I have been photographing Kristina and Mike what seems like forever: their engagement, their wedding, a model for a day photo session, their newborn daughter photo session, their daughter's one year portrait session and now their daughter's 2 year anniversary. Love it when my clients trust me with their milestones!
I love photographing families and children in Golden Gate Park. So many beautiful places, so many beautiful backgrounds and when you find the right light- it's magic time. This is exactly what happened when I photographed Cherry, Charles and their daughter! Magic!
What can I say? I love photographing newborns. The follow directions well! :) And there is no need to tell parents to look happy at the photo session. Their joy is contagious!
I was very excited when Michelle and Pat contacted me to photograph their one year old daughter. They wanted to create similar images I created 2 years ago with their other daughter. Having pets in photo session with 1 year old and 3 year old? Bring it on! We love challenges! Also the cake: I offer cake photo session for one year old clients. The clean-up is on the house. Sometimes one year old clients do not take kindly to the cake. The joy of being child photographer! :)
This is a homage to Alisha Minnette, a photographer who brilliantly photographed her dog as if it was her child. Few days after I saw Alisha's images on FB, Jessica and Ryan contacted me with request to do something similar with their dog. Since I do both: photograph children and dogs, and in my experience, Alisha missed few funny cliche images, I was very excited to collaborate! :)
What can I say when the sun and the weather helps you during an engagement photo session? This is exactly what happened last week when I had the privilege to photograph Lana and Jeff. The second we finished our photography in the Marina Green in San Francisco; it started to rain. While we are driving to a location on Mt. Tam for more dramatic photos, the clouds were threatening to open up, but the minute we stopped, the sun shone through and gave us beautiful light for our engagement photo session! And what can I say about sunset? It was just incredible!
I just finished a one month, almost 300 mile backpacking trip from Echo Summit (near Lake Tahoe) over Mt. Whitney to Whitney Portal near Lone Pine (Pacific Coast Trail sectional/John Muir Trail). After few days on the trail, PCT hikers gave me a trail name – “Tripod” – because I was carrying a 7.5 pound tripod. After 9 tiring days, I had to ship my tripod home. I am a professional photographer by trade. Nature and star-trail photography are my hobbies. At first I was photographing just vistas, but after a while they felt empty without people in them – I am a portrait photographer for a reason. So I started to include hikers in my photos (PCT, JMT and sometimes support people). If you see anyone you know, please let them know.
This is the visual story of my trip:
A Fashion Portrait with a Tux!
I was very excited when Stacy called me. She mentioned that her son has a Tux from being a ring bearer last month and asked me if it’s OK to photograph him in upcoming family photo session wearing it? Are you kidding me? I love making creative and unusual photographs! Bring champagne and let’s get it started! And now we have proof that her son was ladies’s man even before puberty!
To make this work we needed a location where wearing a tux would be OK. Palace Hotel in San Francisco is such a place. My motto is: “It is always better to ask forgiveness than permission!”
Lucky for us, hotel security intervened just as we wrapped our “fashion photo session”!
When I met Marina for consultation, she expressed interest in creating classical studio family portraits. At the same time, she really liked my outdoor photography. Well, in that case, let's do both. We can start in the studio and then move to the beach, which is only 5 minute car drive from the studio. We accomplished both goals! :)
This is the 4th photo session from our Baby Step Club with Dana, Jeff and their 1 year old son. We wanted to do it outdoors during sunset at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The weather could not have been any better. Warm and no wind. Everyone had fun!
It was my privilege to photograph Lyna and her family in their Nob Hill home in San Francisco. The views from their roof were spectacular. And so were the family photos. We planned to do a family photo session in their home and then move to Crissy Fields. Unfortunately, the wind was not cooperating. As with all my photography, I guarantee the results, regardless of circumstances. Including weather. So we rescheduled the session for next day. Next day, while driving to the photo session at Palace of Fine Arts, Lyna called me and told me that her 4 year old fell asleep in the car. In my experience as a child photographer, waking kids up is never a good idea. My guarantee still in place we rescheduled again. Everyone was in great spirits the following day and we got what was our goal.
I was thrilled when Amy, who is the owner of Mama Lounge in San Francisco asked me to display my work in her office. Mama Lounge San Francisco clinic in Laurel Village specialties are natural medicine for Fertility, Prenatal and Postpartum. Since my specialties are Maternity Photography and Newborn photography, it is a perfect location to display my work!
My philosophy when it comes to family and child photography is this: if someone has a "bad hair day", does not want to be photographed on that particular day or any other reasons; there is no point pressing the issue. The photographs will never look good. So when I started photographing Nicole's family and one member (let's say it was a dog) had a "bad hair day", naturally, we rescheduled the photo session. And we got much better results second time around.
I have been photographing Renee and Mike for what it seems like forever. Their engagement, their wedding, their first pregnancy, their first newborn, etc... Renee mentioned one time to me that their house is shrine to my artwork. Naturally when Renee had her second child, I was there to photograph him. Knowing that Renee and Mike like, I was able to recreate the same studio look and feel in their home.