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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

To create this video, 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

Featured on Love+Wander

I’m so excited about this feature:  a travel-themed shoot of a loving family in a publication about LIFE, LOVE and WANDERLUST!

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Check out the entire article here!

The Bear Family

My first photoshoot for this family was of their baby in a bear jacket.  My second shoot for this family was this weekend, and it included their newest addition who wore a full-body bear outfit.  And the cuteness didn’t stop there.  Christy endearingly calls her husband “Bear”!  Adorable, right?!!  (I love this family!)

On this cold and foggy Winter morning, Christy, Rich, Melanie (2 year old), and Audrey (5 months old) had many tender moments, memorable funny lines, and beauty.  Beauty was all around… The location, the kids, the interactions, the emotions.

It was everywhere.

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Baby Bear’s first time sitting by herself!!!

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“I am going shopping,” says Melanie.  “Shopping for broccoli!”

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Fun Family Moments

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Tender Moments

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Melanie leading the way

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Sisters sitting together — on their own — for the first time.

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Melanie showing me the contents of her purse, as all girlfriends do with each other.  (She is my buddy!)

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Happy baby

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Beauty at it’s purest:  a mother’s love.

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Day In The Life: Chris and Sinead

When you take two gorgeous people with magnetic personalities and plop them in a distant land — let’s say, Costa Rica — they will find each other.  That’s what happened to Chris and Sinead, but even more romantic than that.

This Styled Couple’s Photography session was in San Francisco.  It started at their home, which was in the same neighborhood where I lived before I moved to the suburbs!  It was so great to do an entire shoot in this special area of the city.

The biggest treat was getting to know these two charming people who are so obviously meant for each other.  Their love was palpable.  <3

For their photoshoot, Chris and Sinead hung out at their home, dressed to the nines, and whizzed over to a few favorite spots by the way of Uber.  It was the quintessential urban photoshoot!

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