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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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Lean On Each Other

Last weekend, I played at a barn with a very special family who is dear to my heart.  I’ve been so fortunate to have photographed The N Family since Sohan was a toddler, then when Rashmi was pregnant, again when Tejan was born; and then got to follow their development as a family of four until now.

Each year goes by quickly and each year, I feel so much joy in seeing Sohan and Tejan’s beautiful beautiful smiles, hearing what they are up to, and getting many bear hugs!  I am so proud of these boys.  They are incredible individuals who are strong and smart, and they love one another.  You can see it in how they lean on each other — both literally and figuratively!

One thing I always forget is Rashmi’s stunning beauty.  She is beautiful on the inside and she makes me laugh HARD because she doesn’t hold back (love her!), so I forget just how beautiful she is on the outside too.  So, you’ll see some of her in this sneak peek.  I can’t help it.

And Sat.  I adore how he spills over with love for his boys.  He is the kind of dad who doesn’t stand on the side, but rather, is there with the action.  In fact, he’s usually the one who instigates the activities, like climbing huuuuuge trees.  If there’s a will, there’s a way!  ;)

Enjoy the sneak peek.

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The Impossible

I didn’t think it was possible to adore these kids and their sweet family EVEN MORE than I already do!

Seeing Mateo and Anea speak respectfully to one another and play gently together…. my jaw dropped in awe.  (Really!  I came home and told my hubby all about these amazingly sweet kids.)  Hearing Mateo come up with lines to his latest poem during our hike in the woods… my heart melted.  Watching Nea stop what she was doing to smile at me showed how she grew up with me and my camera… my arms hugged her.  Twice. 

So I’ve learned it first-hand:  the impossible is possible!

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Fallen Tree

What do you do when you plan an early morning shoot in the city to get coastal fog and cool air in a location you’ve shot at a million times, a lush woodsy park…

But once you arrive, you are greeted by unusually bright sun and discover that California’s severe drought had dried up most of the woods, so the area was now mostly dirt and piles of dead branches?!!

You veer off-course to get some urban images and then hang out on an uprooted, fallen tree.  That’s what!

Check out how much fun The S Family had a few days ago in San Francisco!  Dirt schmirt…we didn’t care.  :)

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