Lake Merritt Maternity Photography

Oakland Maternity Photos: Meriber & Is

Date: October 2016

Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

This is going to make me sound real old, but I’ve known Meriber for almost 20 years! She’s been a dear friend since our high school days . We’ve been through so much together, it’s only fitting that I’ll be a part of her pregnancy, capturing these beautiful moments. We first got some shots in her neighborhood with all these beautiful murals. Then we headed to Lake Merritt, where Meriber and Is got married, to finish up. I can’t wait to meet their baby and see what kind of eccentric mom Meriber will become 😛

Hayward Newborn Photos: Baby Paxton

Date: July 2016

Location: Paxton’s home

The exciting part about doing newborn photos at the baby’s home is that you never know what you’re walking into. I always ask parents to let me know the best time to go – the time when the baby tends to eat and then take a nice long nap. However, as most parents know, babies almost seem to know when you need them to sleep or behave, and then decide to do the opposite. Baby Paxton gave mommy and daddy a hard time the night before the photo shoot by staying up all night crying. Poor baby was probably exhausted and frustrated in the beginning as I was clicking away right next to him. Thankfully, he later agreed to cooperate and fell into a deep sleep so I was able to capture his cute sleepy face. The new parents were tired, but you can clearly see the love for this little guy.

Oakland Newborn Photos: Baby Kellan

Date: June 2016

Location: Kellan’s home

It’s best to take newborn photos within the first 2 weeks after birth, however, it is always hard for new parents to have it together enough during this frantic time to look for, and book a photographer to do the baby’s first photo shoot. Luckily, when mom reached out to schedule the shoot, I happened to have the weekend available, and newborn photo shoot is one of my favorite jobs.

Baby Kellan is one of the calmest babies I have the pleasure to photograph. He was chill and quiet even though I was constantly waking him up with the clicking noise of the camera. He gave me all kinds of adorable expressions, and I love that I was able to capture some candid moments with mommy and daddy too.

Foster City Maternity Photos: Karen, Ano & Justiniano

Date: October 2015

Location: Leo J. Ryan Park, Foster City

The back posting of photo sessions from last year continues…

The Monteiro family has been loyal supporters of Pichardo’s Darkroom Photography for years. From Karen’s first maternity photos, to first newborn photos of Justiniano, and now I was doing a maternity/family photo session with this beautiful family. It’s always a blast to hang out with old friends and capture some precious images.

I look forward to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th maternity photo sessions with them! 😛

Father’s day

A father’s love for their children is playful, protective, gentle, and unconditional. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to capture some of the most intimate moments of these wonderful fathers.

May all the loving fathers out there get a well-deserved, happy Father’s Day!

Hayward Newborn Photos: Gianni

Date: July 2015

Location: Hayward, CA

The debut of my own little baby, Gianni. He was born prematurely, so he had to stay at the NICU for a few weeks. He was about 1-month-old here. It was a different experience taking pictures of my baby because I definitely know him better, so I know when he was about to smile, or when he was going to get fussy. He was in such a deep sleep that day I was only able to get a couple pictures with his eyes opened.