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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.

San Francisco Family Photographer | Around the Hood with Vyana.

When mama contacted me to do a San Francisco Family Session, I was both excited and nervous as she is a photographer. We met a few years back at a mutual friend’s home in San Francisco and she mentioned following my work since. We talked about what she wanted from the session and one of […]

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Rachel - Gorgeous photos of a beautiful family! I love what you’ve captured here.

Julie - Simply beautiful! You really captured the spirit and love of the family!

Dana - I can’t decide which one is my favorite! So lovely!!

rachna - Love the photos you captured of us!!

rachna - Love the photos!

Jennifer - I love this family. These photos are so gorgeous and reflect the beauty of my favorite mama, and her family. I’m positive these will be cherished forever.

Arun - Alpana – what a wonderful session, thank you so much!!

jyoti - I love the beautiful pictures you took of my precious granddaughter Vyana with her mommy and daddy.

Anita - Beautiful pics which your photog captured of you!

Jamie - Beautiful family and amazing pictures!!!

Ashish - Is this when Shreya and I were in SF?? Awesome pics and lump-a-gus looks adorable! Can’t wait to see you guys soon!

Kunal - Beautiful family pics. nice artwork.

Shreya - I love all the pics and the fact that they are at home or in the hood… Makes it all so personal. 🙂

Shreya - Love the photos, esp the ones at home… Makes it so personal and endearing 🙂

Winona - WONDERFUL session! Blown away again by your talent. This family is gorgeous, too!

Chas - Gorgeous. Captures your family’s moment perfectly

Mina patel - Beautiful pictures and gorgeous family.

Anna - Not only mommy in the pictures, but Mommy AND Daddy at the same time! Unheard of! Patel’s Ramayana is also great for the older kids.

Dilan - I love my baby cousin Vyana!

daxa - we like all the pics. we love vyana.

Patel - All these pictures are so cute. Vyana, Mom and Dad will have very good memory of the time. The photographer has done a great job capturing these moments.

Akhil - beautiful pictures. They seem like a truly amazing family

Shilpa - Gorgeous family! Loved all the wonderful images!

Golda - Rachna, these pictures are sooooo beautiful. You have a gorgeous family. 🙂

dulu - great pictures of my grand-daughter!

Christina - These photographs do a great job capturing the essence of the couple’s love for V. I’m not a photographer myself but one of the main things I look for in family photos is the story behind them. Knowing the couple, these photographs do just that!

Michele - I love it! Beautiful work and posting!

Alpana - Beautiful family pictures and just purchased a copy of Ganesha’s Sweet tooth for my daughter.

Alpana - Great lighting of all the pictures, sure pure and gorgeous! Love the story book Ganesha’s Sweet tooth. Just purchased for my daughter. Great art in the house too!

Portraits on FIlm | A Montclair Family

Portraits on Film… …an all-film session? I didn’t think I could really pull a portrait session on film given the age of the subjects… but it seemed like a given, as I was photographing a film photographer’s family. I had posted a preview from the session here. And I am quite thrilled with the results! […]

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Jody Savage - so very sweet!!!

Joyce Kang - What a beautiful family! I love family portraits on film.

Rachel May - Such a gorgeous session! The light and the colors are beautiful!

Meghan Boyer - wow, great session! I love that you did all film, and you rocked it! 🙂

Ashley Kelemen - These are so beautiful and natural!! Love!

Lindsay Madden - I have so many favorites! I always love you B&W’s though! Stunning work!

Trish McCoy - LOVE all these. Such amazing beautiful work.

Kimberly Barnes - Beautiful!I just love all the black and whites!

Jaine Kershner - such a sweet family!

Kina - Fabulous captures here!

wendy laurel - dj is the best and its great seeing his family.. especially on film. Lovely work.

Stephanie - Awesome job Alpana!

Anna-Karin - Beautiful documentation of their family. You really captured their day to day life well. I love these and I am sure their family will treasure these beautiful moments of their family documented so well!

Lina - Absolutely amazing session, love every single image. You are a true artist, love it!

Jennifer B - Stunning! I LOVE that these tell a real story. What an absolute treasure for this family.

Clarice - These are wonderful! What great memories you have captured for them!

Amy - Love the story you told with images on this family. Beautiful

A Venice Beach Family Session

Last fall, I photographed this colorful Venice Beach Family Session. I had sent out my newsletter about being in SoCal for Adventure Always, a photography conference. When mom emailed me to book a session, I was really excited. The last time I saw  the Hernandez family, they were visiting the bay area with their two and half […]

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Nicole Spangler - I love the urban vibe of this session!

Jainé Kershner - just adorable! what a great family session.

Krystle Akin - I am in love with all of these especially the black and whites!

Kristin Sweeting - super cute! I love all the fun colors!

