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baby boy at home in los altos indian parents holding newborn

Los Altos baby boy is finally home and the parents are so in love. There’s no such thing as settling in as new parents but they’re sure doing  a great job of it. And I just loved photographing this newborn boy. His eyes tracked my every move. It didn’t feel that long ago that we took their maternity photos: San Francisco Bay Area Maternity Photographer | Nature and Cityscape Photos.  But yet, here they were, now officially a family of three!

Their little newborn was such a cutie too. In case you didn’t notice, he has the biggest, prettiest newborn eyes I’ve seen. He was tracking my every move. It was really cute. He really loved watching the light too. He’s stare at the window forever just looking. I don’t even remember him fussing or anything while I was there. Sure, he got hungry but what person doesn’t get a little screechy when they’re hungry? I know I sure do!

“Babies are like little suns that, in a magical way, bring warmth, happiness and light into our lives.” – By Kartini Diapari-Oengider

More wishes and quotes: http://www.wishesquotes.com/baby/new-baby-quotes#ixzz4kInHJ4i6

Enjoy these photos of this Los Altos baby boy is home with this parents – and grandma too. 🙂

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Newborn Girl at Home in the Marina District with her asian mom holding her and caucasian dad looking down while the white dog sits in his lap

A lot can change in a year. Actually, a LOT can change in six months. From meeting this newborn girl at home in the Marina District to taking 2016 holiday photos on the beach in San Francisco when she was in her mom’s belly and no one could tell. And everything in between – like their beach maternity photos!

I’ve really loved getting to know this couple and their family over the past year. They’re just, well, they’re just sparkly with a little sass. The mom is gorgeous and has all these secret ninja tricks I continue to learn about. Such as being a fashionista (notice how amazing dresses from the maternity session?). Or when I went to their home in San Francisco and realized she also has a knack for interior design. I even asked if she worked with an interior designer because everything was done so well. I guess some people just have those talents and are really lucky. Oh, and I can’t forget that she and her husband have raised the most adorable and well behaved dog ever. That’s a talent! Trust me on that one – I have a puggle and she’s neither of those things. Ok, ok, my puggle is pretty darn adorable too. 🙂

I’d say the husband lucked out and did right by loving this women who gave them a beautiful newborn girl. He’s pretty darn fantastic too. Works his butt off (the mom does too!) and balances the mom in every way. From his chill demeanor to his ‘get it done’ behavior. Pretty much the most awesome couple ever.

Anyways, enough gushing over the parents, let’s gush over their baby girl! Isn’t she a doll?! She was such a sweet and calm little girl. From her sleepy eyes to her precious face I was in awe of how delicate she was. I’m so excited to share these photos! Enjoy looking at this newborn girl at home in the Marina District – I know I do.

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expecting women wearing a knee length fitted dress standing with man kissing her head in the street for urban pregnancy photos in the marina in san francisco

Before we hit the beach for this couple’s maternity photos, we mixed it up with some urban pregnancy photos in the Marina District in San Francisco. They wanted to have some urban photos taken in their neighborhood and I’m always excited to create photos in different settings in the city. So I instantly knew I wanted to take some of the cityscape of San Francisco’s rolling streets. I just love the way the road looks in the background rolling up or dropping completely off like a cliff.

The best part is when I asked if there were any places of interest right in their neighborhood the expecting mama told me about an iron gate. It was pretty random, yes, but I loved the texture of it and the gate lock looked like a heart – so cute!

In case you couldn’t tell, this couple can’t keep their hands off each other. They were soooooo in love. Which I loved too! Of course all my favorite images are of them kissing and snuggling. So cute! I foresee many more babies in their future. ha!

We walked around their neighborhood a little more and I swear I get so distracted when I’m shooting on the street, especially when it’s urban pregnancy photos in the Marina. There’s so many fun nooks. But, knowing we had a second location to get to I rallied and we dashed to the beach for the sunset.

