Hello there!

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.

The Golden Forest

When I started my business, I didn’t know if it would become more than a hobby or if it’d fizzle out after a year.  So with each booking, I’d ooh-and-aah.  At the end of each client shoot, I’d marvel at the fact that I was able to do something I love and someone liked my work enough to pay for it.   It still blows my mind sometimes.  Maybe it’s from the kind of childhood I had (cue violin – haha), but it’s with this kind of attitude that makes me want to improve and continue to grow.  Complacency is a virus I never want to have.

So this brings me to my recent shoot with The L Family.

I’ve been photographing Julie, Chris, Callie and Ian for 8 years.  Each year, I am excited when they book their shoot (and Julie books early too – yay!)  And each year, I can’t wait to see them.  I have watched Callie get braces and get them off!  I’ve watched her become a preteen.  I’ve watched Ian grow into an inquisitive boy who starts most conversations with “You know what?”  ;)

Seeing my clients is seeing old friends.  I am grateful.  <3

Take a look at The L Family in The Golden Forest…

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Love is Love

In one of my Psychology classes at UC Berkeley, I learned about the different kinds of love.  I remember pondering which kind “was the best”.  I was probably 19 years old, so the topic of love sounded mystical.  Almost fictional.  Now, at the age of *cough cough*, it’s entirely different.  Do I label love?  No.  Do I weigh which kind is better?  No.  Are there many forms?  Sure, but…

Love is love, it’s that simple.

That brings to me to the photoshoot I had last weekend in San Francisco.  I’ve known The M Family for many years.  Over the years, things change.  For instance, the kids get older, taller, wiser.

One thing, no matter what, stays the same:  their love for each other.  There’s a realness in true love that you just. can’t. fake.  Joe, Yolanda, Teo and Nea have that!  It’s in the way they look at each other.

It makes my heart melt a little.  <3

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Coffee Table Book

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After years of offering Fine Art Books and Proof Books, I’ve been yearning to have something in-between.  Something not as glorious and hefty as a 10×10″ Fine Art Book and something not as small and casual as a Proof Book.  I wanted a book that has thick pages and a nice hard cover while is also pretty and medium-sized, so you can see the photos!  It also has to be affordable, so that clients can order it as often as they want.

And at last, I found it.  Cue dramatic music…

VOILA!  My Coffee Table Book!!!

It is the perfect size to put on your table, hold in your hand, and flip through:  8×8″!

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The hard cover has genuine leather.  [The one shown is in Merlot -- a deep red, my favorite color.]

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The press-printed book is made of heavy matte card-stock.

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It is a lay-flat book with hinges.  Tthere is a gutter in the middle of the spread, so images are a maximum of 8″ in height and width.

[In my photos, the design of the book interior is an "All About Me" theme that highlights one child or baby.  For shoots with multiple people, like Lifestyle Family Shoots, your design will be clean and modern with mostly full page images.]

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DETAILS

  • It is 8″x8″.
  • There are 20 pages (or 10 spreads).
  • You can choose from a variety of covers:  genuine leather, soft suede or textured fabric.
  • I will choose the photos that will best fit in the book and create a custom layout that will tell your “story”, so the process is easy for you.
  • Your Coffee Table Book will arrive in a bow-wrapped box — perfect for gifting.
  • For Lifestyle Family Shoots, the design of the book will be clean and modern with mostly full page photos.
  • For single child and baby photos, you can choose to have an “All About Me” themed book, as shown in the sample images in this post.

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COVER CHOICES

Genuine Leather (left to right):  Midnight Alligator, Woodland Alligator, Merlot Alligator, Midnight Leather, Dark Chocolate Leather, White Winter Leather, Merlot Leather.

[Sample photos in this post have the Merlot Leather cover.]

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Soft Suede (left to right):  Rustic Red, Pumpkin Pie, Vanilla Cupcake, Olive Green, Midnight Blue.

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Textured Fabric (left to right):  Midnight, Sand, Chocolate, Slate, Ocean, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Summer Sky.

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Just for clarification because I now offer two types of books…

When you should choose the Coffee Table Book over the Fine Art Book:

  • You are giving multiple gifts or want to order a book every year.
  • You are satisfied with a smaller collection of images in the book.
  • You fully trust your photographer (ME!) to choose your images.

When you should choose the Fine Art Book over the Coffee Table Book:

  • You want a larger book.  (Coffee Table Book is 8×8″, Fine Art Book is 10×10″.)
  • You want more control in choosing the photos.  (We work together after your shoot to select the images.)
  • You prefer a higher quality, thicker paper.
  • You want a custom-designed cover.