The Spring season has been chock-full of nonprofit galas and fundraising events. Being able to be part of events that support incredible causes is something we cherish about being in our industry.

Recently, we were honored to be part of Make-A-Wish®Greater Bay Area’s Wine and Wishes fundraiser and American Heart Association Greater Bay Area’s Heart Ball both planned by the fabulous team at Kelley O’Brien Events. You ladies rock!

One thing we love most about bringing The Vanity Portrait Studio to events is the opportunity to give people the unexpected chance to get a beautiful portrait of themselves. We meet guests in a place where they are already dressed up, looking and feeling good, and ready to celebrate – all of the makings for a portrait that brings out someone’s best light.

Guests leave with something timeless that they can display in their home. For Make-A-Wish Bay Area’s event, we created custom mats with their logo. This is a lasting way for guests to be reminded of the organization or company long after the event is over. The matted portraits that guests receive are ready to be slotted into an 8×10 frame to display in the home or office.

Here’s some of our favs from the Make-A-Wish®Greater Bay Area’s event. The event was held at City View at Metreon in San Francisco and the studio was furnished by Bright Event Rentals. We LOVE the blue Coco Luxe chair!

For American Heart Associations’ Heart Ball, we had a moody set that brought out the elegance of the evening. Here’s some of our favs from the Heart Ball that was held at Pier 27 in San Francisco.

Wait…is that who we think it is?! We loved having a surprise guest appearance from Teri Hatcher!

Thank YOU, Make-A-Wish®Greater Bay Area and American Heart Association Greater Bay Area for allowing us to be part of your amazing events.

If you’re interested in having The Vanity Portrait Studio at your next event, give us a shout!

What happens when the rugged outdoors and the Vanity Portrait Studio collide? Glamping! We captured some oh-so chic campers at a vendor showcase in San Francisco at Metro Events’ Pier 35 organized by the lovely team at Danielle Gibson Events.

The camping theme was a fresh twist for a vendor showcase. Who doesn’t love being bundled up in a puffy vest, while eating gourmet s’mores?!

While this is may be the first time flannel made its debut in the Vanity Portrait Studio, we have to say…we dig it. 

A shout-out to Standard Party Rentals for furnishing the studio and providing the backdrop that tied perfectly into the rustic, nature aesthetic of the event.

We always recommend a simpler studio set because our intention is to showcase our subjects and make them the center focus.

Our niche is capturing magazine-inspired photos at events. We want guests to have a timeless portrait that will leave them talking about your event long after the party is over.

If you’re looking to amplify your next event, the Vanity Portrait Studio is here to help.

We love capturing portraits that surprise people.

We are the Vanity Portrait Studio, and we create magazine-inspired photos at events. So, how does it work? How are we different than a photo booth?

Let us show you!

It Starts With The Backdrop

We work with you, the event professional, to create a custom backdrop and furniture selection that ties into the aesthetic of your event. We can place the order using one of our go-to vendors, or, the rentals can be tacked on to your event’s existing order. We find that most event pros prefer the later for efficiency.

You’ll notice that the studio set is simple. This is on purpose. Our intention is to showcase our subjects in an artistic way. We highly discourage props. Our goal is to capture stunning portraits that guests want to frame and display in their home.

The Studio

We bring a full-service photography studio to your event. We bring in fashion lighting, computers for real-time editing, high-gloss printers for on-site printing, iPads for guests to email themselves digital copies, and mats for the printed photos.


This is where the magic happens! Our lead portrait photographers stylishly pose each individual guest, so their essence and best features are highlighted. We’re going to tell you where to…sit, stand, lean, turn, and look.

We often hear guests say, “OMG…I feel like I’ve just stepped off a set of a photo shoot!” Because of this, we find that the studio adds an immersive experience to an event, where guests get the unique opportunity to feel and look like they’re on a cover of a magazine.

Editing & Printing

Once guests step out of the studio, our Photo Editors quickly edit the best portraits in real-time and print them on-site.

While we’re editing and printing, guests can view their portraits on our iPads and email themselves digital copies. We may or may not have seen Vanity Portrait Studio photos on freshly minted profiles for Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram…we know about that social media life! 😉

Portraits Are Ready

In a couple minutes, magazine-inspired portraits are processed and printed for your guests.

Every guests receives a printed portrait in a mat. The portrait is ready to be slotted into a frame, so guests can display in their home or office.

If you’re interested in creating an elevated photo experience at your next event, we’d love to help you.

Click here to learn more.