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!
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.
I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. I love boots, hats, flip flops and sunglasses. I rarely pick up fashion magazines because I don’t care to follow trends. I wear what I love, what feels good, what makes me feel good about myself. Maybe that’s not even really “a style”, but that’s how I choose what to buy and what to wear.
So when I was online one day and stumbled across this bag that perfectly sums up my style AND happens to be a camera bag… omg. <3
Today, I took it out for a spin for the first time and decided last minute to take photos of it — so don’t judge my flat hair.
Here is what I love about this Kelly Moore (Collins) camera bag:
- It’s made of thick canvas and genuine leather. This makes the bag sturdy, and not too heavy. The dual material gives it an urban edge.
- The shape of the bag allows it to be slouchy, but the material makes it rigid enough to hold its shape.
- It has lots of metal buckles, studs, zippers, and lots and lots of pockets!
- It has a lined, padded interior with adjustable/removable dividers to protect my gear.
- The bag has a removable long strap, so I can choose to hang the bag on my shoulders or carry it by the handles for a different look.
My favorite part…
It has a separate area (a zipped pocket on the outside) for my wallet items! In my last lens bag, I had to put my cash, keys and cards in one of the lens compartments, which meant they sometimes fell out because I would need to reach into the various slots to find what I needed. With this bag, it’s right there on the side, and I don’t need to dig around or touch my gear unnecessarily.
The extra wallet area makes this bag a fantastic accessory for everyday use, not just for shoots. Yup, this will be my bag for everything!
To get more information about this bag, click on this link (go to Canvas collection and click on Collins).
[FYI: Kelly Moore did not contract me to write this or give me the bag. I bought this because I was looking for a new camera bag -- one that will last longer than a year and one that doesn't actually look like a standard camera bag.]
Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la!
A random fact about me: I love listening to Christmas music. I will turn up the volume and belt it out. If you’re in my car, I will insist that you sing with me. I can listen to it throughout the year, not only in December.
But what if your season ISN’T jolly?
There is nothing jolly about my heater breaking the other day and it was only 35F degrees out — and I have 3 kids and a puppy to keep warm. I was struggling to stay sane with my husband, Lawrence, away on another business trip. This past year, I had some health issues, which has effected us emotionally and financially. And every Christmas, I feel the void of my dad’s passing because this was the holiday when I’d see him.
Well, get this…
I still love listening to holiday music even though it may sound contrived when there are things I’m worried/stressed/unhappy about. You know why?
Because every Winter, there are cheerful holiday songs playing on the radio. No matter what. That reminds me that time never stands still. Things are ever-changing, and that includes how we see things.
We had warm clothes to wear when the heater went kaput. Whenever my kids found out I was cold, they’d rush over to hug me to keep me warm! Lawrence travels frequently for work, but he always returns home safely. I found some great doctors who helped me with my health issues. And although I wish we could be spending the holidays with my dad (or just have my kids and Lawrence meet him!), I know that it was his sudden passing that gave me the kick in the pants to change my career to one that makes my heart happy.
The songs remind me that things will be okay, so why not be joyful. Be thankful. Be good to others because some have it worse than I do. And enjoy the little things because time continues to move, and you don’t want to find out that the ‘little thing’ was actually a ‘big thing’ and miss it.
So last Sunday, I had my last shoot for 2016 with Leonard, Gabrielle, Christian and Livvy. It was a Styled Shoot with a Winter theme, so we had it at a Christmas Tree Farm.
Everything about it makes me want to belt out holiday music. <3
For a Lifestyle Shoot involving bubbles, having THE sunniest day in December was more than ideal. It didn’t even feel like Winter. And the sunlight created magnificent rainbows of color in the bubbles!
His parents, Peter and Sophia, took him to their usual park destination to do some of his favorite activities: walk (and run!), blow bubbles, examine fountains, lean into mom for extra cuddles, look at dinosaurs, and step on lights that are on the ground.
I had such a nice morning in San Francisco — made even better with nice clients and a 2-year old cutie who kept saying “Annie! Annie!”