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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 photo@aikacardin.com for inquiry!

 
January 01, 2018
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I’m so excited to offer Valentine’ session again this year and I will be offering outdoor and indoor Sessions.  Outdoor session is great for older kids and siblings with older kids,  indoor session is great for babies and little ones.  Register today for 15 minutes portrait session by Aika Cardin Photography!  Bring your children in with their Valentine outfit to capture their cuteness. These mini are so popular and it sells out quickly,  Reserve your spot now!

DATE:

January 27thSaturday 9:30am – 12pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in downtown Walnut Creek. INDOOR SOLD OUT

January 28th Sunday, 9:30am-12pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in downtown Walnut Creek. INDOOR SOLD OUT

January 28th Sunday 3:00pm – 5:00pm at Heather Park, Walnut Creek  OUTDOOR – SOLD OUT

RECOMMENDED AGE: 6 months old ~     ( baby should be able to sit up )

WHAT TO WEAR:   2 studio session backdrops are Valentine theme pink heart backdrop and classic wooden backdrop, both really cute! Bring in two outfits to photograph on both backdrops ! Dresses, tutu, pants, hat, Valentine theme sweaters, etc! Outdoor session, nature is your backdrop with cute Valentine props!

PROP: I will have lots of cute Valentine theme props for you to use! chairs, heart shaped sunglasses, bow and arrow, Banner, etc!   Outdoor session will include heart shaped balloons .

FEE: $ 35  per child, include 15 min photo session, one outfit change, two backdrop set up for studio, all fun props to use!

please add $20 for a sibling  (due to a limited shooting space, no more than two children total.)

Online gallery will be available on February 3rd. Professional print and digital file is available for purchase from $35 ~. Special package will be available. No refund will be issued for cancellation within 48 hours from your session time.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT FROM HERE



Please consider your little ones nap time when you select a time!  If the available dates/ time are not shown in below calendar, it means it’s already booked. 

~Indoor Studio Set up ~

~ Outdoor  ~

How to Prepare:

~ Feeding little ones ~

Please feed your little ones before you arrive and make sure they drink plenty of water.  15 minutes can seem like a long time to a little kid so let’s make sure we make them comfortable so they can put on their best smiles!

~ Clothing ~

Please make sure to try on the clothes in advance so that you can adjust the size. Most importantly, your little one has to be comfortable!  Please try to avoid large hat as it will create a shadow on the face.  The full diaper doesn’t photograph well… Please have a diaper changed right before the session!

Please feel free to Email at photo@aikacardin.com with any questions and I’m looking forward to photographing your little ones!

 

 

 

Thank you all for joining  2017 Winter Wonderland and Holiday Mini!  I enjoyed photographing your little one!   Please read below instruction before visiting online gallery!

*How to order *

  1. Professional prints and high res digital files are available for purchase, professional prints make great gifts for Holidays as well asa  keepsake! Online gallery is up for 2 weeks only till December 16th,  Get your orders in NOW to create Holiday Gifts !    All prices are listed in online galley.
  2. Special Offer! Buy more Save More!    Receive 10% off on order of $100 and more, receive 15% off on order of $200 and more, receive 20% off on order of $300 and more!! Discount will be applied to shopping cart automatically at check out.
  3. Digital photos order will be E-mailed to you automaticaly right after your transacation is complete. Please make sure you enter correct E-mail address at check out. Prints order will take 3-7 business days.
  4. Enjoy your pictures!

 

 

November 16th, Thursday  Session

 

November 18th, Saturday Session

 

December 3rd, Sunday Session

 

*** Now Booking Extended  Family Session, maternity, newborn, studio session ***

Family members visiting for Holidays?  Schedule Extended Family Session to capture the special moments with grandparents ! Studio session is perfect for newborn, baby, headshot session.  Available to travel to all beautiful outdoor locations in San Francisco and Bay Area!   Email photo@aikacardin.com for availability !



 

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:









 
October 01, 2017
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Thank you all for coming to Winter Bravo Bash Photo day! I hope your ballerina had fun at Bravo Bash recital!  You can view and order photos from below link. Please read instruction below before visitng online gallery!    All prices are listed in online galley.

  1. Special Offer! Buy more Save More!    Receive 10% off on order of $100 and more, receive 15% off on order of $200 and more! Discount will be applied to shopping cart automatically at check out. You can mix prints and digital order together!  These photos make such a great keepsake and gifts for family members!
  2. Digital photos order will be E-mailed to you automaticaly right after your transacation is complete. Please make sure you enter correct E-mail address at check out. Prints order will take 3-7 business days.
  3. Enjoy your pictures!

