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The Creative Minds Behind the Start-Up


The Bay Area has no shortage of start-ups. Last week I went behind the scenes of several to photograph teams for websites and marketing materials. This series of portraits was created for Snibbe Interactive for their website. Kinesis Studio creates emotionally resonant interactive experiences for customers in entertainment, museum, corporate, retail, and other markets.

3 years with Super Lawyers


It’s been three years since Thomson Reuters first contacted me to shoot for Super Lawyers magazine. Since then I’ve covered almost 20 features and shot six covers.

This work has given me some insight into a complicated and varied industry. I’ve worked with attorney’s that head a small office of less and 5 people, to mega-law-firms with hundreds of employes and massive silicon valley campuses. Continue reading →

Aerial Photography Over San Francisco


A little night flying journey and perfect natural light…

Recently Gabe Somma of FlyBayArea and I took off from the San Carlos airport to capture images of Bay Area landmarks from the air. I wanted to see if I could capture city scenes at twilight… right at that moment when all the buildings begin to light up and there is still light in the sky. Continue reading →

Carrie Dwyer of Charles Schwab

Carrie Dwyer of Charles Schwab for SuperLawyers Magazine

In my ongoing relationship with Thomson Reuters, I’ve been shooting an incredible number of lawyers. Fortunately, I’m not likely to run out of subjects in that industry! For this assignment for SuperLawyers Magazine’s business edition I photographed Carrie Dwyer, the General Counsel of Charles Schwab. Continue reading →

Goodbye Studio….

Cowley Studios is nor Hollis Architects.

As Shakespeare wrote “… is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else“. Actually it’s a line from “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” where Richard Dreyfus explains the theater. I’m not sure if it appears anywhere in Hamlet! Continue reading →

Gemma d’Cowley c.1660

Gemma as pictured by Rembrandt

Portraiture was once the domain of the wealthy and the privileged. It was a rare opportunity to have your portrait painted if you were of a lower class. Today, photography has more or less brought portraiture to the masses, however the feelings that a portrait evokes remain powerful. Continue reading →

Striking new portfolio and website overhaul

Portfolio of photographer Gregory Cowley

It’s taken nearly a year, but I’ve finally officially launched a new portfolio online today. Thanks to the assistance and direction of Deanne Delbridge, we crafted a site that I’m very proud of. Continue reading →

San Francisco Magazine Clicks!

Editorial photography of events in San Franicisco

Some times just taking action pays off. On this particular Friday I knew that the Space Shuttle Endeavor was going to be making a fly over of San Francisco. Through some research I was sure that the path was going to be over the bay, which is a good distance from my house. The thought of fighting crowds along the bay at 7am just didn’t sound appealing, so I decided to hike up Bernal Heights and at least catch a glimpse from miles away. Little did I know that Bernal would end up in the flight path.

The Sak Summer Catalog

Catalog Fashion Photography for The Sak

The shoot took place in the cold winter days of 2005. Ironically this was for the 2006 Summer catalog for the The Sak. I worked with Art Director Randy Yau and designer Sandi Micone on this shoot which took place over 5 days. Continue reading →

The Sak Spring Catalog

Catalog photography for The Sak

This is a project from the archives. The original shoot took place in 2005 and this was for the 2006 spring catalog for the The Sak. At the time The Sak was based here in the Mission in San Francisco. Continue reading →

Casting Kids for Adobe

Casting of kids for an Adobe shoot

Some of the outtakes from the March 2008 casting call for Adobe. Continue reading →

Artist Portrait – Jemima Brown

Jemima Brown in her London Studio

While in London recently I had the pleasure of paying a visit to the studio of artist Jemima Brown, the recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture award for 2011. Continue reading →

Adobe Packaging 2009

Packaging for Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premier Elements

In the early part of 2009 I had a full crew in my studio to help me photograph some kids. These images were  the foundation for the photo illustrations on Adobe’s line of consumer software. Continue reading →

Adobe Packaging 2008

In early 2008 I worked with Randy Yau of Tolleson Design to create a series of images for Adobe. Continue reading →

San Francisco Photo Shoot with Overland Equipment

San Francisco Photographer Gregory Cowley

Here is a continuation of my work in the outdoor industry for Overland Equipment. Continue reading →

Sirna Therapeutics Lab Shoot


San Francisco’s Mission Bay medical has been sprouting up buildings near my studio for several years now. One of the new occupants of the complex is Sirna Therapeutics, which is a RNA research arm of Merck & Co. Continue reading →

Overland Equipment Shoot, Chico, CA

San Francisco Photographer

In the Summer of 2009 I loaded up in the car with art director Sue Redding and my assistant Debra Zeller. We began the 5 hour drive through from San Francisco to Chico to scout locations for the next day’s shoot. Continue reading →

Photo Shoot With Michael Chiarello

One of the setups with celebrity chef Michael Chiarello

I was commissioned by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine this last spring to drive up to Napa Valley and photograph celebrity chef Michael Chiarello in his home. Continue reading →

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photography for Adobe Photoshop Elements
Why is this picture here? Continue reading →