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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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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.

Ball, Bubble, and Two Digits

My son just turned 10.  Yep, Ian entered the World of two digits.  Cue tears.

Sure, the entire month I hugged him tighter and made him snuggle with me whenever he was within arms’ reach.  That’s to be expected in my family around birthdays, Christmas, illnesses, injuries, bad days… Okay, so it may happen more often than I think!

For Ian’s birthday shoot, I thought about what represents his interests now, so that years later when he isn’t close enough — or willing (*sigh*) — to snuggle with his dear old mom, I can look back at his photos and remember what he was like when he was 10.  And this was it:  basketball and bubble gum.

Every day after school, I hear two sounds from him:  the dribbling of a basketball in the backyard and “can I have a piece of gum?”

We kept things simple and short.  We didn’t do anything fancy or go anywhere spectacular.  We headed to a neighborhood park just before dinner, and I photographed him for 20-minutes.  The focus was having fun and being together.  ❤️


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The Lake Shoot

The morning was so quiet that we could hear our own footsteps, soft voices, and pebbles splashing as they hit the water.  The air was crisp, a nice break from the recent humidity.  We were in awe of the serenity at the lake and watched the fog roll across the surface of the water.  Ducks scattered from the long grass when we approached.

This scenery set the tone of our lake shoot.

There was a certain radiance in how natural the smiles and interactions happened.  Holding hands, hugging, climbing trees and rocks, running along windy dirt paths, laughing about hot dogs on a stick… ❤️

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Rainbow Light

I try my best to shoot in good light.  After considering the location, time of the day, time of year, and weather forecast, the rest is left up to chance.  It’s like rolling the dice.  You get what you get, and you see it when you arrive!

This weekend at the beach, we started the morning with dense fog that covered the skyline.  Later, we had golden sunshine and even pink haze.  Looking at the images altogether feels like I’m looking at a rainbow of lights, and I love it!

Along with the carefree fun that is inevitable when you are barefoot at the beach, it was a wonderful morning with Olivia, Emma and their parents, Bau and Kristin.



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