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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Best Of Lists

I am blushing. 

I am so humbled to have my work included in some of this year’s “Best Of” lists!  To be able to do what makes my heart sing is incredible, but to also receive recognition for my work from the industry and community is beyond words.  I’ll just say THANK YOU!

Love Inc.’s Top 10 Real Weddings from 2014  [Ranked #1:  Brooke and Emmy at San Francisco City Hall]

Best Photography Tutorials for Beginners in 2014  [Understand Exposure in Under 10 Minutes]

Top Portrait Tips of the Year  [How to Improve Your Portrait Photography in Five Minutes]

#1 on Love Inc. Magazine

I love Brittny’s (Love Inc.’s editor-in-chief) write-up about what the top 10 have in common:  “The love bounces off the pages and reminds us that, at the end of the day, a wedding isn’t about the bouquets or the signature cocktails — it’s about two people in love.”

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So exciting!  Here it is:

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Two of my articles made it onto Digital Photography School’s “Best Of” lists:

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A snippet of my article:  (Can hardly believe my article was shared over 46,000 times in just a few months!)

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A list specific to portraiture:  

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Here is a snippet of that article:

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I hope to continue creating images and tutorials that can help or inspire others in their photography journey.  If there is something you’d like to see more of or want me to write about, please leave a comment below on this blog post.  I read every comment!

Wishing you superfluous reasons to take out your camera in the new year!  xoxo  ~annie

All I Want For Christmas

Anthony, Elaine and Ian remind me of my favorite holiday song, which goes something like this:

(Imagine me singing this, but with a much better voice and a full band in the background!)  :)

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true…
All I want for Christmas is you.

The C Family are just like that.  They are happy just being together and need very little to laugh and enjoy themselves.

It is a joy to be around people like that.  What a great photoshoot to end the year.

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And this NOW and THEN is for Anthony…  :)

Look at how much your little man has grown from our first photoshoot together in 2008 til now.

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Couldn’t Ask For More

This Lifestyle Family Photography session had fun activities that resulted in high-pitched squeals as well as quiet activities that were so beautiful that pedestrians stopped to look.

My favorite time was this peaceful moment when Sabrina laid with her mom on a hilly slope and watched the leaves fall over them.  It was as if time had stopped for this to happen.  Had 5 minutes passed or 50?  It was really breathtaking.

By the way, if I could give out awards, I think Dave and Winnie would win a “Coolest Parents Award” because not only were they totally fine with their well-dressed kids getting wet during their shoot, but also, they encouraged it!  Right off the bat, Dave put his hand in the fountain (filled with rain water from the day before) and then sprayed Sabrina and Oliver’s faces!  My jaw dropped when I saw that!  Good thing Winnie came prepared with a suitcase of “just in case” clothes because it wasn’t long before Sabrina was soaked to the bone.

Winnie and Dave’s intention that day was to let their kids have fun and be themselves.  And well, the kids love water!  :)

I couldn’t ask for more.

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San Francisco Fog

One of the coolest things about little kids is how they don’t worry about many things adults worry about, like weather or getting dirty.

Just check out the faces of Maddie and her lil’ sister Vivi, and you’ll see what I mean!  Through dense morning fog to the wet ground, they ran around the San Francisco park like any other day.

It was great to see The P Family again.  Last time, Vivi was just born!  Um, yea, I’d say she has changed a little;)

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[Check out The Dream Shoot if you want to see images shot in super dense fog.  Or how about a Typhoon Shoot?  There is beauty in all kinds of weather!]

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

Beach at Low Tide

A darling family who live and play at the beach had a very specific goal in mind:  to capture photos of them doing their thing!  Things like walking on a wooden bridge, exploring caves, climbing on rock walls, and investigating the tide pools during low tide may sound exciting, but they are not out-of-the-ordinary activities for The W Family.  This is their life in Half Moon Bay.

To make this shoot of a gorgeous family in a gorgeous location even better, the rain storm that sat over the Bay passed through just before the start of their shoot.  This unveiled the most beautiful sky!

So Tom, Heather, Quin, Rouri and Noni enjoyed the beach, as they usually do.  :)

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