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.

Commercial Photography: City College of SF

Perhaps you returned to school after you identified your passion.  Maybe life got in the way and you are now back on the path to earn your GED.  Whatever your story is, I applaud those who return to school because it takes a lot of tenacity and desire to grow to do that.

I met a few students from City College of San Francisco and had the privilege of capturing part of their lives with someone who supports or inspires them.  It was invigorating to hear their stories, and the culinary class made me want to take a class (and made me hungry).  :P

Here’s a peek of my 2-day Commercial Shoot with City College of San Francisco.  I can’t wait to see the ads around my favorite city!

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Whoops, that’s my iced tea!  ;)

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Something Is In My Eye

I first met Heather and Brent the week of their 3 year anniversary when their only child was a four-legged one.  That was back in 2009.

Since then, I’ve watched their family grow each year.  And get this:  I got to meet each of their beautiful babies a few days after they returned from the hospital!  How awesome is that?!!

I really do love this family and will miss them.  ❤️  Dang it, something is in my eye.

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If you want to see how different Heather and Brent’s past photoshoots have been, grab a drink (or a tissue, in my case) and get comfy: 

Autumn in the Park (2016)

Twinkle Twinkle (2015)

Little Pumpkin (2014)

Newborn Evy (2013)

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (2009)

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Styled Shoot: Woodland Nymph

Lifestyle Photography is my jam, but from time to time, I like to stretch my creativity by telling a visual story through a Styled Shoot.  Let me tell you one:

According to ancient Greek mythology, there lived a beautiful nymph who preferred the company of her imagination and nature more than the company of other people, so she built a house in the woods and lived alone.

She picked berries and washed them with river water before eating them one by one while lost in her own thoughts.  The isolation meant being alone, but she never felt lonely.  She felt…

Free.

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