About Yuzu Studios
Opened in January of 2012, we are a California based commercial photography studio focusing on product and food photography. We work with real food, real people and real products. We love working with chefs, restaurateurs and artisans that have pride and integrity for their work, and their materials. Our service areas include the Sonoma County Wine Country and surrounding areas like Napa, Marin, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area and beyond.
The name Yuzu Studios was developed out of need to be different. The yuzu is a Japanese fruit that has a bright and energizing flavor of a lemon mixed with grapefruit that is bright, clean and fresh, just like our photography.
From the start, Yuzu Studios has made efforts to be a green photography company. All of our photography is digital, eliminating the need for toxic chemicals or non biodegradable films. We have an online proof/printing system that allows clients to view a session and only print the images wanted; and everything is à la carte, never a package. All of our invoices, contracts and releases are also digital, so there is no wasted paper.
About the Team
We are made up of casual personalities that uphold the highest standard of professional work. A sense of humor is the first requirement for being a part of the Yuzu team.
Owner and visionary of Yuzu Studios. I have a hand in all the elements required to run the studio. My training has had a colorful background. Working as a chef for 16 years, has allowed me to really understand what our food client’s needs are and what the client expects of the final image. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, I then continued my culinary and fine art training at the Santa Rosa Junior College. In 2003, I earned an Associates of Liberal Arts focusing on Culinary Arts and Photography. Between 2003 and the present, I have been an eager student of hard knocks life, teaching myself the finer ins and outs of photography. From 2005 to 2010, I worked as a freelance photographer, taking on events, weddings and food photography. And finally untying my apron strings in 2010. For 2011, I interned with a commercial photographer who shot for Honda, Vogue, Aston Martin and many others to learn studio lighting, how to work with models and to continue my photographic education.
My passions are photography and food; and if I can share that, I consider the day a success. If my photography can communicate the passion of someone else’s food, I consider the day perfect. When I’m not photographing, I love being active in the outdoors, studying mycology, discovering artisan micro breweries and enjoying the company of my husband Alex and my Labrador/Weimaraner mix- Raven.
Second photographer, often shooting or handling projects on his own when Bobbi is busy. After a typical San Diego childhood of surfing and hanging at the beach, Larry worked as a correctional officer for 6 years, and later became a fire captain after working his way through the ranks. Being in the fire service for 24 years, Larry has learned to make fast decisions under pressure. After taking some local photography classes, and a lot of self teaching, Larry got his start as a sports photographer and by doing some work for a local paper. After that Larry went on to work with a commercial photographer for almost two years; who had more than 20 years of experience to teach him about the finer points of commercial and fashion photography. Larry takes comfort in being in the studio working on personal projects, landscape photography and continuing his photographic knowledge. After a full day in the studio or at the firehouse, he enjoys watching a game, being in nature and hanging out with his four Corgis.
How are we different
Here at Yuzu, we believe everyone has individual needs, and those needs should all have their own solutions. Boxed formulas and prices never work for everyone. We value our clients, and take pride in our personalized service. Honesty in business is hard to come by, but here at Yuzu Studios it’s sorta our motto. If a client has a need that we can’t handle we will gladly refer them out to our trusted network of industry people. We would rather have a happy client than another invoice to file. Get what you pay for and pay for what you get are different.
Community matters. If not for our community, Yuzu Studios wouldn’t be here. We are happy to give back and often work with non profit companies to develop and grow our local community. As artisans ourselves, we like to involve the real people and chefs behind the food and the products.
How we work
We can bring the studio to the client or we can accept mail orders of products. Our studio is mobile. by appointment only, but we are always available by phone or email. Our photography and studio services are available to large businesses or to individuals.