San Francisco Family Portrait Session in Golden Gate Park



This child is a cherub. It’s the only possible explanation for those curls, those eyes, and that solid, adorable little body of hers. Paired with a personable and curious personality, this is one kid who keeps her parents on their toes.




More from the Taylor Harris-Cronin family session below the jump…
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San Francisco Family Portraits, Holiday and Seasonal Cards

It doesn’t seem possible but we’re already deep into November and approaching the holidays, solstice, and New Years, so it’s a great time to order your holiday cards.

Paloma in the early years...

I started sending seasonal cards a few years ago, and it’s become a slightly insane tradition around here to come up with an idea and force our cats to pose. Poor kitties.

Last year I partnered up with Minted and have used them to order everything from holiday cards to commitment ceremony invitations. They have modern designs from independent designers, use high-quality paper stock, and their printing is top-knotch. This year they’ve introduced more options for seasonal cards, including different shapes, cardstocks, and sizes.

I also offer more traditional family portrait sessions of course!




Interested in booking a holiday portrait session with your pet, parent, or family? I’m offering a Thanksgiving weekend SALE on two-hour portrait sessions, in your home or a location in or around San Francisco for a big discount at $175, includes a privately-hosted web gallery for print ordering, web-ready files to share on Facebook, and a free 8×10 of your choice. The session must be redeemed before the end of 2013. Sale begins now and ends Monday the 26th of Nov!

Pumpkins in Half Moon Bay

I unabashedly love Halloween. Not only is fall one of the best times of the year for the Bay Area (warm weather, wonderful golden light), I love the spooky evenings, the costumes, and I always take a trip to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay to pick up some decorative gourds. Arata’s is a wonderfully weird place to visit. This year their theme seems to be ‘Egypt’ and no, I’ve got no idea what that has to do with Halloween. There’s a petting zoo, pony rides, and a terrific hay maze you should plan on getting lost in.

Fall is also a really great time to start thinking about updating your family portraits. It’s still nice enough outside to photograph outdoors, and you can use the images for a holiday card. Drop a line if you’ve been thinking about a family photo session, there’s still plenty time before the winter colds sets in.

This year one of my cousins was visiting San Francisco for the first time with a few of her friends, so I dragged them down the peninsula to enjoy the day with me.

Pumpkins 2011 – Images by Tristan Crane

Surprise Party Snapshots

There’s one in every family.

The sender of birthday cards, the planner of parties, the remember of anniversaries, the matriarch who makes sure no one is left out or left behind. In my family, it’s my Aunt Patti. She and her husband now live in Mexico, their extended families spanning both coasts of the US from LA to Baltimore. This year she turns 70, her husband, 75, and both of them contacted a close friend in Los Angeles about hosting a surprise party for the other.

She threw him a party.

He threw her a party.

To make things easier on everyone involved, our very generous hostess opened her home to everyone. Wonderful chaos ensued. The best part? No one ruined the surprise.

I cannot resist snapping photos of kids with cake crumbs all over their faces.

It’s been a bit of a tough year for my family. We lost my grandmother in October and my great aunt is currently on hospice. It was lovely to have the chance to visit with my extended family under much happier circumstances.

I was too busy talking to people to shoot many photographs, but we did take the time for a full family portrait. When I meet with wedding clients, we always discuss the importance of setting time aside time to get family photographs.¬† It can seem tedious, but it’s so important to record these celebrations. Kids grow up, old people grow frail, and family is a blessing. So get your camera out (or hire an event photographer), and make sure to document your happy memories.