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family sitting on blanket

This gorgeous family is my brother’s. They live in Modesto and said they’d meet me in Walnut Creek this year for photos (score!). I was super excited to photograph them. Mostly, because I love hanging with my nieces and nephew. AND, photographing my nieces and nephew is my way of bonding with them. My favorite part of the photo shoot is when I get to photograph each kid by themselves. This year, I took each niece a little distance from the rest of the crazy family to capture their little spirits. It was so much fun chatting and laughing together. It really does fill my heart.

Curious to see their photos from last year? Here you go: Modesto Fall Family Photos ~ Family of 5 {San Francisco Photographer}

It’s so crazy how much children change in a year! Even the styling between both shoots is vastly different. I will say that at our shoot this year my sister-in-law had my nephew in cute preppy shoes but my brother made an argument for the skater shoes. I agreed and little man got to sport his new kicks much to his dad’s gloating.

Every fall I look forward to photographing both of my brother’s families. It’s likely my favorite shoots of the entire year.

It might seem like oversharing with the number of photos in this blog. But I wear thick auntie goggles (even though I don’t actually think I wear auntie goggles – I actually believe it to be true) and think my nieces and nephew are the smartest, most loving and gorgeous little people I have ever laid eyes on.

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indian family walking on beach with downtown San Francisco in the background

This Chicago family visits SF and wanted to have their family photos taken during their vacation. They wanted photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background which is as iconic as it gets here. I was so excited to meet them for this special occasion. I love working with clients who are visiting the area.

The day of their shoot the weather was crazy. Not just weird micro-climate-San Francisco, but erratic. It was raining on my drive to the location but I was hopeful it would clear. The weather app said it was suppose to clear up for a couple of hours. But of course, you can’t really rely on a weather app in San Francisco. By the time the family arrived it was misting and looked like it was about to downpour. Because they were visiting this was our only chance to make it happen. So they decided to stick it out until the rain really started pouring. It was our lucky day, the rain stopped and the sun even came out for a little bit. And then a rainbow appeared near the bridge. It was like having five seasons within one hour. By the time we wrapped the photo shoot and headed our cars the rain started again. Such a fun shoot to remember.

Ok, enough about the weather, let’s talk about this cutie pie baby boy! He was all smiles the entire time and was soaking in his surroundings. We started on the grass and then ended at the beach – the beach photos are my favorites from this shoot. It was his first big trip and was loving every second of it.

I loved meeting and working with this amazing family. And I even more so loved that they had photos taken during their vacation – what a great way to capture memories.

Enjoy these photos of: Chicago Family Visits SF

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asian and white Baby Girl and Family at Lover's Lane

Gah, this baby girl and family at Lover’s Lane puts a smile on my face. I met this sweet little girl at her home in the Marina District and even photographed her while she was in her mama’s belly for her mom and dad’s 2016 holiday photos on the beach in San Francisco before anyone could even tell. PLUS, I photographed mama’s official maternity photos taken on the beach (that was a mouthful!). <– Click these links to see their past photos shoots. I especially love the maternity photos at the beach and the newborn photos. This family rocks it in front of the camera.

It was a chilly morning in San Francisco when we took these photos but baby girl did so good! No complaining from this sweet thing. The first photo below I think is my favorite from their session. Baby girl is so cute, and look at her eating her shoe! But really, it’s I love her little chubby leg. Eek! Such a cutie pie. My second favorite is of them wrapped in the blanket with baby girl looking at the camera. Is it just me or does she look like she’s posing? In the photo with her dad, I swear she’s giving me a look. I can’t figure out what exactly her expression is saying, but I’d caption it with her saying, “yup, my daddy loves me. Go find your own dad!” haha. She makes the best facial expressions.

This family has been in San Francisco for about a year – maybe a little less. And I love how they pick SF iconic locations for photos. The first two photo shoots were at Baker Beach with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. And this one was at Lover’s Lane which is more of a locally known spot off the beaten path. It’s funny because some clients will tell me they walk parallel to Lover’s Lane down the paved path and didn’t even know it was there! It’s hidden. But it’s such a cool spot and total San Francisco with it being a art installation. I especially love the location name. How fun will it be years down the road to say you had your holiday photos taken at Lover’s Lane. 🙂 It’s the best.

