colorful portrait of Emily Vaccaro of Photography by Emily Payne with her two young girls, field of yellow flowers beneath them


black and white image of Emily Vaccaro of Emily Payne Photography with her two daughters

MEET Emily

I live in beautiful Petaluma, California - a sweet town north of San Francisco - with my husband, Brad, and our two daughters, Jolene and Rosie, who are our everything.

Each and every time my clients choose me to photograph their important people, their memories, I am truly honored. I spend my working days adventuring around the Bay Area, photographing families. I love building lasting relationships with my clients. Each and every family I photograph is gorgeous, unique and one-of-a-kind. I welcome all families, and many of my clients have truly become friends in the over 10 years I’ve been photographing them!

I happily travel to Marin, Sonoma, Oakland, Berkeley, and many more Bay Area locations.

Find me among Expertise’s 22 Best San Francisco Newborn Photographers, and McGuire Real Estate’s 14 Amazing Family Photographers in the Bay Area.


(These special photos of me and my girls were taken by Maryam Salassi!)


"I am so thrilled and over the moon happy to recommend Emily for her amazing
newborn photography! I really wanted to capture the magical moments of
our first born baby girl. Capturing these moments meant so much as her
arrival was long awaited and a late in life miracle." ~Ingrid




"The photos she took are incredible! We could not be more pleased with the results! Thank you, Emily for capturing such a special time for us. The photos are absolutely priceless." ~Sarah



"Throughout the session, our daughter was fussy, but Emily was patient,
loving, and truly wonderful with her. You would never have known that
our daughter was only asleep for five minutes based on the beautiful
final shots." ~Louise




"Emily took beautiful photos of my baby boy. She was a pleasure to work with
and it was very nice to have the newborn session done in the comfort of
my home." ~Carol




"Emily did the newborn photos for our first son 3 1/2 years ago and we had
such a wonderful experience we had her come back to do the photos for
our second son recently. She is absolutely amazing." ~Stephanie




"Emily did a phenomenal job photographing our newborn. He surprised us 3 weeks
prior to his due date and she was able to accommodate the change in
plans without hesitation. She came to our home fully prepared with multiple options for props and swaddles. Emily worked quickly and
efficiently. She impressively was able to keep our little one asleep and maneuver him into poses easily."



Emily is based in San Francisco, California and travels to Marin, Sonoma, Oakland, Emmeryville, Berkeley, Burlingame and more.


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