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"Long ago it must be, I have a photograph. Preserve your memories. They're all that's left you." ~ Simon & Garfunkel

Family Portraits on the Campus of the Pennisula School in Menlo Park

Family Portraits on the Campus This past rainy weekend during a very short break in the much needed rain here in California, I had the privilege and delight of photographing a very special family.  I've known Chris, Kristy and their daughter, Addie for about 10 years...

A Beautiful Day with a Beautiful Family Photograph in Oakland

On my website I state that you define your family and I document the love.  This Beautiful Family Photograph in Oakland recently is the perfect example of that sentiment.  It started with a call from Sandra who wanted to surprise her partner with a portrait session...

More Family Portraits at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek

Imagine if you will a beautiful late summer morning, the sun shinning down on the small lake at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek, the birds chirping, owners walking their dogs and stopping to give a wag to the H family as they stroll around the lake shore picking up...

The cutest sisters in the Chickpea Cube – Bay Area Kid Portraits

Bay Area Kid Portraits I had two delightful sisters playing in the cube recently. These girls were playful, silly and a total joy to photograph. Enjoy this quick sneak peek. [callout type="left, center, right" title="Is it time for your family portraits?" message="...

A Doggie in the Chickpea Cube – Bay Area Pet Portraits

Bay Area Pet Portraits The Chickpea Cube isn't only for kids. Dogs like to play too and their owners. I photographed Suzanne's other Standard Poodle, Mellow, a few years ago and when she heard about the Cube Sessions, she decided it was a great idea to have family...

Three Families in the Chickpea Cube – Portraits Galore Oh My!

When I worked in Corporate America as an IT Manager I worked with some pretty amazing women.  On Labor Day these same women brought their families into the studio for a series of Cube Sessions.  Three families; 6 adults and 7 children and can you believe it - they all...

The Cube Sessions – Bay Area Family Portraits

Jeannie was one of my very first clients way back in 2009, when I photographed her wonderful dog, Buddy.  Now I get to continue with her children in the Chickpea Cube. Lucas and Levi got to play with bubbles, the vintage tricycle and couple of other fun props. ...

The T Family Portraits at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek

Imagine, if you will, a warm summer afternoon, soft diffused light coming from the slightly overcast skies and bouncing off the trees and green, green grass. Then add to this idyllic scene a young family playing with their two children. Well actually corralling the...

Headshot Portraits at East Bay Photography Studio

I may be the world's worst blogger. There I've admitted; that is a load off my shoulders. Whew! In today's service business economy blogging regularly is an important, if not critical, business tool. Alas, despite my best intentions of blogging weekly, I regularly get...

Come Play in the Chickpea Cube – Bay Area Child Portraits

Announcing our new studio offering - The Chickpea Cube. And to kick-off this exciting new portrait (Bay Area Child Portraits) experience we are offering quick, fun, 30 minute mini sessions until mid-September for only $99. These sessions are geared for kids, but the...

Family Portraits in Beautiful Belvedere

I grew up in the Bay Area and am pretty familiar with much of it, but recently I seem to be keeping myself mostly to the East Bay, so it was great when I had the chance to hop over the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and drive into Tiburon for a family portrait session a...

Spring Boutique School Portraits in Walnut Creek

Last fall I added boutique School Portraits in Walnut Creek to my portrait studio offerings. What are boutique school portraits, you may be wondering? Well, think back to your days in school – remember the long line in the gym waiting for your 30 seconds in front of...

Mayor Quan Helps in Celebration for Oakland Dog Lovers!

Oakland Dog Lovers As a long time Bay Area resident and dog owner, it has been commonly understood that Oakland isn't a very dog friendly city, or at least as far as dog parks is concerned.  However, the Oakland Dog Owners Group (ODOG) has been working to change both...

Beautiful Oakland Hills Pet Portraits – Pumpkin, Peru & Pepper

Back in December I photographed a fundraiser for the Oakland Dog Owners Group. Now I get to photograph the three furry family members of ODOG’s president. I meet them at their gorgeous home in the Oakland Hills for my session with Pumpkin, Peru and the newest member...

Family Portraits in Moraga – Linda & Lindsay

Many people hire a professional portrait photographer around the holidays when kids come home from school and family travel from far and wide to celebrate with one another. As a result December is a busy month and slots book up fast. To accommodate the busy schedule...

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