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I recently photographed C family when their 3rd baby arrived.  2 months later,  C family requested another family photo session as grandparents were visiting from Hong Kong to meet their grandson.  What a great opportunity to create a family portraits with grandparents!    We met at one of my favorite photo location in South Bay, Elizabeth Gamble garden in Palo Alto.   C family ordered a large canvas of group photo for grandparents to take it back to Hong Kong!




I have many clients become friends when I photograph their family for over years an P family is one of them. I have photograph their little girl, Emily since she was baby, Emily came to all my themed photo sessions for Valentine, Easter, Father’s Day, Halloween and Christmas  for last two and half years, and family sessions.  This time, mom requested  a family session at iconic location in San Francisco as they are moving to Florida.   We started at Presidio for forest look then headed to Baker beach to create family portraits with Golden Gate Bridge in background.  So many memories together and I’m sad that they are moving across the country but we both love traveling so we are planning to meet up at beautiful location next year for next family session!


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I photographed K family 3 years ago in Walnut Creek for their Holiday Family Session and I was so excited to see them again !  Mom is expecting baby #2 and she looked absolutely beautiful, I love to glow of expecting mom.  We met at Presidio in San Francisco first then headed to Baker Beach for sunset.  Presidio and Baker Beach are both popular photo locations for maternity session, family session, and milestone session.  Kids can run around and we have so much fun together!   Mom and dad ordered 7 beautiful gallery wrap canvases to display in their home. It’s going to look so beautiful and I know they are going to to bring everyone smile!


January 11, 2018

This is my 7th year photographing Takase Family!  First time I met Takase family, their son, Akio  was 1 year old then we have done sessions every year, including newborn session for their daughter, Mika!  I truly enjoy watching family grow through my lens.   This time, Takase family chose Stanford University for their 2017 Holiday  Card Family Session. Such a beautiful family and so much laugh and smile during the session!  I can’t wait to see them again! 


Family photographer in South bay, East Bay, San Francisco, Stanford University, Stanford, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Burlingame, Hilsborough.


I’m so excited to be a part of Valentine Dance ( used to be called Father & Daughter Dance)  for Tutu School again!  I had so much fun photographing everyone last couple years and I look forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones this year!  This is a complimentary photo session by Tutu School, Walnut Creek & Montclair and Aika Cardin Photography, exclusively for Tutu School students. Please sign up and reserve your spot from below calendar!

February 17th 3pm-5:30pm ~   Tutu School, Montclair

February 18th 2:30pm – 5pm ~  Tutu School, Walnut Creek

Please make sure to sign up on correct location:


What to wear

Pastel, white, cream colors will look great!



This is a quick 5 minutes session to create a special memory of Valentine Dance!  There will be two backdrops ready for you, castle theme one for your little ballerina and textured light blue/ while color one for a portrait with daddy, grandpa. ( sample dance photos above are taken at my studio, actual backdrop for Valentine Dance is textured light blue / white and it’s really pretty! ) . You can select one or do both as long as time allows! Professional Print and digital file are available for purchase and start from $ 30~. Photo sessions will be scheduled back to back, so be sure to arrive at Tutu School at least 5 minutes before prior to your time slot and that your child is dressed and ready to go!


I look forward to seeing you all soon!






This is my third year shooting at this beautiful park, Vasona Park in Los Gatos and it’s such a perfect location for family photo sessions!  it started as super foggy day. I had never shot in fog like that before and I was little nervous how photos would turn out but I LOVE the finished results!  I think fog provides soft beautiful look in background!  The couple brought their dog to include in their holiday photos and it was lot of fun!!!   Some formal and lots of candidate sots of them playing.   So cute!


My photo studio is located in downtown Walnut Creek! Perfect for business headshot, personal branding, baby and family portraits.Email for inquiry!

