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afternoon rendezvous

A few from a quick afternoon rendezvous in Palo Alto with my lovely childhood friend Rita, her mom and kids. Rita and I met in eighth grade in India and followed somewhat similar paths as we continued our journey in art pursuing a BFA and MFA. She has been such an inspiration not only through […]

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Judith - I love this!!!Beautiful photos of a beautiful Family.<3.

peachy keen

This sweet little girlie-girl and her family came out from San Francisco to the east bay for their family portrait session. With two busy little explorers under three years, I was happy to get at least a few photos during the short story mini of the family together. Storybox Art offers Short Story mini-sessions 1-2 […]

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alej keigan - wonderful photos, all of them! i love your style + your website design, too.

jen - These are all beautiful- your black and whites are divine – but that first color shot of the little girl with her big beautiful eyes is to die for….

Corin Jones - So beautiful. Wow what great style they have!

TaraMc - You got some wonderful images here. Such a beautiful family. Lovely work!

austin family photographer teri mason - What a cute family! love the colors, and the b/w is so nice and creamy!

Therese Marie - OMG I just love love love this session WOW

Lisa - Love, love, love! Beautiful family and your work is gorgeous. Love the black and whites.

Lisa Kelly - These ages can be so tough so for you to capture all of these wonderful images in a Mini Session no less, I’m completely impressed. Lovely work.

kathy wolfe - love your tones on your black and whites! What a beautiful family!! that 1st needs to be HUGE!! love it!!

Christy Johnson - Beautiful images and a beautiful family! I love them all!

Blair Blanks - How on Earth do you do it? These are fabulous!!!

Brandy Anderson - What an adorable family! Love these!

AnneMarieZ - oh- her eyes are like glass!! beautiful work!!

Corey Sewell - What a beautiful family! Love that first one!

Sophie Crew - Oh my goodness, what beautiful kiddos and gorgeous family! You really captured an amazing variety. Gorgeous!!!

Sandy - Absolute B&W Perfection! Loving the color as well 🙂

Presenting the High-Tea Princesses | san francisco family photographer

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown A peek into a recent family session complete with high-tea for these little princesses. Meet Zoe and Parker enjoying tea time with giggles and laughter. And a fair consumption of gold fish cracker tea served in their fine china:-) I hope the F […]

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Corin Jones - How whimsical! I love it!

mary mchenry - I love these! So beautiful… Great treatment on the images too.

sarah wheeler - these are so beautiful!

Corey - These are so beautiful and fun – love them all!

ashley - Alpana, these are breathtakingly beautiful! Love this session!

fly away with me | san francisco family photographer

This little guy was super duper sleepy through the first half of the session. A short little nap was all he needed to freshen up after which he was full of laughter and giggles. His mommy commissioned me to capture portraits of him at about a year as well as family portraits. I feel so […]

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Christina - Alpana you are such a joy to work with. I stumbled across your website after reading rave reviews on yelp and fell in love with your portfolios. The great reviews did not lie. You were very patient with my sleepy and curious boy. You made us all feel so comfy and relaxed. You jus know how to capture that moment and turn it into a work of art. We are so excited to see more. We’re jus so happy we found you!! If anyone wants to book a session with alpana you won’t regret it!! You’ll be so happy u did!! We hope to work with you again in the future!

Michelle Patricio - Great photos above! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. I like how the photographer captured Jacob’s happy face. I know how he can get when Jacob’s sleepy or hungry. Look like you guys had a lot of fun too. Jacob can model for Baby Gap! hehe

Emily Yeung-Yuen - awwwwwwww… i love these photos!!! yes, i also love how the photographer had captured Jacob’s happy face and I love the way she edits the color on the photos. You have to be really patient to take baby photos. She did a great job! i really can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!

Trisha deVera - Kudos to the photographer! These pictures are wonderful. Maybe we can do our own family photo. That would be wonderful since my girls are so grown up now.
Jacob looks so cute. I am a proud auntie. Looking forward to seeing more photos.

Vivian de Vera - Amazing! You were able to take great happy pictures of a baby who just woke up? Usually a baby is cranky and hungry. You must have a magic touch and probably babies just like. Great shots! I will surely highly recommend you to friends and relatives – such work of art.

Jessica de Vera - Adorable! I can’t wait to see more!

Milisa Ortanez - I love these photos of Jacob! The photographer did a great job and I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures! Thanks to the wonderful pictures, now I know where to get my next family photos!

Jerrilyn Wong - A baby’s smile is priceless, period. What a wonderful job you did captivating the essence of Jacob’s innocence, happiness and pure joy. Photos represent photographers, where the outsiders can take a stroll with the story that pictures reveal, through your eyes. Not only did we see an incredibly adorable baby boy, but you also allowed us to witness just how must LOVE is in the air with the Domingo and Christina as well. Thanks for making my day. Looking forward to viewing more of your masterpieces!

Timmy Huynh - Incredible pictures! It’s amazing what you can do with a camera. When I look into a camera an shoot a picture. I get a picture. When amazing people like yourself clicks that button. You capture all the essence of life and all it’s inspiration!

Corporate photographer London - Love the lens flare- great shots- Grant

Alice Lui - great photos. These photos have captured the little angel and the parents’ joyous moments.A good photographer sure knows the right timing and angle to “click” !

