Archive for September, 2014


Don’t you love their bedroom?   Not only the bedroom, check out Colette’s nursery, too!  It looks like it came out from magazine.  I love it! I love all of them and hard to chose favorites!  Enjoy the pictures, mom and dad!  Can’t wait for Colette’s 1 year old session next 😉

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I have been having such a fun time with all family sessions!  Check out B family, I LOVE the way mom coordinated everyone’s outfits together for this family session 😉 Love the combination of navy blue and white.  Great job, Mom!!   I can’t wait to dress up my little girl like their older daughter.  Thank you for coming up from South Bay, it was so great to meet you and hope to see you again!

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What a beautiful sisters!!!!    When I photographed them 2 years ago, the younger sister was still a little  baby….   and now she is running around with her big sister and older sister lost couple teeth.  Love documenting children grow up through my lens 😉  Love it when clients comes back to me again and again. Can’t wait to photograph them again in near future…!

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Walnut Creek, San Ramon, East Bay San Francisco Holiday Family Photographer

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 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 2014 Holiday Cards.  Celebrate the beauty of the season with the convenience of my mini sessions!  I’ve even simplified ordering with online galleries because I know that the Holidays are just as crazy for you as they are for me!  Holiday Family Mini Sessions will be held in Lafayette, Concord, Walnut Creek here in beautiful East Bay, San Francisco! Just pick your location and time! 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 !

2014 Holiday Mini Session  $150

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 30 Minute Outdoor Session in natural light
  • 30+ Image Online Ordering Gallery (available 10 days after your session date, hosted for 1 week)
  • 3 of your favorite retouched Full Resolution Digital Image Files (available to download 1 week after receipt of your favorite selection)
  • Digital Holiday Card
  • Face Book Timeline Cover
  • Print release with printing recommendations
  • Online Card Ordering Gallery through

Due to time constraints, mini-sessions are not available for babies under 3 months or groups larger than 6.  Please schedule a full session for newborn and large group portraits.  If you would like to do outfit change, special location request for session or prefer longer session, please also schedule a full session. For baby, please make sure session time doesn’t conflict wit baby’s nap time!

Session Date & Time

Sunday, October 19th –  Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek ( Barn house, hills, trees in backdrop)
4:00 pm Anna.L
5:20 pm Maria.S
Sunday, October 26th – Markham Natural Park, Concord ( lots of leaves, fall colors, trees in backdrop)
9:00 am Anne .S
9:40am not available
10:20 am  Megan.B
*FULL*  Sunday, November 2nd – Markham Natural Park, Concord ( lots of leaves, fall colors trees in backdrop)
9:00 am Megan.S
9:40 am Sophia.P
10:20 am Danielle.C
*FULL* Sunday, November 2nd –  Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek ( Barn house, wooden fence, tractors, hills, trees in backdrop)
3:00 pm  Anna.M
3:40 pm   Margrette.W
4:20 pm  Jodie.Y
Veteran’s Day Tuesday, November 11th – Central Park, San Ramon ( fall colors leaves and trees in backdrop)
9:00 am Tiffany.N
9:40 am Tiffany.N
* FULL* Saturday,  November 15th – Central Park. San Ramon
9:00 am Patty.
9:40 am Michelle.
10:20 am Sherille.S
11:00 am Hope.V
*FULL*  Saturday,  November 15th – Markam Natural Park, Concord (lots of leaves, fall colors trees in backdrop)
3:00 pm Jennifer.B
3:40 pm Jackie.L
4:20 pm Becky.H
*FULL*  Saturday, November 22nd –  Osage Park, Danville ( lots of trees in backdrop)
9:00 am Erin S
9:40 am Stacey.H
10;20 am Karla.G
 *FULL * Saturday, November 22nd – Markam Natural Park, Concord (lots of leaves, fall colors trees in backdrop)
2:30 pm mShirley.M
3:10 pm Allison.I
3:50 pm Saane.C
*NEW* Sunday, November 23rd – Markham Natural Park, Concord 
3:00 pm Dianne.L
3:50 pm Stacey.H
*NEW* Day before  Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 26th, Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek
3:00 pm Jennifer.C
3:40 pm  Serena.N
*NEW* Saturday, November 29th – Markham Natural Park, Concord
2:30 pm Kiran.K
 *FULL* Sunday, November 30th – Central Park, San Ramon 
9:00 am Erin.S
9:40 am Karla.G
10:20 am Kate.L
*FULL* Sunday, November 30th Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek ( Barn house, wooden fence, hills, trees in backdrop)
2:30 pm Kristin.M
3:10 pm Laurisa.S
3:50 pm Jenna.F
* NEW* Friday, December 5th, Markham Natural Park. Concord
2:20 pm Nicoleta
3;00 pm Sarah.D
3:40 pm Shoko.K
*NEW* Sunday, December 7th, Central Park, San Ramon
8:40 am
9:20 am Erin.S
10:00 am Karla.G
*NEW* Sunday, December 14th, Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek
2:10 pm Kate.L
2:50 pm Kristin.M
3:30 pm Becca.B
 Turn around time : After your session, you will receive your online gallery within 3-5 days, after your select your favorites, you will receive a link to download your digital files within 3-5 days.  It might be quicker depends on how much editing I’m working on when I receive your order.
 You don’t see the dates that works for you? Contact me and I might be able to take your mini sessions on other dates.
Are you on Facebook?  Please “like” Aika Cardin Photography page  to receive future updates about holiday mini sessions!
*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 purchased image with below overlay.  Aren’t they super cute?? Love them!!

