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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

When I Grow Up

As a parent, a former teacher, and someone who has always loved little people, I think children are…in one word, incredible.  They learn at amazing speeds and absorb everything.  They develop unique personalities from the time they are babies.  And unlike adults, they always know what’s important:  eat, sleep, play, love, poop.   :)

So with that said, I have a fun little story to tell you about my weekend’s Lifestyle Family Photography session with Josie and her parents, Vivian and Freddy.  It’s told through the eyes of a little one.  Enjoy!

WHEN I GROW UP…

I will be taller.

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I will have the World in my hands.  

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My parents will still be my Protectors and be by my side, even when they’re not.

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My dad will always be the first man I’ve ever loved.

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I will have faith — in myself.

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I will continue to be an independent thinker.  And a do-er!  I will stay brave and do what I believe is right, even if it’s not the most popular view.

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I will let you know if I like something.

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And squash the things I do not like, such as negativity.

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I will always remember that my mom is the most important person in my life.  The one who brought me into this World. 

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The one who will always welcome me with open arms and a full heart.

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Above all else, I will laugh.  I will laugh hard!  And often… with the people whom I love.

That’s what life is all about, right?!!

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And of course I will always remember my photographer, Annie.  ;)

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[If you want to see Josie’s first shoot with me back in 2012, here is The Best Medicine.]

The Hungry Caterpillar

Alright, so Connor isn’t really THE Hungry Caterpillar from the famous children’s book by Eric Carle, but there were similarities, like they’re both cute, they both have little round bodies, and they both eat everything in their way!  ;)

This shoot was for Connor who is turning one year old next week.  His proud parents are Chris and Connie, who have San Francisco close to their hearts because they grew up here and still live here now.  They even work here… in the same place actually!  In fact, here’s a fun fact:  Chris is a doctor and Connie is a registered nurse at the same hospital where I gave birth to my three monkeys!

Check out this San Francisco Lifestyle Family Photography session of a doctor, a nurse and the cutest hungry caterpillar in a cool, urban playground.

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Nom nom. 

See what I mean?!!

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Oh no, not Snoopy!

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Disclaimer:  No playground equipment or animals (ie, Snoopy) were harmed during the photoshoot.  (Connor is teething!)  :)

The Biggest Hug

Twelve month old Bennett is enamored with his mom.  And for good reason.  She is all that and a bag of chips!  (I used to work at Frito-Lay, so I can say that and mean it.  Yummo.  Chips!)

Bennett’s love for his mother, Jennifer, was apparent throughout their South Bay Lifestyle Family Photography session from the way he called out “mama mama” ever so sweetly whenever she left the room and would give her THE BIGGEST hugs whenever she was close enough!

*melt*

Below is a peek into the life of Jennifer, Baelson, Lucy (the furry big sister) and Bennett.  I’m sure you’ll adore them as much as I do.

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