Archive for 'Maternity Session'


Mom contacted me for a maternity session, we were planning to meet at park in Walnut Creek then I received another email that mom was in John Muir  hospital in Walnut Creek for bed rest.  She told me that she didn’t have any photos of her belly and photos with her older daughter and husband and she asked me  I could photograph her family at hospital. Off course, I said yes.   She got a permission from her OBGYN Dr. to leave her room for only 20 minutes.   We met at courtyard of John Muir Hospital and did a photo session!  A few days after the photo Session, a baby arrived premature and he was in ICU for 2 months.   Baby is happy and healthy and I was so excited to meet the baby at their beautiful home in Walnut Creek for a newborn family session!

They had a beautiful backyard over looking Mt. Diablo!   Mom requested to take photo with a little graduation hat Copeland received when he left ICU at John Muir Hospital.  Copeland was wide awake when I started his solo portraits,  I know most photographers try to put baby in sleep for newborn portraits but for me, I like awake baby so that I can capture beautiful eyes !

U family signed up on my Baby Collection Package which is a package of three sessions to capture baby’s first year.  I’m super excited to photograph him again when he is around 8 months ( sitting up stage) and over 1 year old ( walking stage)!  Thank you, C family for letting me capture special moment of your famiy!  Grandma was visiting to meet her grandson from South Carolina , too!






I have been photographing B family since their first child is 1 year old, we’ve done many sessions together, annual Holiday family sessions, maternity and newborn sessions for second child and now mom is expecting baby #3! I was really excited to create beautiful maternity portraits for her at my new studio in downtown Walnut Creek!  I can’t wait to have them back here for newborn session in June! Congratulations!! 

Behinds the scene!  I work with hair and make up artist to make you feel extra pretty! Hair & make up service can be added per request.

I view photos with clients after the session.  You can feel and touch the products and bring it home with you.  I believe in tangible item that last forever that you can look back and share with your children, grandchildren and passed on generation.


2 weeks till I return to San Francisco from Japan!  This year is bringing  a lot of changes to my life, both personally and professionally!

Baby #2 is due in end of May so I will be taking off from beginning of May to end of June. Between now and then, I am only booking maternity, newborn and 2~10 month old ( non-walking) baby sessions. All other sessions will resume July!





So excited about this new product!!  Aika Cardin Photography is now offering Mobile Photo Album!  The Mobile Photo Album is an album that saves as an application right on your cell phone.  You can share the album with friends and family to show off your Aika Cardin Photography special moments at any time you would like.  Check out the photos below of what the product will look like on your mobile device.  It will work with i phone, I pad and Android.

This cool product will only be available as a part of collection, not for individual sale. For more information or questions about my collection, please contact me at 978-239-6528.

A little about the mobile photo gallery

Once your album is ready for viewing, I will email you a link and you will be prompted to add the app to your home screen on your phone or other mobile device (i.e., iPad). Once the link is downloaded, here is an example of how the app will look:


How cool is this?  Your own app!  See the icon ” Leo” ?

First page of Mobile photo Album

Here’s a slide show of recent peak so you can have  a peek!



August 22, 2012

Terra & Kenyon, I met them back in May when we did a Gender reveal session at flower field.  (You can view those photos from here )  They are so excited to have a baby girl and now mom’s belly is really showing beautiful baby bump, it was time to do maternity session!   I usually schedule maternity session between 30-35 weeks, not too early or not too close the due date 😉  I LOVE how belly looks in maxi dress, especially white dress for the beach session !  It was a warm evening and we had so much fun getting our feet wet.  Sunset at the beach is so gorgeous and one of my favorite thing to do is create a silhouette portraits.  Aren’t they gorgeous? I especially LOVE the last one of Terra’s silhouette portraits.

I can’t wait to meet their baby girl, Zoey soon!!


How cute!

They are so happy together and I can just feel it 😉

And their baby girl’s name is Zoey.  What a beautiful name 😉

This is our favorite and going up on their living room  wall;-)  Beautiful framed gallery wrapped canvas!




It was such a fun session! Carly was turning 3 and her grandparents came in town to celebrate her special day!  Also mom is expecting her second baby soon so this session was to create portraits with grandparents, maternity portraits and Carly’s 3 years old milestone portraits!  I love having grandparents in session!   Relationship between grandparents and grandkids are so sweet and it makes such a precious portraits!  Carly looked SO CUTE in her pink outfit and she has the cutest smile that melt everyone’s heart 😉  Expecting mom has this ” glow” and beautiful evening light created a perfect maternity portraits also!    Thank you for letting me freeze these moments for you.  I hope you cherish them forever!


Does she look so gorgeous?  Mom is expecting her 3rd baby in late August.  She told that they never done any maternity portraits or newborn portraits and she wanted to capture this special moment since she is not planning 4th baby.  They are expecting a baby girl, name ” Claire” and mom had such a cute idea of photographing her belly and name blocks together.  I love how the image came out and this is going to be displayed in nursery room with her newborn portraits together.  It’s going to look SUPER cute!!

I’m so excited for Claire’s newborn session and having lots of cute ideas 😉  Mom signed up for my most popular package, Baby Collection so I get to watch her growing up through my lens for her first year and hopefully years and years.

Enjoy the pictures!


These are the final products beautifully displayed in client’s house!!!

June 14, 2012

It was a windy evening but the lighting was perfect 😉  I have been photographing Stacie’s family for almost 2 years.  My first session with them was her daughter, Malia’s 1 year’s old portrait, then 2 years old portrait last September.  As you can tell, Malia has the cutest clothes!  Now, they are expecting 2nd baby in August, we did a maternity session 😉  All Malia wanted to do was running around so I chased her everywhere she went 😉   I’m in love with this first image where she is kissing her mommy.  So sweet!  Can’t wait for a newborn session, we have lots of fun idea and it’s going to be so cute!    Enjoy the pictures, mom and dad!


Love this one!!


I was so excited when I received a phone call from Terra.  She called me two days before her Dr. appointment to find out the gender of the baby and she had this fun idea of capturing the moments when they find out if it’s boy or girl.  Terra had Dr. wrote down the gender in the closed envelope, she took it to The Balloon Man in Walnut Creek.  When I went to pick up this HUGE box filled with the balloon, I had to ask them if it’s pink or blue…. 😉  As I was transporting this box to the session location,  I was trying SO HARD not to say ” she” when I refer to the baby when I was talking with Terra & Kenyon. As we are all walking together, Terra and Kenyon told me how much they were excited for this session and also mentioned that they wanted a GIRL.   Since I already knew it’s a girl, I couldn’t wait to see their face when the box was opened.  They were so emotional and I was, too.  I was clicking away shot in tears because I could feel how happy Terra and Kenyon were.   Terra and Kenyon created a ” gender reveal announcement card” to send out to their family members!  What a fun and cute idea!!   We will be meeting in August again for maternity session then newborn session once their baby GIRL is born.

Thank you so much for letting me photograph this special moment of your life!  Looking forward to seeing you soon!!

“gender reveal announcement card”

When I found out the gender of the baby, I stopped by baby store to buy a surprise gift for them 😉 I wanted Terra & Kenyon to have first ” girl’s gift” to make this session even more special!