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Toddler 411 | Family Portraits in San Francisco

“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.” ~ Unknown Author 724 What are you doing in my castle? ~ Gabby, Age Two What do you get when you mix a two year old and a newborn? A pretty unpredictable session. Here is what it looks like frame by frame […]

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Lindsay Madden - What a great session! The B&W’s with the girl and her pup are my favorites!

Kristin Sweeting - What a sweet family! Love how laid back and fun this session is!

connie chang - so sweet!

Corey - These are absolutely perfect family portraits! What a great story they tell!

Kel Ward - Looooove!!!

Kina - I love sweet silly moments like these

Valentina - Beautiful session and such a sweet family!

Kelsy McCartney - So cute!! Love the ones with their cute pup 🙂

Model film portraits at Sutro Bath

A few film portraits from a film shooters meetup and shoot with this lovely model at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. F100 + Kodak Portra 160 // Little Film Lab

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Jaine Kershner - love the black dress on the beach!!

Amber Snow - Super gorgeous!!

Lindsay Madden - Wow! So pretty & what a tattoo. Gorgeous images.

Ashley Kelemen - Well this is absolutely beyond gorgeous!!!

Emily Anderson - Wow! She is fierce and these are rad!! <3

Kristin Sweeting - Beautiful! Love the movement in her dress and the color & grain!

Nicole Spangler - What stunning images! I love the black dress!

Lisa O'Dwyer - How gorgeous! Love the flowing dress!

Meghan Boyer - Wow, Alpana. These are gorgeous!

Kelsy McCartney - Such a gorgeous dress, model, and set of images!! Truly stunning work.

Black and White Film Portraits

A few Black and White Film Portraits of my boy finishing up a roll of film from a family session. I wanted to challenge myself and play with difficult life using film and was pleasantly happy with the results. It did cost me some $$ to get the model to be ready to walk the […]

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Five minutes of light play. | 5 Minute Project - […] I decided to challenge myself using dramatic light to finish off a roll of black and white film. […]

Kel Ward - Wow, Alpana! These are seriously awesome!

Amber Snow - The grain is so perfect, super shots!

Rachel May - SO SO gorgeous, Alpana!!

Kina - You are so lucky to have such a sweet handsome little model! 🙂

Jaine Kershner - absolutely love b+w – so amazing alpana!

Joyce Kang - Alpana! I love your black and white work. This is sooo good!

Wendy - Always fantastic. That kids lucky

Trish Barker - Every time I come to your blog I expect to see amazing shots and amazing eyes. You do not disappoint!!

Nicole Spangler - Love these!

Kelsy McCartney - WOW! Love them all – especially that last shot. Just killer!

Chicago Family in San Francisco

I may be a twin but I’m one of a kind. ~Author Unknown A recent favorite real life moment with a Chicago family of twin girls. This family was visiting the Bay Area from Chicago and had booked a professional portrait session. Originally, we had planned on a session in Chicago during my recent trip […]

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E. M. Anderson - So cute and I agree with you about candid moments being the best. 🙂

Lindsay Madden - Love this! Candid moments are the best even if they come with tears. Beautiful!

Jody Savage - I just love love love this image!!! I love how real it is and it will always take them back whenever they look at it!

Valentina - That is such a cute and real image. I love it! I am sure the parents do too!

Jaine Kershner - this photo make me smile. so stinkin’ cute!!

Kina - Real temper tantrum crying moments have always been my very favorite! Maybe it’s weird but I feel like it encapsulates this moment in life when you can wear your emotions on your sleeve and just let it all. hang. out. I love this.

Kelsy McCartney - SO cute!! 🙂 And your words couldn’t be more perfect – this will surely be part of a laughter-filled conversation in years to come!

Fotogrupa - I love kids pics – they are always natural and this is it what I see here. Very very nice 🙂

Central Park Family Session

Central Park in the summer! It was a lot busier than what I remembered or expected but we somehow got through the session with an active toddler and thousands of people to dodge out of the frame. Recently, I visited NYC with my son, and managed to pack quite a bit in. You can see […]

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kristen - I love the black and white photos! Wonderful:)

Lindsay Madden - I love seeing Central Park captured through a fresh pair of eyes! Absolutely beautiful.

Lisa O'Dwyer - Sweet! Love the little girl twirling her dress!

Valentina - That little girl has gorgeous eyes!! And I love the motion blur

Kel Ward - I’m such a big fan of your work, Alpana. You somehow manage to make a family session totally artistic. These are fantastic and I can’t enough of those big, beautiful eyes!

Trish Barker - All about the eyes. Such beautiful and unique work!

Carolee - Such beautiful portraits!!!!!!!!

wendy laurel - always love you

stefani wedl - alpana, this one of the little girl looking up reminds me of the one of Will you took last year. remember?
so adorable.

New York, New York

A few weeks back, my son and I spent a few days in New York. I was a bit apprehensive about our trip since our interests can be different. I love walking the streets and exploring and him not so much. He loves going to kid stores and me not so much. However, we ended […]

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Stefanie Kapra - “I’m in a New York State of Mind…” – Great photograph and one of the very few double exposures I truly enjoy!! This is an amazing piece of art!

Jaine Kershner - wow! this photo is amazing. I want to buy a print for my home!!

wendy laurel - oh.. so I have to go to new york and washington d.c. next month for a school trip with my daughter hannah and her class…. i have been wondering what cameras to bring (need ease and simplicity) and this is very inspiring. a holga!

Jen O. - LOVE this double exposure. So perfectly New York!

Lindsay Madden - How can I buy a print of this?? I’m not even kidding. I love this image so much!!

Marcie Lynn - You nailed it! Love this shot! Sounds like a fun NYC experience.

connie chang - this shot is amazing. i can’t stop looking at it.

A winery wedding

Documented this lovely wedding day as a second shooter with the fabulous Lisa Maksoudian in wine country!

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Lindsay Madden - What a lovely wedding! I especially loved the bridesmaids’ dresses. So chic & stylish! Gorgeous work!

Jaine Kershner - what a wonderful wedding & couple!!

wendy laurel - that was a fancy gorgeous wedding! and I love that I still see your amazing style of photography. such a fan.

Krystle Akin - Simply stunning captures!

Kel Ward - BEAUTIFUL photos, Alpana! The shot with the little dude crying is SO perfect. It’s just so real and happens all the time. I love that you documented it.

Clary - That first shot got me!! Such a beautiful set of images for this couple. Gorgeous job!

Sandra Coan - Beautiful photos! Love the black and whites!

Kelsy McCartney - Such a beautiful wedding!! You captured it beautifully – i Love all of the black & whites too!

Nicole Spangler - What a lovely wedding!