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    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

Bay Area Newborn Photographer | Baby Harper

As a Bay Area newborn photographer, I get to document early moments of parents with their new beautiful babies. In some cases, I know the couple before the session. This is the fortunate case of Qiava and Jonathan. I was lucky enough to photograph both their sexy, city engagement session and their elegant Wine Country wedding. This gives me such joy!!!! Now, I meet their beautiful baby girl, Harper. This is Qiava’s maiden name, which I think is just too clever. She is a mix of both her lovely parents and has eyes that will melt your heart. I treasured this experience and feel honored to witness such important milestones in a couple’s life. Welcome to the world, Baby Harper!

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Bay Area Family Photographer | Spring Portraits

As a Bay Area family photographer, it is so much fun to find great locations for my portrait sessions. This Spring, the green hills of the Oakland hills are my muse. Now, just add beautiful twins, Kiyomi and Akira, and my work is done! These sisters get along beautifully and it was rewarding to capture their relationship with eachother. They are smart, playful and wonderfully adventurous. They tried to climb a few steep hills in the Easter dresses, but happily came back when we called. This experience was a real joy for me. Happy Spring, everyone!

Bay Area Family Photographer

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Bay Area Family Photographer

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Bay Area Family Photographer

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Bay Area Family Photographer

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Bay Area Family Photographer

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Mother’s Day Portraits | Oakland

I collaborated with gorgeous Oakland mother, Christiane, on Mother’s Day portraits to document some playful moments at home with her beautiful twin girls, Sophia and Chimene. A mother’s work is never done and it’s so meaningful to stop and make images of this time in the family’s life. From storytime to pillow fights and bubble baths, an intimate portrait of a mother’s busy day will one day be a cherished set of portraits the family will enjoy for years to come. I took time also to make portraits of each girl alone and together, so mom would have a full and complete gallery of portraits. Celebrate a mother in your life with a documentary portrait session with me, Christina Hernandez, of Nightingale Photography. christina@nightingalephotos.com

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Palo Alto Portraits | Stanford University

These portraits in Palo Alto feature a beautiful family with the most beautiful girls in the world. I was Carrie and Jeff’s wedding photographer, so it’s incredibly touching to now photograph them with their precious daughters. Sometimes I find it hard for kids to loosen-up, but Lila and Eva used their inner divas to teach me a thing or two! I couldn’t keep up with their leaps and skips. Their beautiful hair flew in the air, and their smiles were radiant. We chose to photograph the session at the Stanford University campus. The architecture is world-class and it’s a special place because Jeff attended medical school there. With all my family photography sessions, I photograph the kids together, with each parent, each alone and together as a family. Because children change so quickly, I’m just tickled that they made the time to make these portraits happen.

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Oakland Family Portrait Session-Joyner Family

This Oakland family portrait session highlighted the Joyner family amidst beautiful East Bay architecture and colorful trees. I always love photographing families year after year so I can see how the kids change. Wow, when the Joyner Family met with me I truly saw that the kids had become young adults. What a beautiful family! It’s heart-warming to see how they can still play together, have fun and maintain a care-free vibe. Deidre is a wonderful real estate leader in the East Bay and has always supported my photography and art. Thanks, Deidre! Check out her wonderful blog here.

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