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San Francisco California Family Photographer | Palace of Fine Arts
On a quiet day with few visitors at the Palace of Fine Arts, anything is possible. See how we did with a full house!

Daniel McElmury | San Francisco California Family Photographer | Palace of Fine Arts Vika and I arrived early so we could take in the sites for ourselves and find the perfect backgrounds for the Zar Family photo session. The palace of Fine Arts has no shortage of beauty. It was build in 1915 to house works of art and one of 10 palaces built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition (Worlds Fair) and is the last building standing. The weather was true to San Francisco form with a mix of sun and clouds and wind. Every San Franciscan know to always carry a light jacket, just on case the temperature drops.

Daniel McElmury | San Francisco California Family Photographer | Palace of Fine Arts

Olga, Dean and Lil’ Zoe Skye are one of my favorite families to photograph. They are always up for anything and they trust me to do my thing. Plus they are always wells dressed, which adds to the greatness of their images. The last time I photographed Zoe, she was just a little too young for me to really bond with but this time, we became insta-friends with her. We joked and laughed and I even got a few hugs! When you can gain the trust and the admiration of the little one’s, your images show it. A huge thanks to my wife Viktoriya for being my assistant on all my photo sessions!

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First Annual Mother’s Day Gift Certificate Special

HOW IT WORKS

Purchase a Gift Certificate for any dollar amount. I will add 20% and email you a certificate for the full retail value. Save it and redeem it any time. Use it for any session, product, package, including digitals and anything I sell. Give it as a gift to someone you love.

This offer expires Saturday May 7th.
Offer expiration is just the purchase of the gift certificate.
Once purchased you can use it ANYTIME. Use it now or save it for next year!

Spend $100 and receive a certificate for $120. Spend $500 and get a certificate for $600. Buy it now, use it later. There is no limit to how much you can purchase and it does not expire.

Feel free to pass this offer on! We love our client referrals and happily reward client referrals with $50.00 reward credit towards your next session or for products.

THE RULES

Can not apply to any previous orders purchased.

Can not apply to any session fees already paid.

Can be kept or given as a gift.

There is no limit to the amount purchased.

Can only purchase when you email or call Danny Invoice will be online using PayPal.

Can redeem at any time.

Can be used on any type of session we offer.

Can be used on any product we offer.

Can be applied to sessions or purchases.
There are no refunds.
There is no expiration date. Use now or a year from now.

Questions? Call or Email.
dmcelmuryphoto@gmail.com
415-250-0113

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Valentine

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions with Daniel McElmury Photography | San Francisco, California

Vika and I organized our first ever mini photography session event for Valentine’s Day. We rented a cozy space in the Richmond District and scheduled six short sessions throughout the day. Four of the six sessions were with our lovely return clients and two were with our awesome new clients.  We made all our own props including bow and arrows, paper mailbox and hearts, and we even found an old typewriter for the kids to type love notes on. I think I was crawling on the floor more than they were! Each kiddo had their own distinct personality and it was awesome to interact with them to get the shots. Besides capturing each moment with my camera, I’m also excited to be giving each family printed products that were included in the packages they selected. I’m a firm believer in printing your photos. There is something amazing about holding a photo in your hand and passing it around the table. This is why I do family photography. For future generations to discover. I’m not so sure a USB stick or disc will be accessible in 50-100 years, but a printed photo sure will! For our first mini, I think it was a huge success! I had to ice my knees, but it was all worth it, and we’d gladly do it again! Thank you to all the families who came out and trusted us to capture some beautiful Valentine’s Day memories, not only for their kids, but for their kids and grandchildren to cherish as well.

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Gamble Garden Palo Alto, CA | San Francisco Family Photographer | Daniel McElmury Photography

The Mikshansky’s are a fun loving energetic family who met me at the pristine Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. From the beginning, It didn’t take much coercing to get little Aiden to hang out in a bucket or chill in a chair for his pictures. Even Grandma go in on the action! I love coming to a photo session with a vision in mind. It’s all thanks to the Mama for taking a little time to talk with me and brainstorm for ideas. I’m really looking forward to working with them again soon.  I know we’ll come up with an amazing idea together!

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We photographed our first family with twins (Emilia & Alexis) in a park in Pleasanton and while it took a while for them to warm up, they were nothing but trouble… ehem I mean smiles! Big thanks to Christina (Mom) for making silly faces and funny noises! It sure is a challenge photographing toddlers as they are soo active. We’ve learned that at any moment we could be laying on our backs shooting upside down just to keep up with them. But we wouldn’t change it for anything.
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Having an older sibling can be a blessing at times especially when that sibling loves to take lead and jump head first into adventure. For being the baby of the family, Alla was so patient with her big sister Ria and followed her lead especially when Ria danced and had nothing but fun twirling, laughing and just having a wonderful time with us. We met the Sirota family at their home in Belmont, CA. Ria was a little shy at first but she was ready to show us and to help us capture the love her family had for each other. Our session turned out to be playful and full of whimsy. The sisters had so many beautiful outfits their mother picked out for them and the precious time we spent with the Sirota family brought us closer together. Thank you for the beautiful session.
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Maldonado_Family_Blog-4The Maldonado’s are a family we’ve been honored to see grow right in front of our eyes. We captured Dina’s Maternity, Aliyah’s Newborn and now this Family Session, which took place at the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This location is not only a beautiful garden, but it was the site of Dina and Jose’s wedding which makes this session extra special. Aliyah is such an energetic little bundle of joy, we could hardly get her to sit for one moment. Mom and Aliyah had matching flower sun dresses and Dad’s was smiling with pride the entire time.
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We thought we had some great ideas for this mommy & me session with Michelle and Tali, but Tali had her own ideas and showed us that hers were indeed much better than what we could come up with. Combined with the beautiful golden hour sunlight, this blooming flower field in the middle of Hayward, and these two color complimenting cuties, we were pretty much guaranteed an amazing memory creating session. But you can judge for yourself below. Let us know what you think in the comments section

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Photographing Germaine, Tony, little Oliver and the Cota Family was great! We met at their home and just started taking pictures. Everything fell into place as we moved from one activity to the next. Oliver is the “Jack of All Trades”; he has his very own motorcycle, is in charge of gardening and does all the carpentry. Before we knew it the session was over. Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, as we are happy to share our Christmas and six month session with Izzy. This little angel is just the happiest and most curious baby. Izzy’s mommy helped us squeak her favorite toys and sing nursery rhymes to get Izzy to light up and smile her beautiful little smile for the camera. What also helped is, just like most girls who enjoy pretty and shinny things, Izzy loved the golden garland we let her play and decorate herself with. Despite Izzy eating some cookies left out for Santa along with the milk, we heard that this little munchkin received a lot of love and presents for the New Year. She really is a JOY to be with and photograph.

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