Lindsay Madden - what a playful session this is! i especially love the ones of the girl on the swing. your work always makes me smile & wanting more!

Kelsy McCartney - What a fun, stylish little family!! Great session! I especially love the black & whites on the swing 🙂

Lisa O'Dwyer - Fun! I love your family portraits Alpana!

This one’s for Amber | East bay family photographer

Last year, many of you opened up your hearts and donated to raise funds for Amber’s Cure. Every year, I try to donate a photo session as my pay-it-forward to help someone I can with my art. This one was for Amber. Amber is a brave young mama with two boys that is battling a […]

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Joyce Kang - What a sweet family!! Praying for Amber <3

christina - so sweet alpana!

Kristin Sweeting - So beautiful! What a precious family. The black and whites are stunning!

Sandra Coan - What a fantastic family session! Love them all, but that last image slays me!

wendy laurel - love this and love the thought behind it. Hoping Amber is doing well.

Lindsay Madden - Absolutely beautiful work, as always! Your images always evoke so much emotion. Love it!

Marcie Lynn - I love your style. The B&Ws are my favorite! Beautifully photographed!

Stefanie Kapra - These are so true and real and beautiful. And these big dark eyes from the kids are just gorgeous. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Krystle Akin - OH MY WORD! Precious!!! Love!

Mirelle - Such a beautiful family session – that last shot is my favorite!!!!

Jodi - Another gorgeous set of images – love your different ‘view’ and angles.

jody savage - this is so so lovely. love your work!! the black and whites are amazing!

Chantal Stoner - I think this batch of photos was even better than the session we did last year. Just love everything about these!

Jaine Kershner - the sweetest little girls ever. such a wonderful family session!

Kelsy McCartney - ohhh those first two and the last one were quick favorites!! beautiful session, very refreshing and full of life 🙂

Rachel May - Goodness, this is so lovely Alpana. I adore the life in them… beautiful movement.

Kina Wicks - Oh my goodness, the first image just look my breath away!

Emily Anderson - Wow! These are so creative and dreamy! Beautiful job, Alpana!

Jenny Owens - What a great thing to do and these are beautiful photographs.

Sera Petras - These are great. That last shot is stunning! What a sweet family session!

Kimberly Barnes - Such a lovely family session!

San Francisco Family Portraits

A walk around the neighborhood to capture a San Francisco family. The last black and white is one of my favorites…a moment of stillness from the little guy. And sitting as he did, it seemed like he was peering right through my soul like a wise man that had just turned four that very day. […]

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jody savage - wow – these are great! love the light and the emotion in the pictures! what cute little guy!!

wendy laurel - im definitely a fan. that last image.. just WOW

christina - love shooting in the city! so lovely!!

Sandra Coan - What an adorable session! Love these!!!

Mirelle - Love this session! The last shot is my fave!

melanie - love these!! i love how you captured his playfulness and joy! so sweet 🙂

Marcie Lynn - These are great! I am in love with that wall and the little boy next to it is so perfect!

Jodi - Awesome session – love that wall the colours are so cool and that little man is adorable.

Blenda Montoro Miller - He is SO adorable! lovely photos but really really love the black and white :)))

Lindsay Madden - What a sweet little kid he is! Beautiful work!

Carolee - What a fun use of location! love them!

Lisa O'Dwyer - I adore these! Such a beautiful happy family! You are so talented!

At home with an east bay family

Got to hang out with this lovely family at their home last year to document that time in their life. Their baby boy wasn’t quite a year old and a perfect time to capture him before he got too mobile. One of my favorite moments was the one you see above with the kids eating […]

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Lindsay Madden - You’re SO good! I absolutely love your style. Beautiful work!

Jodi - gorgeous work – it feels like you (me the viewer) are right there with the family.

Stefanie Kapra - These are delicious! Great style.

jody savage - love your style! it’s so raw and real life. absolutely love!

Amber Snow - The black and whites are so great! I always shy away from taking them, but I should venture out. Love!

Marcie Lynn - You have such a great documentary style. I love looking through your photos!

Rachel May - Such a lovely family session!!

Kristin Sweeting - How sweet are these?? Love every single one!

Christine Sargologos - Those big eyes are beautiful. These are so natural and timeless.

Sandra Coan - Oh I love these!! Adorable!

Ashley Kelemen - Absolutely beautiful and honest post. love!

kel ward - What a lucky family – not only do they have beautiful portraits, but they have ARTISTIC images of their family! I love these so much! You have such a creative way of approaching portraits.

Jen Downer - Alpana, you are one of my very favorite photographers in this world full of photographers. One of the things I love most about your work is that the photos are all about the people in them. Each session has its own very authentic feel completely infused with the heart and soul of the families you photograph. It takes great skill to do that, and you are a master of it. True storytelling beautifully told with a sensitive eye. Love to you!!!

Christina - These are GREAT!!!