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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.

The Positive of a Negative

One of the things I teach my kids is how their attitude effects the outcome of situations.  For instance, if one of my kids thought “I’m just not good at this”, they will perform differently on a test or at a game than if their attitude was “I can do this!”

Simply put, a good attitude is important.

So when it looked like The C Family would need to reschedule their shoot for the second time because of bad weather, Roberta and I remained positive.  And we went for it!

No matter what happened during their shoot — be it sprinkles, brief showers, or high winds — we looked on the bright side.  The result was magical.  We encountered many things that we would have missed had we rescheduled for a sunny day, like glorious ribbons of sunlight, dramatic clouds, sparkles of light from the drizzly rain, and even a rainbow.  A RAINBOW!!!

The next time you’re in a rut or things aren’t going your way, know that it won’t last forever and amazing things can happen because of them.

There are positives to all negatives!  :)


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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Sibling Love

I love seeing how other family’s children interact because parents sometimes interpret that as goofing off and not following directions while I photograph through everything because, to me, that kind of interaction photographs well!  :)

In fact, I believe that kids picking on each other, tugging on each others’ arms, and even making fun of each other is what happens between kids who get along!  Those that don’t get along won’t even look at each other.  haha.  I have to remember that the next time I’m with my own kids in a store, and someone starts complaining that a sibling is standing too close to them!  This is Sibling Love.

Anyhow, I almost did an entire blog post on Clara and Jason just to prove my point, but I thought it’d be more fun for their parents to see a few shots from their entire shoot.  So check out some of their lifestyle images from last weekend…


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Like Old Girlfriends

Last year was a test of The L Family’s photoshoot endurance because it was freezing, like literally freezing!  Their kids, Rory and Dex, were so little too, and with little ones, they can’t fake comfort when it doesn’t exist, and they aren’t bribe-able.  (Is that a word?!!  ha.  Parents know what I am talking about!)  I still remember not being able to change the setting of my camera because my fingertips were numb!  But for Danny and Emily, they found ways to make it a fun experience for the entire family, frost-bite and all!  ;)

This year, we made sure it was warm and sunny by doing an ancient Sun Dance at noon for seven days.  Just kidding.  They booked their shoot earlier, so they could choose an earlier date!

It was a lot of fun to play games around this breathtaking garden and to observe the baby koi fish and turtles swimming.  My favorite activity was catching up with Rory.  Rory isn’t one of the parents.  She is 4 years old.  (Well, “four and three-quarters”, as she would say!)  I’m sure this sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not… we walked around and talked like old girlfriends.

Towards the end of the shoot, I told her I’d miss her and she asked her parents if I could go home with them.  Sigh.  I miss her already.











Oh and here’s a pic of me and my “old girlfriend”, Rory!   (Thanks, Danny, for taking that of us!)