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.
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!
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.
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.
Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top
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.
– 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).
– 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
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.
This couple had a specific request for their maternity photo shoot – they wanted photos of them walking San Francisco’s Labyrinth pregnant. I must admit, I’ve lived in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years and I had never seen said Labyrinth before – in fact, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I didn’t even know it existed. So as soon as this location was requested, I jumped with excitement. It sounded beautiful AND it has a special meaning to the expecting couple.
What is Land’s End Labyrinth in San Francisco? It’s actually an art installation created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004. In 2015 it was almost completely destroyed by vandals who threw the rocks off the cliff. In true San Francisco fashion, the community came together and rebuilt it stone by stone following the same outline as the original. Major kudos to the community for reviving it for the rest of the world to enjoy!
When we met in San Francisco for their maternity session, it was a glorious hot day. They brought their dog, Lou in tow as well. She was very attached to her mama. She insisted on being within at least two feet of her mama at all times. So if you spot a little black dog cowering in the frame, that’s our girl!
If these photos get you inspired to walk the Labyrinth – pregnant or not – here’s a few tips:
Enjoy these photos of this couple walking San Francisco’s Labyrinth pregnant!
More foggy Baker Beach pregnancy pictures coming your way today! This mama wore so many beautiful clothing changes I wanted to share a few more of my favorites from her session. As mentioned previously, this mama loved her first maternity session with me down in Santa Cruz so much she decided to book an additional session in San Francisco to celebrate where she and her longtime husband had their first date. I should mention that they flew to the Bay Area from where the they live in Seattle for both sessions! So, to say I felt humbled by it, is an understatement. I just adored working with both of them. They’re so laid back and have so much to be grateful for: lots of kids – they’re expecting their eighth baby! and each other. There was so much love, fun and admiration between two.
From moody, foggy photos on the beach to a little dancing to wrap up the session, we were all smiles! And even though it was foggy it was surprising not freezing cold! So that’s always a bonus – especially for the mama who was wearing beautiful lace dresses. I suppose when you’re pregnant you run a little warm as it is.
Be sure to see her other photos taken on this foggy day (we did many wardrobe changes!), “San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Foggy Baker Beach Pregnancy Photos.”
Do you want to see their sunny beach photos taken in Santa Cruz, see those here, “Sunny Beach Pregnancy Photos in Santa Cruz | San Francisco Maternity Photographer.” In fact, there were so many beautiful photos from this session I shared more in a second blog post here, “More Sunny Beach Pregnancy Photos in Santa Cruz | San Francisco Pregnancy Photographer.”
Enjoy more foggy Baker Beach pregnancy pictures!
There’s something beautiful about these foggy Baker Beach Pregnancy photos in San Francisco. I photographed this beautiful mama previously in Santa Cruz. After she returned home to Seattle, she sent an email saying she loved their maternity photos so much she and her husband wanted to fly back to San Francisco to take more photos. This time, it wasn’t just a regular maternity session that prompted them. Instead, she wanted to capture photos of where she and her longtime husband had their first date – at Baker Beach in San Francisco. Since that first date way back when, they have gotten married, moved to Seattle and had seven kids with the eighth on the way. I did not mis-write – this gorgeous couple is expecting their eighth baby. And they are so in love and can’t wait to meet her.
Now, about their maternity session at the beach. Unlike their first maternity session in Santa Cruz which was sunny, warm and bright, in San Francisco it was typical foggy Baker Beach pregnancy photos. Pretty typical for this time of year – or really anytime during the year. But I actually like the contrast between these and their summer Santa Cruz photos. If anything, it really captures the heart of being in San Francisco where they met and fell in love.
So, the question remains, is this their last baby? The answer was a resounding YES! But I always say, never say never. 🙂 Congrats to this Seattle couple! This might very well be the first time I’ve ever photographed an expecting mama twice during her pregnancy. And the fact that they picked me as their photographer and flew down here – twice – it was truly an honor.
Do you want to see their sunny beach photos taken in Santa Cruz, see those here: “Sunny Beach Pregnancy Photos in Santa Cruz | San Francisco Maternity Photographer.” In fact, there were so many beautiful photos from this session I shared more in a second blog post here: “More Sunny Beach Pregnancy Photos in Santa Cruz | San Francisco Pregnancy Photographer.”
