Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012


Thank you everyone for stopping by my photo booth!  I had so much fun meeting each of you and photographing kids in costume!!  It was so nice to see lots familiar faces and also new little ones!!

Below you will find info about downloading Halloween Digital card, how to purchase prints and high res digital images and  voting on ” TOO CUTE TO SPOOK HALLOWEEN PHOTO CONTEST”


*Halloween Digital Card

Please download your Halloween Digital Card from HERE.  Click on your little one’s image and click  ” ↓ ”  on bottom right corner to download your card!  Card should be saved to your computer’s ” download folder”.

These cards are perfect to post on Facebook and sharing them by e-mail.  Please note that these cards are created for online sharing purpose only.  You can purchase the print separately.


Purchase prints and high-res digital file

You can purchase prints and digital images from below link.   If the link doesn’t work, you can go to my website and use same password under client log in. Link is available till November 10h. Saturday.

Photos from Right Start: password “rightstart”

 Photos from Munchkin Masquerade Parade at Sports Basement: password “munchkin12”



Please ” like” Aika Cardin Photography Facebook page , Right Start page,  Hilarie’s Helpful Hints page  then  vote for your favorite entries.  The kid with most votes wins the prize.  Contest will end on November 7th, midnight.  Spread the word with friends and families and get your vote in now!

Grand prize is Holiday session & portraits package from Aika Cardin Photography, BOB SE Stroller from Right Start Walnut Creek, and Hilarie’s Helpful Hints membership, valued over $1,800 all together!!



On the contest page, click on a Halloween Card you would like to vote and you will be asked if you would like to “share with friends”.  Have fun!!





This is my 4th session with D family in last 1 year and half!  I met them for the first time last Summer for maternity session for their 2nd baby, Lilly then newborn session, then Lilly’s 1 year old session last month and now Holiday session!  It is so great to be a part of their life documenting their milestone.  Each and every session is special and I love them all 😉   When we did Holiday session a few weeks ago, Lilly just started walking so we go some cute shot when she was trying to balance and walk and that’s mom’s favorite image!  Big brother Landon is so sweet with Lilly and of course he loves playing with rocks and sticks during the session!  Thank you for such a fun session and can’t wait to show you beautiful Holiday cards from this session!

Maternity Session last Summer !

And newborn session

Lilly’s one year old session, So cute! right??

Holiday session a few weeks ago!

He is so handsome!

Playing the leaves!

This images looks like big brother is looking over little sister making sure she is o.k. … so so sweet 😉

She is walking!! What a cute milestone to capture!

And happy family of four!


We had fun morning at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville for their family photo session 😉  It was their new baby little girl, Annette’s first photo shoot ( I love the name! ) and I was so excited to meet her.  3 months is such a cute age to photograph, they show such a cute smiles that just melt your heart ….  Don’t you think?   Annette was so happy throughout the session and her big brother, Griffin was so gentle with her little sister.   Griffin just loved running around the plaza!  Their house is going to be filled with these fun pictures and I can’t wait to see them up on their wall!  Thank you for a fun session and enjoy the pictures!

LOVE LOVE this smile!

Sweet big brother!

And he is SO handsome, too. ( see the lipstick on his cheek from his mom?? ) Cute.


Remember them?  It has been such a pleasure to photograph Terra & Kenyon for their “gender reveal session” in flower field in Spring, then “maternity session” at the beach in Summer, and now they finally welcomed their baby girl ! Mom requested to do their newborn session at their house to document this special time of Zoey’s new life.  Although I LOVE my newborn session at studio with black and white, I ALSO LOVE visiting client’s house for newborn session, too.  When I photographed whole family in their living room, first I asked mom and dad, how they usually spend time and sit on the sofa including their dog and that’s how the image was created.  Because I know that during the newborn period, time just fly by and everything goes blurry when you try to remember it later on.  Thank you for letting me photograph this such a special time for your family!


Gender revealing session in Spring!

It was so emotional and it made me cry, too!

