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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 Buzz

Crackers and Caterpillars

When you have three young boys — ages 2, 5 and 7 — there is a good amount of activity, volume, and adventure.  “There’s never a dull moment,” says James (the dad).  :)

Crackers and caterpillars were the main attraction for Nathan, Evan and Logan, but for me, it was all about their soulful eyes and sincere smiles.  (And lucky me, I get to watch these boys grow up!!!  I’ve been photographing them since Nathan was in diapers and was the only child!)

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The Joy of Family Life

The joy of family life is not about having everything “perfect”, but rather, being able to roll with whatever comes your way and having fun no matter what.

The C Family encountered a couple injuries, car sickness, soiled clothes, wet shoes, dirt on faces… and it didn’t stop anyone from having smiles on their faces.

They were also in a fabulous area of San Francisco with the beautiful Bay as their backdrop, yet were completely happy playing on building ramps, signs, bike racks, spider-infested basements and the edge of streets!  Jason and Emily wanted to do whatever their girls, Jules and Audrey, wanted to do… and it was awesome.

This is what family JOY looks like!

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Train Station Shoot

This East Bay Styled Photography session was of my very own angel who just turned 5!  (I celebrate each year of my monkeys with a photoshoot.  Lucky them!  heehee.)

Here is how the planning went down…

I picked up this cute little suitcase from a local store for $10 a year ago because I thought it would be a great prop for a child’s shoot.  I then found the perfect dress while browsing at Nordstrom’s that match the ‘look and feel’ of the suitcase.  Before running out the door the day of the shoot, I grabbed my 10 year old daughter’s straw hat.

As for the location, I needed a reason for my subject to be holding a suitcase, so I thought, “Aha!  A train station!”  Then I remembered a restaurant area that reminded me of an old train station, which I drove past earlier that day.  Voila, our location!

Since this was a public place and it was a Saturday evening, we were only here for 15 minutes.

So you can see, you don’t need expensive props, a lot of time, or complicated details.  The location can be in your own neighborhood too.  You just need a vision!

Check out my little Ava who was at “the train station” this weekend…. :)

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If you liked this, then you’ll want to check out my Fairytale Shoot from last year!  It was also a windy day, but the light was completely different.  It was full-on sunshine!