Now, if you haven’t already be sure to see their stunning beach photos: Springtime Photos at the Beach in SF | San Francisco Maternity Photographer

I’m so looking forward to meeting their little baby soon! They’re going to be such loving and amazing parents.

Please contact me to book your maternity session + newborn session.

**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.

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pregnant women wearing long dress standing in the ocean surf at sunset

In San Francisco, the weather is all over the map. So we really lucked out for these springtime pregnancy photos at the beach in SF with a clear sky and warm breeze. When I spoke to the couple they were game for almost anything but eventually they decided on photos at the beach. They didn’t have a preference as to which beach they went to either so I jumped at the chance to photograph them at one of my favorite beaches in San Francisco. There’s no view of the Golden Gate Bridge from here which is why I don’t get to shoot here that often. But I just LOVE the sand dunes and long sand grass here. Plus, if you rotate to the east, you have a beautiful view of the Richmond District and you can even see Sutro Tower (see the very last photo in this post). Anyways, I just love it. So I was super excited when the obliged to have their session there.

Once the photo shoot kicked off I got really excited because these two know how to post. I’d give them some direction and then they’d just start flowing. I think I even asked if they modeled in a past life because it felt so effortless. Let’s just say I was in my happy place working with them. Everything was meshing from the location to their wardrobe – oh, speaking of wardrobe. Wait till you see some of the other photos from this session. The husband totally knows how to rock his fashion. Trust me on this, I got to help pick his clothes and he had some amazing stuff. Thumbs up for that!

So, what can you learn from taking springtime pregnancy photos at the beach in SF? It’s the perfect time of year! The light is warming at this time of year, it’s not too hot or too cold. Kinda sounds like how San Francisco is year round, ha!

But I want to know, which beach in San Francisco is your favorite and why? Seriously, I want to know. Email me or comment below!

Please contact me to book your maternity session + newborn session.

**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.

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couple laying down with pregnant women wearing a knitted pink sweater and man wearing pink sweats in their home

Home is where the heart is as they say, hence this blog title: Pregnancy Photos of Couple at Home. We’re staying in and snuggling! Taking pregnancy photos at home can be really intimate and relaxing. This couple connected with ease and let their emotions flow. I loved the mama’s knitted oversized sweater too. When we were figuring out what her husband should wear he mentioned he “pink” sweats. Um, yes, get those out immediately. And of course their outfits looked rockin’ together! I love when guys pull out fun outfits – so unexpected!

After we took some photos in their home I was poking around their living room while they were changing and noticed they had a fire escape that was accessed by their window. I stuck my head out the window and took a look around. It looked safe enough and fire escapes are meant to be lifesaving so I casually asked if they wanted to climb out there for some photos. And they said, HELL YES! Well, maybe not those exact words but that’s what I was thinking when they agreed to my idea. And don’t worry, we took extra precaution making sure everything was safe. I ended up adoring these photos because they were so unexpected. With the city behind them – and yes, that’s a stacked tour bus driving by – total SF.

Did you see their outdoor photos of them standing on a cliff with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background? Seems to be theme going on here. 🙂 Check those out here: San Francisco Pregnancy Photos with Golden Gate Bridge | Maternity Photographer SF.

**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.

Please contact me to book your maternity session + newborn session.

Here are the: Pregnancy Photos of Couple at Home | San Francisco Maternity Photographer*

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These photos are pretty cute, right? The truth is, these cuddly mommy and me photos are a sham. Back in 2014 when I took these photos, my son was seven months old. I wrote a blog post talking about how cute the photos were, encouraged moms to “get in front of the camera” and how much of a treasure these photos would be one day. That day has arrived and now I’m pissed.

Sure, these photos depicted my life, but the words and attitude from that 2014 blog post was a complete lie. I was a first-time new mom suffering from postpartum depression. And the real reason I took these photos was because I was taking a photography workshop and we had an assignment to take a self-portrait. And the REAL reason I was taking a photography workshop was because I needed an escape. I was looking for a way out. This mommy thing wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and frankly I was majorly failing at it. Not to mention I felt completely disconnected. I felt disconnected from everyone – but mostly myself.

