Embracing Lines

Have you ever noticed how many LINES there are at the playground?

From years of shooting, I — regardless of whether I want to or not (haha) — notice lines, patterns, light and shadows wherever I go.  If you see me checking my watch, it’s most likely because I am memorizing the time I should shoot in that location because I like the light!  If you see me squatting down, it’s probably because I noticed that a lower perspective changes the lines of something I’m looking at, or I like the way the light hits something from that angle!

Sure, that’s a little wacky, but as one of my favorite cartoon characters would say:  I yam who I yam! 

That brings me to my periodic quick tip!

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:
Look out for lines.  Embrace them in your photography.  Once you really, truly notice them, find ways you can incorporate them into your photograph.

This can be at any location, but during a recent shoot, we stopped by the park’s playground for the last half hour or so.  It was really fun to let the kids run around, and everywhere, I saw lines, patterns, and light.

Below are some examples.

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Morning Ukelele

When you’re a few months shy of being three, a FABULOUS morning is one that begins with a ukelele performance in front of your favorite people, mama and dada!  After a short ride in the city, you get to chase birds, watch boats, and shop.  You end the morning by devouring a chocolate cupcake by the waterfront.  :)

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Tina and Aunkur:  thank you for sharing your weekend with me and for allowing me to capture a slice of your life!  xoxo  ~annie

Favorites Images of 2016

I’m a month late to post this, but some say “better late than never”, so I’m going with that!  ;)

Thanks to those who voted for their favorites.  We have the results for the two categories!  The top 3 winning images for Best Moments won by a large majority, but this year, we had many Firsts…

It is the first year many of the top images were very close in The Most Delicious Light category.  It is also the first year where more than one photo from the same shoot won distinction in the same category.  (You can see all the images in each category if you go to my FB page.)

BEST MOMENTS OF 2016

A “moment” can be a split second in time, or it can be a moment that tells a story — whether sweet, emotional or humorous.  Some images could fall into both categories of “moment” and “light”, so the decision was based on the weight each factor had on the individual image.

#1

Loving sisters

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#2

Three granddaughters

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#3

Running on a bridge

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#4

Laughter is the best medicine

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#5

Mom will always be your first love

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#6

The icy bay

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MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT OF 2016

Photos considered in The Most Delicious Light category were images where light played a significant role in the overall image (i.e., if the light was different, the quality or feel of the image would change).

#1

Nature’s Spotlight

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Tied for #2

Soft diffused light on the soft flow of her hair

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Highlights

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#3

Golden afternoon in the park

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#4

Early Morning Glowy Sunlight

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Tied for #5

The multitude of circle bokeh and slightly overexposed image makes her look like an angel.

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Morning Light in the Kitchen

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#6

Sunset and the Golden Gate Bridge

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Curious about past winning images?  Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy:
Favorite Images of 2015
Favorite Images of 2014
Favorite Images of 2013
Favorite Images of 2012.

Laughter in the East Bay

I first met this adorable couple in 2012.  Renuka sported the cutest belly bump and together with Sandeep, we ran around a breezy San Francisco for their Maternity Shoot.

Now, five years later, they’ve moved to the East Bay (wahoo!) and have two kids!  We caught up during their updated photoshoot at a park in their new neighborhood.  Between laughing with Renuka and playing with Anamika who kept saying, “Miss Annie!  Miss Annie!”, I had a blast and almost forgot I was there for work.

Yup, taking photos of awesome people in amazing locations is my job.  Don’t hate.  ;)

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Huxley and Wesley

Huxley and Wesley became brothers last September.  They live in San Francisco with their parents, Alyson and Matt, and enjoy taking walks around the neighborhood, even though Huxley is the only one of the pair who knows how to walk right now — on four legs too.  Huxley loves Wesley so much that he shows him through wet kisses.  Everywhere.  :)

Now check out my first client shoot of the New Year!

It’s a Lifestyle Shoot of a gorgeous family in their beautiful home in my favorite city in the World. <3

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Rainbow Bubbles

For a Lifestyle Shoot involving bubbles, having THE sunniest day in December was more than ideal.  It didn’t even feel like Winter.  And the sunlight created magnificent rainbows of color in the bubbles!

His parents, Peter and Sophia, took him to their usual park destination to do some of his favorite activities:  walk (and run!), blow bubbles, examine fountains, lean into mom for extra cuddles, look at dinosaurs, and step on lights that are on the ground.

I had such a nice morning in San Francisco — made even better with nice clients and a 2-year old cutie who kept saying “Annie!  Annie!”  :)

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Gold, Mushrooms and Trolls

Olivia and Emma had an adventurous morning with their parents.  They hunted for gold, explored a forest to find mushrooms, and avoided trolls at the bridge!   :)

There was also a lot of hugging, kissing and hand-holding, which made it a perfect way to spend a sunny morning after days of rain showers.

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Glorious Day on the Bay

There is nothing more glorious than being cuddled between the golden sunlight, the blue-est of skies, dancing waves on your favorite Bay, and the laughter of children who are happily building forts out of pillows and playing make-believe.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of sailing in the San Francisco Bay with my long-time clients (now friends), Priti and Rachad.  Bonus was seeing their children:  Maya whom I’ve known since she was a baby and Samir whom I met when he was born!

We sailed to a little cove in Sausalito, played there for awhile, and then headed back to the city just as the Super Moon appeared.  After we docked, we celebrated with wine and cheese while we continued to catch up.

Ahhhhh… it was a glorious day.

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Wonderland at the Farm

If you mashed together the stories Alice in Wonderland and Charlotte’s Web, you’d get this shoot!  It was so full of life and personality that we didn’t even need the sun to keep us warm or brighten our day.  (It sounds hokey, I know, but just look at the images and you’ll see what I mean!)

I feel incredibly honored to step out of my usual lifestyle shoots to take on this special extended family project.  <3

Now check out Wonderland at the Farm…

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The Positive of a Negative

One of the things I teach my kids is how their attitude effects the outcome of situations.  For instance, if one of my kids thought “I’m just not good at this”, they will perform differently on a test or at a game than if their attitude was “I can do this!”

Simply put, a good attitude is important.

So when it looked like The C Family would need to reschedule their shoot for the second time because of bad weather, Roberta and I remained positive.  And we went for it!

No matter what happened during their shoot — be it sprinkles, brief showers, or high winds — we looked on the bright side.  The result was magical.  We encountered many things that we would have missed had we rescheduled for a sunny day, like glorious ribbons of sunlight, dramatic clouds, sparkles of light from the drizzly rain, and even a rainbow.  A RAINBOW!!!

The next time you’re in a rut or things aren’t going your way, know that it won’t last forever and amazing things can happen because of them.

There are positives to all negatives!  :)

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer