Archive for September, 2017

 
September 27, 2017
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Thank you all for joining me for 2017 Halloween & Fall 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 makes great gift as well as keepsake! Online gallery is up for 2 weeks only till November 10th,  Get your orders in NOW so that you can share these adorable photos in time for HALLOWEEN!   Prices are listed in online galley.
  2. Special Offer! Buy more Save More!    Receive 10% off on order of $100 and more, receive 20% off on order of $200 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!

 

 

October 22nd session at Aika Cardin Photography Studio 

 

October 24th session at Sports Basement

 

 

 

*** Now Booking  Holiday and Extended  Family Session ***

Email photo@aikacardin.com for availability !

 

 

I LOVE it when my baby model client become family photo client.  I have been photographing Blaise since he was a baby for his model headshot.   He is a super star! He has modeled for Old Navy , Pottery Barn Kids, etc multiple times!  This time I got to photograph him as a family as a maternity family session in San Francisco. Sadly, they are moving to East Coast so mom wanted to have photos taken at beautiful San Francisco Iconic location.  We started at Union Square for cable car and the famous heart object photos, then headed to Baker Beach to create portraits with Golden Gate Bridge in background.    We had so much fun running around and now family have beautiful San Francisco photos to remember !  Thank you , G family for choosing me and best of luck in your new journey in East Coast!  

 

” Gift of memories ”  Family gave grandma an extended family photo session as a Mother’s Day gift . We had set this session dates from months ago as some of the family members live in Los Angels.  Grandma and Grandpa are also cerebrating their 40th wedding anniversary so this photo session was extra special!  We met a park in San Ramon and it was a lot of fun!  I have been photographing their grandkids for last 3 years and it was so nice to photograph them again as a whole family this time!   They came to my portrait studio in Walnut Creek to view their photos and they invested in beautiful canvas collage to display in grandma’s house.  I’m a strong believer of displaying photos on the wall to show the love of the family, not just keeping photos in computer as digital files and that’s why I offer beautiful framed prints, canvas and custom design album so that you can remember and treasure these special memories forever.    Thank you for a fun session, C family and congratulations on 40th wedding anniversary!

 

 

Personal Branding Session for Entrepreneurs  

 

~ Design the mood and style of your business image ~

Personal branding session is tailored to each and every client individually. My aim is to design a photo shoot that is unique just like you and your business. Personal branding is communication of your brand in a way that defines who you are. What does your photo say about your brand?

Collection of photographs, that will represent your brand and your business – images that will attract your ideal client and will elevate your brand. My team is here to give you an amazing experience with professional hair and make up. I’m here to create the best portrait you’ve ever seen of yourself.

 

How would you like to be photographed? 

 

My portrait studio is  located in downtown Walnut Creek.  Personal Branding sessions are available in studio or on – location. Please contact photo@aikacardin.com for more information.  Thank you!

 
September 13, 2017
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I have been photographing their older son, Ethan  for many years for seasonal events at Easter, Halloween, Holidays and I was so excited to photograph him again for a family portraits session at my portrait studio in Walnut Creek now they have second baby, Lucas!  Mom wanted simple & modern portraits look of  baby Lucas so studio session was perfect!  Kids did an outfit changes during the session and it’s always fun to photograph kids in different outfits to create different style of portraits!  D family ordered beautiful framed print collage and large gallery wrap canvas to display in their home in and I can’t wait for them to hang them up on their wall.  Kids love seeing themselves up in the wall ! I offer beautiful ready to hang products such and framed prints and gallery wrap canvas to clients and also custom albums for keepsake!  You want to remember these sweet moments in most beautiful way with the highest quality of products that I offer from my professional photo lab!

 

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 Prints 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 Prints 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 photo@aikacardin.com with any questions and I’m looking forward to photographing your little ones!

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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 photo@aikacardin.com 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 photo@aikacardin.com for availability!

 

Big THANK YOU to my amazing clients, friends and family for supporting what I love to do!  I’m so excited to receive this award again this year by Bay Area Parent for “Best of the Best Bay Area Parent Family Favorite Winner in the East Bay Area” as a Best Family Photographer!   This is my third year receiving this award and I’m very thankful to everyone who choose me to create baby, children and family portraits for them!  I’m looking forward to creating more and more beautiful family portraits this year!

 

 

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 2017 Holiday Cards.

Holiday Family Mini Sessions will be held here in beautiful East Bay, South Bay and  San Francisco, we have so much to choose from that there is surely something that fits your family style, urban, woods, garden, fall leaves, etc!  I have also added new locations this year for my repeating clients! (THANK YOU for being such amazing clients for many years!)  Check out my location guide and just pick your location and time from the calendar below! 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!

It is very important to me that clients have a printed memory on their wall to enjoy and cherish for many years, therefore, my holiday mini package includes professional prints!  Professional prints make a great gift for grandparents and family members as well!

