Christie Brown | San Francisco Bay Area Family + Child Photographer bio picture
  • Hi there! I'm Christie, and thank you for stopping by! I am a lifestyle and portrait photographer serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz County. You’ll find that my style is modern and fresh with a twist of sunshine, infused with vibrancy and sprinkled with that little thing we call LOVE.

    During our time together, I want to capture the laughter and real moments that you see daily and love about your children. When we meet, show me your heart, the joy and magic of your family. I can't wait to meet you!

size does matter

Gallery wraps are such a popular product that my clients love. A nice visual of wall options! Ever wonder what that family photo would look like above your couch?

*Special thanks to Pro DPI for the background image of wall and couch. The images seen here are mine. It was a customizable psd file. To see the rest of the photos from this session click here.

the sugar fairy

The Sugar Fairy is always one of my most favorite people to work with. Her bright eyed, cheery personality combined with wit and humor makes you love her cupcakes, cakes, cookies and beyond that much more! Amy has a beautiful new website and blog coming soon (I got a sneak peek, and it’s gorgeous!!), and along with it, she desired some lifestyle shots and portraits of her bakin’ it up in the kitchen! So she came over to my house one morning earlier this week to whip up some tasty cupcakes and get her smile on.

Amy is such a beautiful person inside and out. I think she’d look great on the cover of a cookbook too! I can’t WAIT for that session.;)

Until then, visit The Sugar Fairy on facebook and order some goodies!

I had to throw this one in. She’s just so pretty and cute no matter if she’s ready for me to snap a photo or not!

golf balls first

You are only given 18 years with your children, before they jump out of your nest, run off to college, get real jobs and marry. Then someone else takes care of them. For longer than you get to. Time is so precious. Your children are sponges. Embrace every story they tell. Capture every moment.

(a few photos to add from my session with the W family last night)

Put that iPhone down.
Read them a book.
Chase them around the house.
Tickle them until they toot.
Bake chocolate chip cookies with them.
Let them crack the eggs, drop the shells in the bowl and fish it out together. A little egg shell won’t hurt anyone.
Stop rushing.
Sing loudly in the car together to that teeny bopper song on the radio (that you secretly want to download tonight).
Teach them the alphabet by painting with water on your fence.

One of my favorite memories of my family thus far, (and I’m so happy I got it on video that afternoon), is our kids in the front yard playing with the hose. You know when you’re stressed, and you escape to “that happy place”. Pre-kids, mine was Napili. Sunning on the beach, snorkeling with my husband all day, wearing only a bikini seven days straight and drinking Pog.

That happy place has evolved to a hose + a husband + 2 children. My hubs was watering the garden out front one afternoon, when the kids took over and discovered the “jet” setting on the hose. They took turns nailing him with water as he jumped, danced and we all laughed around the yard. The kids loved it. He loved it. It was bliss. There IS NO BETTER SOUND then the laughter of your children!! …Today is warm enough, right?

I love a good nose-nuzzle.

This story below was posted by a friend of mine on facebook this morning. Thank you Lori Camacho! I just felt compelled to re-post. I look at my own family portraits on my living room wall that we took together in 2010. It feels like SO long ago. The kids face’s were a little more plump, toddler-like. My little guy looks so small, my daughter has gotten taller. I think the hubs and I have gained another gray hair or two. It’s time for new pics.

Capture these moments, parents! Life is so short.

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THE MAYONNAISE JAR + 2 CUPS OF COFFEE

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first. The things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”:)

friday night fields

Earlier this winter, I got an email that all photographers love to receive. I hadn’t seen little Gianna since her newborn session last July. Time flies, I tell you. I was elated to hear that she was approaching her 1st birthday – Nina and Vito wanted me to document this special time in their life. Being a (small) part of someone’s life like this is such a honor. I love continuing to watch how their little family develops. They are just such fun-loving, nice folks. And their little princess, Gianna – eeek. So soft and sweet! I love (LOVE) getting my baby fix.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
-Charlie Chaplin

dentist to dentist

Dr. Jennings had a baby! And what did his dentist friend, Dr. Habekost want to give him and his sweet wife Amy as a gift? Why, a family photo session! I got the nicest call from his office staff Lisa to set it all up, and we sent the package over. The Jennings’ now have an almost one year old, sweet baby Ella. I’m loving all this green tall grass and warm weather!

PS…Oh, how I love a toothless smile!

charter school of morgan hill

Last fall, I was asked to donate to the Charter School of Morgan Hill’s annual Denim & Diamonds Gala Benefit Auction. A beautiful event that was held at the Willow Heights Mansion. I donated a mini session, and the lucky winner of my silent auction was the Fontaine Family! My daughter and Sophie (the littlest little on the left there) are Daisy buddies. So cute.

Such a cute and lovely session in the park! Wonderful to see you all! Happy Spring!

a new year

My business has tripled in the past year, and as I’ve evolved in my photography style, as so an upgrade in branding was in order! My clients have invested in me, and I wanted to invest in them.

2012 has been a BIG year of change so far, and even more of it is to come. And by golly, I’m prepared. I’ll be writing a post about it in a few months! You just wait.

We finished the branding process in February, so I wanted to get this post going! I wanted a look that was ME. Something that reflected what my photography style of vibrant, FUN, colorful art is.

I’ve learned a lot in the past few years of owning a small business. Having a solid, unique brand is SO important with any business. It really should be placed at the top of your photography business budget, next to glass. It feels so good to be settled with a long-term brand that truly represents who I am, and what my business specializes in: family, children, and expecting mothers.

With my branding, comes meaning:

My children.
My family.
What matters most to me.
What I am most thankful for.
What I am.

I wanted my logo and branding to reflect that. The pink represents my sweet little girl, the two blues (well, teal) represent the two boy loves of my life (husband and son), and the brown is for our family name. Camera with heart? My love of photography.:DHere’s a sneak peek of various products I’ll be offering with packaging. Cards, business cards, mini accordion photo books and custom printed DVDs all are from WHCC. Also where I order all my prints and canvases, etc for clients.

I couldn’t resist those heart shaped candies!

I even discovered a teal chevron ribbon to coordinate from Pinked Fabrics. I have to give a special plug for the sweet Amber of Charlie Coco’s – who was a helper with guiding in me to the right ribbon resources!;)

The cardboard boxes I got from Office Depot are just for out of area clients that I ship to.

the chiala family

Corre contacted me back in January for a session for her sweet little family. Her husband Tim, I had been a facebook fan of for about a year now, so it was neat to meet the man behind the awesome company, Timptations. They make local CSA vegetable boxes that are made up of seasonal, organic, local produce = YUM!

It’s amazing to me how many families I’ve meet that are the same or near the age as my husband and I, and also went to Cal Poly or lived in SLO sometime between 1996-2004. A good year range, I guess! Lovely to meet you five, Chiala family!

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