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.


Introducing Newborn Damian! | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on September 24, 2018

I was so honored to meet mom and dad before Damian was born. We spent an afternoon at the studio photographing mom and her beautiful pregnant belly. I got to know mom and dad a little and was so excited when they said that their newborn son, Damian, had arrived.

I went to their amazing house in Bernal, San Francisco. It was a chilly day but we had the heat cranked up high for this little cherub. Damian was perfect and dad and mom were both enamored.

I created a studio in their living room (next to the fire place!) to capture some of the more posed photos. I always bring baskets, wraps and fuzzy blankets with me. I had a great time meeting Damian and I love his sweet little face! I cannot wait to see more of him throughout the year as they have signed up for the Full Year Journey!

Baby Barclay | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

 Posted on September 13, 2018

What a thrill to meet newborn Barclay at just a few days old! He was such an adorable baby with big delicious cheeks. Both mom and dad are from Europe and were ready to start Barcaly’s life here in the Bay Area. I loved the natural elements in their home and the things they brought with them from their hometowns. Mom was so sweet when she first contacted me, we chatted for quite some time. She decided to work with me and mentioned that her husband “likes my eye and is into photography”. Cool! I love when clients value and appreciate what I see and capture.

Barclay did great during our session at their home. He slept, ate, projectile pooped, ate and then slept again. Just exactly what is expected from a newborn!

I set up a few scenes for him with baskets and wraps. He loved to be all cozy. We were lucky to time the session to capture Grandmother and Great Grandmother in the session as well.   I can’t wait to see Barclay grow!

Baby Jack | San Francisco Baby Photographer

 Posted on June 28, 2018

I was referred to this family by a another lovely San Francisco family with a baby about the same age as baby Jack. Dad greeted me at the door and said that Jack was ready but a little shy. I love interacting with the shy ones. I come in very softly and gently. Oh my gosh, when I peeked in and saw Jack, he was sitting up right in the middle of mom and dads bed. Mom was very close and he was in his comfy spot, so he was totally chill. He warmed up and smiled right away! He was in the perfect spot so I started photographing right away. Mom and dad were loving all of the smiles and cute expressions Jack was giving us! Dad saw one of the photos on the back of the camera and was blown away! We moved from their adorable apartment to my favorite view of San Francisco from Potrero Hill.

Dad was so moved by the final delivery of the photos that he send me this, “Hi Emily – wow. We are utterly blown away by these. Very emotional in fact!  Thank you for capturing Jack and our family so unbelievably perfectly. We’ll treasure these forever. “