Enjoy these photos of this baby girl and family at Lover’s Lane.

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fall family photos in nature in walnut creek

These fall family photos in nature in Walnut Creek make my heart sing. I just adore this family so much! I’ve been friends with them since my 20s, which let’s just say was a while ago. I got to see this mama and her hubby meet and fall in love. And hell yes, I danced my butt off at their wedding. This mama was one of my first friends to have kids – she was the smart one to start when she did! And I’ve just loved seeing her and her husband grow into the kick-butt parents that they are who are raising two amazing and smart little ones.

They’ve been so great letting me torture them with my annual photo taking. Especially when I was first dabbling in family photography.

I’ll never forget the time when I was pregnant and drove up to visit them at their new house. I was so clueless about kids back then. I came over wanting to sit around and catch-up about life. Well, she was a mama of two – her daughter was maybe 2 years old. I still can’t believe she let me stay and talk her ear off while her kids were kept occupied with who knows what devices that she normally wouldn’t let them play with haha. Geez, how times have changed.

Enjoy these fall family photos in nature in Walnut Creek!

Below, are a few of my favorites from our time together. Enjoy!

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new parents sitting on bed looking at newborn boy

As promised in my last post, here’s a few of my favorites from Point Richmond newborn photos at home. Their dog was totally photo bombing – check out the last photo in this post of her spying on us. She was so hilarious and such a good fur baby to the new human baby. I also had no idea that the view from Point Richmond could be so epically beautiful! It’s a hidden gem up there for sure. And their family house had sweeping views of the Bay. It was stunning. Point Richmond could possibly be one of the Bay Area’s best hidden secrets! Love it over there.

So many wonderful photos of this gorgeous family from both their maternity and newborn session. See below to click through their other sessions and see the love.

If you missed my last post that has the photos of them with their newborn boy at the beach, click here: Point Richmond Newborn Photos at the Beach | San Francisco Photographer . It’s unusual for parents to take their newborns outside or to the beach (the stress of getting out of the house alone is enough to shy away from it). But since they lived literally blocks away and they requested we go. And baby boy did amazing out there seeing the world!

If you’re drooling over how cute this family is, don’t miss this couples maternity photos! Their pregnancy shoot was breathtaking, read below to see where we shot at.

Maternity Photographer SF | Walking San Francisco’s Labyrinth Pregnant  and here’s the second post (so many I overshared lol), Lifestyle Maternity Photographer SF | Pregnancy Photos on the Bluffs at Sunset.

Enjoy these photos of this adorable baby boy and his mama and dad! They’re so blessed.

Point Richmond Newborn Photos at home *

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These new parents lived a few blocks away from the beach and requested Point Richmond newborn photos at the beach. I was game! It’s very rare for me to photograph newborns outside – and for good reason. But because this family loved so close (and this were shot at the end of summer) we decided to give it go. But not before we took a ton more photos in their home. There precious little boy was all eyes and so chill. They’re so lucky!

Ok, so I’ll post the in-home photos in a separate blog. There’s so many amazing photos from the beach I don’t want to distract from the cuteness. So keep an eye for a second blog post soon!

Point Richmond is what they referred to as a “hidden secret” in the Bay Area to live (I hope I’m not spilling beans!). Their house sat right on the mountainside with a clear view of the bay. It was utterly gorgeous. Plus, having their beach so close to their house will be the perfect playground for their little boy to explore and swim as he gets older.

Did you see this couples maternity photos? Not to be missed? Taken in San Francisco, these are some of my favorites:

Maternity Photographer SF | Walking San Francisco’s Labyrinth Pregnant  and here’s the second post (so many I overshared lol), Lifestyle Maternity Photographer SF | Pregnancy Photos on the Bluffs at Sunset.

Enjoy these photos of this adorable baby boy and his mama and dad! They’re so blessed.

Point Richmond Newborn Photos*

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Like most San Franciscans, this family loves their Hayes Valley neighborhood. Not only is it the place they reside but it’s the place they’re raising their family. From the rice pudding and frozen yogurt shop, Loving Cup, to the streets and alleys they walk everyday. Every nook of this neighborhood is brimming with memories for them of their growing baby boy.

