Hello there!

My name is Annie Tao. I am a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in lifestyle photography where you get to play, hang out, and be yourself. I capture the moments, real emotions and stories that occur during our time together. Check here often or subscribe to my blog (RSS feed) to see what I am up to or get creative inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

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My Philosophy

I scoured through thousands of my client photos and pondered my philosophy on photographing people.  What I realized was that my philosophy was incredibly simple.

Looking at all these gorgeous faces and families, my heart melts a little.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.   ~annie

Want to see more?  Yippeee… here’s a video on why you should choose Lifestyle Photography.

Music, Flowers and Funnies

Sophia and Isabella crack me up.  I can’t imagine them in the same room without talking with each other or laughing or making a funny noise with their mouths.  Combine this dynamic duo with an interesting location and some props — like instruments, leaves on the ground and long-stemmed flowers — and you have a photoshoot full of fun and silliness!

[Fun Fact:  Their dad, Tim, used to play in a band I listened to when I lived in San Francisco!  No wonder their kids are musically inclined too!]

As they grow older, make new friends, have breakups with boyfriends (they’ll be heartbreakers, I’m sure), I know Izzie and Sophia will always be there for each other and will recognize they have an unbreakable bond that allows them to feel safe to be themselves.  These lyrics make me think of them…

Everybody wants me to be who they want me to be except you
All I wanna do is be with you
~Michael Franti, “I’m Alive”

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They got rained out last year, but if you want to see their artsy urban shoot from 2013, click here!

Arcade and Ice Cream

It was hot and bright even in the evening.  There was smoke in the air from the 7 fires just North of the city.  And there was what seemed to be hundreds of people everywhere we stepped!  Despite all of that, The F Family had a great time exploring an antique arcade, had a snack on a pier overlooking Alcatraz, and hung out in a swanky urban lounge in Fisherman’s Wharf.  If that sounds like fun, it’s because it was!

I love The F Family so much…  The parents are one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve met, and I’ve known (and photographed) their kids for the past EIGHT YEARS!

I get so excited to see them every year, and I feel a little sad when their shoot is over.  *Sniff* 

In any case, their shoots always have a nice combination of mostly True Lifestyle (where they do what they do and I photograph it) and a smidge of semi-posed family shots, as you’ll see below!  :)

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Animal Attack

Dani and Charlie have the type of bond that young adults think all siblings have, until they have their own kids.  ;)  And then they hear them arguing about the tiniest little thing:  “Give that back to me!”  “But you said I can play with it.”  “That was 5 minutes ago, but now I want to play with it!”  Okay, maybe that’s just at my house this last year.  ;)

But not these two girls.

They are genuinely sweet towards each other. All. The. Time.  We’re talking… cute whispers in the ear and holding hands every time they walk.  It’s funny because I see them every year, and every year they are like this.  And every year, I am in awe by them.  In fact, I remember blogging about it once or twice before.

Dani and Charlie also have parents (Alex and Roberta) who possess the perfect balance of giving parental guidance and being fun companions to their daughters.  So their shoots are usually just like that too.

Take a look at their latest shoot.  There was a bird in flight, some peek-a-boo action, and an animal attack!  heh heh.

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