Maternity Portraits • Serena & Ian • San Francisco

This maternity portrait session was photographed back in May, and now Serena and Ian have an adorable baby boy! I can’t wait to meet their little guy, but first I’d love to share their sweet maternity photos.

I’ve known Serena for quite a few years, since the time I worked in a lab and before I became a photographer. She and Ian have an amazing, positive outlook towards life and people, and it’s hard not to love hanging out with them. This photoshoot was no exception.

We started off at Dolores Park, near where they lived in the Mission District in San Francisco. I always encourage my portrait clients to pick a location that has an emotional significance, and to Serena and Ian, Dolores Park was their stomping ground. It also provided a stunning view of the San Francisco skyline!

Couple and Maternity Portraits in Dolores Park
Father and Belly. Maternity Portraits taken in San Francisco.
Maternity photos in the park
Sweet couple at their outdoor maternity photoshoot

It was Serena’s brilliant idea of tying a blue ribbon around her pregnant belly as a prop for the maternity photos. What a great present they were bringing to this world!

Baby Boy Maternity Photo Idea: Tie a blue ribbon around the waist!

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About Tracy Wong


I am a photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography. I also blog about my travels around the world, sharing my photos along the way. Me in a nutshell: food lover, wannabe musician, everything adventurer.

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Executive Headshots • Bruce Stuart • Downtown San Francisco

I had the pleasure of working with Bruce Stuart again to update his headshots; he was part of a family whose family portraits I’ve photographed 2 years ago, and it’s so nice to work with him closely for his solo portrait!

It’s amazing to learn about Bruce’s accomplishments on Morgan Stanley’s website – his career progressed from his graduation with honors at Cornell University, the completion of his law degree at Albany Law School, then 14 years working for Wells Fargo before his current position as Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

For Bruce’s business portrait session, he wanted to focus on creating a confident, trust-worthy image to convey to his prospective clients. Before the session we discussed his desired image in length, then through the headshot session I walked through different prompts and exercises to bring out Bruce’s natural confidence. Also, he was especially proud of his weight loss after 4 months working diligently with a personal trainer and nutritionist. He looked fantastic and I needed to highlight his hard work in his headshots!

Here are 2 of the 3 final headshots that Bruce selected from our session. The first, horizontal business portrait was taken outdoors at the Embarcadero Center, with the planted bamboo as a backdrop that complemented the warm tones of Bruce’s red tie. In the second photo here, we went to the 2nd floor of the Ferry Building, where the windows and lights created a rich texture for Bruce’s portrait. I’ll save his third business portrait to post some other time!

It’s a wonderfully satisfying feeling to have connected with Bruce to capture his executive headshots, and to see the results of our session applied everywhere – on Bruce’s work website, his LinkedIn profile, and a print ad for his professional work. Thank you for a wonderful session, Bruce!

Bruce Stuart of Morgan Stanley

San Francisco executive headshot at Ferry Building

About Tracy Wong


I am a photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography. I also blog about my travels around the world, sharing my photos along the way. Me in a nutshell: food lover, wannabe musician, everything adventurer.

Contact me or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Family Portrait Session • Andie, Riley & Robert • Fort Point

This was a fun, candid family portrait session I photographed back in November for Robert’s family holiday card. I loved the playfulness at this location shoot; I had a blast playing with Riley and Andie on the different structures at Fort Point while capturing their natural expression. The resulting images are fantastic samples of my work as a lifestyle family photographer.

I had always wanted to have a photoshoot at Fort Point, and Robert was so easy-going with location choice, I got my wish granted at his family portrait session! Fort Point is a historic location in the north end of San Francisco, under the Golden Gate Bridge. Its construction finished in 1861 as a defensive fort to protect the San Francisco Bay, and now it is a National Historic Site open to the public.

When I first met the kids Andie and Riley, they were so timid and camera-shy. Initially, Andie kept hiding behind her dad, saying the fort was too dirty and was haunted (which she probably was right about, haha!). Robert had warned me of their behavior beforehand, but I was not discouraged!

The important part of getting any natural lifestyle portraits is to allow the subjects to let loose. Photographing kids is no exception! So we went from floor to floor, running between columns, making faces at each other, until we reached the rooftop. After about half an hour of our portrait session, Andie and Riley started to warm up to me as a friend, not just the lady with the camera. It was so much easier to capture portraits of them being active, playful kids once they’re comfortable!

When I’m photographing kids, my main focus was to give fun “posing” instructions that are engaging their creative little minds, then let the magic happen. A lot of times at a portrait session, parents wanted their kids to stand still and smile for the camera, but from my experience, rarely would a 6-year-old follow that prompt without making a strange face or running away. And with this rigid attempt, we would end up with unhappy parents who didn’t get the smiling photos of their family, while the kids didn’t have a good time either.

To get a win-win family portrait scenario, here are some examples of the instructions I gave to achieve these shots: “stand up here and spot me a pirate ship”, “how about we walk along this ledge with our arms spread as if we were flying”, or even just a simple “look at each other”! It might seem strange to an adult to hear these prompts (and I promise I don’t use the same posing instructions to my headshot clients), but now a proper photoshoot turned into a fun play date – with photos to keep!

Thank you, Robert, Riley and Andie, for trekking all the way out to Fort Point from the East Bay for your family portrait session! I had such a lovely morning with you all, and I hope I’ll get to do this again soon!

Do your kids not “behave” in front of the camera? Are you having trouble finding the right family photographer? Do you want family photos that are more true to you than the typical portrait studio look? Contact me to set up a portrait play date :)

On a side note, I traded this portrait session with Robert, who is also a photographer, for some new headshots. We did some location portraits at Embarcadero Center, and I’m waiting for the launch of my newly designed website to reveal my new profile photo. Stay tuned!! Thanks again Robert!

Golden Gate Bridge + Kids

Playful family portraits

Fun diptych of kids portraits

Kids Portraits at Fort Point

Having fun at Fort Point

Candid father and son portrait

Family Portraits under the Golden Gate Bridge

Family Portraits under the Golden Gate Bridge • Fort Point, San Francisco

Father and kids at Fort Point • Tracy Wong Photography

Playful kids portrait

Run for fun at a family portrait session

About Tracy Wong


I am a photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography. I also blog about my travels around the world, sharing my photos along the way. Me in a nutshell: food lover, wannabe musician, everything adventurer.

Contact me or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Baby Portraits • Lucia • San Francisco

Ciao bella!! This is the adorable Lucia, who I’ve photographed twice this year through my collaboration with Natural Resources, a baby resource store in the Mission.

I can’t believe how much she’s grown in 5 months! (The first photos was taken in May, and the rest in October.) The one thing that stayed the same in Lucia was her pair of enormous blue eyes… so cute!

It just shows how fast things change in kids and it’s important to capture each stage of their lives before the moment is gone!





About Tracy Wong


I am a photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography. I also blog about my travels around the world, sharing my photos along the way. Me in a nutshell: food lover, wannabe musician, everything adventurer.

Contact me or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Headshot Portraits • Jesse Dhillon • Alameda

I’ve known Jesse for years since our Berkeley days, but because we hang out in different circles (him as the director of engineering at Greylock Partners and myself as a biologist-turned-photographer), we hadn’t met up in a while. It was exciting to see him again and catch up while we worked on his headshots!

When asked where he would like his on-location photoshoot, Jesse immediately chose his stomping grounds in Alameda. We drove and walked around the Alameda Naval Air Station, where there was a great variety of textural structures we could photograph with.

The whole time we just chatted about his recent projects, his dogs Bagel and Tiger, and even his experience as a model in his younger days! It’s most important that my clients feel at ease to show a natural, open expression in their photographs, and I think we achieved that at this portrait session!

Alameda portrait photographer
Jesse Dhillon, engineer headshots

About Tracy Wong


I am a photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and lifestyle photography. I also blog about my travels around the world, sharing my photos along the way. Me in a nutshell: food lover, wannabe musician, everything adventurer.

Contact me or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!