This session was especially fun for me because it was part of a giveaway I hosted many months ago. I was a panelist at a Golden Gate Mothers Group speaking to other moms and parents (I recall seeing at least one new dad there!) about entrepreneurism. I gave away one mini session to a lucky attendee. And this family won the lottery!

When the mom reached out to me she said she really wanted photos taken around their neighborhood with their almost 2 year old son. I loved the idea because urban lifestyle photography is one of my favorite genres to shoot. I was excited to hit the street with them.

Mom’s dress was a hit! I loved the pop of red and the way is flowed. Her son did too and thought it was hilarious trying to tug her around in it. He was such a little ham this guy. All smiles – but that could because he got to eat a cup of frozen yogurt at his favorite hot spot.

Below, are a few of my favorites from our time together. Enjoy!

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family of four with two boys sitting on the grass in crissy field with the golden gate bridge in the background in san francisco

Fall family photos at Crissy Field is a classic setting for San Franciscans. With the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and grass as far as the eye can see, it allows for children to run and play while the adults get that iconic setting they love.

Did you know this is one of my first family clients? Yaaassss, and I just adore them. The first time we met, mama was pregnant with that little guy there. The eldest was probably about the age of his baby brother. Now he’s doing basic math. lol. I love that this family has made it priority to have their family photographed every year. Because, wow, their family has changed and grown so much. And, wow again, how life comes in and makes changes for us.

Every year our conversation starts with where they want their fall family photos taken. The first year was Ocean Beach then Golden Gate Park, last year was Lover’s Lane and this year they decided on Crissy Field. I should probably start scouting a location for next soon! jk There’s so many great locations in San Francisco to choose from I could never run out of great options.

This family has a lot to celebrate this year with health being at the top of their list. This photo shoot was actually an extended family shoot. Yup, both sets of grandparents and aunts were standing behind me while I took these. They had an audience and totally rocked it! I might share a few extended family photos in a different blog post. I just felt their nucleus family deserved its own post.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox 

Enjoy these fall family photos at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

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pregnant blond women wearing a white kimono with orange flowers standing with the ocean in the background Pregnancy Photos on the Ocean Bluffs

It was a beautiful setting for their pregnancy photos on the ocean bluffs at sunset. San Francisco was hot that evening and we were all sweating. It felt like one of those nights where you might go salsa dancing all night (I’m not a salsa dancer but I secretly wish I was!). We made the short hike from where we parked to the ocean bluff just in time for sunset. The Golden Gate Bridge was to the right of us and the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean to the left of us. Their dog, Lou, came along for the photo shoot too. She was happy to hunt for flies which were flying in swarms around us. Maybe the heat invited all the flies out – there were a lot.

The pregnant expecting mom wore a fabulous long white kimono with orange flowers on it. She literally looked like a goddess. She changed into a boho orange and red shawl that looked like the sunset. Oh, and she wore a short white playful dress during our walk. I couldn’t resist taking some of her twirling in it.  Like I said, it was a perfect night for pregnancy photos on the ocean bluffs at sunset.

We played on the ocean bluffs but the main event was walking the labyrinth. I shared those photos in a previous blog post, so if you haven’t seen those be sure too. It was amazing! Click here: Maternity Photographer SF | Walking San Francisco’s Labyrinth Pregnant

 This couple was really fun to work with. I can’t wait to meet their little guy soon. He’s so lucky to have such a loving family who’s excited to meet him and take him through this journey called life. Enjoy!

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3 year old boy playing at a wall filled with pink letter magnets at the museum of ice cream in san francisco

Do you have a sweet tooth with a special hankering for ice cream? You are in luck my friend. The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) has opened it’s pink painted doors and people are going nuts for the ice cream wonderland.

Grab a pint of your favorite ice cream flavor and sit down for a read, or more likely a quick scan – because who has time for reading these days? I’m giving you the scoop on the MOIC with tips on how to roll-through the MOIC with kids in tow plus some photography tips. For a double scoop of MOIC, check out the article I wrote for RedTri.com too.

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The Scoop
If you’re living under a rock and have no idea what the Museum of Ice Cream is, it’s an interactive pop-up art installation celebrating all things ice cream. Even the facade of the building is painted to look like it has huge pink sprinkles on it. Housed in the former Emporio Armani / Saving Union Bank you’ll be able to see the original bank vault that hasn’t been opened since the 90s (just the door – not inside the vault).