David Anthony - Great Job! Amazing!

connie ortanez - Thank you for the awesome pictures of them! Truely professional. They, too, look like professional models. Loved how you captured the joy & happiness in them!! It is a beautiful thing to see. I love all the pictures! I see a modeling future for our Jacob ;-p


Tinney Leong Sheehan - A picture can tell a story of contentment and the bond shared between all. Your ability to capture priceless expressions is amazing and most important of all it MAKES EVERY PHOTO memorable in so many ways. Great job and continue taking amazing photos.

Peter - WOW! I really like the way you presented these photos and the color contrasts are inviting to the eyes!!

Ernie Tsuchiya - Beautiful pictures. Of course the when the subject is such a beautiful baby it must make it a bit easier. None the less the colors as well as the theme are also impressive.

Denise - Great pics of Jacob and of the Ortanez family! I can’t wait to see the rest of the other pictures.

Nghi Quan - Very natural shots of the baby with a great smile.

Helen MA - wow, what cute pics!!! Love all the smiley pictures that photographer captured, “million dollar” smiles :-). Seems like the whole family had fun in the picture taking process, not just little Jacob! Can’t wait to see the whoel albumn.

Beatrice Samudio - The photos are beautiful! They capture Jacob’s personality. We can’t wait to see more. We may contact the photographer for our family photos 🙂

AJ - Awwww…so cute my baby cousin Jacob!!

Karen - omg those photos are soooooo cute! i love all the colors!

Brandon - these are great photos of baby jacob and the parents. the photographer did a great job!!

Joanne Ramos - Jacob is soo CUTE! All Smiles;) Great Family photo as well.

Satish - as the saying goes… “Picture speaks louder than words”…

Lorna Quitoriano - Very cute pics!!! I love the way the photographer captured Jacob’s smiles…natural. =)

Can’t wait to see more!!!

Evelyn Gan - The pictures are great! I loved the family picture with the natural light behind it, that was awesome!!!

if wishes were fishes…

…I could photograph this little guy all day long. Besides being adorable, he is such a happy little guy. I loved every minute of being with him and his gorgeous mama. This is our third photo session together at almost two years old. I met him and his gorgeous family as a wee little newborn […]

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Rhonda Stark - i so adore your work!! love that first image .. and his expression in the last!

Corporate photographer London - They are really good shots- love the fact that the edges have been burned in a little like we used to do with wet printing- plus the garden looks like mine! Grant

baby boy blue, a gorgeous family and their vw bus | marin family photographer

For this session, I trekked out to the Marin Headlands to capture this family in some of their favorite spots. I fell in love with this gorgeous family and spent a wonderful evening documenting their time together. Our original session was intended for little William’s one year photos though we ended up doing them around […]

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sarah wheeler - these are beautiful 🙂

ashley - Beautiful images. I’m sure the family is thrilled with them!

Lori - Gorgeous selection of images. Love the one in the VW van!

Sophie Crew - Gorgeous images – love the VW one. The family is beautiful and wow, that little guy in the first shots is so cute! Makes me miss Marin (I grew up there :))

michelle haley - What a lucky family! These are gorgeous- and the processing is perfect!

mary mchenry - I love them!! Great compositions and colors.

Stacie - What a gorgeous family, and such beautiful images!

Rebecca - SO touching, they make me want to weep. You are so incredibly talented at showing emotion through your photography. Just beautiful!

ally - Fantatic session and wow! Those eyes! And I agree ~ the processing is just beautiful.

Julie - Great session! The set of images has a wonderful mood – I really love them all (and as a former childhood rock collector myself, that first set is my have LOL)

Mary Lynne Ashley - Wow, your work is just gorgeous. Can’t help but think of “Little Miss Sunshine” with that bus shot!

Teresa - Love every last image! Really beautiful processing and you can really feel the love from this family!

Lori Wood Habiger - Gosh, what amazing eyes that baby has. Really nice lifestyle shoot.

Lina - oh my, what an amazing session! Absolutely fantastic family captures. So free and fun, love it!

then and now | san francisco baby photographer

For a long time there were only your footprints & laughter in our dreams & even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever. ~ Storypeople Love this Storypeople quote so much. Baby J was a long awaited princess that has brought so much joy to her family. To […]

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ChelleL - I love the first year photos of Baby J. What treasures for Mom to see her first year like this. Beautiful work!

Stefani Wedl - They are all amazing, but the one year shot of Baby J with her face in her hands is absolutely classic!

ally - Stunning! How lucky is her mom to have such amazing art to document her little life?! Love them all.

Tara Kennedy - I just stumbled across your work and fell in love. I’m a new photographer out in Chicago and have to just tell you how beautiful you work is. Your images bring such an emotional response. Just beautiful. I’ll be following! 🙂

Julie - What an adorable girl!!! And how wonderful that you were able to have the opportunity to capture her in photographs and watch her grown!! These are beautiful!

Lori Wood Habiger - What a great blog post – so neat to see the baby grow over time. Love your work!

Jane Eaton Hamilton - Seriously, could anyone be cuter? That close up should be HUGE on the parents’ walls. Wow, she’s adorable, and you did an awesome job.

Sandie - Gorgeous images! Those first three show so much connection and I love the story you told of her now. Beautiful work.

ashley - Beautiful! So awesome to see them growing up. Love that capture of independence!

Belle - love these!!

Jennifer - What a beautiful set of portraits to document the first year. Lovely!

Desiree Hayes - Soooo cute! These are STUNNING!

Rhonda Stark - love those b+w’s documenting her first year .. amazing! and her latest session too .. love the color on the storyboard!

Laura Geraci - What a beautiful blog post. Such precious images. Just gorgeous!