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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 Worst Client

[Before you read this, please know that my husband and I joke around... a lot.  Have you read The Unlucky Spouse?  I'm saying this off the bat because I don't want someone to be offended by this post.  He is no ordinary "client"!  :) ]

Yesterday, I took time out of my morning to take some updated head shots of Lawrence.

I posted some of my favorites on my blogsite, as I do with my regular clients, and then excitedly texted him at work, so he could see it.

Here was one of the head shots I posted:

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My witty husband responded with an email that read:

“Thanks for the photoshoot this morning, but can you…”

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You see, he found it utterly amusing (insert eyeroll here) to be “a bad client” with his Photoshop demands.  He knows I keep things real in my images and wouldn’t normally make these kinds of edits.  I guess this kind of humor is the result of being married to a Photographer.

I considered retorting with a serious response or no response at all, but this joke deserved a joke in return.  So…..

 

I sent him this email reply:

 

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With this attachment:

 

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We both had a laugh-so-hard-we-wanted-to-cry episode after he saw my skilled Photoshop work!

What’s life without some good laughs, right?  :)

[If you found this remotely entertaining, you may want to check out my Worst Photoshoot Ever!]

A Change is Coming

A change is coming to the corporate world in terms of photography.

Businesses are moving away from stock photography for their websites and marketing materials, and corporate head shots are also getting a makeover.

The new chapter for head shots is to have them look and feel more personable.

From a marketing standpoint, you want to know whom you’re going to work with when you look at a photo of someone. You don’t want to see a person standing or sitting in front of a sterile blue or stark white pop-up background, for instance.  Nothing stiff or stale.  You also don’t want to see a low quality selfie taken with a phone.  There’s nothing professional about that.

This morning, I photographed these two men in the lobby of a hotel.

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This is what it entailed:  They brought their morning coffee, their smart phones, a newspaper, printed workflows and a pen.  Then they chatted with each other across the table.

The result:  relaxed and natural head shots.

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By the way, this was my other view:  a cute little girl playing with my iPad!

My littlest monkey came with me to this super short shoot.  (Can you say that 10 times fast?!!)  I am the luckiest girl to get kisses during the shoot and get to hold her hand afterwards.  :)

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A Spy In The Woods

Eight-year-old Nicholas shared his reservations of Lifestyle Photography by declaring that it’s sort of like SPYING!  hee hee.

I found that funny, yet, in a way, it was somewhat accurate too!  Only thing is, I am not that stealthy.  I’d be a terrible spy.  :)

He was very astute in coming up with the comparison though.  Don’t you love how kids always say what’s on their minds?!!

Below are a few images from this weekend’s spy work…oops, I mean, Lifestyle Family Photography session with one of THE SWEETEST families!  We hung out and played among the redwood trees in the East Bay.

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The afternoon was relaxing and fun, as you can see, and there was lots of love!

Lisa and Steve:  I can’t wait to share your entire gallery with you!!  Stay tuned.  ~ annie