Archive for November, 2015

 

I photographed W family 4 years ago for gender reveal maternity session for their daughter. I was so excited to know that they were expecting  second baby and they wanted to do another gender reveal session exact same way we did 4 years ago. And it’s a girl!  I can’t explain how emotional I got watching them finding out it was a girl when the pink balloon popped out.   We took more family pictures, played with balloons , etc. W family is moving to out of state soon and this is the park they came to play all the time, Moraga Common Park.   We created lots of cute pictures and lots of memories for they to look back. Congratulations again, W family!   Lafayette maternity photographer 3 15 17 22 31 35 38 39 42 43 49 50 52 58 59 60 62 66 76

 
November 10, 2015
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Babies are only little for a little while and that’s why newborn session is such a special one to capture the all the details and celebrate the new addition to your family.  First 2 weeks is the ideal time to do newborn session as  during this time babies will usually retain some of the natural curl from when they were in mommy’s tummy. Newborn babies are also more sleepy and pliable for the most desired poses. Your curling, sleeping newborn will make for the most memorable and meaningful photographs. The first days of a newborn’s life will be captured in the comfort of your own home.

This life style newborn session was done at clients home in Pleasant Hill, East Bay, San Francisco  and mom requested to do some portraits outside as it was such a beautiful day. I LOVE Black and White. It really shows the emotion and love of the family.  Enjoy your pictures mom and dad!
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I LOVE every image from this session!  Can you tell we had so much fun?  It was a beautiful morning in Walnut Creek, perfect day to create holiday family pictures for Holiday Cards! Thank you M family for fun day and enjoy your pictures! Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer Walnut Creek best family photographer

 

What a gorgeous family! Especially mom, she was about to have a baby and she looked great. Expecting mom has this ” glow” . Old Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek is a great location for maternity session and family session.  Lots o f fun and unique background and also there are nature open space area which I always LOVE!   Thank you for a fun session, M family!  Looking forward to seeing you again as family of 4 next time! Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Dublin,  East Bay San Francisco best children and family photographer Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Dublin,  East Bay San Francisco best children and family photographer Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Dublin,  East Bay San Francisco best children and family photographer
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November 03, 2015
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It’s my favorite time of the year, Halloween & Christmas!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing little ones in Halloween costume and their Holiday outfit for Christmas.  Register today for 15 minutes portrait session by Aika Cardin Photography!  Bring your little one in their costume to capture their cuteness!!!! These photo booth are so popular and it sells out quickly. Reserve your spot now!

2015 Halloween promo

~ Halloween Photo Booth ~

DATE:     October 16th, Friday  9;30am ~ 2:30pm at Small Talk Family Cafe in Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT!

                 October 17th, Saturday 8:00am ~ 12:30pm at Small Talk Family Cafe in Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT!

                October 20th, Tuesday 9:30am-1:30 pm at Itsy Bitsy Halloween Party by Hilarie’s Helpful Hints at Sports Basement SOLD OUT!

 

 

RECOMMENDED AGE : 3  months old ( recommended :baby who is able to sit up with support ) ~3 years old

FEE: $30 / child, include 15 min photo session and one web-sized digital Halloween Greeting Card

Digital Halloween Card and online gallery to purchase high resolution images will be available by a week before Halloween.  Digital Halloween Card is perfect to share on web and social media to show off your little ones’ cuteness!  Digital Card is web-sized and not recommended for printing.  You can purchase high resolution files from online gallery. Retouched high resolution file is $15 each , professional print starts from $20~.

Halloween & Fall set up!  We will start with Halloween costume first with pumpkin theme set up and  if time allows, we will shoot with adorable Fall outfits with fall theme set up!  My motto is always simple, simple, simple…the adorable little ones should be the focus and backdrop simply an accessory.  Why I do this?  As a mom of 16 months old girl ( I have 6 years old boy, too!)  I LOVE how little one looks in adorable Fall outfit!!  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 big hat as it will create a shadow on adorable face. Please feel free to bring any Halloween theme prop like treat bag to make this photo session more special!

 

 

baby holiday mini session

~ Holiday Photo Booth ~

DATE: December 4th, Friday, 9:30am ~ 2:30pm, Small Talk Family Cafe, Walnut Creek

              December 5th, Saturday, 8:00 am ~ 12:30pm,  Small talk Family Cafe, Walnut Creek

              December 8th, Tuesday,9am ~ 1:00 pm at Itsy Bitsy Yoga Holiday party by Hilarie’s Helpful Hints at Sports Basement, Walnut creek

           

RECOMMENDED AGE : 3 months old ( recommended: baby who is able to sit up with support) ~3 years old

FEE: $30/ child, include 15 min photo session and one web-sized digital Holiday Greeting Card

Sibling, please reserve 2 slots

Digital Holiday Card and online gallery to purchase high resolution images will be available on December 12th.  Digital Holiday Card is perfect to share on web and social media to show off your little ones’ cuteness!  Digital Card is web-sized and not recommended for printing.  You can purchase high resolution files from online gallery. Retouched high resolution file is $15 each , professional print starts from $20~. Baby’s Holiday portraits make a great gift for family members!

CLOTHING:  I will have red, silver, gold and blue ornaments which we can coordinate to match your little ones outfits! I will also have red bear robe ( see below sample image) and other holiday photo props for you to use !  Can’t wait to see your little ones Holiday outfits1

 

SIGN UP FROM HERE:

 * Please consider child’s nap time when you pick a time!    For sibling, please reserve 2 slots.

How to Prepare:

~ Feeding little ones ~

Please feed your little ones before you arrive and make sure they drink plenty of water. I know the session is only 15 minutes but we all know kids can make – or – break 15 minutes!

