Newborn Solian | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on September 17, 2017

Solian, what a beautiful name for this blue eyed baby boy! Mom emailed me after Solian was home and was very eager to have his newborn photos taken. I was so happy to have a few appointments open that worked for them as well. I arrived at their cool apartment in the Castro, San Francisco and set up a little studio next to their big windows. Mom had mentioned his beautiful blue eyes in our correspondence so I went to this session with a different approach. Usually, I would like the baby to be asleep but we wanted to capture his eyes! So, it worked out perfectly. He was awake and happy (not a normal thing for a newborn!) and he actually gave us smiles…what a treat!

Dad worked hard to do some soothing and we were able to get a few photos of him asleep as well. What a parenting pair, they worked so well together. I can’t wait to see Solian grow!

A Mother’s Journey | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on September 6, 2017

Beautiful Flora contacted me a few months before her baby was due to talk about a maternity and a newborn session. She was so excited about the session and had lots of ideas and hopes for the both sessions. She had purchased special maternity dresses for the portrait and was so eager to capture this special moment for her and her husband. We scheduled the session for both the Legion of Honor and a special spot in the Presidio, San Francisco. They arrived with huge smiles and nervous excitement. I was so thrilled to be at the Legion of Honor to capture Flora in her colorful dress. It was a perfect compliment for the stark architecture. We then headed to one of my favorite locations in the Presidio for beautiful foliage and light. It is delightful to photograph an expecting couple when they are having so much fun together! Flora loved the photos and said, “Omg! Thanks so much for the pictures!! They’re sooo beautiful!! You did such a great job!!!! So happy to see these nice pictures!!” Lots of excitement and anticipation for her new little boy.

We had to schedule the newborn session when baby boy was just 4 days old. 4 days! So tiny and adorable and sweet. He had to get back to the hospital for a procedure so we had to photograph on that day. Oh my heart melted when I met him. He was perfect and so calm. Mom and dad are on a beautiful journey together and I am so honored to have been able to photograph them during this special time. .

Baby Milestones: Sitting! |San Francisco Baby Photography

 Posted on August 30, 2017

A little chubby baby sitting up and smiling at me is just about all I can take. This is one of my favorite times to photograph little babies. I did a naked photo session for both of my babies at about 6 months and I love them. The sweet and interactive expressions are just adorable. This client wanted to capture all of her little girls features and expressions that will definitely change as time goes on. This is part of my “First Year Journey” package which includes the newborn session, a sitting up session and a standing/one-year photography session. I love to capture the growth to see the changes but to also see the similarities of each of their traits. Milestones sessions can be either in the studio or on location. This session was in the clients home but has a studio feel.

Baby Milestones Photography by Emily Payne

Sweet June, 6 month Baby Milestone session.


Newborn Baby Emmanuelle | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on August 23, 2017

I love when all of the preparation and conversation before the newborn portrait makes the session run seamlessly! Mom and I exchanged many emails regarding style, ideas and how to prepare for the session. Emanuelle arrived to my Potrero Hill studio asleep and ready to rock every set up we had ready for her! I started with her wrapped in a swaddle and in a basket. She couldn’t STOP giving me adorable smiles! I was so happy! Mom really wanted some amazing photographs with dad and Emanuelle so I made sure to do those right away while she was still asleep. Little miss E graced us with all sorts of bodily fluids and I was thankful for my easy-clean floors. Dad’s shoes however…

We did some beautiful family photos and then moved to some of sweet Emanuelle all on white. I love the simplicity and sweetness of these photos.

Mom beamed, “These are fantastic, thank you, Emily! We love them.”