Did you know that when my baby was just a few months old I was convinced that when he cried he was actually yelling, “I HATE YOU.” In my head it sounded like a cat growling out the words. And did you also know that sometimes when I looked into my newborn’s eyes I thought he had black demon eyes? I literally thought he was possessed. I’m telling you right now, I was f@#$’ed emotionally and mentally.

When I had my six week postpartum check-up at my OBGYN’s and she asked me a bunch of questions. I broke down and told her my newborn son hated me. She replied back telling me I had postpartum depression and wrote down the name of a therapist for me to talk to. Yea, right. That was never going to happen. I’m here telling you that trying to get a postpartum depressed new mom, who is breastfeeding (and I should add I was having major issues with that – but that’s a whole other discussion), is NOT capable of making an appointment with a therapist. It felt like the most impossible task. Finding childcare itself was a major chore. Such as trying to coordinate with a grandma or asking my full-time working husband to stay home with the baby. And then making sure the baby was fed and that my boobs weren’t going to explode before making it home from my appointment. And to top it off, I lived in San Francisco. Parking was always a challenge and traffic is insane at all hours of the day. That alone is enough to deter a person from doing almost anything especially a depressed new mama.

So, what did I do instead? Nothing. I suffered. I lived in a dark place that could only be described as numb and lifeless. I had a recurring conversation with my husband that literally started and ended with me saying, “I’m not happy. I’m just not happy.” He’d reply, “What can I do to help? Tell me what to do.” And I had nothing. Because even though there was that dark part of me that wanted to abandon my life and go live free and wild and put this “mess” behind me – I couldn’t. Because I was my baby’s mama. He was apart of me. Guess that was nature’s clever way to avoid human extinction.

And you know what’s really ironic? A little over a year after my son was born, I went to see my OBGYN again. She asked how I was and if I had dealt with my postpartum depression. I had a complete emotional breakdown in front of her but I had NO IDEA WHY I was crying. She grabbed my hand and said, “Oh-my-god. You have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) postpartum depression.” WTF? I didn’t even KNOW that was a thing. But turns out it is. Three years later I still have flashes of PTSD-postpartum depression.

These photos of me and my infant son are a strong reminder that my delusions weren’t real. I was actually a really good mom and my son and I had (and have) a powerful bond. I’ll never forget the way I felt when I saw these photos of my son and I. I felt like I could do it. I felt like I could see the love between us and therefore the love was really there. I felt like it was the first time I really saw myself, the good self, not the numb and dark self. It didn’t cure me but I felt a shift within me. These photos saved me – I was ready to fight for happiness. 

I printed a photo out and hung it in my son’s room. I even posted one of these photos on my photography Artist page. Now, three years later when I look at these photos all I feel are warm fuzzies. I can feel the good memories slowly floating to the surface pushing the bad ones down.

But lately when I’m done basking in those warm fuzzies I get pissed. Do you know why I get pissed about having postpartum depression?It’s that I feel I missed out on my son’s first year. I feel like I wasn’t there for him. I feel like I wasn’t a good mom. I feel like I did some things that were dark and not me (don’t worry, I never harmed my child). In a really twisted and sick way I understand why some people do horrible things to their babies. Because I was there standing on that threshold peering over into the dark side. Sometimes I teetered but luckily, I never tumbled.

The number one reason why I never plummeted is because I had a very supportive family. Even though I never really talked about my postpartum depression with them – they were there. The grandmas took turns helping out. When one would leave, the other would arrive. That lasted for about three months after childbirth. I later learned it was because on some subconscious level the grandmas were worried to leave me alone with my baby. That just kills me.

But really, if it wasn’t for having a strong extended family I’m not sure where I would’ve landed. I can honestly say the first time I felt a ting of being alive was planning my son’s first birthday party. I could feel my dark cloud thinning out. When my son started walking at 15 months that cloud got even thinner. And from then on I’ve been fighting my way up to the surface. But it’s different now. My life is different. I’ll never be the same person I was before childbirth. I’m ok with that. I love being a mom. But now I need to reconcile the two, before childbirth and after, and find a happy place. I feel like I’m almost there.

