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pregnant couple holding hands walking down the beach kissing with the ocean waves on their feet

I can’t get enough of these sunny beach maternity photos taken in Santa Cruz. This mom of seven, who is expecting her eighth, rocked her pregnancy photos. So I decided I had to share more since there were so many great ones. As a recap: she has four boys and this baby will make four girls. Has that for an even divide? Pretty special! Also, as mentioned, they flew in from Seattle, WA so I was extra excited to meet them. The couple is originally from the Bay Area so I thought it was so thoughtful and special of them to want to have their maternity photos taken here again, or at our neighboring city of Santa Cruz.

Be sure to check out the other photos, “Sunny Beach Pregnancy Photos in Santa Cruz | San Francisco Maternity Photographer.” She rocked a black bikini and long black skirt and slayed the beach with her belly bump. I love how modern the outfit choice was too. Very chic and casual.

Enjoy these summertime beach pregnancy photos! May the sun gods forever shine down on this family. 🙂

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

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pregnant women walking on the beach in a bikini standing with her belly showing

Sunny beach pregnancy photos top my list as some of my favorites. So, when this expecting mama reached out and requested maternity photos in Santa Cruz, I was all sunnies and shorts in. She and her family live in the Seattle, Washington area so it was a real treat for me to meet and photograph them during their trip to Santa Cruz. She wanted photos with the entire family and then break off for some of just her and her husband.

She has seven kids, four boys and three girls and the eighth baby is a girl! How lucky is that?! Not only because she’s blessed with so many amazing children but she has an even count for gender. Yay, for happy coincidences. The older kids were amazing with the younger kids and everyone looked out for each other. And, I know you’ll never believe me, but all seven kids were so well behaved. There wasn’t a grumpy face in the bunch! The very last photo is of the entire family – check them out!

This expecting mama is seriously gorgeous too. She could literally have her own television show titled, “Beach Beauty Mom of 8.” Or I’m sure the producers could come up with a better title, but you get my point. 🙂 I loved that she rocked this bikini top with the black long skirt. It might be one of my favorite sunny beach pregnancy photos looks from this summer. It’s very modern, chic and summertime. Thumbs up.

The dad was uh-mazing. I could tell right away he’s the one who’s cracking jokes and being the goofball. He had such a loving and humorous energy about him. He was just smiling the entire time. Such an amazing guy. And, wow, did he love his wife! For expecting their eighth kid and being married for 15 years (I THINK that’s how long it’s been) their love seems to have only grown. They truly are that couple that you look too and get so inspired about love and marriage and child rearing.

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

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12 year old tween girl standing in front of barn looking over her shoulder at borges ranch in walnut creek for family photos

It was a family gathering in Walnut Creek to celebrate and take photos with my step-daughter who was visiting. Every year we carve out an evening to take photos together. Since she doesn’t get to visit us often, I know how special these photos are to her. Especially having photos with her dad. This year, we gathered the family: step-daughter, dad, grandma and brother and headed out for an early evening photo shoot in Walnut Creek.

My son was super excited. It was a special treat to head outside for an adventure after dinnertime. Usually, he’d be home taking a bath and winding down. To say he was all smiles would be an understatement. Not only was he laughing and playing the entire time, he also provided lots of reasons for the others to laugh too. He was totally cheeky. And yes, he kept running away and had his own ideas about what we should be doing but it was all fun. I didn’t mind a bit. Of course, I wasn’t the one chasing after him. That job was for his dad or sister to do. I’m the photographer after all.

My step-daughter is a natural in front of the camera. Perhaps it’s the European gaze that I love – cause you know, Euros don’t smile as much as us Americans (that’s a fact people!). Some of my favorite photos are of her smiling though. I think it really captures her youth and playfulness. But as you know, most 12-year-olds try really hard to look grown-up. And given she’s my height already, she certainly does look grown! Crazy to think she’ll be taller than me next year! Yikes! What a strange feeling to have your kids grow taller than you. And I’m no shorty either (not super tall either – but above average).

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these photos of a family gathering in Walnut Creek. Of these people, big and small, bring so much joy and love to my life. I love each one of them. And I love being able to capture these moments we have together.

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african american asian newborn girl laying on white knit blanket with arms by ears

Oh happy day! This precious newborn girl in Foster City arrived. Sure, she was a week late but it was probably for the best given this mama waited to have her maternity portraits taken until she was 39 weeks. But she looked goooood. And if I’m honest, many mamas have a hard time pulling maternity photos off at 39 weeks (but better late than never in my book!). And this mama looked fabulous at 39 weeks – you go girl! So basically what I’m saying is, this baby clearly needed a little more time to bake before she made her big debut.

What is it about chubby babies that make my heart swoon? I could just love and snug on chubby newborns all day! Just like this newborn girl in Foster City. She’s a lucky little girl too. She has a dotting older brother who was so excited to be around her. He got to hold her a ton and gave her lots of kisses. They were so cute together. Two peas in a pod, just like in the photo I took (see below). Which I should mentioned was the mom’s doing. She had the idea of laying them down together like that and it turned out so stinkin’ cute.

I had such an amazing time meeting and working with this beautiful family. I loved that grandma was included in their photo shoot. She was also at their maternity shoot but just as a bystander. 🙂 I know these parents are going to be wonderful and this newborn girl is so lucky to have such a loving family.