January 01, 2018

San Francisco

Baker Beach

Legion of Honor 

Palace of Fine Arts


S.F Skyline

Embarcadero area & Pier


East Bay

Old Borges, Ranch, Walnut Creek

Heather Farm, Walnut Creek

Foothill Regional Park – Walnut Creek

Central Park, San Ramon

Markham Nature Park, Concord – Fall


South Bay

Vasona Park, Los Gatos

Stanford University, Stanford

Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

Sharon Park, Menlo Park



Studio in Walnut Creek

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Spring, Fall, Holiday Family Session at Legion of Honor, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio, San Francisco, Vasona Park, Los Gatos, Stanford University, Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek, Heather Farm, Walnut Creek.

January 01, 2018


They’re HERE!  I am finally ready to announce my most anticipated sessions of the year.  My Fall & Holiday mini sessions sell out fast, so this year I’ve opened up more dates, including weekends because I adore my new and repeat clients who wait all year for this. These shorter sessions are perfect for busy families who are ready to update their family portraits or create stunning 2018 Holiday Cards.

Holiday Family Mini Sessions will be held here in beautiful East Bay, South Bay and  San Francisco, we have so much to choose from that there is surely something that fits your family style, urban, woods, garden, fall leaves, etc!    Please Check out my location guide for sample photos from each locations and reserve your session from the calendar below!

It is very important to me that clients have a printed memory on their wall to enjoy and cherish for many years, therefore, my holiday mini includes professional prints!  Professional prints make a great gift for grandparents and family members as well!


2018 Fall Holiday Mini Session – only $175

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 25 Minute Outdoor Session – up to 5 immediate family members
  • Private Online Ordering Gallery to choose from
  • 2 professional prints – size 8×10
  • 1 Digital Holiday Card **  – so popular!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package, perfect to share on social media)
  • Custom Mobile App ** – my clients love this!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package)
  • Online Holiday Card Ordering Gallery through **

Due to time constraints, mini-sessions are not available for babies under 4 months old or familiy larger than 5.  Please schedule a regular family session for newborn and large family/ extended family portraits.  If you would like to do an outfit change, studio ” modern & classic” session, customized session, Napa, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Skyline, session at your home, etc, please schedule a regular Family Session!  Please E-mail at for availability. ** items are included with a purchase of digital file package.  Additional professional prints and digital files are available for purchase.

At Holiday Mini session, I prioritize getting traditional, everyone looking at the camera and smiling shots, as well as each combination of family members.  If everyone is in a good mood and we get those all right away, we move onto candids and more natural moments, which is what I am known for!  If your child is slow to warm, or has a hard time staying still for the traditional shots, since those are the priority, we may not get a chance to get candid shots. Mini is only 25 minute long, if your child is super camera shy, if you have multiple children under 3 years old, please consider scheduling a regular session for longer session time and flexibility!

Schedule your Holiday mini session today!  Looking forward to creating your holiday memories!!






September 30th,  Sunday– Palace of Fine Arts  

1:30pm, 2:10pm, 2:50pm

September 30th, Sunday – Presidio

4:15pm, 4:50pm, 5:30pm

October 21st, Sunday – Legion of Honor  

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am

October 21st, Sunday – Palace of Fine Arts  

1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm

October 21st, Sunday– Presidio 

3:45pm, 4:20pm, 5:pm



September 28th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek

4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm

October 12th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  

3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

October 13th, Saturday – Foothill Regional Park, Walnut Creek

3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm

October 19th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek

3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

November 10th, Saturday  – Foothill Regional Park, Walnut Creek

2:00pm, 2:3opm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm

November 16th, Friday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors 

2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm

November 17th, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors  

2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm



September 22nd, Saturday – Stanford University, Stanford  

1:40pm, 2:20pm, 3:00pm

September 22nd, Saturday – Sharon Park, Menlo Park  

4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

October 28th, Sunday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos  

9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am

October 28th, Sunday – Stanford University, Stanford  

1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm

October 28th, Sunday – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto 

4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm


If the available time doesn’t show up in drop-down list on the date of the session below, it means it’s already taken.  Please E-mail me to get on the waiting list!  Please consider baby & toddler nap time when you select a time.  We want happy smile!



Turn around time & Products

You will receive your private online gallery in 1-2 weeks, an online gallery is hosted for 2 weeks and you will receive your prints order in 1-2 weeks.  Purchased Digital files will be available to download in 1-2 business days after the order is received.

