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Doctor at Veterans Hospital
Doctor at Veterans Hospital

Doctor at the Fort Miley Veterans Hospital, San Francisco, portrait by Bartone Photography of Napa Valley.

Waylon Jennings & Jessie Coulter
Waylon Jennings & Jessie Coulter

In Napa, Waylon Jennings and Jessie pose for a portrait for this album, by Bartone Photography.

Teresa and Eric, engagement
Teresa and Eric, engagement

Engagement of Teresa and Eric, at San Francisco Fort Point, Photography by Bartone

Kodak Kodacolor Advertisement
Kodak Kodacolor Advertisement

Photos of Advertisement using contact sheet of child playing in the rain, for Kodak Film. Child is Lauren Bartone, my eldest daughter.

Father + son painting Napa house
Father + son painting Napa house

Napa Valley Photographer shot this ad for Visa, this shows a father and son working together.

Visa ad with Boy
Visa ad with Boy

Boy peering through store window with Visa sticker in window, by Napa Valley photographer, Bartone

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Making a great portrait doesn't come naturally. You can't wander into the studio and assume anything good automatically will happen. It demands a combination of patience and photographic knowledge, but mostly being able to listen and reach for the widest variety of connected ideas. I've worked with everyday people, models, actors and celebrities, and I have to know that they're all more nervous than I am. They want a great image - and they're depending on me to make it happen. There's usually a lot of pressure at the beginning of a session, but it soon turns to fun and experimenting. The most important thing happens long before the actual photography begins - discussing and planning are the key to great portraits.