More pregnancy photos of this SF style blogger Raspberry Glow who I met on Instagram (@raspberryglow) yes, that really happens! There were so many great photos I loved I decided to post a few more on the blog.
Also, can we talk about her white dress for a moment? It’s just gorgeous! Especially with the foggy beach (thanks Karl the Fog) the white dress looked light and airy – like a beach goddess coming out of a storm. Ok, maybe not that poetic but you get what I’m going for here. Also, this was the only dress she wore for the entire session. Most of my clients bring two changes but she decided to keep it simple. It was nice because it allowed us to really focus on interacting and not having too many distractions with changing clothes (but of course, two wardrobe changes is completely fine).
Given that she’s a style blogger I knew they’d come dressed for the occasion. I love her husband’s pink shirt. I think more men need to wear pink. Also, her son sported the cutest little bowtie that matched his pants and tied-in with her dress and accessories. I supposed when you’re a professional style blogger you have this down to a science.
“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” – William Macneile Dixon
This quote is so right on. You really are ‘exchanging nothing for the possibility of everything.’ Let the swirl around your head for a moment.
If you missed the first blog post, you can catch it here: Style Blogger Raspberry Glow’s Pregnancy Photos | Maternity Photographer San Francisco
Enjoy these photos of SF style blogger Raspberry Glow!
Yup, these portraits are style blogger Raspberry Glow’s pregnancy photos. I had a blast working with one of my favorite San Francisco style bloggers, Ashley, from Raspberry Glow. We met via Instagram, @raspberryglow, and decided to do a photoshoot together to celebrate her second pregnancy. It was so much fun meeting her family and photographing them. Their 2 year old son loves the beach so he was happy as a clam to be there. Doesn’t he look cute in his bow-tie shirt?!
It’s hard to believe there was a time not long ago that San Francisco was cold and foggy after this insane heatwave the Bay Area has been experiencing. But yes, it’s true! In fact, we had to reschedule our first shoot because it was so foggy at the beach that it was misting – it was basically raining. No Bueno. So the weekend after that it was normal Karl the Fog at the beach – and that was fine by us. I secretly miss those days, when it was chilly and foggy. I’m ready for fall!
When I asked about the location for her photos, she immediately said Baker Beach. I love shooting beach pregnancy photos, especially at Baker Beach. It’s such an iconic location. And like I say, you never know where live will take you so having photos in a place that’s recognizable is so special. Plus, as I said, their son loves the beach so it was a perfect location.
We had so much fun. Ashley even braved the freezing cold water and got her feet wet. I think those photos of her playing in the ocean surf are some of my favorites. Also, Ashley is such a professional! It was extremely windy and she totally made it work like a champ. You wouldn’t really know that wind was whipping her hair around and doing crazy stuff. She does have gorgeous blond hair, but her mastered the wind gracefully and perfectly. Again, I was extremely excited to have the chance to work with gorgeous style blogger – so much fun.
Enjoy style blogger Raspberry Glow’s pregnancy photos!
Looking for a colorful adventure with the kids that’s fun for you too? I have just the place, the Color Factory Co in San Francisco. So, drag out the brightest and most colorful clothes you and your children own, grab a selfie stick and sharpen those elbows for an hour of Willy Wonka-type of fun.
Wondering how to get tickets? I was one of the lucky ones who snagged three when the Color Factory extended their dates. Admittedly, it was a fretful two hours sitting in front of my computer trying to purchase them online. I was kicked off their server and the virtual queue froze multiple times. Finally when I made it inside to purchase the tickets I’d click on the date and time I wanted and by the time I went to checkout the tickets would disappear from my cart! With sweat rolling down my face, my determination kicked in – it was just me and a billion other people vying for tickets online. Only the fast thinking and even fastest finger-typers would prevail. DING DING DING! I won! I won! I won! OMG, I one the lottery – a million dollars. Um, I mean, yay, I got tickets to go to the Color Factory. lol.