**Digital Holiday Card is a web-sized digital card (not recommended for printing) for you to share on Christmas  by email / social media. I will customize your card with your favorite image from purchased digital files with below overlay (I will have new ones, too!). Aren’t they super cute?  This digital holiday card has been SO POPULAR and I see them posted all over on social media on Christmas day! Your customized digital card will be e-mailed to you in the first week of December for you to share !

**Custom Mobile App is a digital photo album that you can take with you on the go and easily let you share your beautiful photos with your friends and family!  Purchased digital files will be added to the mobile app. You can download your Mobile App to your phone and tablet!  It’s really cute and my clients LOVE it!

**Online card ordering gallery through is an online card printing site and offers beautiful and high-quality holiday cards. Your purchased digital files will be uploaded to website by me for your convenience! All you have to do is pick your favorite design and your holiday cards are done. How easy is that??

*Professional Prints starts from $45 ~. Digital file Package starts from $325~. ( 10 for $325, 15 for $375~). All digital files are high resolution, individually retouched and ready to share with friends and family!

Repeat Clients : ( THANK  YOU!!!! ) 

Repeat family clients will receive additional 2 digital files with purchase of digital package!


Payment of session fee is due upon booking to secure your spot.  Deposit is non-refundable should you cancel but is it transferable to another date you wish to amend your booking.  $25 fee will apply for rescheduling within 10 days of session date.  In the event of adverse weather, sessions will be rescheduled to nearest available date.  You will receive an email with exact meeting location 3 days before your session date. Please add my email address, to your address book/ contact list so that my email will go to your inbox not junk/ spam folder. If you didn’t receive email confirmation after booking is completed, please check your junk/spam folder.

*Please use non- AOL Email address when you schedule a session.  Somehow, my server doesn’t communicate well with AOL Email address and I won’t be able to reply to AOL Email.

No substitution of products in mini session package and all prodcuts and package prices are non negotiable.  Mini Session is a special promotion and you can not combine with any other offer, gift cards, coupon, etc.



Featured on Minted!  My client’s photos are featured in 2017 Holiday Card Collections!  I LOVE the quality of the products and designs Minted. offer!

My Portrait studio is located in downtown Walnut Creek!  Studio session is perfect for headshot, newborn, baby and family portraits!

Holiday Fall Mini Session at Old Borges Ranch, Heather Farm, Markham Nature Park, Foothill Regional Park,  Pace of Fine Arts, Legion of honor, Stanford University, Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Vasona Park in Walnut Creek, Concord, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Menlo Park, San Jose, Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, Alamo, Lafayette, Oakland, Piedmont, San Francisco.




October 28, 2017

This is our 5th family sessions together!  I met P family when mom is pregnant with Coco for maternity session in Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens, then newborn session at their home, 8 month old session, 18 month old session and now she is 2.5 year old!  All family sessions were photographed around Embacadero area where they live .  P family wanted to capture the memories as life style family session,  this time, we went to Embarcadero Pier and Potrero Hill to capture San Francisco urban look and skyline in backdrop!  It was so beautiful !    Thank you P family for another fun session, see you next year! 

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What a beautiful family! I had such a fun time creating L family’s maternity family portraits at Baker Beach in San Francisco. Baker beach is one of the most popular location to photograph for family, seniors, wedding, engagement, etc as you will see golden gate bridge in background!  We were so lucky to have a beautiful warm and clear day!  Mom told me that she had never done maternity session before in two older kids and she was waiting to do maternity session till now as now with 3rd child is on the way, family is complete.  I can’t wait to have them over at my photo studio in downtown Walnut Creek for their newborn family photo session soon!  Thank you for choosing me L family to capture such a special time for your family 😉

*L family welcomed beautiful baby boy, Grady and they came to my studio in Walnut Creek for newborn session!  Newborn session is so special as you capture and celebrate the milestone of your family, for L family  now they are family of 5!


Newborn Family Session in Studio:

Maternity Session in Baker Beach: