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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The Buzz

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.

A Trip Downtown

When you’ve known your client for over a decade, a trip downtown ends up being a trip down memory lane. 

I know I’ve said this before (I’m like an old record player, but hey, those are retro cool – haha), but I feel sooooo fortunate to be doing what I love for my business.  I get to meet amazing people, catch up with them like old friends, watch their kids grow up, and hang out in different parts of the San Francisco Bay Area all while playing with my camera.

Alex and Keiko’s eldest was now off at College (sniff), so the five of us jaunted around a cute little downtown area, sipped teas and lattes, petted pups, and shopped at a local farmer’s market.  It was a relaxing morning with friends and family.  ❤️

Oh, and at the end of the shoot, they surprised me with one of the beautiful bouquets from the market!  How sweet is that?  They are sitting on my dining table right now and brightening the room.

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The Light Within

There’s something about Brooke and Emmy that is undeniable.  They have some kind of energy that radiates from within when they are together.  It’s a light that makes others want to be around them, to laugh with them, to be better people because they incite inspiration without even trying.  Especially during a time when we are bombarded by negative news, being around Brooke and Emmy felt like a little vacation for my soul.  ❤️

Now with Fletcher and Annie, their energy has grown.

While in San Francisco, we visited all the same places we did on their wedding day.  To no surprise, many strangers around us were friendlier and happier, even at 8am in the morning.  At one point, we found ourselves testing out sirens and sitting on motorcycles because… a couple of police officers insisted!  (When does that happen, right?!!)

Happy 5 year anniversary, Brooke and Emmy!  I am unbelievably touched to be a small part of your lives and incredibly grateful you returned to San Francisco to see me!  xoxo 

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“Stick ‘em up!”

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Magic Flute

One weekend over the Summer, this story came to me, so I grabbed a camera, a willing child (haha), and shot it.  Styled Shoots can be playful and whimsical, like this one.

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A long time ago in a distant land, there was a young girl who lived in solitude and was wistfully lonely.  One night when she gazed into the deep dark sky, she witnessed a shooting star.  She closed her eyes and made a wish. 

The next morning, she woke up and found a shiny gold pipe laying next to her in the grass where she slept.  She looked all around, but saw no evidence that anyone had even approached her.  And why would anyone give her a pipe anyway?

She waited a long time before deciding to pick it up, and when she did, she produced sounds on the pipe that brought her to tears.  Beautiful poetic sounds.  This made her so happy that she didn’t notice she was playing for hours.

By the end of that day, she discovered this pipe wasn’t any pipe.  It was a magic flute!  Kind and friendly animals came to her when she played and followed her wherever she went.  The young girl was never lonely again.

The End

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