 

2017  Winter Bravo Bash Photo Gallery

 

Have a wonderful Holidays!

 

Best, Aika

 

Family & Extended Family session at studio or outdoor 

Family members visiting for Holidays?  Schedule Extended Family Session to capture the special moments with grandparents ! Studio session is perfect for newborn, baby, headshot session.  Available to travel to all beautiful outdoor locations in San Francisco and Bay Area!   Email photo@aikacardin.com for availability !

 

 

 

 
September 27, 2017
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Thank you all for joining me for 2017 Halloween & Fall mini !  I enjoyed photographing your little one!   Please read below instruction before visiting online gallery!

*How to order *

  1. Professional prints and high res digital files are available for purchase, professional prints makes great gift as well as keepsake! Online gallery is up for 2 weeks only till November 10th,  Get your orders in NOW so that you can share these adorable photos in time for HALLOWEEN!   Prices are listed in online galley.
  2. Special Offer! Buy more Save More!    Receive 10% off on order of $100 and more, receive 20% off on order of $200 and more!! Discount will be applied to shopping cart automatically at check out.
  3. Digital photos order will be E-mailed to you automaticaly right after your transacation is complete. Please make sure you enter correct E-mail address at check out. Prints order will take 3-7 business days.
  4. Enjoy your pictures!

 

 

October 22nd session at Aika Cardin Photography Studio 

 

October 24th session at Sports Basement

 

 

 

*** Now Booking  Holiday and Extended  Family Session ***

Email photo@aikacardin.com for availability !

 

 

” Gift of memories ”  Family gave grandma an extended family photo session as a Mother’s Day gift . We had set this session dates from months ago as some of the family members live in Los Angels.  Grandma and Grandpa are also cerebrating their 40th wedding anniversary so this photo session was extra special!  We met a park in San Ramon and it was a lot of fun!  I have been photographing their grandkids for last 3 years and it was so nice to photograph them again as a whole family this time!   They came to my portrait studio in Walnut Creek to view their photos and they invested in beautiful canvas collage to display in grandma’s house.  I’m a strong believer of displaying photos on the wall to show the love of the family, not just keeping photos in computer as digital files and that’s why I offer beautiful framed prints, canvas and custom design album so that you can remember and treasure these special memories forever.    Thank you for a fun session, C family and congratulations on 40th wedding anniversary!

 

It’s my favorite time of the year, Halloween & Christmas!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing little ones in their Halloween costumes and with Fall colors, and their adorable Holiday outfits.  Register today for a 15-minute portrait session by Aika Cardin Photography!  Bring your little one in their costume to capture their cuteness and magic of the season.  These mini sessions are very popular and will sell out quickly. Reserve your spot now!

~ Halloween & Fall Photo Booth ~

 

 

DATE:      October 22nd, Sunday, 9 am ~ 1 pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in Walnut Creek

                  October 24th, Tuesday, 10 am ~ 1 pm at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek  with Hilarie’s Baby Yoga Halloween Party

               

RECOMMENDED AGE: 4  months old ~ 6  years old (recommended: baby should be able to sit up with support)

Halloween & Fall set up!  We will start with Halloween costume first with magic of fall woodland birch forest set, complete with pumpkins & lanterns, where we will capture your little ones in their Halloween and favorite Fall outfits!  My motto is always simple, simple, simple…the adorable little ones should be the focus and the backdrop is an accessory.  Why do I do this?  As a mother of a three-year-old girl, ( I have 8 years old boy, too!)  I LOVE how the little ones look in adorable Fall outfits!!  Fall theme set up is optional and I highly recommend choosing simple outfit like overalls, dress, sweater, and pants, etc for a quick outfit change.  For Halloween Costume, please avoid a costume with the big hat as it will create a shadow over their cute little face. Please feel free to bring any Halloween theme prop like treat bag to make this photo session more special! Halloween mini sessions are the perfect way to remember the excitement of Halloween!

FEE: $35 per child, include 15 min photo session with one outfit change, Halloween, and props to use.

please add $20 for a sibling  (due to a limited shooting space, no more than two children total.)

The online gallery will be available on October 29th.  Professional Print and the digital file is available for purchase from $30~.  Special Package will be available!   No refund will be issued for cancellation within 48 hours.

~ Sample Fall Outfits ~

 

~ Holiday Photo Booth ~

It’s time for Holiday Photo Booth!  Magical birch forest for  ” Winter Wonderland” 2017 look! This will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before!!  Floating snowflakes, spring lights, teepee will from the perfect scene!  The actual set up image will be ready to show you in November but you know it’s going to be so pretty!   15 minutes, 2 backdrops!  Reserve your spot now!

