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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

San Francisco Family Portraits

Sophia and David wanted their San Francisco family portraits to be candid and informal. We loved the idea of playing around Fisherman’s Wharf. Their darling daughter was thrilled with the sights and sounds of the Bay. From colorful backdrops to the carousel at Pier 39, we made new memories for the family and now have photographs they can always look at to remember this wonderful time in their lives.San Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family PortraitsSan Francisco Family Portraits

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East Bay Family Portraits

These East Bay family portraits celebrate the beautiful bond between generations of women to celebrate Mother’s Day. This beautiful family consists of 3 generations. I’m so glad they decided to stop to make these portraits happen. I asked the matriarch of the family to discuss her experience: “I am so thankful that I came from a line of very strong, hardworking and family oriented women.  My mom and grandmother taught us the importance of family love and togetherness. I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and 2 lovely granddaughters with whom I get to share many fun activities. I am so glad that we took the time for a photo shoot with Christina to capture those memorable moments. Near the end of the photo shoot, I became deeply moved as I reflected upon the three generations we represent. My heart was so overwhelmed by the love and closeness we share as a family.This was another fun and wonderful memory I can add to my treasure trove of precious moments spent with my girls.”

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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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