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At the Town Kitchen

Recently, I did an editorial shoot with the folks over at The Town Kitchen in the bay area. I photographed one of their youth employees, Brian at the community garden he tends to in Oakland. He is an inspiring young man with a good head on his shoulders. In the time, I spent with him at the garden, there were a couple of young kids that came by to help him. I could see that they looked up to him like a big brother and he was ever so patient with their questions guiding them on tasks to do. I also went out to the Town Kitchen’s commercial space to photograph him at work. I love how the young CEO Sabrina has championed the Town Kitchen for social change in the Oakland community. Her vision is to create community through local food utilizing the skills of the low-income Oakland youth under the guidance of talented chefs. Check them out… and better, yet… order some of their yummy food!

Family Mini Session in the East Bay

A few from a recent short story family session in the east bay. The darling little one was just starting to sit up which is a perfect age for a photo session. Did you know that I offer Mini Sessions that range between $550-750 that include the session time and some product. The session yields 12-15 artful images (often more) to pick from for your product choices. There is also a digital files option available if that is what you are interested in. Please use the contact form to schedule your mini-session.

Lisa Tichané - Oh wow those eyes!! This baby is adorable! I love the connections you’ve captured, too 🙂

Amy Salessi - So dreamy! I love it. Gorgeous!

wendy laurel - i just love your work!!

Cynthia - I love how you captured their bond so well! Beautifully done!

Kristin Sweeting - Oh my goodness! That baby’s eyes with that sweater! Such gorgeous images!

jaine - what a wonderful family session!

melanie - this session is just so beautiful! that sweet baby’s eyes are incredible!! so precious! <3

Kel Ward - Oh my gosh, that is the most adorable little fuzz head ever!

Beth Ann - Beautiful job capturing the connections between the family. Such an adorable baby!

Helen Bartlett - lovely, particularly the fourth one, what a fantastic shot

Central Park Engagement Photos | San Francisco Film Photographer

Central Park Engagement Photos on Film! These were taken during a photography workshop with this adorable couple. How cute are they? If you are a recently engaged couple, please take a look at my wedding portfolio and some couple portraits here. To book an engagement session, please contact Alpana at 415.580.2177 or drop me an email and we can chat 🙂

Meghan - oh Alpana, these are awesome! I love every single one! 🙂

Jenny Owens - What a lovely engagement session. I love the way you shot the details and their portraits but them sharing the icecream is just the cutest.

Rebecca Lindon - Fabulous – this couple is just gorgeous and I love the pop of red throughout the pics.

Nicole Spangler - Ok. Can I please be them!?? Their style is amazing. The images are stunning!

Peter - Love these!

Sangeeta Roy - Fabulous ! Fantastic capture – colour, expression, contrast ! Amazing detailing ! Way to go Alpo !!

melanie - these are gorgeous!! i love their style, and i love how you captured them!! <3

A spring portrait | San Francisco Film Photographer

A spring portrait on medium format of Jamey. Makes me wish I had photographed more than one roll of film. I love that film makes me slow down and make every frame count. I can’t wait to share the gallery of images soon. Celebrate spring with a film portrait session. To do so use the contact form to get in touch with me or call me at 415.580.2177.

meghan - oh man, that joy! Contagious. Beautiful portrait.

Jenny Owens - This is a lovely shot. I too often come away from a session wishing I’d shot more medium format film!

Rebecca Lindon - What a smile! So beautiful

Nicole Spangler - I love how happy she looks!

melanie - oh my!! what a cutie! love her hair <3

Do you have a backup drive or two?

He was just around six in this photo. Those were the days when I had beautiful eye contact from this kid which has now become a thing of the past. Just like you, all my images are dear to me and the thought of losing them gives me serious heart ache.

Just yesterday, my backup drive crashed. What? I called a company to purchase a replacement for my erratic main external drive. Previously, I had purchased my backup drive from them. The inexperienced customer service person asked me to turn the perfectly working backup drive upside down for the serial number. I had a little voice in my head cautioning me to turn a fragile drive and I should have listened to it. Bam. Just liked that it stopped working. I had just moved older client work from my main drive on to it which is now gone. I have had drives die on me in the past and I have tried to keep up with backing up data.

