San Francisco Baby Milestones

 Posted on January 31, 2020
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I am so eager to share one of the last sessions I photographed in 2019 with you! This stunning girl is just as sweet as her smile. She is 2 and a half but has more patience than most adults! She had such a great time making funny jokes with her beautiful mama in their San Francisco home. This is the fourth session I have had with her and I loved seeing her personality shine.

Simple milestone sessions are the perfect way to document your little one’s milestones as they transition from baby into toddler. From tummy time to giggles, to standing and running and belly laughing. I want to capture fleeting moments for you to treasure long after the moments have passed. Schedule whenever you feel like your child is moving into a new stage! Each child is different and that is what makes every one of them so special.

What I love most about these sessions is how comfortable we all are! When I photograph your family in your home, all of the attention is on the people you cherish. I focus my camera on features like big blue eyes and squishy toes.

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Petaluma Family Photography | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on December 6, 2019

Every year I get the honor of photographing this sweet family! Most of my business is in San Francisco but I actually live in Petaluma. When my daughters were babies, I joined the Petaluma Mothers’ Club (PMC) to make some friends and to fellowship with other moms. It is HARD raising children, and simply having adult conversations helps alleviate the stress of motherhood!

I started photographing this mama and  her family back when we were in the PMC together, meeting on blankets in the park. Her son was always one step ahead of everyone – even the adults! Every year, we get together for a fun-filled crazy mini session somewhere in Petaluma. This year, we were downtown with the brick buildings and bridge across the river. Location is everything, and this family needed to be photographed in their element. We chased the sun and captured the big love of this family. Big brother is enamored with his little sis (as we all are!) and he just wants to snuggle her! It is an adorable relationship to capture.

I love this little town and all of the support I have gotten from sweet families like this one.

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downtown Petaluma stairs, brother and sister, white polo shirt, chambray shorts, white hair bow, curly haired girl, peach dress, Photography by Emily Payne

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Newborn Lily in San Francisco! | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on November 19, 2019

I was so excited to visit tiny newborn Lily in her home in San Francisco. Lily was as sweet as could be and she had a full head of beautiful silky hair. What a treat! Lily wasn’t the only sweet thing at this house. I also got to meet Lily’s big sister Amelia! My heart gets so excited when I get to photograph sisters together. I have two girls who are also very close in age so it makes me feel all of the feels and truly makes my soul sing!

I worked with the whole family first, moved to photos with the two girls together, and then focused on just Lily while dad took big sister out for hamburgers and ice cream! So cool.

Mom wanted to be sure to capture Lily’s sweet peach fuzz and I couldn’t resist.

We all make our grand entrance into the world as tiny little baby bundles and newborn sessions are such a wonderful reminder of this. Fresh, new, miraculous life. I loved photographing all of the love in their home. Welcome to the world, Lily!

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At-Home Newborn Session with Cole!

 Posted on October 22, 2019

This Bernal Heights, San Francisco in-home newborn session will about make your heart melt. I simply love this family.

I was thrilled when I got an email from a past client who was expecting her second little boy! I previously photographed Levi as a newborn and now I get to see him as a big brother!

I went to the families new home to photograph newborn baby Cole and big brother Levi! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that sweet baby boy.

I got to hang out in their home, just letting them be a new family. To know that, soon, these newborn photos will be a part of their home, too, really made my heart warm.

By the way, I need to tell you that I know all about 2 year-olds and tantrums (Believe me!). Let me tell you that Levi was the best 2 year-old I have ever photographed. He was respectful, took directions, and above all, he was kind, gentle and loving with his baby brother. I was floored!

Cole was perfect during his session and slept most of the time. We were lucky to get a few photos of him with his eyes open while he was calm as well. So cool. I loved seeing this family again. What an honor!

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San Francisco natural light photographer, Emily Payne

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