The Impossible

I didn’t think it was possible to adore these kids and their sweet family EVEN MORE than I already do!

Seeing Mateo and Anea speak respectfully to one another and play gently together…. my jaw dropped in awe.  (Really!  I came home and told my hubby all about these amazingly sweet kids.)  Hearing Mateo come up with lines to his latest poem during our hike in the woods… my heart melted.  Watching Nea stop what she was doing to smile at me showed how she grew up with me and my camera… my arms hugged her.  Twice. 

So I’ve learned it first-hand:  the impossible is possible!

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Fallen Tree

What do you do when you plan an early morning shoot in the city to get coastal fog and cool air in a location you’ve shot at a million times, a lush woodsy park…

But once you arrive, you are greeted by unusually bright sun and discover that California’s severe drought had dried up most of the woods, so the area was now mostly dirt and piles of dead branches?!!

You veer off-course to get some urban images and then hang out on an uprooted, fallen tree.  That’s what!

Check out how much fun The S Family had a few days ago in San Francisco!  Dirt schmirt…we didn’t care.  :)

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Published on Love+Wander

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[Check out the rest of this feature on Love+Wander:  http://loveandwander.com/2014/08/29/home-is-where-the-heart-is/]

Published in Love Inc Magazine

I am so excited to see Brooke and Emmy’s nuptials featured in Love Inc Magazine!  They are truly two of the kindest, coolest people I’ve met, and their love story is one worth sharing with the World.  xoxo ~annie

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[To see the rest of the article, click here:  http://loveincmag.com/brooke-and-emmys-sweet-san-francisco-city-hall-wedding/]

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…

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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.

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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.  :)

Improve Your Portrait Photography in 5 Minutes

Here is a short article with tips to consider the next time you are photographing people…

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How To Photograph Shy Adults

Here is an article I wrote for some of my readers who read How To Photograph Shy Children and asked for tips on photographing adults!  See?!!  I listen!  :)

This article was published on DPS barely a day ago, so I am happy there are 4900+ shares already.  I love when my tips can help others.

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Oslo to San Francisco

With the help of his youngest daughter Christina, Stephan surprised his wife Anja and daughter Mirella with a photoshoot in San Francisco during their “holiday” from Norway!  He booked the shoot months earlier, but only revealed the surprise after they arrived.  What a thoughtful and romantic gesture!

Stephan left it up to me to choose where to shoot, so we went to the base of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.  There, the wind was so strong that it felt like I was sky-diving again, but falling horizontally!  To walk, I only needed to lift my legs and the wind would push me along like an impatient mother duck to her wandering ducklings.

Even with the cold and unforgiving wind, the shoot went smoothly because The B Family were unfazed by the weather and found enjoyment in being together.  In San Francisco.  With me.

I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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