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  • WELCOME!

    Hi, I'm Christina Hernandez, owner of Nightingale Photography. Welcome to my new blog, celebrating candid family portraiture.

    A family portrait session is an incredible gift you can give your family. The session itself is a memorable event, whether it be at your home, a favorite park or the beach. My family sessions are relaxed and fun, with the emphasis on genuine and authentic. Capturing the candid exuberance of childhood and family is my passion. The heirloom portraits that will hang in your home will bring you and your family joy each day and remind you of what's truly important in life. In addition, these photographs will be cherished by your children and family members for decades to come. We can't stop the hands of time, but beautiful photography gets pretty close.

    I am a Bay Area native and live in the Oakland hills with my husband of 20 years, Richard, our spunky teenager, Sophia, and of course, our dogs, Roomba and Vincent. Having worked for 15 years as a staff photojournalist at the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, I am lucky to be able to anticipate unique moments and capture them for my clients. I believe photography is best experienced on the walls of your home and in heirloom albums, always accessible to view. Looking for my wedding and engagement photography? You can still find it here: nightingalephotosblog.com and nightingalephotos.com. I so look forward to telling your family's story! ~Christina

The Power of Professional Headshots | San Francisco Bay Area and the East Bay

THE POWER OF PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS

San Francisco Headshots

Whether you are an entrepreneur, author or real estate agent, every business professional needs to have headshots made every few years.  You as the business owner are the face of your business. That’s why having a professional headshot is so essential. If your professional portraits are outdated, you may never even get a call back…and you may never know why!  Here are some reasons I think professional portraits are an invaluable investment:

~Everyone judges others based on profile pictures, be it Facebook, casting or dating sites. You know you do it and other people will do it for you, so make sure you set yourself up to be liked before you ever walk into the room.

~You may not in fact always look your “best,” but a professional headshot photo will because part of what a professional headshot photographer, like myself, will put you at ease and bring out the very best in your personality and eyes. That’s literally my job.

~Hair and clothing styles change quickly, and so do you. Old headshots make you look dated. Just don’t do that to yourself! Respect where you’re at and go for photographs that show it.

TIPS FOR A GREAT SESSION


Professional Portrait Session East Bay~Invest in hair and makeup prior to the session.

~If you need to tweak your style, hire a professional stylist to go shopping with you to pick out a few outfits that would be flattering in a headshot.

~Select at least two looks to be photographed, (pick a colorful jacket or tie and avoid black or white).

NIGHTINGALE HEADSHOT EVENT

Professional portraits Bay Area

Back by popular demand, I will hold another Professional Business Portrait Event, on Thursday, August 31 in Downtown Oakland. This is the perfect opportunity to invest in a fresh, modern portrait that conveys your unique personality and professionalism. Get your ticket, today!

https://nightingale-photography.ticketleap.com/august-professional-portrait-event/

If you’d like a custom date/location, just ask! I’m always available to give advice or answer questions.

Happy Summer! Christina

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Summer is Here! News from Nightingale Photography

Happy Summer! Nightingale Photography is taking advantage of these longer, warmer days to provide more services and opportunities for fun photo sessions.


BEACH PORTRAIT SESSIONSALAMEDA FAMILY PORTRAITS

With all the warm weather we’ve been having, take this opportunity to finally book a Beach Session with me!  Sandy toes and toddlers in bikinis make incredible childhood memories and offer portraits for your walls that will bring a smile to your face each day. For those in the East Bay, Alameda Beach is an easy and photogenic spot with gentle water and lovely sand dunes. Consider a time near sunset for that perfect evening glow.
Interested in a destination session? Lake Tahoe with its clear waters and plentiful shoreline make for incredible family memories. Jumping of docks and skipping rocks make for a whimsical and candid gallery of images that encapsulate childhood and family. A Session Album is the perfect heirloom from this experience, which can be celebrated for decades to come.

 

 


HEIRLOOM PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | WALL PORTRAITS

EAST BAY PHOTOGRAPHER

You had an amazing portrait session and love all the images, but now what? Just buy some digital images? No way! Enjoy your memories with archival prints. Wall Portraits are a classic way to add custom art to your home and keep a smile on your face. We plan ahead for the best wardrobe colors to complement your home decor so your Wall Art becomes part of your design concept. These archival heirlooms will be loved for decades to come and will be remembered as part of your home life.


PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A LIFETIME

It’s an honor working with families on all their photography needs. I often start with a couple on their engagement session, photograph their wedding, travel to their home for a newborn session, and later reconnect for holiday portrait sessions and family reunions.

SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSAL SESSION

I have various websites that specialize in the genres I described, so feel free to take a look! It’s an honor to be your family’s photographer.

Engagements and Weddings | nightingalephotos.com

Family | nightingaleportraits.com

Business Portraits | nightingaleheadshots.com


LET’S STAY IN TOUCH

Call or email to book your next session or get answers to your questions. Have a wonderful Summer!

Christina Hernandez | Nightingale Photography | nightingaleportraits.com christina@nightingalephotos.com

510-338-2997

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San Francisco Maternity Session | Tina & Spencer

This San Francisco maternity session took place at the stunning Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District. Could Tina be cuter pregnant? I always photograph my clients’ maternity sessions just like an engagement session. We move a lot, use beautiful scenery, and keep the focus on authenticity. I can’t wait to meet their newest addition for the newborn session. Congratulations to the parents to be! San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

San Francisco Maternity Session

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Candid Family Portraits | Walnut Creek

I always love it when clients ask if I offer candid family portraits. Those are my absolute favorite. As a former photojournalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, my expertise is in capturing authentic moments. This is a great passion of mine and working with families to achieve this style of photography is so rewarding. The Zaccaro Family and I chose a beautiful location in Walnut Creek California for their portrait session. I love the two sisters together giggling on the blanket and how playful the parents are with their children. I always choose beautiful morning light to begin photography, and it is often the case that kids are happiest in the morning.  So, it is a win-win! Thank you for allowing me to make these portraits for your family and for your family archives.

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