Newborn Baby Ted | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on June 4, 2019

I am so honored to share this session with you that is near and dear to my heart. Laura contacted me a few days after her son was born here in San Francisco. Sweet baby boy debuted a bit early … okay, that’s an understatement. He decided to completely surprise mom with his arrival, before she could even gather a bag!


He made it safely earthside. Alive. Healthy. Perfect.

Laura hadn’t completed the optimistic tasks of collecting baby items or packing a “go” bag because, following the birth of her daughter 10 years ago, Laura experienced 9 pregnancies that were not carried to term. She was never quite sure that this pregnancy would be successful until precious Ted was actually in her arms. The strength of mind, spirit, and will that this mother carries within her is nothing short of breathtaking.


There may not be a word in the English language that properly exemplifies the wave of feelings that washed over Laura but she was, simply said, relieved.



I felt a deep and immediate connection to this family, and the need to photograph dearest Ted and his big sister. I could sense how much these images would mean to Laura. When I arrived at their home and saw mama nursing baby, I was absolutely blown away by the intense, almost palpable love in the room. During our session, Laura mentioned to me that she didn’t even want to find a babysitter for Ted because she doesn’t want to miss a single fleeting moment.


I feel privileged to have photographed Laura’s family at such an extraordinary and heavenly time in their lives. Jackie helped me downstairs after I packed up to leave their home, and I received this message from Laura: “Lucky number Ted, as I like to call him, just wanted to let you know you’re the best and that he fell asleep before you guys reached the elevators. Can we stop time? Please! Thank you again for your time, patience, and kindness.”


Laura, I did my very best to stop time for you with these photos. Thank you for sharing your family with me.




Newborn in Potrero Hill Studio | Photography by Emily Payne

 Posted on March 28, 2019

Oh, sweet Legacy! I loved having newborn Legacy and her big sister in the studio for her newborn session this week. She was so sweet and surrounded by love from her whole family. She was already one month old when they arrived so we were able to get some photos with her eyes open as well. I was blown away with her big sister. At 7 years old, she was shushing the baby and trying to help me take Legacy out of her car seat! She is so in love with her baby sister!

I can’t wait to get mom and dad in the photos next time!


Baby Milestone Portraits at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco!

 Posted on March 6, 2019

How fun to photograph Brandon for his Baby Milestone Portraits at the Legion of Honor! I love the clean lines and monotone colors at the Legion of Honor, they really make the family stand out in their portraits. Brandon arrived on dad’s shoulders with the hugest smiles. I knew I was going to have fun with him. He held onto dad’s ears for support which may have been a little painful for dad, ouch! I got to see Brandon as a newborn in my studio last year and he was just as cute then but now with more smiles. I am so lucky to see these little ones grow. Baby Milestones sessions are perfect for any time during the first two years. Book them here.


Little Newborns in Potrero Hill, San Francisco

 Posted on March 5, 2019

I always love when clients are so excited to finally call me after they have walked past my studio in Potrero Hill for so many years. Mom had been walking by my studio for years seeing photos in the window and waiting for her turn. She called me right away to schedule her little newborn session in their adorable home.

This is actually their second baby since they recently added an adorable pup to their family as well. Check out the photos with newborn Avery and his big brother!