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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

Berkeley Family Portrait Session

This Berkeley family portrait session stars a family of four bright spirits who know how to have fun together: Faramarz, Deb and their two spunky kids, Leyla and Max. As we all know, it’s not easy to find time to make portraits happen. So when we finally commit, the pay-off is big. The family session is a fun event with laughter and lots of movement. Parents are often surprised that kids let me cajole them and make them laugh. And, finally, parents get to be in the images and give their kids a gift of portraits of the family finally together. I like to always have each parent with each child, individual portraits and the parents also alone. When’s the last time you’ve had a updated portrait with your partner? I know! A long time…tell me about it. Not only will these portraits bring joy to the family today, but they will increase in emotional value over time. Thanks again to this great family.Berkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait Session Berkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait SessionBerkeley Family Portrait Session

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Newborn Session in Oakland-Baby Ethan

This newborn session in Oakland stars the handsome and strong, Baby Ethan. His adorable expressions were hysterical to photograph. Hi cherubic lips pursed and his eyebrows raised quizzically as I made his very first portraits. It was so touching to see his parents smothering him with affection and love. These moments can never be duplicated, so I’m so glad we have these their family can cherish forever.Newborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in OaklandNewborn Session in Oakland

 

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Napa Valley Maternity Session

We chose the Napa Valley for this maternity session in so we could catch the incredible beauty of the mustard flower in bloom. I will pull over anywhere to get my clients in this flower! What a joy this color brings to photographs. Luckily, my great couple, Joanna and Christoper were up for the challenge. They were already at Calistoga Ranch for their babymoon and were excited for their photos to be taken there. The grounds of that resort and the surrounding rustic environment are inspiring to work in. The happy couple are expecting their first child, Avery, very soon. Joanna chose to invest in a maternity session to capture the beauty of being pregnant and celebrate the fact that they have a baby coming our way. “We cherish our ‘alone’ time now but are filled with anticipation of our new baby’s arrival. A new baby means the beginning of a new chapter of our family, where we continue to grow.” I bet Avery is excited to meet his wonderful parents, as well. Congratulations!Maternity Session NapaMaternity Session NapaMaternity Session NapaMaternity Session NapaMaternity Session Napa

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Lake Tahoe Family Portraits

These Lake Tahoe family portraits were made while the wonderful Keene Family were on vacation. It’s wonderful to capture a family when they are relaxed and making memories. Tahoe offers such beautiful opportunities for playful and casual portraits. It will be really fun to revisit the family each year at their vacation home and document how the growing family changes. Although I am based in the Bay Area, always feel free to inquire about your destination family portrait session.Tahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family PortraitsTahoe Family Portraits

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Family Portrait Session in Emeryville

This family portrait session in Emeryville stars the Marshburn Family. These wonderful clients are always up for anything. This year they decided on an “urban” setting for the images.  Stephanie decided to pick-up some hats for their 2015 portraits and they worked out so well! The kids are growing so it was a great time to photograph their evolving personalities. Thanks to the Marshburn Family for allowing me to photograph them each year. Such a pleasure…Family Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session EmeryvilleFamily Portrait Session Emeryville

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