Until then, I’m kinda pissed off. And I’m finally ready to do something about it. I’m ready to put my Frye boots back on, toss my hair into a mom-bun and kick some butt. I’m over running from postpartum depression. I’m done hiding it. I’m ready to face it and this blog post is one step in many that I’ve taken and will take to give it the big F-YOU.

I took photos last Sunday with my son who is three years old now: A Mother’s Bond is Unlike Any Other. I took them because I wanted too. Because I want my son to see and know how much I love him. But mostly, I wanted to freeze a moment in time when I can look back and know I was majorly winning at this mom thing. 

My hope is that my story and these photos helps a new mom in some way small or big. May is Postpartum Depression Month and I hope my story and this month will help a mom who needs it.

If you’re a new mom experiencing postpartum depression I’d love to hear from you. Email me or leave a comment. There’s power in sharing your journey.

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pregnant women holding hands with husband looking at him while standing on the ocean bluff at sunset

I’m telling you my clients are bold and love pushing the envelop with locations. I’m game too. And these pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background are just beautiful.  But I’m also a very cautious person by nature so climbing to the top of an ocean bluff and taking maternity photos definitely freaked me out a little. When I’m in work mode I don’t feel quiet as anxious about things but afterward – I’m like, “OH MY GOODNESS! Did we really just do that?”

So, how did we end up on a cliff overlooking the San Francisco bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background? Well, when I spoke with the mom about the location of her photos she mentioned Land’s End. Great, let’s do it. I shoot in that area quite a bit. I assumed that she and I were both talking about the same location. But turns out that Land’s End is huge and when you describe a specific location it pretty much sounds like every other location in that area. The puzzle came together pretty fast. And literally while we were caravanning to the location I phoned her to discuss the mixup. Luckily we had enough daylight to go exploring. So I parked my car and they picked me up and off we went. They couldn’t tell me specifically where they were thinking but they had been there before. So we drove around and decided to get out and go for a short hike. Now, this isn’t typically how I roll. At ALL. Because light and location are such major factors in my work it was risky. But I felt in my gut this was the right choice for this couple. I knew we’d make magic.

Turns out serendipity was on our side. Because while we were trekking on a trail a young man (I think he was just starting college) struck up a conversation with me. He mentioned he was going to take time-lapse photos of the sunset. I asked a few questions about what was up ahead the trail. He invited us to his special spot. Great! I ran up to see it first and wow – it was beautiful. It felt like we were above the clouds looking at the bay. The perfect location for pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I was really excited because I had been wanting to take portraits with a different perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. Not just the typical viewpoint from the beach or Crissy Fields so this was a real treat for me.

That said, this cliff was scary as heck. I told the couple to stand as close the inside of the little trail as possible. It was a looooong way down and really not the safest place. They were super chill about it. Guess heights don’t bother them. Me on the other hand – I’m a total chicken.

Anyways, I just love these pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back to this location because again, it was scary as heck but it was a beautiful experience.

**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.

Please contact me to book your maternity session + newborn session.

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I kinda feel bad for my husband because every year when Mother’s Day gets close he starts fidgeting wondering what the heck to do for me. This year, I said I wanted him to take some photos of me and our son. Since I’m the photographer in the family I’m rarely if ever in front of the camera. But I knew my son and I were due to have some photos together. With every passing year, the photos I do have with him become more and precious to me.

I put on a dress with a sweater and asked my son to put some clothes on as well. He said no because he’s three years old and apparently wearing your undies is completely acceptable photo attire. I secretly didn’t mind at all because I love seeing his little feet, arms, legs and hands. Clothes just cover that all up. And plus, when he’s a teenager I really doubt he’ll want to snuggle with me in his undies so I’ll take it without complaint.

