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About Amy Bao Photography

Hello hello! My name is Amy and I am a Bay Area wedding photographer.

I specialize in capturing timeless images that perfectly balance photojournalism with fine art, classical with contemporary, and are full of energy and emotion. I want your most beautiful memories to look as stylish to you as they will to your grandchildren, because your wedding day, well, that is the stuff legacies are made of.

Contact me directly by emailing amy@amybaophoto.com . I would love to hear from you!

Tess & Andy, Married! | A Holman Ranch Wedding

March 16th, 2014

   Tess and Andy tied the knot on a charming ranch nestled in the hills of Carmel Valley last October.  They found a venue so breathtakingly beautiful that it hardly needed any embellishments.  The event itself was fun and laid-back, full of joy, love, and laughter.  The reception dinner was a meatball feast (one of Andy’s favorite foods) and in lieu of a cake, they had an ice-cream sandwich station!

When the bride and the wedding planner are one and the same, you know the wedding will be perfect down to the last detail.  Enjoy!

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Amy Bao Photography_Tess Andy Wedding_Holman Ranch-10The seating chart was a work of art, in and of itself.

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Congratulations Tess & Andy!!

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Wedding Planner: Tess Crompton at tess@tesscromptonevents.com

Flowers: Fleurs du Soleil

Venue: Holman Ranch

Tess & Andy | Featured!

December 13th, 2013

Tess and Andy are featured on WeddingWire!  Stay tuned for more photos from their wedding.

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Ayush and Swati | San Francisco Engagement Photography

December 13th, 2013

They didn’t believe in love at first sight.  But then they met each other.

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Amy Bao Photography_SwatiAyush_San Francisco_Engagement-14Photobombed by a homeless dude – San Francisco, it was bound to happen right?

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Congratulations you two!  See you in India in February!

Tess & Andy | San Francisco Engagement Shoot

September 19th, 2013

She’s from San Francisco and he’s from New York, so they decided to use the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge as the theme of their wedding.  For their engagement shoot, we knew we wanted to incorporate the Golden Gate Bridge as much as possible, but as we were about to head out, we could tell from their window that the bridge was complete covered in fog (while the rest of San Francisco was sunny and clear).  Nevertheless, we wanted to try our luck, and fortune has it, Fort Point is situated directly under the southern end of this beautiful structure.

Then we headed over the bridge to the Marin Headlands – the view was unbelievable.

Epic.  Straight out of the movies.

Too adorable.  They’re so good at making each other laugh!

And we’ll end with some Cornell pride.

Can’t wait to see you two at your wedding!

Family Photoshoot in Santa Clara

July 13th, 2013

I recently moved up to the Bay Area and was able to catch up with a friend from college, who is now married with two little girls.  Check out how adorable they are!

Coming from such a musical family, these girls are going to be rockstars.

An attempt at introducing a new toy, but Mariana just wants to eat it.

So calmly focused on yanking mommy’s hair and removing daddy’s glasses.

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It’s been a long while since my last post, but now my move is over and I’m settling into the Bay Area so expect to see new photos on the blog.  Come visit me often!

Karl | Santa Monica Pier Lifestyle Shoot

March 4th, 2013

The waves were crashing against the shore.  The shops and restaurants on the pier were opening and getting ready for the day.  A group of marathoners and some joggers were getting in other people’s way.  A few tourists were wandering around with their fanny packs.  The sun was shining and the seagulls were doing their seagull-y thing.  A winter morning in LA, not too shabby.

This was probably the most editorial shoot I’ve done to date, hope you enjoyed it!

Save Your Memories From Digital Purgatory!

January 28th, 2013

I love the instant gratification that comes with digital photography, but I also miss the film days when all the photos would get developed so there’s something physical to hold.  It seems that with the ease of sharing photos online, we often forget to bring them into the real world.  And that is unfortunate because there’s really something to be said about photos in printed form.  Whether they’re simply printed on photo paper and framed, or turned into beautiful leather-bound albums, or enlarged onto canvases, they will almost always look better than the pixels on your phone or laptop screen.

Katherine and Matt, Married! | A Boston Winter Wedding

January 3rd, 2013

Love was in the air, as were big fluffy snowflakes.  Mother nature created a winter wonderland especially for Katherine and Matt’s beautiful and intimate wedding.

The day started bright and early with Matt and his groomsmen getting an old-timey barbershop shave.  This has been on Matt’s to do list for awhile, and was decided a few years ago that his wedding day was when he would treat himself to it.

