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    I call hilly San Francisco home with my husband and wild child. I like wild, so I'd have it no other way. When I am not with my boys, I love to be out capturing life - people - in a fun and real way. It is work, but I get to laugh, play, cheer, and get excited … a lot.

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The moment I took the elevator to the 7th floor and walked into the pediatrics ward of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, with machines beeping and attending staff running around in blue or white hospital gowns checking monitors, clipboards, and nurses’ bulletins, I was overcome by a rush of feelings.  Feelings that brought me back to my time in the hospital after having given birth.  Those hours and days of staying in the little sterile hospital room as you learn about being a new parent.  There is that joy, exhaustion, curiosity, and pure loving amazement of what just happened.  You could just stare at this new teeny life for hours.  If you’ve been there, you know where I’m coming from.  If this is your future journey, you are in for the ride of your life!

It’s been years since I’ve done an in-hospital session.  When Annie asked me to document her unborn baby at Kaiser, I was honored and elated, yet unsure how I would approach it.  Annie likes pretty images, but she also likes unposed real moments.  So I decided to shoot this session with an intent to create images that documented what it felt like at that moment, even including the beeping hospital machines and classic hospital swaddle.  When they look at their images years from now, I want those images to transport them back to January 11, 2017 and relive that afternoon.


So many great moments from the day, from laughter to tears.  I love it all!


Mom is sharing a few words as the day begins…



The anticipation of seeing each other for the first time.


These two love the surf and sand (Alex is big into surfing and Elise is not one to say no to lounging and reading in the sun), so we dashed out to the beach for a few.



Dad’s first moment seeing his daughter as a bride, and he couldn’t have been prouder.

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One of the prettiest Ketubahs I’ve seen. ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0474_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0544_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0708_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0009_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0019_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c1_wed_7-23-16_0037_teresa-obrien-photography ea_c2_wed_7-23-16_0851_teresa-obrien-photography


Elise and Alex decided to say their vows at the gorgeous Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.

Wedding Planner (extraordinare): Lisa McNicol of …and something blue events

Caterer:  Katie Powers

Florist: Second Nature Creations

Makeup and Hair:  Lia Negrete

Officiant:  Rabbi Sara Shendelman