Oakland Maternity Photos: Meriber & Is

Date: October 2016

Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

This is going to make me sound real old, but I've known Meriber for almost 20 years! She's been a dear friend since our high school days . We've been through so much together, it's only fitting that I'll be a part of her pregnancy, capturing these beautiful moments. We first got some shots in her neighborhood with all these beautiful murals. Then we headed to Lake Merritt, where Meriber and Is got married, to finish up. I can't wait to meet their baby and see what kind of eccentric mom Meriber will become :-P

Foster City Maternity Photos: Karen, Ano & Justiniano

Date: October 2015 Location: Leo J. Ryan Park, Foster City

The back posting of photo sessions from last year continues...

The Monteiro family has been loyal supporters of Pichardo's Darkroom Photography for years. From Karen's first maternity photos, to first newborn photos of Justiniano, and now I was doing a maternity/family photo session with this beautiful family. It's always a blast to hang out with old friends and capture some precious images.

I look forward to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th maternity photo sessions with them! :P

Father's day

A father's love for their children is playful, protective, gentle, and unconditional. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to capture some of the most intimate moments of these wonderful fathers. May all the loving fathers out there get a well-deserved, happy Father's Day!

San Ramon Maternity Photos: Alvina & Shaq

Date: May 2015 Location: Bollinger Canyon, San Ramon

It was lovely shooting for Alvina and Shaq for their maternity photos. It was the last photo shoot I did before I took my "maternity leave". My baby surprised us with his early arrival just 11 days after this photo shoot.

I remember planning for the shoot later in the afternoon because I wanted the sun to be lower. Little did I know that the waterfall stops running after 7pm when the sun was still quite high. I'm thankful that Alvina and Shaq were very flexible and we were able to find other scenic spots at the park.

 

Foster City Baby Portrait: Knox

Date: May 23, 2015 Location: Leo J Ryan Memorial Park, Foster City

It was a beautiful day to shoot Knox's one-year-old birthday portrait with his mommy and daddy. Baby Knox was busy playing and posing with his adorable toys. I love being able to capture little ones and their ever-changing expressions!

My Very Own Baby/ Pregnancy Announcement Photo

This pregnancy announcement photo was taken back in February when I announced my pregnancy to family and friends. I had many ideas for the photo and ended up with one I loved. I envisioned my announcement photo to be personal and not generic and cliche. (sure you've seen the ones with the sonogram) The chucks with Mr Pichardo and Mrs Pichardo were made for our wedding back in 2011. It would have been perfect if I could have done the same to the infant shoes, but the smallest size I could get the embroidery was too big for my taste. I think the white infant size converse worked out quite well. Another difficult part was the placement of the shoes. I tried many different configurations of placing the shoes because I wanted to show the difference in size but also want it artistic and aesthetically pleasing. I was very satisfied with this final shot. Hope you like it too! :) Baby-pregnancy-announcement-converse-chucks

Livermore Pumpkin Patch: Wong's Family Portrait

Date: November 2014 Location: G&M Farms, Livermore, CA

It was a fun day doing some holiday photos for the Wong family! Little Myles is growing up so fast, but somethings never change - his funny facial expressions! He cracks me up all the time with that cute little face. The day was a little too sunny for my taste, but I'm glad we were able to capture some fall colors and bright smiles with this lovely family. :) Holiday_family_photo_Livermore_pumpkin_patch Holiday_family_photo_Livermore_pumpkin_patch Holiday_family_photo_Livermore_pumpkin_patch Holiday_family_photo_Livermore_pumpkin_patch Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore Holiday_family_photo_Livermore

Half Moon Bay Baby Shower: Almitra & Amit

Date: November 2014 Location: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay

As I'm working on the photos of Almitra and Amit's super adorable baby daughter, I just realized how behind I am with updating my blog that I haven't even posted photos from their baby shower yet! It was a fun and sweet party with many friends of the lovely couple who came to congratulate them and celebrate the impending arrival of their little sweet heart.

 

SF City hall Wedding: Carmen & Edwin

October 2014 Locations: SF City Hall & Mountain View, CA

It was an honor to be photographing Carmen and Edwin's intimate and fun wedding. SF City Hall is one of the most stunning buildings in the city and the ambiance and lighting there are perfect for wedding photos. The lovely couple had their ceremony in front of their families and close friends at the hall and then headed back to the south bay for a fun, intimate party. It was a great night of celebration and the newly weds were showered with much love and blessings.

