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!




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



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




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!


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.