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My name is Annie Tao. I am a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in lifestyle photography where you get to play, hang out, and be yourself. I capture the moments, real emotions and stories that occur during our time together. Check here often or subscribe to my blog (RSS feed) to see what I am up to or get creative inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

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My Philosophy

I scoured through thousands of my client photos and pondered my philosophy on photographing people.  What I realized was that my philosophy was incredibly simple.

Looking at all these gorgeous faces and families, my heart melts a little.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.   ~annie

Want to see more?  Yippeee… here’s a video on why you should choose Lifestyle Photography.

Embracing Lines

Have you ever noticed how many LINES there are at the playground?

From years of shooting, I — regardless of whether I want to or not (haha) — notice lines, patterns, light and shadows wherever I go.  If you see me checking my watch, it’s most likely because I am memorizing the time I should shoot in that location because I like the light!  If you see me squatting down, it’s probably because I noticed that a lower perspective changes the lines of something I’m looking at, or I like the way the light hits something from that angle!

Sure, that’s a little wacky, but as one of my favorite cartoon characters would say:  I yam who I yam! 

That brings me to my periodic quick tip!

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:
Look out for lines.  Embrace them in your photography.  Once you really, truly notice them, find ways you can incorporate them into your photograph.

This can be at any location, but during a recent shoot, we stopped by the park’s playground for the last half hour or so.  It was really fun to let the kids run around, and everywhere, I saw lines, patterns, and light.

Below are some examples.

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Morning Ukelele

When you’re a few months shy of being three, a FABULOUS morning is one that begins with a ukelele performance in front of your favorite people, mama and dada!  After a short ride in the city, you get to chase birds, watch boats, and shop.  You end the morning by devouring a chocolate cupcake by the waterfront.  :)

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Tina and Aunkur:  thank you for sharing your weekend with me and for allowing me to capture a slice of your life!  xoxo  ~annie

Favorites Images of 2016

I’m a month late to post this, but some say “better late than never”, so I’m going with that!  ;)

Thanks to those who voted for their favorites.  We have the results for the two categories!  The top 3 winning images for Best Moments won by a large majority, but this year, we had many Firsts…

It is the first year many of the top images were very close in The Most Delicious Light category.  It is also the first year where more than one photo from the same shoot won distinction in the same category.  (You can see all the images in each category if you go to my FB page.)

BEST MOMENTS OF 2016

A “moment” can be a split second in time, or it can be a moment that tells a story — whether sweet, emotional or humorous.  Some images could fall into both categories of “moment” and “light”, so the decision was based on the weight each factor had on the individual image.

#1

Loving sisters

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#2

Three granddaughters

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#3

Running on a bridge

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#4

Laughter is the best medicine

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#5

Mom will always be your first love

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#6

The icy bay

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MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT OF 2016

Photos considered in The Most Delicious Light category were images where light played a significant role in the overall image (i.e., if the light was different, the quality or feel of the image would change).

#1

Nature’s Spotlight

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Tied for #2

Soft diffused light on the soft flow of her hair

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Highlights

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#3

Golden afternoon in the park

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#4

Early Morning Glowy Sunlight

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Tied for #5

The multitude of circle bokeh and slightly overexposed image makes her look like an angel.

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Morning Light in the Kitchen

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#6

Sunset and the Golden Gate Bridge

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Curious about past winning images?  Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy:
Favorite Images of 2015
Favorite Images of 2014
Favorite Images of 2013
Favorite Images of 2012.