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* Facebook timeline cover  is a web-sized collage, sized perfectly fit as a Facebook timeline cover to show off your beautiful family! My clients love this and I decided to offer this as a bonus!

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* Online card ordering gallery through is a online card printing site and offers beautiful and high quality holiday cards. Your purchased digital images will be uploaded to 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??

*Below is popular A la carte products for holidays. These makes perfect gift for grandparents as well as for your keepsake or to decorate your wall.

* Looking for wall art for your home?  Check here to see how you can beautifully display your family portraits!product



All digital images are high resolution, individually fully retouched and ready to share with friends and family!  Additional digital images are available for purchase: additional one digital image for $95, 10 digital image package for $200, 20 digital image package for $350. Professional print starts from $30~

Please email to  with your top 2-3 time slot choices and dates, age of your child and number of people in your family.  Payment is due upon booking to secure your spot.  Deposit is non-refundable but you may transfer it t to credit should you need to cancel your session. Can not be combined with any other offer/coupon or previous sessions.  In the event of adverse weather, I will reschedule to another date.

Schedule your Holiday Mini Session today!  Looking forward to creating holiday memories with you!


I have been photographing this family for over 2 years now!  Mom contacted me and said ” she wanted to update family portraits”  When is the last time you had your family pictures taken?  Me as a photographer and mother of two, I’m always behind the camera and would love to have beautiful family portraits all the time, especially now holiday is approaching, would love to have a nice family portraits to create Holiday cards!  Their son, G was just non stop.. He run, run and run. So I run, too. What a good work out!!  Thank you for letting me capture your family again. I loved it!

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I love seeing my work on client’s wall!  Below is some sample of wall portraits my clients purchased in the past.  I especially love collage because it tells the story of the family and their relationship.   We always have so much fun during the design consultations to come up with the idea of wall portraits design.

With today’s technology, I can show you what your portraits will look like in your home before they even get there!  Our specially designed software makes portrait art fun, as it allows us to project your portraits onto a digital image of your wall.  It even allows us to scale the images creating a perfect fit!  So no need to guess or wonder how portraits will fit in your wall, you will see them before you purchase!

Usually, clients are overwhelmed with many images and  not sure what to do with those beautiful photos from the session. ,  My goal is to create artwork for your home and heirlooms for your family that you will cherish for your lifetime.  I offer the latest and greatest products that are only available from professional photo labs.  At design consultation, I guide you in image selection, gifting, and home decor options.  Wall family portraits will make a great Holiday gift to cerebrate the family this Holiday season.

This is how it looks like at designing consultation 😉

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My client sent me below picture of  her living room wall.  I’ve done many session with her for last 3 years and each canvas shows milestone of her two beautiful boys. I LOVE this idea of family history wall!

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Here’s some sample of wall art layout. So many to chose from and I’m always here to help you!