Maternity session at the beach in Summer

One of my all time favorite maternity image!

And here’s Zoey!

Love this one!

This mom’s smile tells everything…..

And Zoey’s smile 😉  Don’t you love newborn’s smile??


It was the most beautiful day at Baker Beach!  The weather was around 80’s and the beach was packed with people who were enjoying gorgeous San Francisco Fall Weather.  Below is one of my favorite from their maternity session. They are so in love and I could just feel it by watching them 😉  Michelle & Derek are expecting a baby boy in November and I’m so excited to see him!  Thank you for a beautiful evening at Baker Beach!   It was the perfect night to create their maternity portraits!



October 16, 2012

They’re HERE!  I am  finally ready to announce my most anticipated sessions of the year.  My Holiday sessions often sell out quickly, so this year I’ve opened up plenty of dates, including weekends because I adore my new and repeat clients who wait all year for this.  With so many clients wanting the whole family on their cards this year, or in desperate need of some updated family portraits, I decided to make my Holiday special for the full family up to 5 people  with a 30 minute session!  I’ve even simplified ordering with online galleries because I know that the Holiday’s are just as crazy for you as they are for me!

My Holiday Mini sessions will take place at my favorite local park in Walnut Creek/ Concord Area. 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 for Holiday Cards 😉




$150 plus tax

30 minute session ( up to 5 people)

10-15 images in a password protected gallery

25 custom designed holiday cards or 2 digital images

10% off prints and digital images



October 21st, Sunday | 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am

November 4th, Sunday | 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm

November 11th, Sunday| 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm


Please email me at  with your top 2-3 time slot choices and dates.  Payment is due upon booking to secure your spot and is non-refundable.

Can not be combined with any other offer/coupon or previous sessions.

In the event of adverse weather, I will reschedule and/or offer refunds. Due to time constraints, mini-sessions are not available for newborn sessions or group larger than 6.

A password protected online gallery will be available approximately 1 week after your session date.

Each session will be presented with a gallery of 10-15 images to choose from and you will have 1 week to place your order.

All prices are subject to California Sales Tax.



Harper turned ONE!  One is such a cute age to photograph ♥ I love her chunky legs and cheek 😉 She was SO happy and smily throughout the session. Mom brought this white chair as a prop. this is a chair mom used when she was a baby so she wanted a portrait of Harper in this special chair. I love it when client’s bring special item to the session.  Harper looked so cute in the chair with her yellow dress.  Her big sister, Olivia LOVED to pose for a camera 😉  I can’t wait to see these fun portraits displayed in their house!   Enjoy the pictures!!

Look at this chunky leg, I love it!!


Chelsea turned 6 months old the day we met for the session 😉  It was her first professional portraits since she was born, so I was really excited to photograph her!  She was dressed in pink and it was perfect for the location I selected.  It matched perfectly  with pink flower field I found 😉  Her big sister, Charlotte just LOVED exploring the park! We had fun running around.  Thank you for a fun time, enjoy the pictures!!

Isn’t it a cute collage?



How adorable is she??   This session was to create Ava’s 18 months old portraits, mom’s maternity portraits and some fun family portraits!   Ava is such a sweet girl and she loved exploring nature with daddy and mommy.  IMy favorite outfit is a diaper cover with the boots 😉  I got this shot when she was changing to her white dress from purple one,  she just run off while daddy was trying to change her 😉  I asked daddy to let he run because I knew it would be a super cute photo!!

We got some fun and cute portraits from this session and I can’t want to see these up in Ava’s house!  Enjoy the pictures, Mom and Dad!

Soon to be a big sister!

Daddy time!  Love this one ♥



I had the pleasure of meeting D family for maternity session a few months ago and I was so excited to see them again for their little girl’s newborn session this time!  I LOVE the way how her big brother was looking at her, the proud face of being a big brother and he was so sweet and gentle with his baby sister.  What a beautiful family of five.  I can’t wait to document next milestone of Claire at 6 months old!    Enjoy the pictures !


This picture is going up on her nursery.