Newborn DJ | San Francisco In Home Photography

 Posted on June 23, 2017

Baby DJ blessed his mom and dad,  arriving at 10lbs and 22 inches long! This big munchkin was incredible. Mom and dad were worried that he would be fussy during the newborn session but he did amazing! I arrived at their cool house in Emeryville ready with all of my props. The neat thing about doing an in-home newborn session is that I can achieve the unique, relaxed family photos in the comfort of their home AND I can create the sweet studio-like poses as well. I love that.

DJ did great. He took a break to eat in between our setups which worked out perfectly. We ended up photographing at their home for about 3 hours to get all of the set ups that mom and dad wanted. DJ nailed it!

Just look at his adorable chunky arms and lips!

Tara Firma Farms Portrait | Sonoma County Portrait Photographer

 Posted on June 16, 2017

This was such a special session! Mrs L. contacted me and requested a photo session with her family with natural rolling hills and tall grass. There are so many places like this in Marin and Petaluma but often it is private property. I found the perfect location after a recent visit to my CSA farm, Tara Firma Farms. They have rolling hills, tall grass and after a little hike, a serene lake.

The farm agreed to allow me to photograph on their property and encouraged me to donate to their institute whose goal is “to educate our friends, families, and communities about their local food shelter, share and develop techniques for proper animal and pasture management, and to promote knowing your farmers!” Check out more about the institute here:

My family gets a delivery of fresh, organic vegetables and pasture raised eggs every week and an ice chest of meat every two weeks. We love the quality of the food and the mission of the farm. I gladly made a donation and offered that option to my client as well. She was eager to participate and to get such an amazing location for her session.

They made the long drive from San Francisco all the way to Petaluma just for this session. Mom had mentioned that her son was just about to loose a tooth and was initially hoping that we could do the session before it fell out. Then, it got a little gruesome and they hoped that the tooth would go ahead and come out BEFORE the session! With a little coaxing ($$$), the tooth came out and left a beautiful and dignified hole! We laughed about the story and big brother had a little bit of a hard time smiling with his new look. He quickly got the hang of it and we were off!

First things first. We head towards the trail to the lake and chickens are milling about pecking and picking near the trail. They were so funny because it is not like they moved out of the way when you walked near them. No fear, I guess! So, we had some photo bombers and close encounters that made me only slightly uncomfortable!


What did make me uncomfortable was the next animal that the family saw on our tiny hike….. A king snake. I am so glad I did not see it. I would have screamed! I know they are good snakes, but… I still would have screamed. So, that happened! I only shrieked 6 times on the hike when something or other scurried across the trail too close to my feet. I am not joking, I tried to hold it in, but out came the screech.

We made it up to the lake and although we didn’t photograph the lake itself, the surrounding area was absolutely stunning.

We had the kids sit in the high grass (on a mini wool blanket) to capture some of the beautiful afternoon back light. There was a snake skin right next to them which they thought was pretty cool.

All in all, it was an amazing portrait session.

Mom said, “Emily!!  These are amazing!  Thank you so much, we all really enjoyed our time with you and it shows.  The location and the lighting are magical, the photos of the two kids are fantastic, especially when you consider the first few!  I love it, we can’t thank you enough, and we look forward to seeing you again–maybe {little sister} will be missing half her teeth next time!”


Newborn Harrison: 5 days old! | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on May 30, 2017

Mom and dad were surprised with the arrival of their son 3 weeks early! He was just 5 lbs but had the most adorable big feet and hands. I was so honored to be one of the first people to meet little Harrison. This is one of the reasons I love going to clients homes, when the baby is just 5 days old, it is difficult to move let alone leave the house. Harrison’s mom had it all together! His nursery was set up and they were ready. I guess he knew it was time to come home since they were prepared for him! Mom looked amazing and was calm and serene during our photo session. No wonder he smiled in moms arms!

I really love photographing in home newborns. I can get a unique variety of photographs every time. Here, I used their amazing wood floor from their super cool San Francisco apartment as a backdrop. I also set up my little studio right there in the home to capture the sweet cuddly poses just like I would in the studio.

Newborn Remy | San Francisco In home Newborn Photography

 Posted on May 22, 2017

It’s the greatest honor to photograph a newborn just days after they have entered this world; It’s an even greater honor to be asked back to photograph their siblings! Big brother Sebastian was sweet with his new sister, Remy – he wanted to hold her hand and kiss her!

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco when I went to their Russian Hill home to photograph this family of four. I had been to this cool house when photographing mom pregnant and Sebastian as a newborn, so I was familiar with the space. I knew I wanted to work in mom and dad’s bedroom because the light is great and they have an awesome bed! I love photographing families on their bed as it’s a familiar and comfortable spot for the kids. Sebastian loved being right there with his parents. He especially loved flopping on the pillows…who doesn’t!?

The cool thing about photographing newborn babies in their home is that we can get very unique photographs within their space. Since I set up a studio in the home, I also got some amazing posed photographs just like I would at the studio!