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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Amidst house renovations, a brand new baby, visitors, an active toddler, two big dogs, and a holiday, it is safe to say The L Family had a lot going on when I came over for their shoot. If you met them though, you wouldn’t know it because they were so cool, calm and content!
This San Francisco Lifestyle Photography session had two parts: an indoor newborn and family session at the house and an outdoor session in their neighborhood. It was all shot in a relaxed, lifestyle manner, which captured personalities, relationships and stories.
Check out this sneak peek of The L Family hanging out together and how 7-day new Ryan sleep through most of it. hee hee.
Ssssssstretch and freeze!
Ryan waking up to gaze at his mom
Ben believes sharing is caring
On a bed of clouds
Fun on the clouds
In the neighborhood
This East Bay Lifestyle Photography session of The W Family was full of exploring, fruit-picking, tail feather-shaking and, most of all…
Cole enjoyed blowing bubbles, but no more than hoarding all the milk boxes — haha. He also had so many funny sayings. It was as if a grown man was trapped inside his little 3-year old body because… how could he come up with all of this on his own?!! He cracked me up all morning.
Mia loved picking flowers. She was warm and playful. She also really enjoyed being wherever I was! She made a fantastic shadow. I tried to out-run my shadow a couple times, but it never worked.
Simon and Connie: You have a wonderful family, and I am honored to be your first family photographer! xo ~annie
The best gifts are those that you will remember forever and are priceless. Brian knew that for his wife, Tara, this would be a Lifestyle Family Photography session. So we had her Christmas present shoot on Mother’s Day. Makes sense to me!
I absolutely love this family. Kevin and Marinn were so sweet to each other and full of personality, and Brian and Tara were laid back, “got” my vision and trusted me.
Thus, they were in a barn, in a tree and in a cemetery! Seriously. How cool are they?!!
This weekend’s Lifestyle Family Photography session in the Peninsula went something like this…
“Weeeeeeee!” (swinging), “Hahahaha!” (telling stories in a tree), “Indy!” (playing with their four-legged baby and watching him steal the balls), and lots of family sweetness.
The entire session took place in The C Family’s blissful backyard. I wonder if they’d mind if I pitched a tent and camped back there for a weekend… with my husband and 3 kids!
Once upon a time, there were two people named Louisa and Jeff who both went to UCLA. In their first year at school, they started dating and fell in love. Years later, they got married and recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Now they are in love….again.
This time, with little Jacob. <3
Congratulations, Louisa and Jeff!
Thank you for welcoming me into your home for the afternoon to photograph your life with little Jacob. I can see he is surrounded by love!
Eight-year-old Nicholas shared his reservations of Lifestyle Photography by declaring that it’s sort of like SPYING! hee hee.
I found that funny, yet, in a way, it was somewhat accurate too! Only thing is, I am not that stealthy. I’d be a terrible spy.
He was very astute in coming up with the comparison though. Don’t you love how kids always say what’s on their minds?!!
Below are a few images from this weekend’s spy work…oops, I mean, Lifestyle Family Photography session with one of THE SWEETEST families! We hung out and played among the redwood trees in the East Bay.
The afternoon was relaxing and fun, as you can see, and there was lots of love!
Lisa and Steve: I can’t wait to share your entire gallery with you!! Stay tuned. ~ annie
My list of interesting locations where I’ve had client photoshoots continues! Click here to see Part 1.
[Some of these images have my old logo as the watermark. Sorry for the inconsistent branding in these 2 "Interesting Location" posts. I don't have the time to redo all of them with my new logo and thought you wouldn't mind too much. Thanks, guys!]
Train stations are great photography locations when you are with kids who love them. You can watch the trains go by….
…or walk on the tracks. (Just listen out and be careful, if it’s an active track.)
Tunnels have great light. You can shoot people inside for a silhouette or just outside the tunnel to light them up.
If that’s where your little one wants to hang out, then that’s where I’m gonna shoot!
Teams of Architects put a lot of thought into the design of school buildings and campuses, which make schools a great place to have a shoot!
It could be a small school…
…or a large university.
Ice Cream or Gelato Parlor
Be it a bookstore or an antique store, you can get unique images from the colors, textures and natural props.
Next time you are deciding on a shoot location, you may want to think beyond the typical ones.
Let me be clear. There is NOTHING WRONG with shooting in a place that is considered “common”. I love shooting in parks, gardens and client homes! My point is, don’t be afraid to mix it up once in awhile. Step out of the norm. Be adventurous.
You may find that you love it. I know I do!