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to win the lottery – I mean to get tickets online – sign-up for their newsletter. They extended their dates once already but given the demand, they may extend again. And also, follow them on Instagram (@colorfactoryco). You’ll find information on upcoming tickets there first.
Here’s a few tips to help you prepare for your visit
1. Dress the part: If your child doesn’t own any color-appropriate clothing, check out Primary.com. I think the name says it all, but they sell clothing made of cotton in a wide range of colors. The best part is there are no logos, graphics or patterns. Just one or two styles to choose from in a range of colors.
2. Bring a selfie-stick: If you’re a parent like me, walking around with a selfie-stick is about appealing as wearing a fanny pack. But just do it. I wish I would’ve had one. Also, since I’m a photographer I thought having my professional camera would be key to awesome photos. But nope, I think having my professional camera was actually harder and more cumbersome. The lighting is poor and the color casts – wow the color casts. The experience is really best captured on your phone (all but one of the photos (the orange room) on this blog were captured with my professional camera though).
3. Cut the line: You get admitted into the installation at the time slot you’ve purchased for. However, what I learned is that they admit entrance by staggering people so there aren’t hopefully a ton of people in each room during your visit. So, the trick is to arrive a little early so it cuts down on your wait time. Capiche?
4. Sharpen your elbows: Why, you ask? Because people go here for one reason, to take photos in the installation. Be it of themselves (ahem, all the Peter Pan adults) or of their kids. Getting “the shot” was like the Hunger Games. Especially in the really popular rooms, like the confetti room or the balloon room (but I think it was because the balloon room was so small). Anyways, I warned you!
So, which room is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! <3
Pssst: I also snagged tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream – who’s going?
We walked the rainbow down into the exhibit. If you have a drone, or maybe an extended selfie stick you could capture the “arch.” Note to self if I ever go again.
This was such a fun novelty room. The walls were scratch-n-sniff. Yup, just like stickers. All the dots on the wall smelled like different things. I think my favorite was the “A stick of gum, in case of a kiss” smell.
This rainbow rail is a conveyer belt that is spinning around a small treat. On the menu when we attended was a marshmallow square dipped in pink sprinkles. My son took what felt like forever to eat that thing haha.
Orange and orange and more orange. My son all but blended into the decor of this room. He looked so cute in here with his matchy-matchy outfit.
The blue balloon room felt like walking into a alien’s home. Or maybe some type of futurist place. Smelled of latex – but it’s all balloons. And yup, he’s still eating that dang marshmallow!
Remember Lite Bright? I had one the size of a tablet as a child. This one trumps it. It took up the entire wall! So much fun creating here.
We are against coloring on the wall in our house. So when he picked up the marker I grinded my teeth a bit wondering if this would give him any ideas for later.
“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the ginger bread man!” He must’ve ran through these ribbons a 100 times. When you walk to about the middle of the ribbons it’s pitch black and you can’t see who’s next to you until you touch them or they’re right in front of your face. It got awkward a few times when I was looking for my son in here.
Strangely, this was one of his favorite rooms. All those scraps of paper on the floor are headshots. The room is titled “selfie” so that’s the inspiration. It was empty the entire time with just a small printer printing these headshots and then the paper would drop to the floor. He thought it was fantastic!
The confetti room! Need I say more. I’ve been finding small pieces of confetti all over house for the past two days.
There are just a few general rules, one being NO jumping. So the first thing he does is jump into the yellow ball pit. SMH.
We parked in the Sutter Street garage. I thought it only fitting that the levels were painted.
I adore these pregnancy – family photos in Tiburon. They’re expecting a baby boy – hence the blue dress that the expecting mom is wearing – and could not be any happier. The mom said her pregnancy to get pregnant with a second child has been a journey. It didn’t go as planned or hoped. But here they are, 5 years later (their daughter is 6 years old so I’m just guessing what their timeline was) with a baby boy who is expected to make it to full term.
I loved the energy from this family. It was that calm, fun-loving joy. The type that just sucks you in and leaves you driving home with sore cheeks from smiling and a silly grin on your face. These pregnancy – family photos in Tiburon were perfect. At their house, relaxed and everyone glowing.
“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto
Enjoy these pregnancy – family photos in Tiburon!