Families

Toward the end of 2020,
I photographed
Families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And countless scenes
Here are some of the families I met:

neilson family photography utah weber canyon wilderness outdoor bridge river
neilson family photography bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch shubha
neilson family photography bay area cupertino mclellan ranch singer songwriter
neilson family photography bay area danville fence
neilson family photography bay area walnut creek borges ranch franny
neilson family photography bay area los gatos vasona park beadons
neilson family photography bay area los gatos bachman park missy
neilson family photography bay area los gatos bachman park toda

Contact me for kids, teens, couples, family, and corporate photography in the Bay Area. 

Pairs

When you’re on the road
And business picks up, life is good
I photographed families
Couples
Teens
Kids
Business pros
And scenes
Here are couples
Variations on a theme of touch
Please enjoy!

neilson couples family photography outdoor cupertino singer songwriter mcclellan ranch
neilson couples family photography outdoor utah cabin bridge
neilson couples family photography outdoor la honda
neilson couples family photography outdoor bay area los gatos vasona park meaghan
neilson couples family photography outdoor bay area cupertino mcclellan park shubha
neilson couples family photography outdoor bay area los gatos missy parents
neilson couples family photography outdoor cupertino jaime mcclellan ranch
neilson couples family photography outdoor cupertino cindy mcclellan ranch
neilson couples family photography outdoor bay area los gatos tree toda

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Flower Girl

Before she arrives on the scene…

bay area family photographer photography pleasanton cat walk

…a whole lot of things have to happen.
Like this, that, and the other.

Oh, and the other other.

neilson family photography bay area photographer pleasanton couples eyes

Then and only then does she appear as though fated.

bay area family photographer photography pleasanton flowers in hair

Which is why families—every family—is sweet.

neilson family photography bay area photographer pleasanton mom daughter kiss

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The Godmother

Family photography Bay Area San Jose Pacific Grove ocean beach portrait

Arm in arm, they strolled the beach.
They dug their toes into the sand.
They laughed, they hugged.
They gazed out to sea.
They were radiant.
Beautiful.
Thinking it to myself wasn’t enough.
Holy smokes, you two look fantastic, I said.
Smiling, the Godmother touched her blue headdress.
Yes, we do, she said.
It’s a party.
We’re celebrating.
My goddaughter’s son turns one today.
Our family is beat, but we are not.
So we’re here, and they’re not.
The Godmother opened her arms to embrace the sea.
Congratulations, I said, and turned to leave.
But she glanced at me and my camera around my neck,
And I understood her meaning right away.
Yes, she said without a word.
Photograph us.
Snap away.
It’s OK.
And when the Godmother speaks—
Telepathically or otherwise—
You do as you’re asked.

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Going, Going Gone

Zoie, 2018.
I’ve known her since she was two-years old.
I won’t do the math, I refuse.
Time has moved too fast.
She’s not even my daughter,
And still I grieve a bit as she launches into the world—
But launch she must,
And that’s exactly what she’s ready to do.
As a high school student,
Zoie’s mind was a sheet of paper ready for learning.

Portrait photography bay area high school graduate eyes closed

As a graduate and former class president bound for ASU, she’s woke.

Portrait photography bay area high school graduate eyes open

In addition to magnetic eyes, Zoie has an amazingly infectious smile.
It’s impossible not to smile back. Just try.

See, you can’t do it.
That’s the best kind of emotional contagion.
Her mom is a strong, passionate woman.
And she’s ready to release her daughter into the wild—almost.

high school graduate portrait with mom

And whether her parents are ready or not,
This kid is going to soar.

Family portrait photography high school graduate

Just look at her expression.
Bright future ahead!

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