Shiva Sharifi

Photographer Female San Francisco, California, US
Los Angeles, California, US
San Jose, California, US
My Website:
Mayhem # 10186

About Me

I am female photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area with years of experience in various styles of photography. I visit Los Angeles, Seattle/Portland, Vegas as often as possible when my schedule allows. I am always determined about creating excellent imagery. I have been seriously shooting since 2001. My photography is of a particular artistic style that I have cultivated and developed over many years. I do not function or create work like other photographers and intend to keep things this way. I do not like to rush the process of capturing great photos. I do like to make people feel at ease and do not push people to be something they are not. In addition to working with models, I shoot many events, weddings, portraits and do landscape & nature photography as well.
~ I love all aspects of photography! ~


2014 Motorcycle Pinup Calendar

Models::: Olivia Dantes MM#2033082 ~ Liz Ashley MM#26159 ~ Romona Vaine #2647849 ~ Miss Rockwell Devil MM#195637 ~ Apanduh #2390092 ~ Gummibear Geisha #137190 ~ Bri Chronicles #2186567 ~ Erin Lydia #155824 ~ Jessi Jayne #1065073

~ In Fall 2012 I began working in advertising for division of Penthouse Social Media. At this time my schedule really does not allow for me to shoot on the weekdays, but I am always booking out Saturdays and Sundays in advance until otherwise noted.  ~

I work very well with models of all different levels of experience.
I feel most models have always had a strong sense of confidence and trust in my work style turning out results. Having drive, creativity and an easy going attitude is mostly all that is needed to accomplish great results. I do prefer models who are definitely comfortable with themselves, some minor body awareness is also a plus but I will always provide direction as well. +++ Basically meaning in other words, I am one of the most mellow photo shoots you will experience, but you need to leave behind your drama and bring your confidence with you.

Bring flat shoes for walking around in and high heals or healed boots for when we are shooting the photos. Most of the time I ask my models to handle their own makeup unless we plan for something else that is special through our email correspondence.

In general I am 80% of the time always an on location photographer.  My style preference is to be in a real environment, whether outdoors or indoors as white or black backdrops become very visually boring for me and lack the adventure and dynamic advantages to on location imagery.  Yes I can shoot with you in a studio with advanced scheduling, I do have access to using a handful of industry associate studios around the Bay Area. On the other hand I am always looking for girls willing to help me with scouting new locations that we could possibly utilize to shoot. Talk with your friends, friends of friends and please let me know if you can offer any indoor or outdoor location recommendations. I love discovering odd/new places to have as a shoot location. Of course I am also capable of coming up with or networking my own shoot locations, but it is always nice when someone offers ideas for this too, because she might think of something or know of places I havn't thought of exploring yet. Collaboration always makes the process of shooting much more fun!

I am generally involved with ALL the styling work on my models, which is represented in my portfolio unless it's latex or designer or otherwise and I always give credit so long as I know to whom it should be given.

I do all my own Retouching and post-processing work
which means many additional hours goes into every photo shoot.

If you are looking for portfolio content or have a specific shoot concept you want to capture I would love to assist you in accomplishing your goals. Whether you are a model, MUA, hair stylist, or clothing designer that needs to start or update your imagery, marketing or web content, please email me to inquire about scheduling and coordinating details.

Session fees range from $300-700 and up for half to full day, prices vary depending on booking criteria and retouching services. If we are shooting for your benefit please do not ask me for a trade. My rates are very reasonable and can be discussed. A non-refundable 25% deposit fee is required for scheduling any sessions.

I am becoming very selective about the models that I will take the time to TF.

If I have made initial contact with you then I am offering a TF assignment because I think your look would create something amazing in front of my lens. Most all models I have contacted have been willing to work with me on a TF basis as they view the quality of my work and assignment ideas as something that is worthwhile and would benefit their modeling portfolio. I supply 5-10 retouched FULL resolution digital images as well as maybe 15-20 more RAW originals for you to review and keep depending on # of outfits we shoot, etc.  I believe in the mutual value of TF so I try supply to you just AS much AS I would expect to receive on any collaboration. But what you will get is only what came out the best from our shoot session.

~Models asking me for pay~ Models get paid when I have paying clients and/or on rare occasions when a model is traveling and has a very professional portfolio/look ~  I do not pay models when collaborating on a fun photo session that we both want to create for our benefit ~ I have long standing professional relationships and rarely as an artist can pay model fees. If all you want is your rate, then I will return to my circle of awesome girlfriends who are more than willing to play dress up or dress down with me.


MUA's, Hair Stylists and Couture Designers please contact me for potential collaboration.

*** The largest full day photo shoot assignment that I have coordinated was 18 looks, 2 MUA's and 8 models both male and female.  It was a great day, lets make things like this happen again!

~Thank you!

Shiva Sharifi Photography


In photography you really have to have a understanding for people. You have to be empathetic and capable of seeing into people to understand them sometimes in a way better than they understand themselves, because most of the time they are coming to you to be shown who they really are. ~ Shiva

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I wish to give thanks to all the models that have worked with me. Your beauty, your time, your energy to inspire and create some amazing work.

Some of My Favorite Models, Photographers and Other Industry Associates.
The people on these lists are some of my favorite models,  industry related friends and connections I have made over the years.... sorry I have been around for a while and could not list everybody.

Models :::
Alice Sin #1705
Amy Vosters #1999274
Apanduh #2390092
Bri Chronicles #2186567
Floofie #65089
Erin Lydia #155824
Gummibear Geisha #137190
JEM #713507
Jenni Lee Cupcakes #410234
Jessi Jayne #1065073
KathArine #1274578
Kitty Meow McMuffin #553658
Kumi #3707
Laura New #751285
Liz Ashley #26159
Lux Lacheln #671776
Marlo Marquise #712342
MinhTu Van
Miss Elly Diamond #2347580
Miss Rockwell Devil #195637
Mzre Yuen #4011
Natalya Bryant #21723
Nikki Mayhem #1581965
Nikoley #1299496
Olivia Dantes #2033082
Romona Vaine #2647849
SaraLiz  #23425
Shelly D'Inferno #1566187
Sophie Nova #764254
Ulorin Vex #2178
Velocity #800145

Designers, Photographers & Other Associates :::
Amber Dawn #322337
Ashes Monroe #1333
Ashley Fontenot
Big Al - Caricature Artist
Black Lotus Clothing #1436367
Brian Peterson
Brian Sullivan
Chad Michael Ward
Charly B
Craig Morey
David Perry #12070
D.M. Gremlin
Eddie Muller -
Fabrizio Bianchi
Film Noir Foundation ~
Gerald Oar
Ivy Red #692663
Jaq Wear Designs
Joel Belmont
Josh Coffman #634536
Kennie Whonge - KW Images #444520
LLednor Nadirehs
~ Lovechild Boudoir ~ #1267186 Designer
Midori -
Michael Rubenstein - Fatal
Mike West - TiedOutWest
Penny McClish - ~ Lust Designs ~
Phil Edelstein #2496
Owen Johnson - Studio Imago
Rafa ~ peripheralvision -#1312782
Rich Yee #32396
Shaun Alexander ~
~ ShibuyaSF Lingerie ~
Steve Diet Goeddee
Tyher #2593
Ward George #220503


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