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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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.

A Shining Light

There is beauty in the light that shines within people when they are around those they love.  Those that make them happy.  Those that make them feel good about themselves.

Sophia and Peter just moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles.  A move, regardless of the actual distance, is always a “big move” because you have to uproot your lives and start over — a new job, new friends, a new home.  It can be hard, but The C Family did it with style.  Look at their Lifestyle Shoot with their adorable little Koa who is turning ONE this month!  And I think it’s glaringly obvious, Koa is their shining light.





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My Favorite Cards of 2015

I used to design holiday cards…until I discovered TinyPrints.

They have the thickest card paper I’ve felt, quick deliveries, and they have excellent customer service because I’ve needed them to make changes for me before.  My favorite part is how entirely customizable the designs are — from the type of card (folded, trifold, flat, etc) to colors and, of course, text content.  I’ve now used them for my own family’s cards for more than 6 years!  :)

Click here to see my FAVORITE holiday card designs!!!  (You can navigate their store to see other products from here too!)

And check this out!  I have a WHOPPING 40% OFF discount for you and it’s good until 12/31/15!  It’s my exclusive affiliate code and it’s good for 100 orders, so order your cards soon.  [My 40% off Code:  TPPHB8D7A8.]


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After the Rain

To be honest, rain can wreak havoc on photoshoot plans.  Rain can also lend some really great light immediately after it stops.  There is soft, even light from the large “softboxes” overhead (a.k.a. CLOUDS!) and if you time it just right, the clouds will part and allow the golden glow of sunlight to spill through.  It’s can be pretty darn magical.

The H Family had just that sort of experience this weekend!  We weren’t quite sure if the shoot was going to happen until that morning, and thankfully we stuck with it and benefited from all the beauty that is seen after the rain.

[Fun fact:  Sabrina started Kindergarten this year, so we had the shoot at her school!  It isn’t just a big step for Sabrina, but also, it’s a milestone for the entire family because they now have a school-aged child!]




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If you want to see more Rainy Day Shoots, check out this one from 2013 that was published by The Indie Tot.  Or look at this one from 2009 where it was actually still raining!  OMG, and I’ll never forget this year’s Commercial Shoot when I had to travel to Houston and there was a rain storm.  I had to think fast!

If you want to see more examples of that magical golden light that peeks through after the rain, you have to have to see this beach shoot in Half Moon Bay and this one in San Francisco where the family danced next to a building and a race:)