~ 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 ry to avoid large hat as it will create a shadow on face.  Full diaper doesn’t photograph well… Please have diaper changed right before the session!

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

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~ Fall Family Session ~

Do you have a perfect family portrait for 2015 Holiday Card?  Fall is a great time to create family portraits to celebrate the season!

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~ Extended family Session ~

Your family members getting together for Holidays?  Schedule extended family session to photograph 3 or 4 generations together!  Portraits of grandkids and grandparents are so precious!  I have lots of extended family sessions scheduled already in December. Email photo@aikacardin.com for more info and available dates!

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What a adorable family!  I LOVE photographing this age, when they just started walking, 1 year old.  Isn’t she so cute? Her big brother was so sweet, too 😉   Old Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek is a perfect location for children and family photos and family’s outfit was just perfect!  Thank you for choosing me to photograph your 2015 Holiday memories !
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November 01, 2015
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It’s my favorite time of the year!  I’m so excited for upcoming Holiday Photo Booth at Small Talk Family Cafe and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Party with Hilarie’s Helpful Hints in Walnut Creek next week ! These are perfect opportunity to create Holiday Portraits of your little ones!!!

Here’s my daughter Erika modeling for me!  
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November 01, 2015
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2015 Holiday Mini session, East Bay San Francisco

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 2015 Holiday Cards.  Celebrate the beauty of the season with the convenience of my mini sessions!  You can book your Fall Holiday Mini Session online! It’s super easy and simple! 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  here in beautiful East Bay, ( Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Danville )  San Francisco and I’m adding South Bay ( San Jose, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Los Altos ) and  San Francisco locations this year, we have so much to choose from that there is surely something that fits your family style, Urban, woods, garden, fall leaves, etc!  Check out my location guide here and 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 !

 

2015 Fall Holiday Mini Session  only $175

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 30 Minute Outdoor Session in natural light up to 5 immediate family members
  • 20+ Images on  Online Ordering Gallery to choose from
  • 3 of your favorite retouched Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Digital Holiday Card – so popular!!
  • Facebook Timeline Cover – my clients love it! 
  • Print release with printing recommendations
  • Online Card Ordering Gallery through Minted.com

Due to time constraints, mini-sessions are not available for babies under 4 months or groups larger than 5.  Please schedule a full session for newborn and large group/ extended family portraits.  If you would like to do outfit change, special location request 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!

 

Date & Location

* AVAILABLE *

Please email me at photo@aikacardin.com for availability!

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, September 19th – Crissy Field, San Francisco SOLD OUT

9:10am, 9:50am

Saturday, September 26th – Crissy Field, San Francisco SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Sunday, November 1st – Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco SOLD OUT

9am,  9:40am,  10:20am, 1:30pm, 2:10pm

Sunday, November 1st – Crissy Field, San Francisco SOLD OUT

4pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm

 

 

EAST BAY AREA

 

Saturday, October 3rd – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek       SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Saturday, October 3rd – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

4pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm

Saturday, October 17th – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek   SOLD OUT

4pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm

Friday, October 23rd – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

4:00pm4:30pm5:00pm5:30pm

Saturday, October 24th – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek    SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Saturday, October 24th- Markham Natural Park, Concord  SOLD OUT

4pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm

Saturday, November 7th – Central Park, San Ramon SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Saturday, November 7th, Markham Natural Park, Concord   SOLD OUT

2:50pm, 3:30pm, 4:10pm

Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th – Central Park, San Ramon SOLD OUT

9:10am9:50am, 10:30am

Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th – Markham Natural Park, Concord SOLD OUT

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm4:00pm

Saturday, November 14th –  Central Park, San Ramon SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Saturday, November 14th – Newhall Park, Concord SOLD OUT

2:50pm, 3:30pm, 4:10pm

Sunday, November 15th – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

8:30am 9:10am9:50am

Saturday, November 21st – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am9:50am

Saturday, November 21st – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

 

 

 

SOUTH BAY AREA

Sunday, October 4th – Vasona Park, Los Gatos SOLD OUT

8:30am, 9:10am, 9:50am

Sunday, October 4th – Stanford University, Stanford SOLD OUT

2pm, 2:40pm

Sunday, October 4th – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto SOLD OUT

4:30pm, 5:10pm, 5:50pm

 

Sunday, October 18th – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

2pm, 2:40pm,   

Sunday, October 18th – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto SOLD OUT

4:15pm, 5pm, 5:45pm

 

~ BOOK ONLINE ~

  Turn around time:

After your session, you will receive your private online gallery within 1 week, gallery is hosted for 1 week only and after you select your favorite images, you will receive a link to download images ( Dropbox) within 1 week.

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What’s included:

*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 ( I will have new ones, too!) . Aren’t they super cute?  This digital holiday card has been SO POPULAR and I saw them posted on social media all over on Christmas day!

Holiday family mini session

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

Holiday family mini session, walnut creek, Danville, San ramon, Alamo, Lafayette, San Jose, Los Gatos, San Francisco. Aika Cardin Photography

*Online card ordering gallery through minted.com.  Minted.com is a  online card printing site and offers beautiful and high quality holiday cards. Your purchased digital images 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??

*Digital Files: all digital files are high resolution, individually fully retouched and ready to share with friends and family!  3 high resolution files are included and additional digital files  are available for purchase for 10 for $250, 15 for $300,  20 for $350. Print starts from $30 ~.

Payment of session fee is due upon booking to secure your spot through above calendar.  Deposit is non-refundable but you may transfer it to credit should you need to cancel your session.  $25 fee will apply for rescheduling within 10days of session date. Can not be combined with any other offer or previous sessions.  In the event of adverse weather, sessions will be rescheduled. You will receive email with detail instruction of our meeting spot about 1 week before your session date 😉

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

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