Kayla Schmah
Kayla Schmah
East Bay • San Francisco • Lamorinda

photos of me courtesy of my lovely friend Billie Woods. 



I have always been interested in telling a story. I guess that's the common thread between my previous career and being a photographer. Growing up on an island of many artists in western Canada, my youth was spent performing in theaters, playing in bands, hanging on film sets in Vancouver and making short films at summer film school. My plan was to put my love of film and music together, so I moved to Boston to earn my BA in film music composition from Berklee College of Music.  After graduation, I moved to Hollywood and began working as a composer and orchestrator on films and television. I loved that I could change the way you felt about a character, or hint that something more was going on beneath the surface with music. I had some fantastic experiences like recording 100-piece orchestras on the stages of the biggest studios, fun nights at premieres and bizarre celebrity run-ins. I loved and still love film music-- but Hollywood is sometimes a difficult place to spend your life and energy.  It left me feeling like something was missing and when I got married and became a mother, I let that become my life. As my kids have grown and my husband changed jobs, (which landed us in the San Francisco area), I fell back in love with the camera. I started slow, telling the stories of my family and friends, studying technique, then moved on to a food blog where I really learned to style, photograph and present my work. Being a story-lover, I have evolved to focus more on portraits, and capturing the products, stories and style of companies. 




Let's find your story! Portrait sessions with me are fun and I'm happy to consult on location and wardrobe. For companies, I'm flexible in tailoring to your specific needs including social media packages, headshots and product photography. Retouching services are also available. 

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If you're interested in my previous life in music, you can check me out on Soundcloud and IMDB!