Child Photography

Timeless Maternity and Newborn Photography In Marin County

March 27, 2017

Audrey Spear

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Audrey Spear Photography, who offers newborn and maternity photography in Marin.

As a parent, you know it is so important to document your child’s life at every stage. Your baby grows so quickly, and the newborn stage seems to fly by especially fast. They are so delicate, so tiny, sleepy and all curled up, and you have such a short window to capture that sweet moment before it passes you by.

Audrey Spear Photography has been documenting these precious times for families for nearly 8 years with a timeless look that will last for generations. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture, and also offers baby, child and family photo sessions. Her expertise, experience and patience make her the perfect choice when selecting a photographer.

Family Photo Essays in Maui or Marin - You Choose!

October 24, 2016

Shannon Chiminiello Photography

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a Marin or Maui photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054 or visiting

Family photo essays in Maui or Marin—you choose!

Like a family heirloom, timeless images with Shannon Chiminiello Photography just get more and more valuable over time…. Book your Marin/Bay Area family session or Maui vacation session (November, December, and January) now! Gift certificates are available.

Contact Shannon soon and receive 50% off Maui Thanksgiving sessions with all edited digital images. Limited Availability!

Book a Family Photo Session with Marin Photographer Shannon Chiminiello

October 13, 2014

Shannon Chiminiello PhotographyMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054.

If you are looking for a quality, experienced photographer to document your family or special event in a unique way, look no further than Shannon Chiminiello Photography!

Recognized for her unique style, Shannon is in-demand for families who are looking for something other than your standard "cookie cutter" photo session. Shannon creates one-of-a-kind photo session experiences that are low-stress for parents and fun for children (even dads have a great time!). With gentle direction, a deep commitment, and just the right blend of activity, natural portraits, and "camera unaware" moments, Shannon will capture your family or special event in a way only she can. If you are looking for a session that is full of variety, designed specifically for your family, images that are real and that will focus on relationships and feeling instead of stiff posing and fake smiles, then contact her today via her website or call 415-497-6054. You will be glad you did!

Get Mom into the “Picture”

May 6, 2013

Photo by Danielle BuoncristianiMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin mom and professional photographer Danielle Buoncristiani of Buoncristiani Photography in Novato, who gives us some great tips on how to get out from behind the camera and into the picture!

Why are Moms hardly ever in the picture? Because they are always behind the camera! No need to wait until everything is perfect… take your family picture Today!

Often I talk with moms who tell me that there are hardly any pictures of them with their kids… Some of the reasons this happens include

  • Moms tends to be the one taking the pictures.
  • Moms are often more critical of themselves and don’t feel that they look good in photos; let me lose 10 more lbs., not the right outfit, or bad hair day.
  • Moms are often the ones putting on the event and they don’t have the time to be in the photos.

Taking Photos of Babies and Toddlers with Your Smartphone Camera

November 24, 2012

baby photo by Glen GravesMarin Mommies presents a guest article by San Rafael family photographer Glen Graves, who offers some tips on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera.

Even though smart phone cameras will never compare with the quality of an image taken with a professional quality digital camera in the hands of a thoroughly trained and skilled photographer, they can be incredible. Once you figure out how to use them, they are great for both spontaneous and “staged” shots. It is my hope that when time permits you will to go on to learn the craft of photography from a reputable teacher and begin to explore this wonderful and rewarding art-form.

Determine what style of image you want: soft and sweet, Anne Geddes-ish “Baby in the Watermelon” or something in between. I have mined Pinterest for some great maternity, newborn and toddler ideas.

Preparation, organization and a little practice are extremely important. First of all, make sure that the lens on your phone’s camera is clean. Use lens cleaner and a microfiber pad or very old tee shirt, never use window cleaner.

Mompreneur: Child Photographer Nancy Alcott

July 15, 2012

Nancy AlcottChild photographer Nancy Alcott didn't start out taking pictures of children, but discovered that is was her true love after giving birth to her daughter. Now, she's an award winning photographer recording memories for families throughout Marin and the Bay Area. We asked Nancy a few questions about her and her work. Learn more about her and see more of her photos at

Please tell us about you and your background.

I am a mother of two amazing children, Amstel, 4 and Zealand, 2, and we live in Mill Valley. I am originally from Michigan, but have made California my home for nearly eight years now.

How did you get started with photography?

I fell into photography quite by accident nearly four years ago, beginning as a travel photographer. Upon giving birth to my daughter, I realized my true love was photographing babies and children, and my calling was found.

Creative Portraiture Spring Special

February 8, 2010

Stephanie Mohan photoOur advertiser Stephanie Mohan of Creative Portraiture is offering an annual Spring Portrait Special for 2010! Between Sunday, February 28 and Saturday, March 6, she's offering a special $50 sitting fee and 50% off print prices (if ordered by March 20).

Also, if you refer a new client who books a sitting, you are eligible for a drawing for a free sitting and 11x14 print, a $450 value.

For more information, to see more examples of her work or to book a 20-minute appointment call Stephanie at (415) 454-2102 or visit

We think that Stephanie does some of the nicest family photography out there, so take a look.

Mompreneur: Lindsay Clipner and Dahlia Portrait

December 8, 2009

Lindsay Clipner and babyMarin photographer (and mom of a 10-month-old) Lindsay Clipner recently launched Dahlia Portrait, which blends classic portraiture with an editorial voice following the mom-to-be, child, or family. Lindsay is a former photo assistant in New York City, where she worked with, among others, renowned French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier and publications including Real Simple, More, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Parents Magazine.

As part of our Marin Mompreneur series, we asked Lindsay a few questions about herself, her photography, and living and working in Marin. You can learn more about Lindsay and Dahlia Portrait by visiting

Children’s Casual Portraits: How to Get and Use the Best Lighting

September 29, 2009

Girl at dusk photoMarin Mommies presents a guest article from photographer Norm Levin, who gives us some terrific tips on how to get the most out of our casual family portraits. Norm is a Marin photographer who own Natural Portraits & Parties. For more information, visit or call him at (415) 499-1403.

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Children light up our lives. The question for photographers, i.e. Parents With Camera, is how to best light our children when we want to capture that special memorable moment.

First, understand that there are only two kinds of light: natural and artificial. Natural light is almost always from the sun (unless you have access to a starlight scope) and will be your light source for most of your photos. It can be a friend or foe, depending on how you choose to use it.

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