Hello there!

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 B’s Knees

Just like the slang “the bee’s knees”, this family with all B names is the best of the best in generosity, kindness, compassion, and (with the girls) athleticism!

I had such a fun morning photographing Bella, Bailey, Brianna, Brenda, Benny…and their newest addition, Baci, who just turned 1 year old.

I’ve known Brenda since our College days at Berkeley, photographed her engagement to Benny, walked down the aisle as her bridesmaid, photographed her belly when she was pregnant, and known her kids since they were born.  There is so much history between us that it makes for our time together even more precious and her shoots that much more intimate.


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Baci:  “Where’d She Go?”



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When a family takes selfies at the end of their photoshoot, I… PHOTOBOMB THEM, of course!  :)


Tots To Teens

When you’ve been photographing a family for 11 years, you get the awesomeness of watching tots turn into teens!

It means feeling excited to see how much the “kids” have grown and catching up with the parents.  It also means your subjects can feel comfortable enough to be serious or playful — or anything!

Ahhh, I had a wonderful afternoon hanging out with friends… whom I happened to photograph simultaneously.  heehee.


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Best Maternity Photographer of 2018

I love photographing baby bumps and expectant parents, but KAWABUNGA!!!  I was handpicked for the 2nd time by Expertise.com over hundreds of amazing photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area as one of the Best Maternity Photographers of 2018.

*picking up jaw off the floor*

Expertise.com is a resource site that provides a carefully curated list of top service professionals in 1000+ cities around the country.  They considered not only imagery, but also reputation, credibility, expertise, availability and professionalism.

Wow.  I am honored and humbled!

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Here are both badges since I didn’t get to post about my first award by Expertise 2 years ago: