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“Carly is very talented and her work speaks for itself!  She did a session with me and my 7 week old son, and I couldn't be happier with the results.  Carly is naturally able to put people at ease which made the session fun and she really captures the best in her subjects. Carly came to my apartment for the session and was right at home there.  She is very good with giving creative direction (finding the right light and positioning) and was able to work with what we had at home to make it feel more personal and natural.  Even though my son got a bit fussy during the session Carly was able to go with the flow and was not fazed at all, she even helped him calm down!  She sent the finished images promptly after the session and they look amazing.  We look forward to continuing to work with her for our family photos in the future!” – Melinda


“Carly is truly amazing!  I am so happy I met and hired her. She did my maternity photos and I loved how they turned out. She made me feel beautiful and confident at 30 weeks pregnant. We were so comfortable with her and that was so important to me, to us. My husband was relaxed and we all had so much fun. She had wonderful ideas for poses that really came out in the photos. I did not realize how hard it is to pose and look and feel natural. She made it easy. In an hour she was able to get several different looks as if they were 6 different shoots! Different locations and outfits changes really gave the diversity we were looking for. Naturally we hired her for when our little guy came. I was so excited to work with her again. The photos came out better than I ever could imagine with a newborn. He did not cry and loved the attention. It was so much fun playing dress up with him. The photos turned out so beautifully. Everyone was talking about our announcement cards and how gorgeous the photos were. Every few months we will have Carly take photos of our little one. It's nice to know Carly is reliable and gets me the photos so quickly. I get so excited to see them. I can not wait for our next shoot!” – Rachel


“Carly did a few photo sessions for us; one of our newborn, and the other of our whole family. Carly does amazing work.  She captured beautiful posed shots, as well as beautiful impromptu moments.  Carly was wonderful with our newborn.  She was able to efficiently photograph her while the baby was awake, but was also patient in waiting for the "great moments". She came with a number of ideas on background, poses, props, etc. and was also open to suggestions.  For our family shoot, we met Carly at a picturesque spot in SF.  She again came with a lot of great, creative, ideas, making the most of the beautiful scenery.  Carly was able to capture a diverse set shots in a short period of time, which was very much appreciated given the limited endurance of a 5-year old and a newborn. Our family was completely comfortable with Carly.  She is warm, personable, fun, patient (critical when dealing with kids/babies), and definitely gifted in what she does!  I plan to use Carly for our next set of family photos.” – Jocelyn


“Carly is fabulous!! She's fun and patient and extremely talented. We had never done a family photo shoot before and I really regretted it. When I met Carly we instantly became friends and when I realized she was a photographer and saw her work, I knew we had a great opportunity to get our photos done. I was always nervous about getting everything just right and dealing with little kiddos, but she made it fun and easy. Carly was really generous with her time. We really wanted Fort Mason because that is our favorite family spot. She hadn’t photographed there before, so she went and checked it out beforehand and got some great ideas. It was absolutely freezing and windy and the fog was messing with the sunlight. She was super calm and patient. We trekked all around the area to find great light and spots, and we actually forgot all about the weather and had a great time. The kids loved running around and playing up to the camera and getting all the attention. It was obvious that Carly just wanted us to have a fun and natural and relaxed shoot. The proof was in the photos! They were beautiful and amazing. We love them and our family and friends are still raving about them. You could barely tell it was windy and the light and the poses were great. We are so thrilled we finally had this done and that it was with Carly. We highly recommend her for any photo needs!” – Lara


“Carly's passion and enthusiasm for her work comes through in every photo she takes. She has a gift of making shoots extraordinarily comfortable and so much fun. The finished product will certainly exceed your expectations. If you need portrait or family photos look no further - