Newborn Sofia’s Debut

 Posted on January 31, 2019

Sofia’s mom contacted me a few weeks before her newborn arrived to secure a date with me. She wrote in her initial email, “I just adore your photos!” which made me so happy!

When Sofia arrived, they contacted me right away to adjust our date. I drove down to Pacifica and it turned out they were next door neighbors with previous clients of mine!

Small world.

I set up a little studio in their bedroom. I used their beautiful light wood floor as a background for many of the photos. Sofia was a dream. Also, she may have been dreamING the whole time! Sleepy little girl let us pose her in all of the adorable newborn poses that mom was hoping for. We even incorporated their fur babies in the family photos. Mom and dad run a doggie day car in San Francisco so it was  important to capture the pups as well!

Mom was thrilled when I sent her the gallery of images. She wrote, “Love them!!!!! Thank you so much ❤❤



Henry’s Newborn Mini Session | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on January 29, 2019

Mom contacted me just a few weeks before Henry arrived to set up his newborn mini session. She was worried that I was all booked up. Luckily, I had room between two trips out of town and was able to schedule them for their session.

What is a newborn mini session? Well, it is a more compact session that lasts about 1-1.5 hours. It is usually in the studio but can be in home if needed. I capture 1-2 scenes with just the newborn and spend a little time with mom and dad as well. The session includes 1o high resolution retouched digital images of their choice.

I was so lucky to walk into their home to find beautiful light, amazing decor and also sweet little Henry! Henry was amazing. He was asleep when I arrived so we were able to get right to work. I set up a little basket for him to get snugly. Well, guess who cozied up right next to him? Their adorable puppy, Kaida. She laid down right next to him to make sure he was safe. So adorable! I look forward to seeing Henry grow!

Mom said, “Emily! Thank you so much for capturing these gorgeous shots.”


Newborn Fern | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

 Posted on January 29, 2019

Oh Fern! You stole my heart! Dad contacted me in a hurry when Fern was 4 days old. I was so happy that I was able to schedule a newborn mini session for them in that short window of opportunity.

I arrived at their adorable home in Bernal Heights area, San Francisco and was blown away with all of the colors in their home. It was so colorful and lively! I kept seeing cool things and asking where they got them and the answer was usually that mom made them! How I wish I was crafty. We incorporated one of moms beautifully knit blankets in the photos. Did you see that cool nursery? Check out the painting on Fern’s wall. She is going to be a strong and smart woman. We need you in this world, Fern!

I was mostly in communication with Dad before the session but mom made a special effort to contact me after she saw the photos. “Thank you so much for the gorgeous photos, Emily! We so enjoyed seeing you work with Fern and were amazed by how comfortable you made her. Everyone tells us how short this time in her life will feel, and the way you captured both her tininess and our love for her will forever be so special to us. We have already told so many friends about you!”

Wow. That is best compliment.


Newborn Caroline | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on November 1, 2018

There is something so special about photographing the bond between two sisters. I was so honored to be able to capture Abigail with her newborn sister Caroline. I said to Abigail, “Soon, Caroline will be your best friend.” Abigail said to me, ” She already is.”

That is so sweet. Abigail (only 3.5) wanted to hold her sister and show me how she knows how to cradle a newborn! I have been so blessed photographing this family through Abigail’s newborn session, her baby milestones and yearly photos. I can’t wait to see these sisters grow together.