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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

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

These twin girls are real! They are not a dream! Pinch yourself! Ok, yes, I’m totally obsessed with this family. Mom called me over the Thanksgiving holiday to make portraits of her immediate family and visiting grandparents. It’s so satisfying to make images of generations that will only become more valuable over time. We made these portraits at the beautiful Dunsmuir Mansion in Oakland. The light was sparkling and the grounds are lush. A perfect combination for a special holiday portrait session. I love that we were able to combine traditional portraits with a modern editorial style. Thank you again, it was such a pleasure!

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

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www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

Holiday Portrait Session in Oakland

Nightingale Photography
www.nightingaleportraits.com

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

I was so pleased to photograph this darling family at the beautiful Palo Alto Open Space preserve. My goal is to always create a relaxed, playful mood for families, and this location truly allowed for this. The beautiful lake, reeds and oak trees offered stunning natural backdrops that the children were excited about. I love that each parent got to play with the boys separately and yet we were able to get great family portraits as well. What a great family!

Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

Nightingale Photography

Palo Alto Family Photographer

Nightingale Photography

Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Palo Alto Family Photographer

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Alameda Beach Family Portrait Session

This Alameda beach family portrait session features my dear friends, Elizabeth, Steven and their darling son, Enzo. Elizabeth is expecting baby number two, a little girl. Enzo is very curious about Mom’s belly and is excited by the idea of having a little sister. In addition to the family portraits, it was lovely to photograph Elizabeth’s maternity images. She is truly radiant! I love Enzo’s big brother t-shirt he wore. So happy that this family will always have these memories.

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Rural Bay Area Family Portraits

This rural Bay Area family portrait session features the Addiego Family at their ranch in the East Bay. What fun it was for me to capture these moments in the their lives as they play with goats and run wild. The property offers so much freedom and possibility. The 3 children take turns caring for the chickens, goats and dogs and get plenty of rough and tumble playtime each day. Although it’s only 20 minutes (without traffic!) to San Francisco, the Addiego Family enjoy a rustic lifestyle, perfect for their lively personalities. This East Bay portrait session was a joy for me!Rural Bay Area Family Portrait Session

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Berkeley Family Portraits | Shurter Family

These Berkeley family portraits took place in Tilden Park. I have had the great fortune of photographing the Schurter Family for several years. This allows me to see the kids grow, change and start developing their darling personalities. I just finished designing a beautiful heirloom album for the family, I am so excited that they will be able to enjoy it for years to come! Check out those baby blues!Berkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait Session

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