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My name is Annie Tao. I am a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in lifestyle photography where you get to play, hang out, and be yourself. I capture the moments, real emotions and stories that occur during our time together. Check here often or subscribe to my blog (RSS feed) to see what I am up to or get creative inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

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Commercial Photography: Pinewood 1

When you’re a parent, you want the best for your children.  Choosing a school can be so hard because we know that a good school is beyond lesson plans and grades.

It was my pleasure to return to Pinewood School’s Upper Campus (Grades 7 – 12) to photograph their new programs, campus changes, and the delightful student body!

Below is a sneak peek of my day there.  And if you missed it, you have to check out their football practice photos!

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You Can Dance

There are times things go the way you planned, and there are times you hit bumps in the road.  Some big, some small.  Some easy to forget, some that stay with you forever.  One thing you can always do…

You can not let things bother you and… you can dance!   :)

This lovely family demonstrated just that!  We had an obstacle the morning of their shoot, but it didn’t matter.  We ran around San Francisco, ate some sweets, and The L Family even danced in the corridor by some mural posters.  They had the best attitude that translated to everyday matters as well as bigger life situations.  I adore them!

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Photographing Images With More Pizzazz

DPS just published my latest article, and I am excited to share it with you!

I’ve been doing this lesson for decades.  Yes, THAT long!  :)  It has helped me see plain, everyday things differently.  Does this translate to my Lifestyle Photography?  Yes, indeed.  And now I’m sharing my secret lesson with you!

[NOTE:  You do not have to be a Professional Photographer to gain from this 10-minute lesson.  I was doing this well before starting my own business.  You can be at any level, be any age and have any type of equipment.]

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