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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!

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:


~  2017 TUTU School Winter Bravo Bash Photo Day ~

I’m so excited to photograph little ballerinas again for 2017 Winter Bravo Bash recital photos!  It’s going to be super cute & classic setup and sample photo will be ready soon! 2017 TUTU School Winter Bravo Bash Photo Day will be held on

December 2nd Saturday 9am-1:30 pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in downtown Walnut Creek!

#200 1661 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek.

You will receive detail instruction in a confirmation e-mail.

Please arrive in costume and hair done to start shooting on time!

You can sign up from below :


Fall & Holiday family sessions are in full swing and I have been enjoying catching up with my favorite repeating clients and also getting to know new ones!  Do you have a perfect family photo for your 2017 Holiday Card?  Grandparents coming to visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas?  Email to schedule your photo session! Family Photo  Sessions are available at my studio in downtown Walnut Creek and beautiful outdoor setting in San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay or at the comfort of your home and backyard!  Create memories that last forever in this Holiday season.  Aika Cardin Photography Studio is located in downtown Walnut Creek and available for maternity, newborn, baby, family, business headshot, model headshot, an extended family session with grandparents, holiday family session!  Please email to schedule your session!

Aika Cardin Photography Studio is also available for maternity, newborn, baby, family sessions,  business headshot, and kids model headshot!




I LOVE it when my baby model client become family photo client.  I have been photographing Blaise since he was a baby for his model headshot.   He is a super star! He has modeled for Old Navy , Pottery Barn Kids, etc multiple times!  This time I got to photograph him as a family as a maternity family session in San Francisco. Sadly, they are moving to East Coast so mom wanted to have photos taken at beautiful San Francisco Iconic location.  We started at Union Square for cable car and the famous heart object photos, then headed to Baker Beach to create portraits with Golden Gate Bridge in background.    We had so much fun running around and now family have beautiful San Francisco photos to remember !  Thank you , G family for choosing me and best of luck in your new journey in East Coast!  


Mom of L family is a cousin of my client and she hired me for a extended family session with grandparents and her sister and kids!  They were renting a beautiful home in San Francisco for family to spend time together so we started from house then we headed to Palace of Fine Art for more family portraits!  I really enjoy extended family session to capture special bounding of grandkids and grandparents. Also, when kids are older in teenager and off to college, you don’t do family portraits session as often compare to when kids were little so this a a great change to create some beautiful mom and boys and family portraits!  Mom ordered beautiful custom designed album, canvas wrap wall collage as a keepsake to display at their home!    Thank you L family for a fun session!   


Here’s gorgeous L Family!  I photographed L family for their life style newborn session at their house in San Francisco last September. As they are my baby collection client which is the package of three sessions to capture baby’s first year, we met in Embacadero in San Francisco for their second session.  Their youngest daughter, Ariana is crowing and sitting up, such a cute age to create milestone portraits!  We started at Cupid’s span then walked to brick wall building plaza for different look!  Thank you for a fun session, L family, next time Ariana will be walking !


As you know, I mainly photograph babies, children and families, when I got a referral from a good friend of mine for Melanie and Ricky’s engagement session, I couldn’t say no. We spoke on the phone, planned the session together and we had so much fun!!  We started from Baker Beach, Cupid’s span in Embarcadero,  Embarcadero Pier and finished at Potrero Hill at sunset with beautiful skyline of San Francisco in backdrop.  The session was filled with smiles and laughs!  They are going to use these pictures to display at wedding.  Two large canvases are in order and I can’t wait for them to see them!