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This K family was visiting San Francisco from the east coast last week so their family portrait session came about rather quickly! Mom and Dad went to law school with a wonderful client that referred them to me. They wanted to craft their story in the city that they love so much and move back […]

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Corin Jones - Your work is absolutely gorgeous. I found you when I was googling canvas wraps 🙂 I am an instant admirer!

Cristina - Precious captures, to treasure for a lifetime! I love the joy (and the curly toes!) of the first and the connection with granma in the third 🙂

Nancy - such sweet moments! beautiful!

ChelleL - I love these, Alpana. Precious and lovely, what a beautiful keepsake.

Jane Eaton Hamilton - Ohhhh, yummy! Just adore that second one. Sweet sweet moments.

PamN - The ones with great-gramma are utterly beautiful – and priceless! Can you imagine having a shot like that with YOUR great-grandmother, to look back on as an adult?!

Katie - These are beautiful! - Wonderful pictures! But having great subjects has to help a lot…

Jocelyn Samuels - Unbelievably adorable

Hazel - I love how little S is the perfect combo of mom and dad. Beautiful images, Alpana!

Kirsten - These pictures are beautiful! You captured some great moments.

TaraMc - These are beautiful! I love the connections you captured.

Bita - Beautiful photos. want to see more of Sophie..

Christiana - Beautiful girls and beautifully captured moments together!

Herb Kurlan - K family pictures are very well done, Thank you for putting them on the site.

Herb Kurlan
unbiased Grandpa

Beth Kurlan - What amazing moments you captured. the pictures are naturally beautiful and your work is appreciated…

Aaron Kurlan - I am a lucky Dad! great pictures

Kim N. - I greatly enjoy those pictures of my grandaughter Sophie with her mother. There was peace and happiness around them. I love it!!!

Randa - Great pictures. They sure tell a story that reflects simplicity, love and harmony.

Elizabeth Kiehner - I hope this photographer also does commercial work. Stunning and natural looking images.

Fran Kurlan - Thank you for posting beautiful pictures. Cannot wait to see more!

Orly - These pictures are piece of art

Juria - These pictures are beautiful — and Sophie with her great grandmother is priceless!!

Ryan - Very nice. I hope Aaron got in some of these pictures.

Gary D - Super pics. Very professional. They look like they can be used in a billboard advertisement for a baby product.

Josh - Beautiful pictures! Sofie is sooo cute.

Isaac - i love the color tones

denise - love these pics of baby sophie, mom and great grandmother. natural setting looks amazing!!

Belle - lovely images!

heather - oh these are priceless images! how i wish i had some like these of me and my babies!

wendy b. - Really beautiful photography!

Laura - Love the light…beautiful portraits.

Fiona Colvin - Lovely session – especially love the one’s with grandma.

Jessica Deane - love love love this set!

just another day in san francisco…

where we ended up with unexpectedly sunny weather on a supposedly cloudy day for a family photography session for the C family. Not so unusual for San Francisco, eh? Made for an interesting shoot aka shooting in full sun on the beach. But hey, after the streak of wet weather and reschedules it has been […]

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kelly - What gorgeous tones in your photos! Love the one with the kite! So deliciously vintagey.

Hazel B - i love the texture in the beach shot with the bridge in the back! great photos!

Gwenn - What beautiful pictures. I love the lighting used in your pictures.

brenda - gorgeous pictures! Your family is beautiful 🙂

michelle - Very cute family pic of with the golden gate bridge in the background.

shipra - Full sun???!!! You rocked that sun! I love the whole feel of that first image – it’s full of vitality. A truly beautiful portrait.

wrapped with love | oakland family photographer

On Sunday afternoon, I spent a couple of hours with this dad and his two boys around their Montclair home capturing their special bond. In the photo below, I love that I snapped the moment when they were all wrapped around each other as the boys clowned around while getting into a “pose.”   Most often, […]

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Maya - Hey Alpana … visited your blog after ages. Your images are so uplifting .. as always 🙂

TaraMc - Beautiful work! I love the honest expressions you captured. What a great connection with your subjects.

Amber - How fun! These are sweet, and the kids are just adorable!

Lori Wood Habiger - I really love the angle, textures and light in the family portrait – not to mention amazing emotional connection you’ve captured there.

mollie - i love these- what a lucky dad and such happy boys!!

Jennifer - Oh wow – these are just beautiful! (as always)

marie - such a sweet moment you caught.

Anna-Karin - Awhh that first image one warms my heart. It really shows their tender love they have for each other and how those boys love their dad and that dad loves his boys.
Beautiful family!

Julie - These are so wonderful!! Love them (that first one is just perfect!!)

Leanne Doble - Your work is so real..really special!
Great angles and great connections.

gillian crane - Love your work! Love your product shots! Sorry I haven’t said hello before, I’m in that flickr group w/ you, but don’t get on there as much as i’d like. ok, keep up the fabulous work!!!

Seven month old and family visiting San Francisco | San Francisco Family Photographer

I have been lax about updating my blog lately. I am still catching up with our move, trying to sell our old home and juggling home and work. I wanted to share some images from a family portrait session last weekend. This was a special family session which was purchased as a gift by the […]

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Michelle - Alpana,
The photos are absolutely stunning! I have been running around the office getting people to pull up the site to look at the photos. We cannot wait to see more!
Michelle and Jerome

Dorothy - When I looked a those pics, I thought that was the most beautiful child and the hat really was perfect for her! The rest of the pics were well done, but that one picture certainly is most beautiful!!!! What a handsome family!— Dorothy

John - I love these pictures. She has gorgeous eyes. Hope to see you guys soon.


Josephine - Hi Alpana
Thank you for a spending the time to make this photo shoot very special for us. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you. You have an amazing eye and I love how your uniquely artistic style captures the beauty of your subjects. It all seems so sophisticated and yet you make everything (and everyone!) feel so natural and comfortable.


Tween twins | San Francisco Family Photographer

Typically, I chase much younger kids but this session was about active twelve year old fraternal twin boys. Soccer was their thing so they came armed with their balls and spent a good deal of time kicking the balls around. Mom wanted natural photos of the boys being themselves. “Not too natural” she said, as […]

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Nanci - Wow, these turned out very well – especially with the challenge of catching both of them with nice expressions at the same time. We’re looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for working with us and our soccer balls!

marie - these are so fun

One plus one | Pleasanton family photographer

Equals two cute little boys. Two brothers- 1.5 and 4 years old. And their rocking parents. It turned out to be another crazy bay area foggy, cold day but we managed to conquer it and come out shinning! Just wanted to post a quick sneak peek for the family. Thanks for being so flexible in […]

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Lisa B - Awesome… thanks for the sneak peek!!

PaPa - Great grandkids and parents.

Katie - Amazing!

Rebecca - Picture Perfect!

fresh | san francisco newborn photographer

Little C came to me at seven days old with the most perfect lips and sweet little face. He went through a bit of a rough patch and had to be hospitalized for neo-natal jaundice. But the little trooper is doing much better now. Thanks so much Cleon and Gracie for making the trek out […]

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amanda - This photo is just unreal…I love that its simple…artistic all at the same time. Your newborn work is extraordinary.

Katie - suuuuper adorable!