Motion Photography is located in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area in Discovery Bay and is a father and sons team of photographers, (Christian, Paul, and Bill). Each of us possess differing skills and strengths which allows Motion Photograph to better meet the many specialized needs.

We share two main passions; photography and backpacking (outdoors).  While we have enjoyed photography most of our lives, we did not start lightweight backpacking together until 2005.  This is when Christian had his bachelor party at the top of Snow Creek in Yosemite.  Although we had camped as a family when the boys were growing up we found hiking into the back country gave us the opportunity to capture breathtaking shots.

This hiking adventure seemed to be the catalyst that drove us to focus more on the details and mechanics of photography.  From 2005 through 2010 we took classes, upgraded our equipment, added software, studied the different facets of the business, and then practiced hard to polish our skills and ability.

By 2010 we were ready to open our own business and follow our hearts. Over this past year we have all felt an enormous sense of pride each time a client, after reviewing their images, says “wow” and lets us know we beat their expectations!  Images that will take your breath away!

Our suggestion  is that you move quickly, contact us, and book your special event while you still can!  We really want to work with you.

72 Responses to About

  1. luvmy3stars says:

    Hi Bill:) I did it~lol!!

  2. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for visiting over on my blog today. Looks like we are pretty close neighbors here in the Bay Area. Looks like you have a good team going.

  3. Oli says:

    Hats off to you guys for following your dream. Thank you for stopping by my blog, much appreciated!

  4. bmgphoto says:

    Hi, great photos and blog, very interesting. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  5. likeitiz says:

    Hi, glad we crossed paths in the blogosphere. I have friends who live on Discovery Bay and they love it there. We have visited them quite a few times already. Does your home have its own dock?

    • motioners says:

      Yes, I live on the water, meaning we have a dock. I read your ‘About’ and believe you have a terrific outlook on life. Keep updating your list(s) and enjoy life. bill

  6. Rockin' says:

    Hello Bill,
    I just visited your photography site and see that you are in the bay area. Love what you are doing. My daughter, husband and grandkids are moving to Monterey Bay area in the next couple of weeks. I have been having fun planning outdoor activities and you are lucky to have such a playground. Is there particular areas you would recommend? The kids are 3 and 5. Also, you probably get asked this often, but what camera do you take backpacking? My camera was dropped many times this season (Lumix LX5) and I have been using it anyway stuck in -1/3 exposure on AUTO. 😦 I am not interested in hauling a DSLR, but there are new smaller ones the market. Glad I found your site. BTW: loved all the young ones on your JMT trip.

    • motioners says:

      First of all the young ones you mention are two of my grandsons (11 and 15 yrs old during our hike). We did the JMT in July of 2010 after one of the biggest late season snowfalls and experienced what you had mentioned in your last blog, hundreds of water crossings, ugh. But even worse were the billions of mosquito’s that were everyplace all the time. In response to which camera I used I had a Canon Elph SD880IS (10 mp) point and shoot. I was not about to carry anything heavy on the JMT. Unfortunately, as I look at the photos now, I really wish I would have taken the DSLR. I take it now on all our backpacking trips (Canon 5dmII with the 24-70mm f2.8 lens). Heavy, but no regrets when I come home and look at the images. We have been hiking a lot in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe region. One of the first trips we took with my grandkids (at 5 and 9 yrs old) was in Yosemite. The trailhead was at Tuolumne Meadows and we hiked up through Lyell Canyon. The elevation changes is near zero so not bad for a couple of youngsters and the scenery is breathtaking. Another location to hike is Yosemite Falls from the backside (from hwy 120). There’s and old boy scout camp we used as a trailhead. It has about a 600′ elevation drop to get to the falls, following Yosemite Creek. One last thought is to hike at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. From the dam you follow the water line and hike to Rancheria Falls. Mostly flat with a few ups and downs. Ditto to your last comment – glad I found your site. I will stay connected. bill

  7. snappy~speak says:

    Great story, guys! Congratulations on the family business!
    Thanks for popping by snappy~speak- don’t be a stranger!

    • motioners says:

      We’ve really like your site and will be regular visitors. Thanks for your comment back at us. bill

      • snappy~speak says:

        Thanks Bill, glad to hear it! The feeling’s mutual! You’re welcome there any time!
        My husband and I honeymooned in N. California and San Francisco, so we’re very fond of your area. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  8. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, motioners!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

    The rules of the award are at


    Well deserved! Enjoy 🙂

  9. orbphotog says:

    Congratulations! It is with great honor that I get to honor you as well for Blogger of the Year 2012!! Well deserved!!! Here is the link: http://orbsdelight.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/orbs-delighted-by-blog-of-the-year-2012-award-from-the-motioners/

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  11. orbphotog says:

    Looks like you need a few more stars, Motioners! Thank you for guesting on my blog. Here is the link: http://orbsdelight.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/three-guests-and-their-orbs/

  12. thank you for liking one of my photographs 🙂 Have a blessed day 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for becoming a “Follower.”

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  15. Beautiful images, I can travel the country without leaving my seat… LOL 🙂 I look forward to seeing (and hearing) more in the future! Thanks for stopping by and liking my recent post ‘Word of the Week Challenge entry – Clouds’ – your support is appreciated!

  16. pflead73 says:

    I feel so jealous of you guys… few people are able to turn their passion into a business… All I can do for now is to look at your photos and have that vicarious feeling of adventure… keep up the good work 🙂

  17. ajaytao2010 says:

    Beautiful to share this site.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

  18. Thanks for your continued support by liking my recent post ‘Emerging Light’ – your continued visits are encouraging! 🙂

  19. Fab! “About us” page. I am happy there is still such thing as a happy family and family business. You are really blessed. Kind regards,

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  21. Your blog has inspired me so I’m nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can check it out here: http://jubileejourney.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  22. stephglaser says:

    I really look forward to seeing more of your photography! Thanks for checking out and following Travel Oops! Cheers, Steph

  23. likeitiz says:

    Hi there, team motioners! I just nominated you for an award: http://wp.me/pYeWf-1BU

  24. ajaytao2010 says:

    I Nominate you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
    Please accept & oblige.


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  26. Excellent blog. I’m enjoying making my way through all your beautiful pictures.

  27. bdsbrown1 says:

    Thank you for the like at simplydaisies. Come again anytime. Great work guys.

  28. Merci pour le fait d’ajouter!!! d–0.o–b

  29. Great pictures… though it is gonna take a while for me to go through all of them. 🙂 Thanks for hitting the follow button on my blog. Pls take a look at this other blog http://www.acuriousarmywife.wordpress.com, where I write about life as an Army wife in India. Cheers!

  30. Hi! Yours is one of the selected blogs I enjoy reading, though I follow ten thousand other blogs :). And so, I am nominating you for the Inner Peace Award and the Sunshine Award. If you accept it, it will give me great joy and if you don’t, then I am gonna haunt you in your dreams :D.

    • motioners says:

      First of all, we can’t thank you enough for the honor. We will accept the awards, but ask for your patience until we get through the holiday season. This is a very busy period for us (photography) leaving little time to properly review and respond, per the guidelines. Please don’t haunt us… 🙂 Once again, thanks so much. bill

  31. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi! Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. I spend four months out of the year in SF and love photographing the area. I look forward to reading more of your blog and seeing your images.

  32. CrazyGuyinThailand says:

    Hi. Awesome pics.

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