love shooting people with unique characteristics — expressed either through personality or phsyical features."

Anthony looking sleek in vintage YSL boots, a Calvin Klein button-up, Zara blazer, H&M pants, Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton scarf, and Creationme shirt — topped off with a Zana Bayne harness.
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How would you describe your personal style?
"I like to mix low- and high-end pieces. I tend to gravitate toward draped and interesting silhouettes."

If you weren’t snapping pictures what would you be doing?
"I'd be a chef. I love to cook for people."

What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
"I get to do something I love as an actual job."

Who are some of your fave designers?
"Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Givenchy."

What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to break into photography?
"Have a thick skin and be willing to pay your dues. Everyone has to start somewhere."

A close up look at Anthony's covetable outfit!
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Aeschleah DeMartino

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I take pictures when I’m working and I take pictures when I’m not working. Photography is my life and my greatest love."

Where do you go to find inspiration in S.F.?
"Every time I step outside my front door I’m scouting for a new location. I keep a list on my phone with cross streets and notes. All my ideas develop from a location."

What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
"Pretty people!"

If you weren’t snapping pictures what would you be doing?
"Something creative, but who knows! When I was 11-years-old I kept a binder of floor plans that I drew. So, maybe an architect?"

What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
"My all-time favorite quote is, 'It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way, not his way.' I love to show the world what I see in my head."

Aeschleah kicks back in a Levi's Made & Crafted leather jacket and jeans, American Apparel top, vintage boots, H&M sunglasses and necklace, Aldo hat, French Luggage purse, and vintage camera strap.
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Who are some of your favorite designers?
"Céline, Acne, Comme Des Garçons, Hussein Chalayan, The Row."

How would you describe your personal style?
"Tried and true. My style goes through slight shifts, but I have the same staples that I’ve worn for years. I love any opportunity to put on a dress and the tallest heels I can find, but my everyday ensembles are pretty simple and slightly androgynous."

Tell us about your background, how did you get into photography?
"My father dappled in photography for a few years when I was little. But, it wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school when I took a photography class that I knew I had found my passion."

What does a typical day look like for you?
"Half the time I am shooting or scouting. The other half, I am editing, researching, or corresponding. Sometimes, I spend an entire day on the computer, which I loathe. Hopefully, one day I’ll be making enough money to pay someone to stare at a computer for me."

What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to break into photography?
"A friend recently told me that she saved a bunch of money before she quit her job to pursue photography. That would have been valuable advice for me six months ago when I made the plunge. Although, my bank account has reached a scary low, it's fight or flight. I'm motivated more than ever and am keeping the dream alive because I have to."

Up close and personal!
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Kristin Gerbert

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I’m a Bay Area-based photographer specializing in artistic photos from musicians to boudoir."

Where do you go to find inspiration in S.F.?
"The Bay Area has so many unique spots from the Sutro Baths to the nature in Marin. I have lived here most of my life and am always discovering new spots to shoot."

How would you describe your photography aesthetic?
"I love showing my personal vision of someone in an artistic way."

Kristin in Citizens of Humanity jeans, an Urban Outfitters sweater, and Type Z boots.
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What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
"I used to be a musician, so I love shooting bands and solo artists. I also do something called 'model for a day,' where I take women on location and help empower them through our photo shoots. I help take them out of their mind or ego and help them feel free and have fun."

What does a typical day look like for you?
"Most days I’m either shooting, editing, or location scouting. On my days not working, I’m doing aerial yoga, dancing, hiking, or watching some good indie films."

Kristin wears a cuff made by her friends over at WakanRegalia.
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Tell us about your background, how did you get into photography?
"I was a drummer for 17 years and thought I would never stop. When I realized my passion was no longer there, a friend asked me to shoot his band and I fell in love with photography."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I am a rocker at heart. My clothing style is always evolving and changing, but there is always a piece of clothing that has some edge to it."

What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to break into photography?
"Go out and shoot all the time and try to do it from your heart, not your head. It’s great to know about lighting and technical things, but photos are most powerful when shot in an artistic, creative, egoless way. Find your own style."

Sitting pretty!
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Molly DeCoudreaux

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I photograph food, drinks, people, events, and interiors for magazines — both online and print. I also work directly for designers, architects, musicians, and restaurants."

How would you describe your photography aesthetic?
"I prefer to respond and discover through the camera as opposed to approaching my subject with a plan. I like to collaborate with my subjects, shoot with natural light — if possible — and create images that tell a story."

Where do you go to find inspiration in S.F.?
"A long dog walk and looking at houses and plants in the Mission and Noe Valley usually clears my head and gets my eyes excited. Also, so does visiting the MOMA photography collection."

Molly donning one of her fave vintage Harley Davidson tops, Variance Lemon ring, Current/Elliott jeans, BCBG boots, and earrings from Claire's.
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Tell us about your background, how did you get into photography?
"My dad gave me a camera when I was 14-years-old, but it took me till I was 19 or 20 to get serious about it. I spent a lot of time in Berkeley bookstores looking at photography books as a teenager. Robert Capa’s war photography, Richard Avedon’s portraits, and Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs of Georgia O’Keefe all had a big impact on me."

Who are some other photographers you look up to?
"Martin Parr for his humor, Peter Lindbergh for his storytelling, Nan Goldin for her honesty, and The Selby for his hands-down awesomeness. I also like Cass Bird, Danielle Levitt, and Elena Dorfman, as well."

What does a typical day look like for you?
"I get up anywhere between 6 and 10 a.m., depending on the day. I often have multiple shoots in a day — a restaurant, a portrait job, a Refinery29 shoot — then wind up working at my studio on editing, invoicing, and emails until anywhere from 9 p.m. to midnight. I often eat kid snack foods like apples and peanut butter or granola and grapes, so that I can eat and edit at the same time. I walk my dog and try to go to sleep before 3 a.m.!"

In action!
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How would you describe your personal style?
"Skinny jeans and a tank top with some granny ring or brooch. Also, I like wood and earth tones with bits of neon."

What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot?
"I love shooting interiors of personal spaces that describe the inhabitant, the culture around food, and environmental portraits."

Who are some of your fave designers?
"My clients are the designers I tend to wear because I love supporting them!" Nice Collective, Variance Objects, and Jendarling bags."

What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to break into photography?
"Work your ass off. Work for free. Work when everyone else is having fun. Work because you love it. Rent some new gear once in a while."

Molly in front of one of her go-to Mission murals.

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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