It certainly was a light bulb moment to back up my backup remotely which I haven’t done for a while. I have a few external drives but not an offsite backup. In the past, I tried it and gave up as the user interface wasn’t the friendliest (ha, what happens when you make a mac person embrace the pc world). Yesterday I got a recommendation from a photographer friend for a company called Crash Plan that I decided to try out. My PSA is if you haven’t backed up please do! And here is an excellent article on options for backup services that you might want to check out for your needs.


And most importantly, print your images.  I can’t stress it enough. Today, a lot of our images die on our phones or facebook. I know time gets away and I am behind printing my own personal work. Making albums can be time consuming but so worth the effort. Pictured above are some of my personal albums done through Blurb. They aren’t perfect but better than not having anything. I would be crushed not having a tangible copy of my son’s photos from the yesteryears. This has also been my philosophy for my clients and I try to encourage them to get a tangible product rather than rely on digital files that you may or may not print.

To book a spring mini-session, please contact me.


San Francisco Lifestyle Photographer | How to Steal a Dog

Film Photography by Storyboxart

I found him the other day with this book “How to Steal a Dog”. My poor kiddo has been asking for a dog for a long time. Begging, pleading, bribing… “I am an only child and don’t have siblings. At least get me a husky. Or…I won’t play video games if I have a dog.” Sadly, it isn’t happening. He has a pet lizard and hermit crabs that don’t get cared for by him. But finding him with this book, makes me mommy heart wonder if desperation is setting in?:-)I might be caving in a bit as well.

These images were inspired by the Five Minute Project where I am a regular contributor. Also, what started this project was the above polaroid image that I took of him shortly before taking these. This little vintage camera has been inspiring me to look at light differently!

wendy laurel - beautiful per usual. one word of advice on the dog — you must love it and want to care for it too.. since it will actually be your dog. 🙂 (said from mom with 2 dogs owned by kids, right.)

Lisa - Love your work….. and you use of light in this series. The shadows on the wall….perfect!! Good luck with your decision! Dogs sure are cute and fun, but they are also a lot of work. xo

Lisa O'Dwyer - Love how you capture these fleeting moments Alpana! My son really wants a cat. He is reading the Warriors series of books now where the characters are cats 🙂

Stefanie Kapra - these are beautiful and honest. Great photographs

victoria o'leary - How do you think i ended up with a cat AND a dog….and a turtle….and two fish 😉 LOVE your eye…the light on the wall, the angles. Pure perfection!!

Narelle Bailey - These are great. Love your use of light. Really helps to convey the mood.

Jaine Kershner - love your use of light and shadow!

Lindsay Madden - Get the pup! It will be the best addition to your family. I couldn’t imagine life without my 4 year old fur baby. Beautiful images as always!

melanie - these are precious!

Helen Bartlett - I love these, the light is fantastic. The second one in is my favourite, lovely pictures

Kel Ward - Alpana, I could spend all day looking at your work! You’re so talented and your images are always so artistic and beautiful!

Sabrina Gebhardt - What amazing light. And what amazing variety. I love this.

Top San Francisco Family Photographers | Park playdate

Hello 2015! It has been a bit slow waking up to the New Year as I am still catching up with sending out cards. I figure it is a little more fun to get a card in the New Year which also buys me a little more time to put one together. This year, I am not making any resolutions. While watching Kelly and Michael at the gym, I heard the buff trainer from the Biggest Loser talk about New Year resolutions that rang true for me. He said, “Making a resolution for a whole year is setting up yourself for failure. It made more sense to make one for the day.” And I have to agree as my yearly resolutions fall apart pretty quick. Wish I could remember his name but some of you savvy folks may have seen him on the show kicking Kelly and Michael’s butt working them out.
On my to-do list was to share some favorites from this family’s portrait session from last year. A park playdate with this beautiful family in afternoon light… couldn’t be a better way to create these memories for them.