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!
My list of interesting locations where I’ve had client photoshoots continues! Click here to see Part 1.
[Some of these images have my old logo as the watermark. Sorry for the inconsistent branding in these 2 "Interesting Location" posts. I don't have the time to redo all of them with my new logo and thought you wouldn't mind too much. Thanks, guys!]
Train stations are great photography locations when you are with kids who love them. You can watch the trains go by….
…or walk on the tracks. (Just listen out and be careful, if it’s an active track.)
Tunnels have great light. You can shoot people inside for a silhouette or just outside the tunnel to light them up.
If that’s where your little one wants to hang out, then that’s where I’m gonna shoot!
Teams of Architects put a lot of thought into the design of school buildings and campuses, which make schools a great place to have a shoot!
It could be a small school…
…or a large university.
Ice Cream or Gelato Parlor
Be it a bookstore or an antique store, you can get unique images from the colors, textures and natural props.
Next time you are deciding on a shoot location, you may want to think beyond the typical ones.
Let me be clear. There is NOTHING WRONG with shooting in a place that is considered “common”. I love shooting in parks, gardens and client homes! My point is, don’t be afraid to mix it up once in awhile. Step out of the norm. Be adventurous.
You may find that you love it. I know I do!
I believe you can have an incredible shoot anywhere. What makes a successful shoot isn’t as much about being at a picturesque location as it is about having your subjects feel comfortable and relaxed….and of course, having great light.
Most of the time, I don’t choose an atypical location right away because I realize my clients will probably think I’m kidding or worse, think I’m crazy. Rather, my crazy/weird ideas usually come up during the shoot.
It usually happens when I spot “good light”. To me, it doesn’t matter where exactly that spot is because good light is good light! Maybe it’s in the little “island” in the middle of a busy city street (see first photo below).
If a client tells me they want to shoot in an atypical location, I would welcome it. In fact, I’d probably do one of those jumps where you clap your feet to the side. I have many talents!
Middle of the Street
What can I say?!! The light was perfect and cast a beautiful golden tone on her skin.
The next two images are examples that beautiful plots of land could be right next to where you park your car.
I stepped around broken glass by a dumpster to capture this shot.
My father-in-law (cute older gentleman below) probably thought I was nuts for stopping here for our 3-generation image.
Whether you are inside or outside, museums usually have beautiful architecture, sculptures and artwork that are beautiful backdrops for images.
[Note: Some museums don't allow photography inside, so you will want to check first before heading there.]
Whether you’re getting in the car…
…sitting inside the car…
…playing outside the car…
…or people are divided inside and outside the car, car images can be a pretty fun place to shoot!
Stay tuned for Part 2! (The list was too long to fit all in one post!)
What’s small AND luxurious?
My new product: The Mini Storybook!
It’s a handcrafted leather-bound book. It’s mini and cute, just like your little munchkins. It is professionally press-printed and is hinged for easy flipping. The Mini Storybook is cuter than a bunny!
5×5 of Deliciousness
These books come with 20 pages (total of 20 images), which makes it a perfect size to tell a short story.
The colors resemble photo paper, and the paper feels like a high-end magazine.
Each photo extends across the entire page — edge to edge — to maximize visibility of your beloved photos.
Covers come in genuine vintage leather or suede.
My favorite is this vintage leather (shown below) in the color “Aviator”.
Vintage leather colors (L to R): Charcoal, Camel, Saddle and Aviator
Suede colors (L to R): Rust, Burnt Orange, Cream, Olive Green and Midnight Blue
*More Info About The Mini Storybook*
This product is available for a limited time.
Currently, it is not offered a la carte. It is only available in an exclusive package for digital files. (Digital files are now stored on an eco-friendly bamboo flash drive, another new product for 2014!)
Please keep in mind that all photos will be cropped into a square dimension, 5×5″. Due to the tricky nature of a square design element, I will choose the best photos from your session for your storybook. If you have 1 to 3 favorites that you absolutely want to include (that can be cropped), let me know and I promise to do my best.
There is no draft to review; You will receive your custom-created storybook with the rest of your product package and know that it was all made with my care and love. <3
If you would like a book that contains images that are not cropped into a square shape OR want a book that contains more images OR prefer to have more input on image-selection, then you want The Book of Love. The Book of Love is a 10×10 Fine Art Book with super thick matte pages that do not bend. There is no gutter (a line in the middle of a spread) and thus, images can be printed up to 10×20 in size.
In comparison, the Mini Storybook is for telling short stories, like having a luxurious brag book, whereas The Book of Love is for telling longer stories, so you can enjoy more images from your shoot.