Archive for 'San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer'


I had a lot of fun photographing I family!  They are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and their daughter, You is turning fourteen, so this was a very special session to celebrate family’s milestone!  I family lives in Menlo Park in South Bay , San Francisco and mom requested photo location as green, nature backdrop.  We met at one of my favorite park in South Bay, Elizabeth Gamble Garden, this park is always filled with flowers and it is so perfect for any type of photo session, baby, children, senior and family session!   Thank you for a fun session, I family and Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary!

素敵な I ファミリー様の家族写真撮影です。結婚20周年記念とお子様の14歳のお誕生日ということで、お母様より撮影の以来がありました。Menlo Park にご在住ですので、そこから近い Elizabeth Gamble Garden で撮影を行いました。この公園は緑、お花が多く、私のお気に入りの撮影スポットです! 笑顔が絶えずとても楽しい撮影でした!


サンフランシスコ日本人カメラマン、日本人フォトグラファー、結婚記念、赤ちゃん、子供、家族写真撮影、サンフランシスコ、サウスベイ、イーストベイ、フォトスタジオ。ウォールナットクリーク。 San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Japanese photographer, Wedding Anniversary, family, baby, kids portraits.




This is my third photo session with this beautiful S family!  Our first session together was when their little girl was 8 months old!  We photographed at their beautiful home in Redwood City as a life style family session last Spring, then we did holiday family session with grandparents and mom’s brother family at Stanford University.   Mom is expecting baby #2 soon so we got together at Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto for maternity family photo session.  Elizabeth Gamble Garden is one of my favorite location to photograph as there are always beautiful flowers blooming,  I love this location especially for a family with a little girl.   We created many beautiful photos with flowers in backdrop!  Mom looked absolutely stunning and I LOVE her navy flower dress!!!   I can’t wait to meet their new addition to family soon!!    I LOVE documenting family’s history and documenting family growing through my lens.


This is my 7th year photographing L family!  First year I photographed L family was when Jason, their older son was 7 months old, we took a dad’s boat to island, since then many sessions together, I have documented and captured beautiful memory of this beautiful family.  It is such a joy to watch family grow through my lens.   This time, we met at regional park in Clayton I recently discovered! Their house is filled with beautiful gallery wrap canvases from last 7 years and mom selected two 20×20 gorgeous canvases from this session to add to collection.    Thank you for choosing me, L family!

Nathan is 5! 
Jason is turning  7!


This is my second time photographing S family!  Our first session together was in Embarcadero in San Francisco for their maternity Family session.   I LOVE photographing in downtown San Francisco area, I love the urban look and it’s just so pretty and perfect for maternity, family and engagement session!  I was so excited when family contacted me to schedule their Holiday Family Session now as a family of 4!  They have moved to a beautiful home by Alta Plaza Park and they wanted to create holiday family photos there! I LOVED the idea  😉  Creating family photos at your own home is so special. I can’t wait to photograph this beautiful family again at their next milestone!

December 2017 :  Holiday Family Session


T family drove from San Francisco to Vasona Park in Los Gatos for their family Session!  They brought their dog, Kona to include in their 2017 Holiday card!   Their little boy, Kai and Kona are so cute together and those are mom’s favorite photos!  This family is Japanese and it is nice to see Japanese family at photo session!   ( I’m Japanese, too! )

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




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 for availability !


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 with any questions and I’m looking forward to photographing your little ones!


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 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 for availability!


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!   


I enjoyed photographing P Family for kids model headshot & family portrait session in Walnut Creek!  Remy, the daughter is a super star!  She started modeling when she was a baby and she has been working with Pottery Barn Kids, Old Navy, Stride rite, etc and right now, you will see her cute smile in all over in Old Navy store!!!   She needed a new headshot to update her profile and her brother was going to apply to agency to be a model so he needed a new headshot!  And mom wanted updated family photos so we did all in one session!  We had so much fun together and mom and dad invested in beautiful wall collage prodcuts  for their home to enjoy for many years! Best of luck in exciting kids modeling !