The award-winning Source Photography team of event, workshop, tour and portrait photographers provide photo services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States. Founded in 2008 and based in Walnut Creek, California, Source Photography provides premiere photography services for businesses, organizations, families and individuals throughout the United States.
Kevin Trexler, Founder & Partner
From Chef To Photographer. How does a classically-trained chef who spent ten years running some of the most challenging establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area – including his own restaurant – end up launching one of the west coast’s leading photography firms? Like all great recipes, when the right ingredients are brought together at just the right time, magic happens.
Eight years ago, Kevin was working in the restaurant industry when he suddenly acquired the taste for photography. He was intrigued by the notion that he could capture 1/5000 of a second of a person’s life, and even in that small fraction of time there was enough drama to tell a tasty story; sometimes, there just wasn’t a need to capture more. Kevin bought a powerful camera, learned how to use it, then began moonlighting as a photographer and teaching workshops for Calumet, a photography training firm. It didn’t take long for the hunger to start his own premiere photography business to take hold. In 2008, when his son was born, Kevin decided it was the right time to make the transition from cooking food to photographing it, so he launched Source Photography.
He’s very proud of his success and of the Company’s roster of impressive Clients, including worldwide brands like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Ford Motors and Marriott Hotels. Kevin’s photography has been featured in numerous magazines, including California Home and Design, Diablo Magazine, and 7x7, and his commissioned images grace some of the most notable offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. But if you ask Kevin about his favorite moment as a photographer, he’ll tell you it was photographing the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 World Series Parade along Market Street. Though he had very recently torn his ACL, he hobbled with his gear down the 2-mile-long parade route, snapping away as he limped through the crowded street. Ultimately, he captured some 5000 photos of the event, and learned the true meaning of being a Giants Fan – and a photographer!
Gene Stoegbauer, Partner
From Technologist to Photographer. Gene got hooked on photography in high school, and perfected his techniques while traveling through National Parks in his twenties with his Nikon F. In the days before digital, it took practice - and lots of it - to become a proficient photographer, and Gene’s extensive travel gave him the opportunity to sharpen his skills while building an impressive portfolio of beautiful images. Gene honed his photography talents and became a lighting expert while working at his brother’s busy commercial photography studio in Anaheim, California, where typical days included back-to-back model, portrait, and complex product shoots.
Gene is a Marine Corps Veteran, and before becoming a partner at Source Photography he had tenure in some of the most prestigious technology and consulting companies in the U.S. He served as a Director for AT&T, provided White Hat hacking consulting services for Ernst & Young’s security practice, and worked as a sales consultant for General Electric Information Technologies where he sold voice, data, security and managed services to Fortune 100 companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gene’s four decades behind the camera and adaptability to new technologies has earned him coveted recognition for his photographic work. His favorite image of Grand Teton National Park – with its saw-toothed, snow-covered mountains reflected in the glassy water of the Snake River - was published in Outdoor Photographer magazine. His photographs have been featured on Adorama.com’s website, and one of his images won Third Place in the company’s recent iPhone Photo Contest.