Welcome

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths.”

Welcome! I’m Christina Hernandez, owner of Nightingale Photography. I’m a  Bay Area photographer and run a boutique portrait studio specializing in a natural photographic approach to maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Piedmont and beyond.

Your family is amazing. I will capture your uniqueness with candid, natural and un-posed images. I find that these imperfect, wonderful memories bring joy to families each time they look at them. Whether photographing a pillow fight on the bed, a cuddle on the couch or chasing the dog in a park, this path to storytelling celebrates your journey as a family.

Your little tykes will be perfect running through the tall grasses of the East Bay parks or running back and forth at Crissy Field Beach as I chase them with a camera to capture their laughter and joy. The Bay Area has some of the best photo spots for strolling hand and hand with your kiddies and I’m more than happy to share some of my favorite photo locations in San Francisco, Orinda, Lafayette, Oakland or Piedmont for your next best family photo adventure.

And if you just brought home your new bundle of joy, let me put you at ease. Photographing newborns in an unposed, natural and organic way is a passion. I hope to encapsulate the first days of love that you are showering on your infant. Beautiful light and moments are what I’m looking for most in photographing your growing family. And big brother and sister are more than welcome to pose next to your babe in arms. Creating images that will celebrate your family’s love for one another is what I love to do as a photographer.

I am a huge advocate for stopping and investing once a year in professional portraits. Something happens to us when we see pictures of our families. We well up with pride and want to show people; we travel back in time and can see and feel details long forgotten; we’re reminded of what matters and how time moves too quickly, and to treasure the moments we have today.

Photos, like memories and stories, are part of our legacy. We hold them close, we pass them down. It’s a gift to be able to share a visual of moments, details, people, places and things to those we love, so that they, too, can feel even a glimmer of the joy we feel when we reflect on those times.

Family photos connect us to those who came before. By letting your kids see your photos from the past and the present, they become connected to their own story. They know the family members and ancestors who came before them and helped shape the world and person they see today. Because as time moves on, it is the memories of loved ones we will cherish documenting the most. Family photos can manifest emotions that words cannot. So I urge you, print your family photos and hang them in your home. Contact me to document your memories on a regular basis as your children grow and change. Include your extended family too… after all it’s a great excuse to get the family together.

I can’t wait to get to know your family !Contact me today to discuss your next portrait session. christina@nightingalephotos.com | 510-338-2997

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