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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!!!

project 10 | our family day

I am joining a group of talented ladies to document the happenings of a day in our life. Project 10 calls for taking photos at various times in the day. Usually, our days are pretty unexciting and much of it is filled with school and sports. I picked a day when my son played hookie […]

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efi - your editing and the reflections of your day!! welcome!

Kirsty - Welcome to our circle – I LOVED seeing your day – the way you capture light is wonderful – and a day playing hookie is the perfect sneaky day to document.

Kati - Welcome! Loved seeing a glimpse of your day!

Jackie Tyghem - All are Amazing! Love LOVE love the last image 🙂

Lynet Witty - I LOVE that portrait of your husband! what a handsome guy! And that last foto!? swoon! I should attempt it with mine! Stopped by from Nancy Lary!

the mom stays in the picture.

It has been quite a while since I posted anything on the blog! Thought I would share a few images from a mother/daughter San Francisco portrait session to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s day! Most often mom’s don’t get into the picture and find a myriad of excuses not to. I am guilty of it myself. […]

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Sneha - That reminds me, my kiddy pictures hardly have my mum 🙁

at home with an east bay family

Below are a couple of product images. One is a favorite page from their family album. Love how the fence lines up:-) Thought I would take a breather in this busy holiday season and share this lovely family session. I spent a few hours with this blue-eyed nine month old little man and his parents […]

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amy grace - i am left without the right words here. but i will say that this is as beautiful as any session i have seen. just stunning.

Desiree Hayes - LOVE!! These are so beautiful. You are one of my favorite photogs for sure! Gorgeous family too!

alpana - Thanks so much Amy and Desiree. I really appreciate your comments!