Hello there!

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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The Buzz

My Philosophy

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

Want to see more?  Yippeee… here’s a video on why you should choose Lifestyle Photography.

Best Moments of 2018

Now, onto Part Two of last year’s winning images.  This one is about moments!

A “moment” is defined as a split second of time ~OR~ a moment that tells a story, whether sweet, emotional or humorous.  My all-time favorite images are the ones that capture a story and have incredible light, so some of these have both! ❤️ *swoon*

BEST MOMENTS OF 2018

#1

A Father’s Love

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#2

This Way, Together

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Tied for #3

Too Many Kisses

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Cracking Up

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Tied for #4

Left:  Happily Married
Right:  Teaching the next generation how to pray

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Autumn Leaves

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Tied for #5

Where’d she go?

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Uncontrollable Laughter

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Click here to see last year’s winning images:  Best Moments of 2017, Most Delicious Light of 2017.

Most Delicious Light of 2018

It is time to reveal the winning images from last year!

The photos that made it into this category were chosen based on the role light played in the image. Specifically I answered the questions: “If the light was different, would I like it as much?” “Did the light effect the mood or story of the image?”  Then that collection of images went into a Facebook album for public voting during a set time period.

Aaaaaaand the winners are….. ☺️

MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT of 2018

#1

The brownish fog in the woods, the vertical lines of the trees, the perfectly balanced boys to their father, the gently curved sticks that mimic a rainbow.

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#2

The spotty light highlighted the rainbow bubbles, which complemented the joy on the little girl’s face.

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#3

Sunlight can be a softbox-spotlight.

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Tied for #4

Candles at twilight held by children means blue light on white shirts and a warm glow on faces and hands.

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The Bay Area fog creates a romantic mood for this couple.

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#5

The haze and glare from the strong sun on the San Francisco Bay made this sailboat image surreal.

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Wait, what?!!  You want more? ☺️ Alright, click here to see last year’s winning images:  Most Delicious Light of 2017.

Walnut Dynamic Duo

I love the feel of wood under my fingertips, sun on my face, and sand under my feet as the waves sweep over me.

So when I saw this dynamic duo made of premium walnut wood with laser-etching and magnetic closure, I was smitten.

This is an exclusive custom USB drive with case that has a limited production, so I am thinking of a special way to use this.  Maybe it’ll contain an e-book that I’ve been wanting to write!  Or if anyone has any cool ideas they want to throw into the hat, let me know in the Comments section.  I’d love to hear them.

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Note:  This is from USB Memory Direct.  Here is 10% off code, if you wanted to try them out:  PHOTO10.  (I am NOT an affiliate and don’t receive commission from them.  Just sharing what I like!)