Muni Station & Playground – perfect place for family photos

Mother and son waiting for train at San Francisco Muni Station

  I got an email the other day that sounded perfect.  Not word for word, but the gist was "we have a crazy active two year old that loves the playground and trains.  We want family photographs.  Can you help us?"  "For sure" I said and we set up a family portrait session at their San Francisco home.  And when I met Sara, Steve and little Rex at their San Francisco home I was ready to run but I had no idea how cute Rex was.  I walked in just as he was putting on his shoes and the doorway … [Read more...]

Boggess Family Portraits in the Presidio

Beautiful Girl smiling with mom and stuffed animal

So this was a good example of how good things come to those who wait. Meg and I had been trying to schedule a date since February. Inclement weather, illness and accidents kept getting in the way. We even ran into each other at a friend's party before we cold set up a time. But we just kept scheduling and rescheduling and I'm glad we did because the session was a blast. Their daughter Adel was great - full of energy and a joy to photograph. We explored the area around their Presidio home … [Read more...]

The fabulous Fancher Family

Fancher Family Photography Portraits San Francisco-1

This was a great shoot that I got to spend time with Fancher Family.  Not only did I get to meet the star of the family - little Lila with beautiful blue eyes, but it also turns out that mom Emily went to journalism school with my brother at Columbia.  That doesn't happen everyday so I thought that was pretty cool.We met that their wonderful Inner Richmond apartment.  Lila showed me all around and she even hosted a little tea party for mom and dad and her grandparents (Emily's parents were … [Read more...]

Family Portraits with Beth and Zach

I met Beth and her little speedster Zach at the Letterman Campus in the Presidio. Have to thank George Lucas and everyone whoever bought anything Star Wars related for helping to fund this area. Beautiful green grass, nice walk ways and a pond surrounded by rocks - perfect for a little one to explore and another great area for family photographs in San Franciso. Zach is so close to walking and doing everything he can to expand his work. Clearly a man on a mission and a joyous handful for … [Read more...]

Golden Gate Park Mini Session

Sunday May 2nd, 4-7pm Golden Gate Park Panhandle 20 minutes of shooting 6-8 retouched images for online use $25 print credit or 1 high-res digital negativeOnly 6 spots available Families up to 5 peopleContact me at joey@jchandlerphotography or 415-948-3959 to book reservationRecent reviews..."Highly recommend Joey Chandler! He took some amazing shots of my sons at Golden Gate Park. The pictures came out beautifully and really captured the spirits of my two boys. He made … [Read more...]

Bettina, Ben and Sasha the dog – First time at Crissy Field

After living in San Francisco for almost 20 years (crazy its been that long), I forgot what it's like to have just moved here.  So it was fun to visit Crissy Field with Bettina, Ben and their little dog Sasha.  They have only been living in San Francisco for a few months so this was their first time in the park.  We talked about the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and all the things you can do in the park.  But none of us had as much fun as Sasha.  Apparently, Crissy Field has a plethora of smells … [Read more...]

Cheryl, Vijay and Baby-to-be in Alamo Square

Cheryl and Vijay are something like eight and half months pregnant and I have to say they are doing extremely well - happy, relaxed (for the most part), and clearly working together.  I really enjoy seeing a couple that is so connected as they are.  Not only does it make a make a maternity portrait session a joy but you just know that the little child will be well cared for and loved.   Serious congrats to them for not only their new baby (almost) but also for their new house.  They definitely … [Read more...]

Heather and Patty in the Park

Normally my mom and daughter portrait shoots involve babies, dollies, and bellies.  This was different.  There were still lots of laughs and a few of those "how do we stand" awkward moments but this was two grown women with a clear love and respect for each other.  That was very cool to see.  Now Patty is still the mom and Heather is still the daughter, but they clearly have reached a point in their relationship where they can enjoy each others company as adults.  Family photographers don't … [Read more...]

Myles in the Mission – Classic San Francisco Portrait Session

This portrait session goes down as one of the great lessons learned - always be ready and never give up.Saturday started off as crazy rainy day in San Francisco.  Dark, blustery and definitely not a day for a family portrait session.  The Laffan Family lives right in the middle of the Mission - one the hippest neighborhoods in San Francisco.  Angela wanted a few photographs of little Miles as a child with the murals that decorate numerous buildings and alley ways in that part of town.We … [Read more...]

Doc Oliver’s First Birthday Party

On Saturday, I got to spend the morning with the Tran Family and 20 or so of their friends to celebrate little Oliver's first birthday.  We met for a Korean brunch at the Seoul Garden in Kabuki Shopping mall.  Oliver was there with his sister Shea and his parent's Amy and Owen.  Oliver was all styled out in his traditional Korean hanbok.  Amy and Owen were happy when Oliver picked out a stethoscope in his doljabi ceremony.  The stethoscope was laid out in front of him along with a baseball, $20 … [Read more...]