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Little Miss Claire Bear | San Francisco Family Photographer

The most important thing you leave behind is the stuff that turns into treasures when children find it. ~Storypeople I adore this Storypeople quote. It made me think of sweet memories we created for baby C’s family and how they will cherish them forever. When baby C grows up to be a beautiful young lady […]

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Stefani Wedl - thanks Alpana!! LOVE them all; I really love the one of the three of us!! (you do B&W amazingly well!!!)
I’ll vote for number 4 as my favorite…but I think if I were to vote at another moment in time I’d chose a different one every time. thanks for your hard work thus far; we can’t wait to see the rest!

Julie - Tough choice. I think #4 is my fave.

Carole Wedl - I’m the grandmommy; so, of course, I love all of them! Except for the blue eyes, Claire is so much like Stefani at that age. Pix 1 & 3 are especially like Stefani, as I remember. they’re all favorites but #6 with the whole family is especially dear. You ahve a great eye for shots. Thanks!

Sandy - Beautiful !!! These are all works of art – so charming and expressive. #6 of the whole family would be my favorite. However, choosing is hard -each of the expressions that you caught of Claire amplifies the other. #4 is precious. I also really like the way you captured the lighting on her features with #1. #2 profile cracked me up -like some of us ‘older’women who attempt to show our best ‘side.’ From there, she seemed totally entertained with the process!! You are gifted !
Thanks for letting us share in the experience – she’s a little angel !

Courtney Pickering - Great shots of little Claire Bear! I’m Claire’s Auntie and mom of her favorite playmate, Owen. I love #4: big smile, fingers in the mouth…what could be better? Can’t wait to see more!

Don Wedl - As the grandpa, “papa,” I vote for number 5.

Amy Buehler - The pictures are adorable! My favorite is #4. She feels that her teeth are coming in of course…
I also love the family picture. You have a beautiful, photogenic family!!

Teresa Lujan - They are all so adorable but numbers 3, 4, and 5 are especially so.

Lee Ann Pickering - It is a hard call, because they are all very good, but I have to go with #5. Loved the family portrait too!

Sarah Spann - Love Love Love Little Miss Claire Bear #4! It is amazing how you caught the twinkle in her beautiful baby blues. Perfect photo.

sabrina - they are all precious shots! but i think #5 and #6 are my favorites – beautiful baby, beautiful mommy, beautiful family!

Lola - Well, I like them all but I especially like #6 because I love b&w and Darren isn’t so bad to look at, either. I also like #2. First, you can see that sweet baby neck which is just my favorite part of a baby and I like that she’s totally taken with something off-camera and will be investigating that soon. Also, you get the full effect of those cheeks! Great job. Great subject.

heather - you are simply amazing! i just adore all of these! your clients are so lucky to have you–you truly create priceless art!

Rhonda Stark - lovely lovely lovely .. all of them! but i’m going to have to vote for #4 .. and i love the family image too!

Bobbi Presser - Great pictures. I’m with Don. #5 is my favorite.
Wonderful shots and they really catch her personality.
Great Aunt Bobbi

Carolyn Glover - Absolutely beautiful photos of Miss Claire! I vote for #3!

Jane Eaton Hamilton - Oh, she’s so dear. Love that last one esp.

Amy Pickering - These pictures are wonderful. Such an adorable baby and great faces! My favorite is #3 because Claire is just so darn happy! As others noted, the family shot is also great!

mandy - these are pure brilliance. when i see my own family photographed, this is how i see it. i just love everything about your work. My fav for the baby is #3 for sure…

Jane and Alan Raphael - Number one for Claire. Those eyes and her mouth convey a look of wonder. They are part of the beauty of Claire Bear. Nice soft light evokes a feeling of baby beauty. Can’t wait to put her in our arms.

Heather Rabineau - I love them all! She’s SO cute. #1 and #5 are my favorite. I love the family photo too. Love Autie Heather 🙂

Shane and Ashton Rabineau - Ashton and I love baby Claire in all of them. #4 is Ashton’s favorite photo of his cousin. We also love the family photo.

jessica tomei - My favorite picture is number four and the family picture. These pictures are beautiful!!

ash - Thanks for sharing!


Carolyn was the recipient of a family session through my Giving is Awesome giveaway back in December 2009. She was nominated by Rosa of Level 5. When I read her story I knew right away that I had to photograph her family. Carolyn is a breast cancer survivor and still undergoing chemo treatments every few […]

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Carolyn Griffith - Thank you Alpana. Giving is Awesome and so is receiving!
Love Carolyn

old and new

my updated twitter screen with some old and new photos.

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ChelleL - I could look at your work all day, Alpana. Stunning!

ashley - Beautiful work, alpana:)

nancy - wonderful photographs

Stacie - Beautiful work!

Giovanna - What a beautiful collage! Striking images.

Julie - Wow! What a lovely selection of images! Great work!

PamN - Beautiful representation of your talent!

Jennifer - Wow! Your work is amazing!

Laura - Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

someone special

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