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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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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Long Beach Wedding: Patty & Dany

I still can't believe our little brother Dany is already married! The image of him as a 13-year-old boy and always the baby of the family makes it that much more difficult to see him as a grown up and a married man he is today. The wedding was small and intimate for this young couple in Long Beach, CA. Close family gathered to offer our most sincere blessings wishing Dany and Patty a lifetime of happiness. P&D_long_beach_wedding-7343 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7360 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7374 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7411 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7445 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7460 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7468 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7471 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7513 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7476 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7496 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7504 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7506 P&D_long_beach_wedding-7572

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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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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Saltos Family Holiday Photos, Menlo Park

December 7, 2013 I always love taking holiday photos at home. The Saltos family's beautiful and warm home was perfect for this photo session. Add to it the cutest and prettiest little princess who was great in front of the camera, the day was simply joyful and fun! I believe that the natural interactions and relationships that show up in these pictures are the purest and most beautiful kind of love in a family - these are moments you won't find in photos taken at a studio with bright lights flashing at you. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a great new year!

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Ena and Edem Engagement Photos, San Francisco

November 16, 2013 Another successful story of how a long-distance relationship turns into a life-long partnership as Ena and Edem prepare for their wedding in December. It is always an honor to get referrals from my previous clients. It was great getting to know Ena and Edem and their love story. The day did not turn out quite as planned, but the detour we took gave me the opportunity to witness the joy of a bride-to-be when she first saw her engagement ring. It was such an intimate and emotional moment. I hope you enjoy these photos we took at the ferry building, palace of fine art, and union square in San Francisco. Congrats again to the sweet couple!

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Vincy and Brian's Engagement Photos, Sausalito

September 22, 2013

My little sister is getting married! and of course I have to take some engagement photos for her and her fiancé. Having met Brian at the dorms in my freshmen year of college, I would have never imagined him to become a part of my own family some day.  I am happy for my sister that she has found someone to spend the rest of her life with. It is surreal to witness them dating, engaged and now about to get married.  We planned this photo shoot so they can take some time off of the hectic wedding planning, get out and have some fun.  We started the sunny day off in San Francisco and then headed over to Sausalito's Cavallo's Point, the Marin headlands, and the Pier in Downtown Sausalito.  It was a fun day and I'm surprised how much Brian was willing to cooperate :)

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