Archive for September, 2017

 

” 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!

 

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!   

 
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!

 

 

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!

 

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 a 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 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!! 
  • Custom Mobile App ** my clients love this!!
  • 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 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

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

October 1st, Sunday – Presidio SOLD OUT

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

October 21st, Saturday – Legion of Honor 

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

October 21st, Saturday – Palace of Fine Arts 

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  SOLD OUT

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

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 

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

September 23rd, Saturday – Sharon Park, Menlo Park

4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm

October 28th, Saturday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos 

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

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

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 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, online gallery is hosted for 2 weeks and you will receive your prints order in 1-2 weeks.  Purchaed Digital files will be available to download in 1-2 business days after 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 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 a 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 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.

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

 

Featured on Minted!  My clients 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, Hilsborough, Redwood City, San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, Alamo, Lafayette, Oakland, Piedmont, San Francisco.

 

My kids, Leo & Erika were in studio this weekend !  I like magazine style portrait session like these.  Simple, classic and timeless.   Only props are chair, ladder and cute smile of kids.  I LOVE the simplicity and classic look!  Studio session is perfect for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family session and my portrait studio is completely located in Downtown Walnut Creek!

This one is one of my favorite of kids together and I’m going to order this in LARGE 

 

Isn’t she SO CUTE?   Riley and her family came to visit my portrait studio from San Jose for family portrait session!  We started at my studio in Walnut Creek for some naked baby shots ( SO CUTE!) then headed to Heather Park in Walnut Creek for outdoor family portraits.  Riley is also a baby model from Model’s Inc and she was so good with camera!  Such a cute smile!    Thank you for a fun session, S family!