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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

Fall Mini Portrait Sessions Are Here

Yay! It’s that time again! Fall Mini Sessions are here, and we’ve got the perfect locations for them! I’m so excited as I love this time of year. How about you? Mini Sessions are perfect for creating unforgettable holiday gifts and artistic holiday cards! Great for...

HOW TO LOOK GREAT IN ALL YOUR PHOTOS

You don't have to Be a professional photographer to take a good picture, nor to be photographed well must you be in a studio, but there are few tips you should remember whether you are snapping pics with friends or working with a pro. Camera Angle   If the...

5 Tips to Get Kids to Smile

As a photographer, Having your family photos taken is exciting and I understand that you’re probably imagining all the things you are going to do with the beautiful images that you will have of your family. This is normal, and I encourage it! However, it’s important...

7 Steps To Choosing The Right Family Photographer

Choosing the right family Photographer can be a daunting task. If you do an internet search for a “Family Photographer” in your area, inevitably you will be barraged with hundreds of options. Not to mention the studio that you’ve seen downtown, or those family photos...

7 Tips to Rock Your Smartphone

People often ask me If I bring my “big camera” everywhere I go. While I probably should, I don’t. Like most of you, I’ve come to rely on my smartphone camera. While my DSLR and pro lenses can do a lot of things that my smartphone can’t, my phone’s camera is just so...

Richmond Family Portraits – Extended Family at Alvarado Park

I first met Barbara, the matriarch of the B family, when her grand-daughter, Xoxa, participated in my Tween 'Who I Am' Project.  At the time we were reviewing Xoxa's portrait, Barbara let me know she wanted a portrait of her entire family and she needed to do it soon,...

East Bay Pet Photography – Sunset at Albany Beach

One night last summer, while walking my dogs in the twilight, I was enjoying the gorgeous sunset and it occurred to me try shooting dogs along the shoreline as the sunset is creating this beautiful light against the skyline. This may sound easy, but it really isn't....

Oakland Family Portraits | The B Family

I head out early with my camera gear to Lake Temescal in Oakland on what is promising to be another scorching hot day in the SF Bay Area.  Summer is almost officially over and yet it has been blisteringly hot the past several days. I suggest to the B Family matriarch...

A Dog Portrait Fundraiser for Milo Foundation

As a pet photographer and lifelong animal lover, I'm always looking for ways I can help out rescue organizations. Since I started my business in 2009, I've been photographing dogs and cats to help them get adopted. That is why, when I saw a Facebook post back in May...

5 Easy Tips to Get a Good Pic of your Pup

Who doesn’t love taking pictures of their pups? But so often, the perfect photo ops happen without any planning and we don’t have a camera with us. So we whip out our cell phones and click away, hoping to get good results, usually with varying degrees of success....

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...

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...

Five years of portraits and now Wyatt has a new puppy!

If you’ve read my blog before or scrolled through the galleries than you will have seen this handsome Bloodhound's face on my site.  Wyatt and I go back a ways….all the way back to 2011 and Baker beach where I met him for the first time.  His human, Josephine, has his...

Senior Sibling Pups Rescued in San Pablo

You know that I am a big proponent of adoption as the shelters are filled with amazing dogs looking for a good and loving home. This wonderful couple, while looking in various local shelters to adopt a dog, was approached one day by a neighbor who had decided to give...

Keep Your Dog Safe at Bay Area Beaches

Among the myriad health topics regarding dogs is one that's at the top of the list for SF Bay area residents - keeping your dog safe at the beach. Most dogs love going to the beach; they can take in new scents, experience the feel of sand beneath their paws, discover...

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...

A Sibling Holiday Portrait for Mom and Dad in our Richmond Studio

As anyone who scrolls through my galleries will notice, most of my siblings are kids, so it was a nice change of pace to photograph adult siblings. I met Mary last year when I did a headshot for her LinkedIn profile. She contacted me before Christmas because she and...

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