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Maternity Photos: Sherry & Michael

Date: October 2014 Location: Liang's residence & The Bridges, San Ramon

Seems like it was just yesterday I officiated Sherry and Michael's wedding and pronounced them man and wife. With a blink of an eye, they are already expecting their first child in the next couple of weeks! Even though I've always known it's not easy being a mother, but watching Sherry's difficult pregnancy definitely pushed my respect for these selfless women to a whole new level. Despite all the challenges during this time, you can clearly see the happiness and hopes this couple has for their first-born in these maternity photos. I know baby Ethan will be so loved and well-cared for by his slightly anxious, but absolutely loving parents. Best wishes to Sherry and Michael! I can't wait to meet little Michael!

 

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Maternity Photos: Annettte & Matt

Date: August 2014 Location: Wise's residence, Redwood City, CA

Can't believe I've met this lovely couple for over 15 years! Annette and Matt are one of those high school sweethearts who are perfect together and have been happily married for years. It was definitely an honor to capture the excitement and intimacy of the expecting parents.

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San Francisco Maternity Photos: Pui San, Lamar & Jaxon

Date: 6-15-2014 Location: Cupid's Span & Ferry Building in San Francisco

It's exciting to be adding little new members to a lovely family. It was sweet taking these maternity photos with Pui San and Lamar. Jaxon, their cute 20-month-old son, was fast asleep when we met up on Embarcadero in SF. So we first did some shots with the soon-to-be parents for the second time, at the Cupid's Span along embarcadero and on the piers. Getting to know the family and finding out all the connections we have made us wonder why we had just finally met! It's always good to see expecting mothers as beautiful and radiant as Pui San since it's always a great fear of mine that I'd be gigantic and immobile when I'm pregnant, haha. I had a good time shooting, talking about baby names, and trying to make a woken-up-from-a-nap toddler smile for the pictures. Hope you like these maternity photos!

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San Mateo Maternity Photos: Karen & Ano

Date: June 7, 2014 Location: San Mateo, CA

Even with Karen's huge belly in front of my camera, I still can't believe Ano, my "cousin", the forever big boy who constantly cracks silly jokes, is going to be a father really soon! It was an honor to capture this wonderful chapter for them and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of baby Justiniano!

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San Mateo Engagement Photos: Zankhana & Chris

Date: April 23, 2014 Location: San Mateo Central Park

Whoa, I have totally been slacking on posting new pictures... These engagement photos with Zankhana and Chris were definitely an enjoyable project. The fun loving couple brought Harry Potter brooms for props and used some branches as wands for some impromptu wand fights. It was also nice to hang around San Mateo Central Park and checked out the Japanese Garden there. Hope you like the photos!

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Hayward Wedding Family Portrait: Myra & Gerund

Location: Hayward Japanese garden It's always a misfortune when weather does not allow for perfect wedding photos on your wedding day. Unfortunately that's what happened to Myra and Gerund's outdoor wedding in February. It was a big regret for Myra that she didn't get to take portraits with her  family in the outdoors on her wedding day, so she sought me out for the job when she learned of her family getting together again. We had great fun at the beautiful garden and best of all, now Myra's wedding is finally completed with photos with her beloved family.

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Graduation Photos: Nicole

3-26-14 It was a delightful day for graduation photos for Nicole by her school at UC Hastings. The Civic Center and the court houses provided the perfect backdrop for this soon-to-be lawyer. I's always a great feeling to witness people's accomplishments. Especially when I'm in graduate school myself and understand too well how much hard work and dedication it requires. I'm SO happy that Nicole is finally at the end of the tunnel and will soon start an impressive career practicing law. Congratulations!

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San Francisco Engagement Photos: Ann & Wonski

Location: SF Fort Point, Warming Hut Cafe San Francisco has countless spots for great engagement photos. This time we headed to Fort Point and Torpedo Wharf area for some outdoor pictures as well as sweet scenes at the Warming Hut Cafe. The cute couple met at work in Beijing and continued their love story as Wonski left to work back in Hong Kong. On the day of the engagement shoot, the groom-to-be, also a car-lover,  rented a red convertible r as props! It must have been the fanciest prop I have used for my photo shoot! The beautiful bride-to-be was a natural with poses and expressions, while Wonski had quite a bit of difficulties with where to put his hands, haha. All in all, it was another fun-filled photo shoot with lots of laughters and awwe moments.

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Vincy & Brian: SF Westin St. Francis Wedding

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It was an unforgettable day as my baby sister transformed into a beautiful, confident, and blissful bride. I was her matron of honor and also responsible for capturing some of the getting ready scenes. I only wish I could be her photographer for the whole day as it was one of the most beautiful weddings I've been in. Everyday knows how happy my sister has been since she got married. I hope her and Brian's newly wed bliss will last forever!

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