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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.

Commercial Photography: City Build

It was time for shoot #3 of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) adult education ad campaign.  This time, I photographed students from their City Build program.  [Here is my post about the first two CCSF shoots.]

They only need one of these images.  Good luck with that ‘cuz I love them ALL!


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Bubble Tea

Families can be described immeasurable ways.  Here are a few I found online that struck my fancy:  {authors unknown}

Family:  an anchor during rough waters.
Family – like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.

But have you ever heard this one by Annie Tao?   :)

Family is like bubble tea.  You are awesome to most, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  And no matter what, you always stick together!

Don’t worry, I won’t write fortunes in a fortune cookie factory!  hahaha.  I’m sure I’d be fired.  With my silliness aside, check out this family’s lifestyle shoot of shopping and drinking bubble tea!


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Styled Shoot: 50 and Fabulous

I love the colors of this photoshoot.

I also love vibrant personalities, women who are strong yet kind, and people who can have fun and laugh in pretty much any circumstance.  That’s Ria.  And this fabulous person is turning 50 today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RIA!

Ria’s styled shoot took place at her home, where her heart is — aka, husband José and doggy Riley.  ❤️

There were so many cool textures, prints, and colors that I had to include a bunch of detail shots!  I hope you’ll enjoy the sneak peek.

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