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

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.

 

Hayward Maternity Session: Rhea & Jon

Date: March 2015 Location: Hayward Japanese Garden

It was a delight taking maternity photos for Rhea and Jon. They were expecting a baby girl and were thrilled. I remember it was a very warm day but the happy couple were going around the garden, posing for me like pros. Here are the shots from that day.

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

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.

 

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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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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Nansi & Javier's Maternity Photos and Baby Shower, Riverside

March 23, 2013 Thank you Nansi, my wonderful sister-in-law and beautiful expecting mother, for being so easy-going and flexible during the photo shoot. Also thanks to Javier for being a good sport and gernerously showed his sexy belly to accompany mommy. Maternity photos are the most sentimental and intimate of all. It is also very difficult in terms of posing and angles due to limited mobility and discomfort. With that said, the joy of maternity photography is in making mommies feel pretty and sexy when they feel everything else but those. I hope I was able to capture the beauty, intimacy, and excitement of the expecting first-time parents. I can't wait to meet Kamila!

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