Tickets for the MOIC are causing major #FOMO (that’s ‘Fear of Missing Out’ for anyone who’s been in a coma for the past decade). Tickets have told out in within 18 minutes and they’ve extended their dates once already. If you’re determined to snag tickets, be sure to sign-up for MOIC’s newsletter and follow on Instagram. You’ll get the news from these sources first about ticket extension dates – which I’ll bet a pint of Ben and Jerry’s that they’ll extend again. Tickets are $38 each and kids younger than 3 are free.

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Museum of Ice Cream staggers entrance into the building for extra crowd control. You’ll enter in groups of about ten. So if you can get a group of friends to go this will make it even more fun because you can tell them get out of your way when taking photos. If you’re in a group with the IG obsessed sharpen your elbows – these types seem to snap a lot of retakes, which takes up more time in the areas you may be interested in exploring (I mean, how many retakes can you take of someone sitting on a unicorn – apparently a lot!). The good news is people will wait in lines so everyone gets a turn to take their photo. It’s sorta like waiting in line to take a photo with Santa – but only it’s with gummy bears instead.

Savor Every Bite
Here’s a few rooms you’ll want to be sure to snap photos in. I actually thought every room was worthy of photos, but these were likely my son’s favorite places to play in:

Sprinkle Pool: Kick your shoes off and jump into a pool filled with plastic sprinkles. Backstroke or dip your toes in, you’ll have a limited amount of time in this room before a staff member counts down and kicks you out so snap away and don’t be shy.

Pink Ice Cream Counter: A vintage looking ice cream counter in all pink. Sit down and enjoy your scoop of Bi-Rite ice cream before setting off to see the rest of the pop-up.

Banana Swing Rooms: At the very end of the exhibit, near the gift shop, are three themed rooms with swings. A banana room, a whipped cream room and a pink painted room. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime swinging opportunity for your kids. So let them at it!

Unicorn Stables: Accessed through miniature  doors, this room is floor to ceiling mirrors. Bust a move for your iphone video and be transported back to the music videos of the 80s and 90s. Need inspiration? Check out my 3 year old son jiggin at the end of this blog post or click here.

Insider Tips
– Parking: The MOIC is in downtown San Francisco, so plan on taking public transit. There is the Ellis-O’Farrell garage two blocks away or the Union Square garage that is about four blocks away. Strollers aren’t permitted but there is a place to stow them.

– Bathrooms: This one is a biggie – the restrooms are located at the very end of the exhibit and you’re not allowed to retract to previous rooms. These are the ONLY bathrooms in the building. So for the littles, be sure they go to the bathroom prior to entering MOIC at a nearby coffee shop. Or, you could let your littles pee in the gutter outside – seems like that’s what everyone else in San Francisco is doing these days anyways (just kidding – not kidding).

– Best for kids 3 and older: I want to add that while kids of all ages are welcomed, this pop-up is really best for kids who are 3 and older. Since you’re unable to go back to a previous room – and what 2 year old isn’t a runner – you may feel you didn’t get the full experience. Also, you’ll be waiting in a few lines, which a 2 year old will not want to do. And lastly, because of the bathroom situation (see tip above).

Photo Tips
– White Balance / Color Correction: If you bring your DSLR, set the white balance to auto. If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about don’t worry – your camera is already set to white balance. Even with it set to auto you’ll have to color correct in post – and it’s a b!@#$.

– Selfie Stick: Just buy one already. If you’re anything like me it feels strange and narcissistic. But you’ll get fun photos of you and your child and that’s priceless so just suck it up. Did you see any cute photos of me and my little man? Nope. My point is made.

– Lighting: The creators of MOIC made sure that every room was well lit for photography. I didn’t use a flash but I had to bump up my ISO so my photos are insanely grainy – which is fine since I’m just using them here and for memories for my son. But a flash will help with that.

Museum of Ice Cream
1 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Online: www.MuseumofIceCream.com

Did you snag tickets to go to the Museum of Ice cream? I’d love to hear what you think and which room was your favorite! Let me know in the comments. 

~Tarah

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