Benicia Photographer – San Francisco Bay Area
My name is Brady Thomas, and I’m a photographer in Benicia, California.
I specialize in beautiful fine art portraits that often look like paintings, joyful and connected family photos, effective contemporary headshots and well-crafted personal branding business images, and legacy pet and equestrian portraiture. I offer custom portrait experiences to celebrate women, men, couples, families, engagement, pre and post-wedding bridal, boudoir, high school seniors, dancers, equestrians, pets, horses.
Your (mostly) well-behaved pets are welcome in my studio, and I am happy to travel to your home for pet photography, and certainly to your barn for equestrian portraits.
In your complimentary consultation, we'll discover how you have always wanted to be photographed. I will ask for your Why, and we'll celebrate it! We'll discuss what you'd love to wear, and I'll teach you what photographs well. We'll talk about colors, fabrics, sets, and custom hair & makeup artistry that you love. If you're here with your partner or family, we'll talk about your stories, and explore what I can create for you to tell those stories for generations to come.
If you're a business person here for headshots, we'll discuss your brand, your product, your market, your message, and your best client. It's my job to create business portraits that compel your best client to pick up the phone.
Whether for a studio portrait experience just for you, with your partner or family (and pets, who are family too!), I look forward to the opportunity to create the most well-crafted, meaningful images you have ever seen of yourself and your loved ones.
Custom fine art photography.
A contemporary or vintage portrait experience with me is a pampering, transformative, and often empowering process. We begin with a pre-shoot consultation to discuss your goals and photography wishes, choose wardrobe and jewelry from your collection or mine, confirm your preferences for beautiful hair and make-up artistry, and list preparations for your custom photo session. What we're doing, really, is collaborating on a high-end magazine-style shoot, featuring you and the people you love.
On the day of your shoot, you are greeted with light snacks and sparkling water, and women go right into a custom make-over. I cheerfully guide you through a high-end, magazine-style photoshoot, coaching you on poses and flattering body angles that change with beautiful backgrounds, furnishings, props and fabrics, and top-of-the-line soft lighting. My team and I are here to support and celebrate you, and I endeavor to create a fun, memorable experience resulting in the best photographs you have ever seen of yourself and your loved ones. These are images that you and your family will cherish every day now, and that your great-grandchildren will hang in their homes.
Both headshot and personal branding sessions begin with a complimentary pre-shoot consultation. I want to know about you, your business, your product or service, and your best clients. This enables me to construct a custom experience and targeted look, using lighting and backdrops that not only showcase the personality of you and your business, but speak to your best potential clients.
My team and I thoughtfully capture candid moments between you and your horse, as well as beautifully posed portraits and landscapes. We are adept at working together to photograph classic portraits of your horse alone in the barn, as well as some great images of your horse at liberty.
Horse and Bride is a favorite photoshoot for a woman and her horse. I have been a wedding photographer for over ten years, and a horsewoman for half my life. I love to combine the shape and texture of a flowing wedding dress with the curved lines of a horse. This is a really special photoshoot, a fun day with your horse, and makes an unforgettable gift. (You needn’t have a wedding dress to ask us to photograph you and your horse, but do consider a gossamer long dress… it just works!)
Virtual Gift Cards
A Perfect Gift! Something for them to look forward to, to do together. Or to celebrate that special person in your life with a custom portrait experience.
Legacy fine art to have on the walls now, and enjoy for many, many generations to come.
COVID-19 Update, August 2021
California officially opened as of June 15th, but rapidly increasing cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have prompted many Bay Area counties to once again recommend masking indoors. This studio remains cautious, polite, and will always err on the side of your safety as well as the safety of my team. I will meet you outside of the building wearing a mask, and take your temperature before entering. My team and I are fully vaccinated. Once booked, we ask that you simply reschedule your photoshoot if any of your party are feeling even a little ill, or have been exposed to a positive case of Covid in the last 10 days.
If Coronavirus has reminded us of anything, it is how VERY important we are to each other! If not everyone in your family is vaccinated yet, you may opt to experience a safely distanced, fine-art family photoshoot with me outdoors to celebrate each other.
If you are vaccinated, let's create some wonderful new studio portraits for just you, with your partner, with your family, with your beloved dog... anyone and everyone important to you.
My studio is well ventilated with fresh air, and large enough to easily offer safe distance photoshoots. I have a large private bathroom for frequent hand-washing, and hand sanitizer for all. I will continue to wear a mask, and can maintain social distance if you prefer.
There is also a lovely outdoor garden space with a fountain and benches. If you prefer your private property or favorite outdoor space, we can do that too.
Please fill out the brief inquiry form on my Contact Page.
Serving the San Francisco East Bay Area and North Bay Area
With a large professional studio in the East Bay, we serve many surrounding cities including:
Alameda, Alamo, American Canyon, Antioch, Benicia, Berkeley, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Discovery Bay, Dublin, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Fairfield, Fremont, Glen Ellen, Healdsburg, Hayward, Hercules, Kensington, Kenwood, Lafayette, Larkspur, Livermore, Marin, Martinez, Moraga, Napa, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Portola, Richmond, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Sonoma, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, and Yosemite.