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!
The elegant Swan Princess tends to her garden, daydreams of her love, stretches out, then peacefully falls asleep.
Richard and Lisa tied the knot on September 21, 2013. (My husband and I were guests at their wedding.)
Now that their wedding day and honeymoon are over, Richard and Lisa can settle into their lives as Mr. and Mrs. But before putting away their tux and gown, we had a “Day After Shoot”!
These two love birds are such a sweet couple. Let me tell you a little story.
One day, many years from now, Richard and Lisa are retired and their children are grown. (Yes, they will have kids! ) They sit quietly together on their deck to read the newspaper and watch the birds as they fly over the water. They wonder what their kids are up to and when they will bring the grandkids over to visit next.
Then, Richard shuffles inside the house and brings back a book. A book with these photos in them. Surprised, Lisa gives him her full attention, and they flip through the pages together. They point and chuckle. Then it’s quiet again.
Richard gently wipes a single tear from Lisa’s cheek. He puts his arm around her in comfort. She looks up at his face — the same face she fell in love with many years ago — and smiles.
Photography has the powerful ability to instantly transport you to a particular moment in your life. Oh, to fall in love all over again!
Wishing you both a lifetime of friendship, love and quiet moments where your hearts are overflowing with joy. xoxo ~annie
Wedding gown: Lazaro
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s hair and makeup: Reiko Horiuchi
Photography: Annie Tao
Camera info: Nikon D800, 35mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, shot at sunset.
Two darling girls — Taylor and Amber — whom I met this weekend, reminded me of this quote by Marion C Garretty:
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
While being chased by her dad, Amber, in the cutest little voice, said, “Please don’t eat me!”
The Great Devourer
Daddy caught Amber and gave her monster hugs and kisses!
This lion never left Amber’s side, even when she played with leaves and needed both hands.
Taylor is dressed up like a Pink Princess here, but inside, she is a Naturist who loves everything outdoors, including rocks, and doesn’t mind getting dirty. (I love her!)
Her little freckles and piercing ice blue eyes made her irresistible to photograph. Taylor’s face remind me of characters from Norman Rockwell, one of my favorite artists of all-time.
It’s All About Attitude
Amber played so hard that she fell countless times and even drew blood on her face during the shoot! After each fall, she’d stand up on her own, dust off her hands, and say, “I’m okay!” Not one tear.
The World would be a happier place if we all had her positive attitude!
These two images of Taylor and Amber fill my heart with joy.