About Robin


"I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me,
and at length the longing has been satisfied."
~Julia Margaret Cameron


San Francisco Photographer - San Jose Photographer

As a photographer, artist, and clinician, I have been on a purposeful quest to become a bridge between the fields of photographic art and clinical psychology. My love of portrait photography—which spans more than 30 years—has allowed me to observe and record the celebration of life around me, while providing my clients the gift of “being seen” with compassionate intention. My training in clinical psychology has given me the tools to help unlock implicit memories, emotions, and adopted life stories that keep us from living healthy, meaningful, and successful lives.

Since the beginning of humanity, looking at and contemplating portraits has intrigued us, whether they are in the form of figurines, statues made of marble, paintings, or photographs. As we gaze upon a portrait we are viewing and interpreting it through a social value system, or a self in relation to others story, making it a powerful interface between our social self, internal self, and art. Because of this, portraits are a catalyst for creating dialogue on topics of self image and identity, as well as revealing life stories we have adopted about who we are. The power of portraits, and visuals in general, is astonishing: over 80% of what the brain processes comes through our eyes, providing an enormous amount of visual information that informs our sense of self. Our concerns with maintaining and protecting our self-image is an essential part of our human existence.

I feel a portrait can—without using any words—lead one into the mysteries of the non-conscious, evoking undiscovered emotions and adopted life stories.

One of the biggest reasons people suffer from depression, anxiety, and a multitude of other psychological ailments is due to the repeated rumination of negative beliefs about the self. It oftentimes takes another person seeing us—unlike we have ever been seen before—to consider the possibility of feeling differently about who we are. The modern dependence on verbal therapies alone are ineffective in tapping into the non-conscious parts of ourselves, especially for those who are right brain dominate (such as artists and highly sensitive people). Therefore, it is beneficial for those suffering from poor body image, identity issues, or eating disorders, to participate in therapeutic endeavors that integrate both mind and body states. Whether you suffer from a negative self-image or from the debilitating effects of being disembodied (as in eating disorders), my self portrait work can help you gain a new perspective of self.

San Francisco and San Jose Photography

I have lived in the bay area over 30 years, and am available for new clients. Please call me with any questions you may have regarding my services.

"Though we travel the world to find the beautiful,
We must carry it within us or we find it not. "

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


(650) 646-9635

Robin Ruth Photography caters mainly to clients
living in the San Francisco Bay and San Jose areas including
Los Gatos, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Mateo, and Burlingame.