 

 

 

DATE: November 16th, Thursday 9 am ~ 1 pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

              November 18th Saturday 9 am ~ 1 pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

              December 3rd  Sunday 9 am ~ 1 pm at Aika Cardin Photography Studio in Walnut Creek  1 left

 

RECOMMENDED AGE: 4 months old ~ 6 years old (recommended: baby should be able to sit up with support)

FEE: $ 35  per child, include 15 min photo session, one outfit change, two backdrop set up

please add $20 for a sibling  (due to a limited shooting space, no more than two children total.)

The online gallery will be available on November 27th.  Professional Print and the digital file is available for purchase from $30~.  Special Package will be available!   No refund will be issued for cancellation within 48 hours.

 

CLOTHING:  Winter Wonderland backdrop – I recommend light color, fairy dress, cozy sweater, boots, winter clothes,

Classic Holiday Lights backdrop – I recommend all holiday colors outfits!

 

 

SIGN UP FROM HERE for Halloween & Holiday Photo Booth: Please consider your little ones nap time when you select a time!  If the available dates are not shown in below calendar, it means it’s already booked. 



How to Prepare:

~ Feeding little ones ~

Please feed your little ones before you arrive and make sure they drink plenty of water.  15 minutes can seem like a long time to a little kid so let’s make sure we make them comfortable so they can put on their best smiles!

~ Clothing ~

Please make sure to try on the clothes in advance so that you can adjust the size. Most importantly, your little one has to be comfortable!  Please try to avoid large hat as it will create a shadow on the face.  The full diaper doesn’t photograph well… Please have a diaper changed right before the session!

Please feel free to Email at photo@aikacardin.com with any questions and I’m looking forward to photographing your little ones!

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Studio Session

Studio session is perfect for maternity, newborn, baby, glam up Holiday Family Session and headshots! Studio is convinientrly located in downtown Walnut Creek! Email photo@aikacardin.com for more details!

Holiday Family Session

Holiday Family Sessions are in full swing right now!  Do you have a perfect family portrait for your 2017 Holiday Card?  Grandparents coming in town for Holidays?  Extended family sessions is a great way to capture the Holiday memories!

E-mail photo@aikacardin.com for availability!

 

They’re HERE!  I am finally ready to announce my most anticipated sessions of the year.  My Fall & Holiday mini sessions often sell out quickly, 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 2017 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!  I have also added new locations this year for my repeating clients! (THANK YOU for being such amazing clients for many years!)  Check out my location guide and just pick your location and time from the calendar below! Holiday Mini sessions will be focused on photojournalistic ‘lifestyle’ portraits: portraits of your family interacting, candids, and kids playing in the leaves and some formal poses!

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 package includes professional prints!  Professional prints make a great gift for grandparents and family members as well!

2017 Fall Holiday Mini Session – only $175

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 25 Minute Outdoor Session in natural light 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)
  • Custom Mobile App ** my clients love this!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package)
  • Online Card Ordering Gallery through Minted.com   **

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

For babies and toddlers, please make sure session time doesn’t conflict with children’s nap time!

 

DATE & LOCATION 

SAN FRANCISCO

October 1st, Sunday– Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:00pm ,1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm

October 1st, Sunday – Presidio SOLD OUT

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

October 21st, Saturday – Legion of Honor  SOLD OUT

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

October 21st, Saturday – Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm

October 21st, Saturday – Presidio SOLD OUT

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

 

EAST BAY

October 13th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  

 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

October 14th, Saturday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

October 20th, Friday – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

November 3rd, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

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

November 11th, Saturday ( Veterans Day) – Central Park, San Ramon  SOLD OUT

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

November 11th, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors SOLD OUT

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

November 17th, Friday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors SOLD OUT

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

November 18th, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors  SOLD OUT

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

 

SOUTH BAY

 

September 23rd, Saturday – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

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

September 23rd, Saturday – Sharon Park, Menlo Park  SOLD OUT

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

October 28th, Saturday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos  SOLD OUT

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

October 28th, Saturday – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

12:20pm, 1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm

October 28th, Saturday – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto SOLD OUT

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! photo@aikacardin.com


 

 

Turn around time : 

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 day by email / social media. I will customize your card with one of your 8×10 prints image or 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 minted.com.  Minted.com is an online card printing site and offers beautiful and high-quality holiday cards. Your purchased digital files will be uploaded to minted.com 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??

Additional products:

*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!

Repeating Clients :

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

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Payment of session fee is due upon booking to secure your spot through above calendar.  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 our exact meeting location 3 days before your session date.

*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 regotiable.

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

 

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, 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.

 

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!