BAY AREA FAMILY, Maternity & Newborn photography







Childhood is beautiful and bittersweet. Our babies grow up and change in the blink of an eye. I see it everyday in my own babies. My mission is to help you hold onto this time forever through photographs. I want to capture what your love FEELS like. A family session is more than just a holiday card photo op. It's special opportunity for your family to have an amazing time together and to show each other how much you love each other, while looking absolutely gorgeous to boot!


Jenny S.

"Xinlei is amazing! Family photos are stressful and she 110% guides you through everything from preparing outfits, to posing. And she was SO great with my stranger shy one year old! Never going to another photographer again."


Expectant mamas often tell me they feel self-conscious about their appearance and that they don't feel like themselves because their bodies are changing so much. Believe me, I know pregnancy is physically demanding and uncomfortable. But I'm here to gently remind you that this time is fleeting and that your beautiful journey into motherhood deserves to be documented! You won't regret having these images to show your babies when they are older. I recommend scheduling maternity sessions between 31-33 weeks so that your growing bump is clearly visible and before it becomes more difficult to move around comfortably.



"Xinlei is so warm, patient and amazing - we have 3 kids, 2 don't love getting their photos taken, but Xinlei managed to get so many candid happy photos of the whole family. I can't get over how happy we all look in the photos - if you have kids, you know how rare it is to have those shots! Xinlei's creative eyes and exceptionally fast reaction time made capturing the fun and happy moments, albeit transient, possible."



Newborn sessions are generally scheduled around 2-3 weeks postpartum, but there is no hard set timeline. It depends on how mama's recovery is going. If you are eager for an earlier session, we can do that! If you want to wait a little longer, no problem! Newborn session usually last about 1.5-2 hours. We take as many breaks as necessary for feeding, changing or soothing. Your sweet little babe can be awake or asleep during our session. My main focus is capturing your love and the whole swirl of beautiful emotions that come with loving a brand new tiny human. 

Tracie M.

"We loved our family pictures with Xinlei! She was incredible. She helped us be natural in front of the camera, had great tricks for getting our otherwise grumpy toddler to ham it up for the photos, and made us (and our home) look amazing. She also was wonderful in helping with wardrobe/styling."

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