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Family Photographer & FILMMAKER

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Films and Photos for Families

Bay Area, Calif

Honoring all that makes your family you is no small endeavor, and partnering with a stranger to accomplish that isn't easy. Listen, I know. I get that you fiercely love your favorite people and that sometimes you worry your parental hustle isn't good enough. I know you get busy, that you at times lose yourself in the mix. I know nothing is all pain or all joy. And I know you treasure it all. I see it, and I'll reveal it in video and photographs.

You want to express what's

special and beautiful

about your family's life.

let's take this on, together.

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I believe in the

power of connection.

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let's be brave

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Hi, I'm Carmen

family filmmaker and photographer

Since 2015, I've photographed families in or near my home base of Alameda, California, and I've learned that patience, humility, and gentle reassurance lead to real + honest photographs that families love. I believe in humanity; it's vital to me that I show up first as a human being and second, as a photographer. And while I believe it's important to prepare for a session, I've found the best photographs happen when letting things unfold for themselves. It's a beautiful thing.

Genuine. Chaotic. Touching. Funny.

Just the way you like it—even

if you don't realize it in that moment.

"This film was filled with light and joy, but somehow also included the poignancy of our present moment in time. You captured our daughter so perfectly (Her hands! Her feet! Her big smile! Her tangled hair! Her bossiness with her sister!) It's like you turned my heart inside out. Thank you." - Michelle

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"This film was filled with light and joy, but somehow also included the poignancy of our present moment in time. You captured our daughter so perfectly. Her hands! Her feet! Her big smile! Her tangled hair! Her bossiness with her sister!"

"It's like you turned

my heart

inside out."

-Michelle

"This film was filled with light and joy, but somehow also included the poignancy of our present moment in time. You captured our daughter so perfectly (her hands, feet, big smile, tangled hair...her bossiness with her sister!). It's like you turned my heart inside out. Thank you." - Michelle

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I believe in the

power of connection.

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See yourself as I see you, without judgement, and as a beautiful part of

the vitality you share.

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and

human together

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Find out how a professional video can reveal and commemorate the beauty in the real like nothing else.

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Find out how a professional video can reveal and commemorate the beauty in the real like nothing else.

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Be a part of your family's photos. See yourself as I see you, without judgment, and as a beautiful part of the vitality you share.

Nothing makes the warmth of a moment in time as tangible as video does.

Revisit today, tomorrow. And years from now.

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I get that you fiercely love your family and think that your parental hustle is never good enough. I know how it feels to lose yourself. I know hardship and deep loss. We share things in common, you and I. So if the idea of inviting a photographer into your intimate family circle is a scary proposition, I get that, too. Being seen is a vulnerability that can feel terrifying. It's not easy to feel comfortable with someone you don't know, let alone someone wielding a big camera. But I promise you that we'll just be human

together — no judgment.

Choosing a family photographer is like exposing your heart

to a stranger. I get that.

Let's love hard, be terrified

and brave together.

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