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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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Three and Three Equals Four

My math and speling are gud.  Reelie!  ;)

Last weekend, I photographed three year old Aidan and his little brother Asher who is three months old.  With baby Asher, The G Family is now a family of FOUR.  See, what’d I tell ya?!!

In all seriousness, look how adorable the brothers are and check out how Sara beautifully coordinated the family’s outfits.  They even match their home decor, which was luxurious!  We shot a few photos outside their home too, but I had to post indoor shots only because I am loving the beige suede and greyish blue tones.

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Commercial Photography: Pinewood 2

There are many niches in Photography.  I have to say, I absolutely LOVE bringing my Lifestyle twist to Commercial Photography.

When I visited Pinewood School’s Lower and Middle Campuses last week, I had between 15 to 30 minutes per area to photograph it.

For 7 1/2 hours, I was on high alert for all things beautiful:  smiling faces, focused students, engaged instructors, good light, colorful backdrops, special moments… Details that represent student life on campus.  I was also constantly looking out for things to avoid, like distracting elements on students and in backgrounds.

I had limited time to get the shots that tell the story of the schools and minimal ability to set things up as these were actual students in their classes.  It was nonstop excitement.  My adrenaline is pumping just thinking about it!

Lower Campus (Grades K – 2)

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Middle Campus (Grades 3 – 6)

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Commercial Photography: Pinewood 1

When you’re a parent, you want the best for your children.  Choosing a school can be so hard because we know that a good school is beyond lesson plans and grades.

It was my pleasure to return to Pinewood School’s Upper Campus (Grades 7 – 12) to photograph their new programs, campus changes, and the delightful student body!

Below is a sneak peek of my day there.  And if you missed it, you have to check out their football practice photos!

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