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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Let Kids Be Kids

With plenty of balloons, shiny confetti, markers, the comfort of their home, and relaxed parents, the kids of the L Family were happy as clams.

Lucy and Scott knew that they could plan and plan, but in the end, their photos would turn out best when they allowed their kids to be just that… kids!  Lucy even told me that the morning after their shoot, her kids asked if they could “do more photos with Annie today”!  That is the true measure of a successful shoot because it speaks to the family’s experience.  Well, that, plus the photos!  :)

So check out this super fun Lifestyle Photography session at the L Family’s gorgeous home.  There were so many cute surprises!

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Double Chin Deluxe

Baby Marissa joined The C Family a month ago, so I zipped over to their house to capture their life as it is right now!  First, I photographed the baby with all her chins (hee hee) at their home.  See Exhibit A:

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ADORABLE, right?!!  :)

Then we went to their neighborhood park to play.

Some cute observations from their shoot:

~ Marissa is calmest when her dad, Tim, holds her outward, so she can see his face.  Then her arms fall to her side completely limp!
~ Madeline (4 yrs old) proves she can do everything her big brother can do, like the monkey bars!
~ Matthew (6 yrs old) has a cool train set and has been playing that since my first shoot with them 3 years ago.
~ Jenny really loves stuffed animals.  There is one in her collection that looks like a cross breed between a panda and Olaf!

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Newborn Photography usually takes longer than a typical Lifestyle session because parents need to take time caring for their baby, but when you add in young children to the mix, it adds to the dynamic.  [To learn more about Newborn Photography, here’s an article on Sensitivity and one on Lifestyle Newborn.]

This sweet family kept thanking me at the end of their shoot because their shoot lasted 3 hours (as some Newborn Shoots do) — however, I was the one who felt grateful!  Tim and Jenny are such awesome people, so their shoots feel more like hanging out with friends!  And their kids were so fun to play with that they had me laughing a lot.  To top it off, they “get” my style of photography and appreciate me.

Thank you, thank you, Tim and Jenny, for giving me the pleasure of capturing this slice of your lives!  xoxo  ~annie

Concrete Jungle

For their 6th family photoshoot, Elaine and Victor decided to head to the concrete jungle of downtown San Francisco.  They climbed on things, did high jumps at a waterfall, strutted their stuff in a mock fashion show, and ate Beard Papa pastries.  *drool*

What a fun morning in the big city!

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Below is my favorite sequence of the shoot.  Elaine’s reaction was absolutely priceless!  :)

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Little Pumpkin

When you are born in mid-October, it only makes sense to have your One Year Photoshoot at a pumpkin patch!

Baby Evelyn, with her 4 glorious teeth and soulful eyes, was super chill and let her parents change her numerous times on picnic tables and even in the car trunk.  She didn’t make a peep or fuss ever.  In fact, she smiled whenever someone looked at her and clapped joyfully when her dad yelled out sport chants.  Do babies come any cuter?!!

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