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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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Thoughts of Summer

Regardless of what the calendar says when seasons begin and end, our end of Summer is marked by the start of school, which is around the corner.  Sigh.  I am already thinking about the Summer, like it was ages ago.

One of my favorite memories of this Summer was when we were on vacation in Cape Cod…


It had been raining all day.

When the rain was light, I went outside to pick fresh herbs from the garden and was cooking in the kitchen while my husband played Monopoly in the livingroom with the kids.

Because there was a large deck, we were able to leave the windows and doors open, so we could enjoy the sounds of the rain.

All I heard was music, the rhythmic sounds of the rain, and laughter.
















Go Fish

I love a family who can play a mean game of Go Fish!  We’re talking a game where no one holds back and you’re out for blood.

Alright, fine — I’m kidding about the “blood” part, though there may have been a tad bit of cheating.  heehee.  Hey, it’s all in the name of FUN, right?!!  :)

The C Family came from Seattle for their Lifestyle Photography session.  When deciding on a location, they wanted one that wasn’t covered in green grass because that’s what they have in Seattle.  Since California is in a severe drought, this wish was easy to fulfill unfortunately.  There isn’t much green here.  We need rain!

Now it’s time to Go Fish!








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Thank you, Alan, Carol, Ethan and Maddy, for visiting me in the East Bay!  I had a blast getting to know you and hope you had a safe trip back home.  xoxo ~annie

Yin and Yang

I have been blessed with meeting this lovely family seven years ago and photographing them twice a year ever since.  (I get choked up when I think about how much their children have grown!)

This year, their two shoots were complete opposites, yet complimentary.  Yin and Yang!

At their last shoot, The F Family was in downtown San Francisco and it rained so hard that we ducked indoors the entire time.  This past weekend, it was gorgeously sunny with white puffy clouds.  It was warm, which is uncommon at the coastline in San Francisco, with an iconic Bay Area breeze.  The dense fog was there to greet us, then cleared, so we could see the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Again, this is something that doesn’t always happen.

With the weather being so nice, Kai, Maya and Nina, along with their parents, were able to do A LOT!

They flew kites, climbed rock walls, played in the sand, investigated marine life, and explored an old 1900′s battery (army artillery area).  Through all the activities, they were united as a family and relaxed to be themselves.



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By the end of the shoot, I was covered in sand, my shorts were wet from the surf, I suffered a cut on my knee from kneeling for a shot… and I had a smile on my face the whole time.

I feel so much gratitude for doing what I love and having clients who have believed in me and trusted me all these years.  I realize they have watched me grow in my career (and grow old in age — haha) as much as I’ve watched their children grow.  And that is pretty cool.  :)