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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

Family Portrait Session in Walnut Creek

Ellen is a mom of two accomplished and wonderful teenagers. Her son, Jon, is already living away at college and her daughter, Asiana, will soon be following in his footsteps. So, Ellen wanted to seize the opportunity for an updated family portrait. What a time in all of their lives to celebrate and create beautiful images they will cherish. We created a beautiful wood grain wall portrait for Ellen’s home, it fits her style perfectly. Thanks to Ellen and the kids for a wonderful experience! ChristinaFamily Portrait Session Walnut Creek1Family Portrait Session Walnut Creek1Family Portrait Session Walnut Creek1Family Portrait Session Walnut Creek1Family Portrait Session Walnut Creek1

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Oakland Family Portrait Session | Joyner Family

It has been such a pleasure to be the Joyner Family’s photographer for many years. Deidre began as my wonderful realtor (check her out here) and turned into a special friend. She truly appreciates photography and invests in portraits each year. In addition, she is always up to trying new and cool locations. This time, she suggested Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. What a great find! I loved having the Port’s cranes in the composition and a wonderful view of San Francisco, as well. It’s been so great seeing the kids grow-up over the years and I can’t wait for next year!

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East Bay Portraits | Julia & Kyree

I was so excited to learn that I was going to have a mother son portrait session! Julia is a wonderful realtor at Red Oak Realty in Oakland and wanted to update her professional portraits. We decided it would also be a great opportunity to have an updated session with her son, Kyree. I love working with my subjects together, separately, have them change wardrobes and photograph in a variety of locations and light. I’m so glad Julia has these memories, I know Kyree is growing-up fast and will soon be off on many exciting adventures.Professional Portrait Session East BayProfessional Portrait Session East BayProfessional Portrait Session East BayProfessional Portrait Session East BayProfessional Portrait Session East Bay

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Family Portrait Session in San Francisco

This family portrait session in San Francisco celebrated little Lyon, who just turned one. What a strong, curious and brave little boy he is! He is very interested in the family dog, Wolf, and can be seen here both crawling after him and resting on the couch. Wolf is still trying to figure out this new family member, but is sure being a wonderful and patient pooch.  Lyon also had a great time with his parents at Crissy Field Beach, eating sand and getting his toes wet in the surf. I really love shooting both at a family’s home and then playing outside for a while. In time, the family can look back at their home life and also remember the fun spots in their neighborhood they loved to visit.Bay Area Family PhotographerSan-Francisco-Family-PortraitsSan-Francisco-Family-PortraitsSan-Francisco-Family-PortraitsSan-Francisco-Family-PortraitsSan-Francisco-Family-PortraitsSan-Francisco-Family-Portraits

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Peninsula Family Portraits

These Peninsula family portraits were taken at the home of my clients in Menlo Park. The home is such an ideal place to make beautiful portraits of a newborn, as it is the most comfortable for everyone. I loved new mom, Andrea’s, natural style, and how she appreciates the quiet moments with her young family. Their daughter was too cute with her newborn baby brother, being extra gentle and helpful to her parents. I of course wanted to get some solo portraits of her, too! She tried on her favorite dress and ran outside, barefoot, to kick-up some leaves. Ahhh…that’s childhood. This low-key documentary approach to family sessions are low-stress and produce timeless, warm imagery. I’m just so glad I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful family!

 

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