San Mateo Newborn Photos: Baby Rivaan

Date: August 2016

Location: San Mateo, CA

It's always a joy to take pictures of returning clients. From Almitra's first baby shower/maternity photos, to these newborn photos of her second baby, it is simply wonderful to witness her little family grow. I can't wait to capture more precious moments of these cute babies.

Oakland Newborn Photos: Baby Kellan

Date: June 2016

Location: Kellan's home

It's best to take newborn photos within the first 2 weeks after birth, however, it is always hard for new parents to have it together enough during this frantic time to look for, and book a photographer to do the baby's first photo shoot. Luckily, when mom reached out to schedule the shoot, I happened to have the weekend available, and newborn photo shoot is one of my favorite jobs.

Baby Kellan is one of the calmest babies I have the pleasure to photograph. He was chill and quiet even though I was constantly waking him up with the clicking noise of the camera. He gave me all kinds of adorable expressions, and I love that I was able to capture some candid moments with mommy and daddy too.

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

Redwood City 1st Birthday Party: Luca

Date: September 2015 Location: Redwood City, CA

Babies grow up SOOO fast! From their maternity photos, to newborn photos, and then with a blink of an eye, Luca's already 1-year-old! This big handsome boy is so adorable!

 

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!

Danville Baby's 1st Birthday Portraits: Myles

Date: February 2015 Location: Sycamore Valley Park, Danville

I really need to update my blog more often with more recent works. This one is a shoot from the beginning of the year for my cute little godson's 1st birthday at Sycamore Valley Park. Myles, Sharon and I had a lot of fun hanging out. Mommy Sharon made these cute signs and put Myles in super adorable outfits. The cake smashing shots were so funny because Myles didn't even want to touch the cake because he didn't want to get his hands dirty. It was borderline torture to him when we put cream on his mouth and face, hahaha. He's just too darn cute!

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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

Newborn Photos: Luca

Date: September 2014 Location: Wise's residence, Redwood City

It was such a delight to photograph Luca! He was the first baby I have photographed who was actually sleeping for the first half of the shoot. He is such a cutie, so calm and such a good quiet baby! After 2 weeks as parents, Annette and Matt seem to have gotten the hang of things already. I was SOO happy for them and had such a good time photographing this lovely little family!

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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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Newborn Photos: Noah

Date: August 2014 Location: Castro Valley, CA

There's always so much joy when a new member join a family. It was an honor to witness that for Violet and her family. The baby Mikey I did his 1st birthday photos for is already going to pre-school and he's becoming a big brother! Noah is a cute, healthy baby with an intense and serious gaze, which only makes him cuter. It was a fun time capturing them and welcoming Noah to this young beautiful family.

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Children's birthday party: Kamila

Time flies when you're witnessing the growth of babies. I can't believe our niece, Kamila, already turned ONE! (a few months ago, I'm a little behind on updating the blog :P)  Her parents threw her an awesome party with family and her little friends, and I, of course, had to chronicle the special day for her. Children's birthday parties so much fun to shoot! Kamila_children_birthday_photography-8356 Kamila_children_birthday_photography-8425 Kamila_children_birthday_photography-8385 Kamila_children_birthday_photography-8439 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8472 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8507 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8517 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8534 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8608 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8641 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8659 kamila_children_birthday_photography-8722

San Mateo Newborn Photos: Justiniano

Date: July 7, 2014 Location: Karen & Ano's home in San Mateo

This baby boy was full of energy and character already at about a week old! He's definitely taken the beautiful features from his parents with his big round eyes and handsome face. It was a warm day at the house and baby Justiniano was probably too warm to fall asleep so he had his eyes wide open the entire time, even after feeding! It was so cute to see how even during his most dramatic cries, he was easily calmed and quieted by as simple a thing as his daddy's little pinky! This child is so blessed with the love and care from his family. I'm sure he will grow up to be a healthy and happy boy. Did I mention newborn photos are super difficult, but extremely rewarding? This photo session was a good example of that.

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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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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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Myles: Newborn Photos

3-1-2014 At exactly one week old, Myles is as cute and adorable as I've ever seen! He is a healthy baby with so many different facial expressions. He was wide awake the whole time during the photo shoot and was eagerly looking around at all these strange people and this thing in front of him that keeps making clicking noises. Myles was pretty shy, as shown by protesting furiously against posing nude. He is such a cutie regardless and mom and dad are so happy with this little bundle of joy!

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Sharon & Wilson: Maternity Photos

2-5-14 My godson is going to meet us any day now! Before his beautiful, cute little face take over the spot light, I of course have to capture some of the intimate and joyful moments of the expecting parents. Sharon and Wilson have been good friends of mine forever. I cannot be happier for them to embark on a new journey as parents. I hope Sharon has an easy breezy delivery and I can't wait to meet a healthy baby Myles!

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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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