Background of Dean Birinyi

My clients depend on me to be the "voice" of their firm. I take great pride in this, and take the responsibility very seriously. I listen to my clients and work to understand their ideas before trying to share them through photography. 

This requires an investment of time energy and effort for both myself and my clients, but the results are strong photographs that speak in my clients voice. That's worth the trouble.

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A San Francisco-based architecture and interior photographer with 30 years of experience, Dean Birinyi brings a thoughtful approach to every project he shoots. Dean began his career as a portrait photographer, refining his skill set before turning to architecture and interior design for inspiration. At Dean Birinyi Photography, the photographer draws on his background in furniture design and construction to capture the true essence of residential and commercial spaces. Dean’s work has led his clients to receive prestigious design awards and has appeared in numerous shelter magazines.


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To be successful in todays creative environment, with the bar for entry set so low a photographer must be a master of composition and not just lighting, but light itself.

To paraphrase Harlan Ellison "Being a photographer is easy, anyone can be a photographer. Staying a photographer, that's the hard part."


“A man should do what he loves or what he does best. If they’re one and the same then he truly is blessed.”

I'm one of the lucky ones; I'm one of the blessed. I love my job so much I can’t wait to get to work in the morning. I bring this enthusiasm to every project I shoot.

I believe it's important to speak with my clients face-to-face when setting strategic goals for their photography. 

Most often it's not the words a designer chooses to describe a project that helps me understand their ideas, but their expression, the lift of an eyebrow or a subtle hand gesture as they talk about their work that gives me the insight I need to understand their artistic vision and communicate their design concept.


My assistant suggested I get out and meet new people.

I went to the local Zen center, but they weren't big on conversation.
(ba dup, bomp)


Things you won't find on my resumé:

  • Husband to Erica,
  • Father to Salome
  • Grandfarther to Zak, Sy and Xen.

Favorite Painter: Rene Magritte

Favorite novel: Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

I don't watch Television.

I don't watch movies. They give me nightmares. Even romcom's.


I've always believed one of the best ways to get to know a person is to listen to their music collection.