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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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The Buzz

Arcade and Ice Cream

It was hot and bright even in the evening.  There was smoke in the air from the 7 fires just North of the city.  And there was what seemed to be hundreds of people everywhere we stepped!  Despite all of that, The F Family had a great time exploring an antique arcade, had a snack on a pier overlooking Alcatraz, and hung out in a swanky urban lounge in Fisherman’s Wharf.  If that sounds like fun, it’s because it was!

I love The F Family so much…  The parents are one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve met, and I’ve known (and photographed) their kids for the past EIGHT YEARS!

I get so excited to see them every year, and I feel a little sad when their shoot is over.  *Sniff* 

In any case, their shoots always have a nice combination of mostly True Lifestyle (where they do what they do and I photograph it) and a smidge of semi-posed family shots, as you’ll see below!  :)

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Animal Attack

Dani and Charlie have the type of bond that young adults think all siblings have, until they have their own kids.  ;)  And then they hear them arguing about the tiniest little thing:  “Give that back to me!”  “But you said I can play with it.”  “That was 5 minutes ago, but now I want to play with it!”  Okay, maybe that’s just at my house this last year.  ;)

But not these two girls.

They are genuinely sweet towards each other. All. The. Time.  We’re talking… cute whispers in the ear and holding hands every time they walk.  It’s funny because I see them every year, and every year they are like this.  And every year, I am in awe by them.  In fact, I remember blogging about it once or twice before.

Dani and Charlie also have parents (Alex and Roberta) who possess the perfect balance of giving parental guidance and being fun companions to their daughters.  So their shoots are usually just like that too.

Take a look at their latest shoot.  There was a bird in flight, some peek-a-boo action, and an animal attack!  heh heh.

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Art Drive

I am drooling over my new Art Drive!  (Okay, maybe not actual drooling, but I’m super excited!)

I switched USB companies to one that offers laser engravings and also allows more print space on the back.  I love holding these solid wood beauties in my hand, flicking the cover on and off to hear the magnet stick, and touching the engraved logo.  This is so calming to me, like listening to a babbling brook.

zzzzzz….huh, sorry, I fell asleep from all the relaxation.  ;)

These beauties will hold my client’s precious artwork and memories, so they have to be great!   <3

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