Anyways, I just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to myself. I’ve been rockin this mom thing for three years and it’s a grind. Not to sound too cliche but giving birth to my son and becoming a mom has truly given my life a greater purpose. I’m no longer just living and doing for me, I’m also living and doing for my little human who needs me.

The bond I share with my son is unlike any other I’ve ever experienced. His cute voice, cheeky humor and every thing in between melts my heart daily. All I want him to know is how much he is loved. When the time comes for him to enter the world as a young adult I want him to feel like he’s supported and ready to tackle anything with me by his side or not. My little guy is my heart and my soul mate. I feel so blessed to be his mama. <3

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mom’s out there. I hope you feel loved and appreciated just not today but every day.

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asian baby girl laughing with parents in the forest

I took baby photos in the Presidio of this family of three and had a total blast. The dad and mom had a clear idea of what type of location they wanted for their photography session. They wanted nature and they really wanted a few photos that were San Francisco but not necessarily with the Golden Bridge in the background. The outskirts of Presidio park is surrounded by quintessential San Francisco: rolling streets, vista views where you can see the Palace of Fine Arts, the Bay and cityscape.

Now, all I’m going to say is if you don’t smile looking at these photos of this adorable baby girl then you have no heart. Her smile is so infectious! Of course the parents really wanted photos of her standing, but she had other plans. As in, there was no way in hell she was going to set foot on the ground. We tried everything. We took a timeout from shooting and the parents hung out with her while I made myself scarce. We tried getting her to stand on different types of ground such as gravel, dirt, the blanket, paved path – nada. I tried tricking her into playing games with me – nope. We even would toss her favorite toy a few feet away to see if she’d go for it. Nothing. She was a smart cookie and knew what we were up to the entire time. We made the best of it and I thought she totally rocked the session. Plus, standing is overrated in my book. In like 6 months that’s all she’ll be doing for the rest of her life and the parents will be looking for all those sitting photos and photos of them holding her. ha!

Despite that, was she a happy little cookie ready to laugh and play. I just loved seeing all her little teeth with that big smile. Well, just the two teeth on the bottom and the few up top, haha. So cute! I just adore these baby photos in the Presidio.

*Playing catch-up on my blog posts for basically the next month, ha! More past sessions coming soon, keep an eye out for your favorites.

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indian expecting couple sitting on a rock looking at the cityscape of the mission and noe valley at sunset in san francisco

I’m telling you, my clients lately are looooooving their nature and cityscape photos. And frankly I agree! San Francisco and the Bay Area in general is urban but surrounded by gorgeous nature. I swear, SF has an identity crisis and this is one of those few times that I endorse it. I’m not into concrete jungles (ahem NYC) OR living out in B-F-E (ahem anywhere that has a higher population of bears than people).

Now, about this gorgeous couple. They were super laid back and fun. They had those zen vibes that made me all calm. But then they’d laugh or dance. I guess that’s called bliss. You know, perfect happiness or having great joy. Welp, this couple has that! Their baby is going to be one lucky guy having such great parents.

When I chatted with the mama about their maternity photos, it was pretty clear they were on board with nature and cityscape photos. In fact, they live in Los Gatos and were planning on driving up for their shoot. Our first stop was in the Presidio for photos of them with the stretching to the skies trees. The expecting mama wore a long sleeve dress in cream and it looked stunning at that local. She even paired it with a jeweled headband. Those photos were so romantic and earthy. Love.

Then, it was time to get urban so we headed over for some cityscape photos of downtown San Francisco. Towards the end of their session, I kept getting this nagging idea to ask if they wanted to make one more stop. So many of my clients want the photos of downtown San Francisco, but I really wanted to capture a different perspective of the city. They were game. And boy was I happy we went. Both of the photos I had in mind turned out to be my favorites (see the first two below).

*Playing catch-up on my blog posts for basically the next month, ha! More past sessions coming soon, keep an eye out for your favorites.

**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.

Please contact me to book your maternity session + newborn session.

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