Getting your kids to mug in front of the camera is easy. Capturing non-blurry and well lit photos of your family in action is another matter. Leave the picture taking to the pros at BlinkInc, a new studio in Corte Madera that’s reinventing the family photo shoot. With a digital streamlined experience (they deliver pictures online in real time) and a shoot that’ll leave you feeling as glam as Heidi Klum, you’ll soon see your family in a whole new light.

Why BlinkInc:
Tristan Davison, BlinkInc’s Owner and Founder (and local Marin dad of three), tells us that everyone deserves beautiful pictures and that a photo shoot experience should be easy, fun and rewarding. This means that your photos are shot by pros who make you and your family the stars of the shoot with no gimmicky backdrops or unnecessary props clouding the picture. You’ll walk away feeling like a magazine cover model who just got her 15 minutes of fame. While the studio’s modern, lofty aesthetic merely adds to the glam experience, at the end of each shoot you’re left with quality pictures that you can use for any occasion—holiday cards, family portraits, or baby’s first photo album.

What You Can Expect from Beginning to End:
While walk-ins are welcome, you’ll want to reserve your photo shoot online. Once you enter the studio for your appointment, the BlinkInc team will register you on their iPads. Everything is digital so taking a peek at your pictures and buying them is a cinch. You’re responsible for bringing any props you want to the photo shoot—anything goes including dogs, cats, fish, costumes, your own music, and signs. Once your shoot is over, preview and buy the commercial quality images in real time. And, while BlinkInc won’t print the images, they sell jpegs (called Blinks) that you can send to your mobile device, personal computer or dropbox immediately after the shoot is over. The streamlined process gives you instant results at the end of the session.

The Cost: 
There are four different packages available ranging in time from 10 minutes to 120 minutes. A 10 minute shoot, ideal for personal use like family portraits, holiday cards, and school photos, costs $25 and you have the option to buy all photos for $225. The longer shoots are best for commercial photos.


Who’s Behind the Camera:
BlinkInc’s photographers are all BFA’s from photography programs and arts schools around the country (though many hail from universities in the Bay Area). Got a camera shy kid? Each photographer understands that saying cheese with light bulbs flashing isn’t easy for everyone so one of the first things they learn is to help people (young and old) feel comfortable in their own skin in front of the camera. Each photographer adapts to your family, meaning if you have an active little one sprinting around the studio, BlinkInc’s photographer will be right on his or her heels.

BlinkInc Birthday Parties:
For a memorable birthday party, head to the studio for a photo shoot. Tristan recently hosted a 12th birthday party with a Taylor Swift theme for the birthday gal and 10 of her best friends. The girls came in with hair and makeup artists and wardrobe options. Tristan and his team blasted Taylor Swift songs throughout the entire shoot. Even the moms got in on the action, singing and dancing, too.

Take a look at some photos from recent shoots at the Corte Madera studio.

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109 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, Ca 94925

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— Erin Lem

all photos courtesy of BlinkInc.