2017 Fall Holiday Mini Session – only $175

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 25 Minute Outdoor Session in natural light up to 5 immediate family members
  • Private Online Ordering Gallery to choose from
  • 2 professional prints – size 8×10
  • 1 Digital Holiday Card** – so popular!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package)
  • Custom Mobile App ** my clients love this!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package)
  • Online Card Ordering Gallery through Minted.com   **

Due to time constraints, mini-sessions are not available for babies under 4 months old or groups larger than 5.  Please schedule a full family session for newborn and large group/ extended family portraits.  If you would like to do an outfit change, studio ” modern & classic” session, special locations, Napa Session, Golden Gate Bridge, session at your home, etc, please schedule a full Family Session!  Please E-mail at photo@aikacardin.com for availability.  ** These items are included with the purchase of digital file package.  Additional professional prints and digital files are available for purchase.

For babies and toddlers, please make sure session time doesn’t conflict with children’s nap time!

 

DATE & LOCATION 

SAN FRANCISCO

October 1st, Sunday– Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:00pm ,1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm

October 1st, Sunday – Presidio SOLD OUT

4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

October 21st, Saturday – Legion of Honor  SOLD OUT

10:00am, 10:30am, 11am

October 21st, Saturday – Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm

October 21st, Saturday – Presidio SOLD OUT

4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

 

EAST BAY

October 13th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  

 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

October 14th, Saturday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

October 20th, Friday – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

November 3rd, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm

November 11th, Saturday ( Veterans Day) – Central Park, San Ramon  SOLD OUT

9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am

November 11th, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors SOLD OUT

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

November 17th, Friday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors SOLD OUT

2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm

November 18th, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors  SOLD OUT

2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm

 

SOUTH BAY

 

September 23rd, Saturday – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm, 3:00pm

September 23rd, Saturday – Sharon Park, Menlo Park  SOLD OUT

4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm,

October 28th, Saturday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos  SOLD OUT

9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am

October 28th, Saturday – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

12:20pm, 1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm

October 28th, Saturday – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto SOLD OUT

4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm 

 

If the available time doesn’t show up in drop-down list on the date of the session below, it means it’s already taken.  Please E-mail me to get on the waiting list! photo@aikacardin.com


 

 

Turn around time : 

You will receive your private online gallery in 1-2 weeks, an online gallery is hosted for 2 weeks and you will receive your prints order in 1-2 weeks.  Purchased Digital files will be available to download in 1-2 business days after the order is received.

**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 8×10 prints image or purchased digital files with below overlay (I will have new ones, too!). Aren’t they super cute?  This digital holiday card has been SO POPULAR and I see them posted all over on social media on Christmas day! Your customized digital card will be e-mailed to you in the first week of December for you to share !

**Custom Mobile App is a digital photo album that you can take with you on the go and easily let you share your beautiful photos with your friends and family!  Purchased digital files will be added to the mobile app. You can download your Mobile App to your phone and tablet!  It’s really cute and my clients LOVE it!

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

Additional products:

*Professional Prints starts from $45 ~. Digital file Package starts from $325~. ( 10 for $325, 15 for $375~). All digital files are high resolution, individually retouched and ready to share with friends and family!

Repeating Clients :

Repeating family clients will receive additional 2 digital files with purchase of digital package!

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Payment of session fee is due upon booking to secure your spot through above calendar.  Deposit is non-refundable should you cancel but is it transferable to another date you wish to amend your booking.  $25 fee will apply for rescheduling within 10 days of session date.  In the event of adverse weather, sessions will be rescheduled to nearest available date.  You will receive an email with our exact meeting location 3 days before your session date.

*Please use non- AOL Email address when you schedule a session.  Somehow, my server doesn’t communicate well with AOL Email address and I won’t be able to reply to AOL Email.

No substitution of products in mini session package and all prodcuts and package prices are non regotiable.

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

 

Featured on Minted!  My client’s photos are featured in 2017 Holiday Card Collections!  I LOVE the quality of the products and designs Minted. offer!

 

 

My Portrait studio is located in downtown Walnut Creek!  Studio session is perfect for headshot, newborn, baby and family portraits!

 

Holiday Fall Mini Session at Old Borges Ranch, Heather Farm, Pace of Fine Arts, Legion of honor, Stanford University, Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Vasona Park in Walnut Creek, Concord, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Menlo Park, San Jose, Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, Alamo, Lafayette, Oakland, Piedmont, San Francisco.

 

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!   

 

What a fun session with these siblings from San Francisco!  They are interested in becoming a model so mom scheduled headshot session with me!  We met at Embarcadero in San Francisco and we had lots of fun creating beautiful headshots!  Best of luck in this exciting modeling industry!  I’m a talent agency preferred photographer and I do baby headshot at my studio in Walnut Creek and kids headshot in Walnut Creek and San Francisco!