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. “


Little Zane | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

 Posted on June 21, 2018

Little newborn Zane was so adorable for our session! He made so many adorable expressions, we were all laughing! I love offering in home sessions so moms and dads don’t have to pack the bags, pack the milk, pack up the baby and figure out the car seat. Just let me come over and you don’t have to do anything! This mom was so grateful to not have to walk down her stairs! I love their beautiful San Francisco home. Check out the adorable nursery book shelf too!   Mom said, “Thanks Emily! We absolutely LOVE all of the photos! Thanks again for capturing these precious moments for us.”

Baby Bennett | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on June 20, 2018

Little baby Bennett came into loving arms of his mom, dad and proud big brother, Jackson. Jackson at age 3 blew me away with his sweetness and with his knowledge of trains! Most of all, he just loved his baby brother. He couldn’t wait for his turn to hold Bennett. He wanted to share his lovey with his brother and snuggle with him on the floor. I was so honored to come back to this cool home in Pinole to capture Bennett just as I had captured Jackson 3 years prior.  Mom was so happy with the photos and reported, “These photos are so beautiful we could look at them all day! I can’t believe what genuine smiles you got out of Jackson. Not a single “cheeeeeese” face in the bunch. :)”

I also received an adorable hand colored note from Jackson a few weeks later because we made such a cool connection!


Baby Brandon | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

 Posted on May 1, 2018

I asked mom and dad how they came up with the name for their newborn, Brandon. It was such a sweet story. Dad’s grandmother had passed away during the first trimester of the pregnancy. Mom and dad were not telling anyone about the pregnancy just yet but they were very excited. They wanted to honor the grandmother so when they found out it was a boy, they named him Brandon, after the town she lived in. I thought that was so sweet.

Mom and dad were so excited that they actually contacted me 6 months before Brandon was due. That is planning ahead and I love it!

Brandon was such a sweetheart and mom and dad knew just what to do to keep him calm. He was already 2 weeks old when they came to the studio and they all seemed so comfortable and calm. Look at his sweet eyelashes and little expressions! I love when a newborn smiles and I also love when they have their eyes open and are calm! What a treat to capture this sweet little boy.