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Family Portraits – Strolling Around San Francisco

Family Portraits – Strolling Around San Francisco

Meeting and photographing the W family was a whole lot of fun.  They wanted a portrait session walking around in their Sunset District neighborhood, as they were about to move.  We headed out along Noriega Street and strolled along visiting the shops and looking for cool backdrops for the portraits.

We made our way down to the Great Highway and crossed over to the beach.  There is some cool graffiti down there and we made use of it for our photos.I had them take of their shoes and run around and play in the sand.  They were great to work with and up for playing around.

It was a typically day next to the ocean, which is to say not warm and sunny, but the W family is used to the overcast skies and moody weather of San Francisco.  And I love that light for portraits.

Who says having your family portraits taken is boring?  Not this family!

Bay Area Family Portraits – Welcoming the New Baby Boy

Bay Area Family Portraits – Welcoming the New Baby Boy

When Sam first contacted me she was considering a newborn session, but that is not my specialty so she decided to wait a few months until her baby was old enough to smile and make it a family affair. And smile little D did. What a sweet and easy going baby and he was so fun to work with.

They are a beautiful, charming family with a gorgeous home in the Oakland hills that had great light streaming in through the windows the day of our session. And to top off all the fun they have stunning and amazingly well behaved Akita who very sweetly got in on the act for a few shots with the little man.

Family Fun and Portraits in Tiburon

The O Family is another wonderful repeat client that I have been privileged to work with for the third time. Well, twice for family portraits and once with the daughter for a BFF Tween session.



They are sweet and loving family and mom believes in getting a formal portrait each year to record the changes, which, includes the families two dogs.


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I love going out to visit them as they live in beautiful Belvedere where there are numerous cool locations to shoot, not the least of which is their home.


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Preteen Portraits – Who I Am Project

I hate the word “lanky”.  When I was 10 I was much taller than the other kids, my pants were frequently to short as a result and I was skinny as a string bean.  All the boys called me “lanky” (and not a few of the girls).  I don’t look back at the few pics of me then and think “blossoming young lady”…..I think, “Ugh!  Too tall, awkward and gawky!”

Those years between 10 and 12 can be tough.  We aren’t cute little babies anymore, nor toddlers running around exploring everything new and we don’t yet have the privilege or excitement of our teenage years.  We are most definitely in the awkward trying to figure out ourselves stage. Perhaps you can relate and have a few photos from your “tween” days that reflect that same thing.

Tweens are often overlooked and forgotten when it comes to portraits.  Oh sure, you’ve got the school pictures, but if there are anything like mine then they show a cheesy grin, uncombed hair and big “deer in the headlight” eyes.

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I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit middle school.

Which is why I’m starting the “Who I am.” project.  A photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre­teens. The main goal is to help pre­teens appreciate how beautiful they are and be confident in who they are.

Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for female models for our photography project, ages 10­ to 12 (yes, boys can participate too, it is just that most won’t want to.  If yours does – terrific!). We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

Why “Who I am”?
We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their
childhood before they become young ladies (or men) . We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit middle school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image.

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How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please e­mail or call us by Sunday, February 28th if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in­-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a $200 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your daughter’s spirit and soul!  After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter (or son).

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Welcoming the Newest Boy to the Family – Concord Family Portraits

I had the pleasure of working with the H family (Desmond, Matt and Ale) last summer and you can see their first session here.  That time we met at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek on a beautiful sunny day.  This session I went to their home to meet the newest member of the family, 7 week-old Quinn.




Desmond is  a big brother now and that is sort of interesting for him, but he was more excited to show me his play room, toys, favorite books and puzzles.

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Since I imagine most of the attention is going to Quinn, I brought a stuffed soccer ball for Desmond and he and dad played a little soccer on the kitchen floor for me.


Desmond does like to cuddle with his new bother and he showed me how good he is at that.  He also likes reading with Quinn, but I think Quinn may need a little while to catch up!

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I did manage to get all four of them sitting still (sort of) and together for a couple of images, one of which they ended up selecting as large metal for their wall.


But then Desmond was off again.  Almost three year-olds have a good deal of energy!

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This final image of the day I call family feet chaos.  I wanted an image of all their feet together but Desmond was too eager to play and Quinn just wasn’t sure what was going on.  I love this image though, so did they.  It says a lot about family life!

Thank you Matt and Ale for having me into your home and allowing me to enjoy your very special family once again.


To see more family portraits – just click right here.

Lovely Twins Portrait Session at Jack London Square

As a portrait photographer I can tell you that Jack London Square is not only a great place to shop, eat and enjoy the Bay views, it is also a really fun place to have a portrait session. You can find old brick building facades, graffiti walls galore, cool colored walls and steps, old rusty stuff, sailboats and even palm trees!

So when I was setting up this twins portrait session with two very fun young ladies, Veronica and Vanessa, I knew I wanted a place that is fun, hip and offers several options for backgrounds. The girls were down with checking out JLS and were particularity excited by the graffiti wall we found as that is just what they were hoping for.

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The twins are daughters of my hair stylist, Kari from Sheer Heaven.  We’ve been talking for awhile about photographing her and the girls and I’m glad we finally made it happen.  Kari is a lovely person and a terrific hairstylist.  If you are in or even near Pt Richmond, I highly recommend you check her out.  If you do you’ll see a big canvas of her and the girls in front of the graffiti wall!

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Vanessa and Veronica are poised, enthusiastic and eagerly did all I asked during their first professional portrait session. They had a a lot of fun and I had a great time shooting them. I normally work with much younger children, but I’m having a blast with the older kids. This may need to become a trend!

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If you’ve been thinking of a portrait session for your tweens or teens – spring is a terrific time!

See more Tween Sessions here!


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