Berkeley's Top-Rated Headshot Studio
We are a full-service photography studio in the heart of a world-renowned research institution. We help professionals, graduate students, and researchers in the SF Bay cultivate a distinctive image – and we can help you develop your unique and visual brand.
Why Choose Us
What They Have Said
"Matt offers a comfortable portrait session with relaxed conversation to photograph you as yourself rather than you in your most awkward pose. His photographs are well-lit and well-composed. You'll have a range of images from which to choose - head shots, speaking 'action' shots, and more. His turn around time is quick and you'll have a good time too." (Yelp)
"Matt did a great job, and I saw for the first time that you can talk and get great pictures. I also got what is maybe the only picture of my Duchenne smile (the genuine smile)." (Yelp)
"As a portrait photographer, Matt strikes the perfect balance between flexible and professional. While he was willing to accommodate all of my random requests, he also made sure to capture the formal/traditional poses and backgrounds. Post-session, I received a lot of follow-up regarding the proofs and photo-editing." (Yelp)
"Matt really likes to get the person relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera; he asks (in a respectful and non-intrusive way) about life goals, passions, dreams. This process, I believe, made the experience and the portraits more intimate and personal -- which is great if you want your pictures to capture the real you!" (Yelp)
Tell me a little bit about your background...
Five years of self-taught training and experience as a portrait photographer, having photographed hundreds of people and made countless mistakes, summarized in 10 bullet points.
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Matthew Locke Wong is a commercial portrait photographer serving business, education, and non-profit sectors the San Francisco Bay Area since 2016.
To book your portrait experience, click here. For an on-location session at your company office, please submit a form at the bottom of this page. For more information, please refer to the FAQ, Testimonials, and History of the studio.
Notable Clients: EmergeCA, OpenLunar, Kleinfelder, UC Berkeley, UC Davis GSM, UC Berkeley Graduate Student Body, Dejusticia, Redwood Growth Partners, CUMC Faculty
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Rates + Packages
All sessions include . . .
- Professional 5-point synchronized ultra soft studio lighting (see Equipment List)
- 300 sq-ft, 7'11" ceiling private studio, located two blocks north of UCB Campus (we can set-up at your office)
- 100% satisfaction or a full refund, including your deposit.
- Starting in March 2020, I will be offering a budget plan. See details here.
- All images shared confidentially through cloud storage, so you can choose your favorites
- Advanced retouching of selected images in Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
- Read our Blog for weekly analysis of photography making the news
- My Top 10 Reasons to hire a photographer specializing in portraits to take your company headshots
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is your vision?
I am a portraitphile (I like portraits). I want everybody I photograph to walk away from my studio feeling just one bit better about how they're going to look online for the next few years.
Portraits are a speciality within photography. My expertise requires knowing a little bit of many things: lighting, direction, anatomic structures, color theory, optical performance, and many more.
Located in the heart of a world-renowned institution, Berkeley Portrait Studio seeks to create iconic portraits for innovative businesses and their leaders.
Where do you shoot?
Private one-on-one sessions take place at my studio, two blocks north of the UC Berkeley.
Businesses with over fifteen people can choose to have pictures taken at their office.
Do you offer outdoor shoots?
Yes, I am very familiar with shooting outdoors. For the best results, I often use a combination of sunlight and strobe (studio) lighting.
A small fee is usually added for locations over 15 miles from Berkeley.
What kind of lighting is used?
I specialize in many styles of studio lighting. Hard, moderate, and soft lighting; single-point "loop" lighting. Three-point lighting, 5-point lighting, "butterfly" lighting, and modified natural lighting. The choice of lighting depends on each person's anatomy and personal preferences. Here is a chart showing a few different lighting styles I have mastered.
What kind of technology do you use?
I am a Nikon shooter. I switch between a 85mm, 100mm macro, or a 70-200mm lens, depending on the compression I would like. Lately, I've been shooting with the 85mm at an aperture range of f/2.2-f/4, mainly to get very shallow depth-of-field.
I also shoot wider portraits (35-60mm) for professionals who want to convey personality, style, and local environment in conjunction with strong body language. I often alternate between headshots and portraits for the same client.
How many changes do I get?
You can have as many looks per session as fits in the session.
In terms of final images, the package you choose will determine how many images are professionally edited. Each additional retouched image is charged at $75/image.
Economy package = 2 retouched images.
First-Class package = 3 retouched images.
Is my choice of footwear important?
Yes. Shoes can add personality to an image, and also change your posture during the shoot, even if they are not seen in the picture.
What backdrops do you have?
We offer a variety of paper and canvas backdrops. Click here for details.
How many images are taken during the shoot?
Economy = 60-100 images.
First-Class = 150-200 images.
Additional retouched images are charged at $75/image.
How are images shared?
I am familiar with Google Drive, which is fast and confidential, although I can use Pixieset as a viewing gallery, or Dropbox if you prefer.
What is your turnaround time?
The proofs (low-res files) are sent within 24 hours (yes, I'm fast).
The final retouched images will arrive within seven days of your selections.
Group sessions may take longer based on the number of people photographed and unique conditions.