Enjoy these newborn photos!

Did you see their maternity photos yet? If not, jump over and take a peek: Foster City Pregnant Couple Waiting for Baby Girl.

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

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bride wearing a peach and white boho flower crown sitting on a velvet chaise lounge in san francisco

She was lovely, she was stunning, she was brilliant on her bridal shower day. My BFF, who now lives in Ireland, had her bridal shower hosted locally in the Bay Area since that’s where many of her family and friends live. I invited her to stay the night at my house the day before so I could pamper her the morning-of. We kicked off the morning with a yummy smoothie and eggs and then chitchatted until the MUA (make-up artist) arrived. I personally think having your hair and make-up done for special events is what ties everything together. I also had a special surprise for the bride-to-be: I had a flower crown made for her to wear! She was so appreciative it brought tears to her eyes. Well, until my gardener started banging on my window hollering for me to come outside. hahah That’s life for ya.

Anyways, I love this girl so much. She and I have orbited each other since our 20s and I can’t imagine my life without a brighter sun than her.

And because I’m a photographer I wanted to take a quick five minutes and snap some photos of her. Because I wanted to capture how she was radiating on her special day. She was simply glowing!

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precious newborn girl being held by parents

This precious newborn girl was such a joy to photograph in San Francisco. I had photographed their maternity session prior at their home and on the cliffs of the Bay so I was looking forward to meeting their little girl.

The parents were dotting over her and catered to her every whim. Because that’s what good new parents do and because as you can see she’s a total doll. Such a sweet happy newborn baby. She was smiling at every opportunity and it looks like she might have a little dimple on the bottom of her cheek. That or she’s a little chubby. Either way, super cute!

I can tell she’s going to be a daddy’s girl too. She was so entranced when he held her. They were two peas in a pod just gazing at each other. I bet there will be many many moments in their future with daddy playing with baby girl on his lap, just like in the photos from their session.

I’m so excited for this couple now that they have officially entered into parenthood. I know they’ll be so great raising their precious newborn girl too.

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda J. LeShan

I love this quote because having a baby, and a girl at that, really is the beginning of all things. The start of a new life and a new way of living. It truly gives purpose and a deeper sense of love and magic that surrounds. I say magic because I really believe creating a new life is magical. As is raising that life – these little human beings are brilliant!

Don’t forget this couple’s maternity photos too: San Francisco Pregnancy Photos with the Golden Gate Bridge and Pregnancy Photos of Couple at Home .

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

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foster city pregnant african american couple standing in nature at coyote point looking at belly

I was excited to take maternity photos with this Foster City pregnant couple. The to-be mom is gorgeous – model-worthy gorgeous – and guess what? Turns out she is in fact a former model turned corporate executive powerhouse. The expecting dad was hilarious and kept me on my toes the entire shoot. I’d provide them with posing direction and say, for example, “CAN you move your hand here?” And if he didn’t do it I’d say it again and finally he told me I sounded like I was giving him the option when really I was should’ve said “Move your hand here or off with it!” (: I thought it was so funny – but it was a very good point. The hubby was super chill too. Just went with the flow. I think he’s probably used to photoshoots because of his former model wifey.

As mention, they’re a Foster City pregnant couple so when I asked about location the expecting mom said she’d like photos in nature and if possible with some water. I knew the perfect location in Foster City to take them and boy did it turn out beautiful for us that day. You can’t tell, but the day their session took place it was freezing – like arctic cold. But they were total troopers. By the end of the shoot my fingers were white and frozen and everyone was numb from head to toe.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we took these photos when the expecting mom was about 39 weeks pregnant. Insane! She looked amazing! You’d never know she was due at any moment. Now, I don’t recommend waiting this long to have maternity photos taken for a variety of reasons. Such as, baby being born before the pregnancy photos are taken, or typically by 39 weeks expecting moms are extremely tired and swollen and lastly, bellies can grow to be quite large. And while I love me a large beautiful belly many moms don’t want all their photos to be with a extra huge belly (obvs). Moral of this story, don’t wait to take photos. But if you do, know that I’ll expect you to be as brave and nimble to walk and climb around as this expecting mama. 🙂

Anyways, enjoy these portraits of this Foster City pregnant couple.

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

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Tarah Photography is named as one of San Francisco’s Best Maternity Photographers by Expertise, a curated directory that connects qualified professionals to customers. Expertise is similar to Yelp, but instead, Expertise does the work for you. Expertise vets and evaluates each business based off a tiered criteria and individually reviews each business. That way the guesswork is taken out of the research and review process for customers.

Tarah Photography ranks among the top 21 maternity photographers awarded out of a pool of 192 that were analyzed by Expertise. Expertise analyzed and scored maternity photographers in the Bay Area on more than 25 variables across five judgement criteria. The results give customers a hand-picked list of the best maternity photographers in their area. All without the hassle of customers having to hunt through review sites. The five judgement criteria include: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability and Professionalism. Once the businesses are ranked, Expertise manually reviews the highest scoring businesses to ensure each business is evaluated to the highest standards before being selected.

Tarah Photography was also named as one of San Francisco’s Best Newborn Photographers in 2016 and 2017.

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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