January 01, 2019

They’re HERE!  I am finally ready to announce my most anticipated sessions of the year.  My Fall & Holiday mini sessions sell out fast, so this year I’ve opened up more dates and NEW LOCATION, MY STUDIO as  I adore my new and repeat clients who wait all year for this!  Studio Session style is ” modern + classic + timeless ” with white French panel and black background, if you are looking for something different this year, studio session is a perfect option for you!   These shorter sessions are perfect for busy families who are ready to update their family portraits or create stunning 2019 Holiday Cards.

Holiday Family Mini Sessions will be held at my studio and outdoor locations 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!

Please Check out my location guide for sample photos from each location and reserve your session from the calendar below! Most of the outdoor sessions are scheduled in September & October before the rainy season starts!  ( Only Fall colors mini sessions are in November).

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 includes professional prints!  Professional prints make a great gift for grandparents and family members as well!


2019 Fall Holiday Mini Session – only $175

  • Welcome Email with wardrobe advice and session preparation
  • 25 Minute Outdoor Session – 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, perfect to share on social media)
  • Custom Mobile App ** – my clients love this!! ( included with the purchase of digital file package)
  • Online Holiday Card Ordering Gallery through Minted.com **

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

At Holiday Mini session, I prioritize getting traditional, everyone looking at the camera and smiling shots, as well as each combination of family members.  If everyone is in a good mood and we get those all right away, we move onto candids and more natural moments, which is what I am known for!  If your child needs time to warm up or has a hard time staying still for the traditional shots,  we may not get a chance to get candid shots. Mini is only 25 minutes long, if your child is super camera shy, if you have multiple children under 3 years old, please consider scheduling a regular session for longer session time and flexibility!

Looking forward to creating your 2019  Holiday memories!!



 ********** DATE & LOCATION **********



September 29th, Sunday – Legion of Honor SOLD OUT

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

September 29th,  Sunday– Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:30pm, 2:10pm, 2:50pm

September 29th, Sunday – Presidio SOLD OUT

4:15pm, 4:50pm, 5:30pm

October 6th, Sunday – Legion of Honor SOLD OUT

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

October 6th, Sunday – Palace of Fine Arts  SOLD OUT

1:30pm, 2:10pm, 2:50pm

October 6th, Sunday– Presidio SOLD OUT

4:15pm, 4:50pm, 5:30pm

November 2nd Saturday – Presidio 

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



September 14th, Saturday – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm

September 26th, Thursday – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

September 27th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

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

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

October 5th, Saturday – Heather Farm, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

October 13th, Sunday – Aika Cardin Photography Studio, Walnut Creek  (White & or Black background)  SOLD OUT

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

October 18th, Friday – Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek  SOLD OUT

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

October 19th, Saturday  – Foothill Regional Park, Walnut Creek SOLD OUT

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

November 13th, Wednesday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors 

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

November 15h, Friday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors SOLD OUT

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

November 22nd, Friday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors  SOLD OUT

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

November 23rd, Saturday – Markham Natural Park, Concord – Fall colors  SOLD OUT

 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm



September 15th, Sunday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos SOLD OUT

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

September 15th, Sunday – Stanford University, Stanford  SOLD OUT

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

September 15th, Sunday – Elizabeth Gamble Garden, Palo Alto SOLD OUT

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


October 12th, Saturday –  Vasona Park, Los Gatos SOLD OUT  

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

November 9th, Saturday – Vasona Park, Los Gatos 

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm 



If the available time doesn’t show up in the drop-down list on the date of the session on the calendar, it means it’s already taken.  Please email me to get on the waitlist ( I will do my best to get you in1 )  or select other dates:  photo@aikacardin.com    Thank you!

Please consider nap time for baby & toddler when you select your session time. We want happy smiles!


Turn around time & Products

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 within 24 hours after the order is received.

**Digital Holiday Card is a web-sized digital card (not recommended for printing) for you to share on Christmas by email / social media. I will customize your card with your favorite image from 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??

*Professional Prints starts from $45 ~. Digital file Package starts from $350~. ( 10 for $350, 15 for $395~). All digital files are high resolution, individually retouched and ready to share with friends and family!

Repeat Clients : ( THANK  YOU!!!! ) 

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


Payment of session fee is due upon booking to secure your spot.  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 the session date.  In the event of adverse weather, sessions will be rescheduled to the nearest available date.  You will receive an email with the exact meeting location 3 days before your session date. Please add my email address,  photo@aikacardin.com to your address book/ contact list so that my email will go to your inbox, not junk/ spam folder. If you didn’t receive an email confirmation after the booking is completed, please check your junk/spam folder.

*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 products and package prices are non-negotiable.  Mini Session is a special promotion and you can not combine with any other offer, etc.


Featured on Minted!  My client’s photos are featured in 2016~ 2019 Holiday Card Collections!  I LOVE the quality of the products and designs Minted. offer!

My Portrait Studio is conveniently located in downtown Walnut Creek with plenty of parking space!

Thank you so much for supporting my small business!  I’m so grateful for my wonderful clients!  If your friends/ colleagues, family members are looking for a family photographer this Holiday season, please send them my info and spread the word for me!





Holiday Fall Family Mini Session at Old Borges Ranch, Heather Farm, Markham Nature Park, Foothill Regional Park,  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.  Photo Studio in downtown Walnut Creek.

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