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!
There are some things that you “just know”! Let me tell you about my cousin Rosabel.
Rosabel is intelligent, stylish, and charismatic. She enjoys fine dining, a good laugh, witty banter, and a good pair of jeans. More than anything, she is someone who doesn’t hesitate to share her opinions. She is the opposite of the symbolic Disney Princess whose happy ending happens when a man saves her. Rather, she is a strong, independent woman who doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her goals. She is a force!
And then she met Keith. <3
She is still all those things, but when she is with him, she turns into an ooey gooey sugary puddle of love.
From the first time I met Keith, I knew they would get married someday. I really did. Call it a sixth sense! I could tell by the way they interact with each other. The way he looks at her. The way she allows herself to be ‘soft’ around him. It is a side of my cousin that I’ve never seen before. And it’s tearfully sweet.
For their Lifestyle Engagement Photography session, we walked around Rosabel’s neighborhood in San Francisco, hung out by a wine bar where they had their first date, and ended in the Presidio where Keith bikes. It was a fun-filled afternoon that perfectly represented them.
[Fun fact: This diamond ring belonged to Keith's great grandmother!]
My first photoshoot for this family was of their baby in a bear jacket. My second shoot for this family was this weekend, and it included their newest addition who wore a full-body bear outfit. And the cuteness didn’t stop there. Christy endearingly calls her husband “Bear”! Adorable, right?!! (I love this family!)
On this cold and foggy Winter morning, Christy, Rich, Melanie (2 year old), and Audrey (5 months old) had many tender moments, memorable funny lines, and beauty. Beauty was all around… The location, the kids, the interactions, the emotions.
It was everywhere.
Baby Bear’s first time sitting by herself!!!
“I am going shopping,” says Melanie. “Shopping for broccoli!”
Fun Family Moments
Melanie leading the way
Sisters sitting together — on their own — for the first time.
Melanie showing me the contents of her purse, as all girlfriends do with each other. (She is my buddy!)
Beauty at it’s purest: a mother’s love.