The smoothest shave you’ve ever had?

Impatient to get married!

A pretty good looking bunch.

The girls were getting ready at the church, and it was a dance party!

So gorgeous! Katherine, I can photograph you all day!

Married!!!

Because some photos are priceless.  A lovely reception display.

Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Wyble!

Congratulations Katherine and Matt!

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Ceremony Venue: Harvard Memorial Church

Reception Venue: Harvest

Wedding Planner: Tracy from Tangorra Wedding Planning

Videographer: Marcella from Heirloom Pictures

Florist: Lyndsey Loring Design

Hair Design: Lindsay Griffin Boston Hair Salon

Philip and Yaqin, Married! | A Wandsworth Town Hall Wedding, London

January 3rd, 2013

A love story that conquered long distance and demanding careers is certainly reason for celebration, and what better place to do that than in the great metropolis of London during the last few glowing days of fall?

And on a typical rainy British Saturday morning, they officially tied the knot.

Philip picked the hairstyle for Yaqin, a messy bun.  Impressed that he knew what that was? Me too.

Off to The Dorchester for the reception!

Congratulations Philip and Yaqin!

Take Me Back to Constantinople

November 27th, 2012

Istanbul is a city straight out of the fairy tales and a photographer’s dream.  I’ll admit it, I booked my flight to Istanbul pretty much based on seeing the scenes shot there in Taken 2 (the plot was meh, but the setting was gorgeous).  And then seeing more scenes of Istanbul in the new James Bond movie the week before the trip, I may or may not have spent a few hours online trying to figure out how to get to the rooftop of the Grand Bazaar for a few panoramic shots (I unfortunately don’t know the right people here…).  Suffice it to say, I arrived with high aesthetic expectations, and the city surpassed them all.

The riverfront is just dotted with mosques, with their elegant minarets reaching for the sky.

My first day in Istanbul, I decided to see all the further out sights.  Among which was the Kariye Museum (Church) known for its mosaics.  Armed with a just copy of Lonely Planet, I proceeded to completely miss my bus stop and then had to backtrack, and of course, ended up wandering and lost in a cemetery.   But it was a really beautiful cemetery, so I can’t say I really minded.  Part of the beauty of traveling, I’ve learned, is to just enjoy the unexpected.

On the way, I came across another mosque (they’re truly everywhere) and went in to take a peek.  The main tourist mosques, the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, are certainly must-sees, but visiting the lesser known ones is a good way to feel the space as a religious sanctuary, away from the crowds.

Eventually found my way to the Kariye Museum.

Next, I tried to follow the old city wall all the way to the end.  Somehow I was under the impression that the wall was mostly intact and you can walk on top of the wall, clearly, I was wrong.  Most of it was crumbly, another good portion was under construction, so I had to take some detours and, of course, managed to get very turned around and very lost once again.

So, wandering around a sketchy neighborhood like this without a map and by myself was probably not one of the smarter things I’ve done recently, but I did get cool photos, so we’ll call it a wash.

Found the wall again!

In the afternoon, I took a ferry over to Asia (no big deal) for a late lunch and explored the local market.  The colors were incredible!

People feed the gulls so swarms of them follow behind the ferries.

Just after sunset.  Unreal.

Day two was truly a whirlwind of all the major sights.  Above is the tile work found in the Topkapi Palace harem.

The Blue Mosque.

The Hagia Sofia.  Photographers, if you visit Istanbul, bring a super wide-angle lens, if nothing else than to capture the inside of this architectural marvel.

Now we can’t really talk about Istanbul without talking about the food, which was in short, amazing.  My favorite country for food has been Singapore for a very long time now, and a part of me expected Turkey to take its place.  I have to say, Singapore keeps its crown (probably because I’m still a bit more partial to Asian food), but Turkey is a very close second.  The above is a traditional breakfast feast.

Fresh squeezed pomegranate juice.

I’m really not a coffee drinker, but even I found Turkish coffee to be quite tasty.  It comes in a very tiny cup and about a third of it is the finely ground coffee itself, forcing you to slow down and take tiny sips.  The grounds can then be used to reveal one’s fortune.  I think I see an angry owl in mine, not quite sure how to interpret that.

Another thing about this city is that it’s full of cats.  Seriously, the cat population density here rivals that of the squirrels on most American college campuses.  This one here was my favorite.

The world is a big, beautiful place, and for me, travel is the best way to experience that sense of awe and wonder.

 

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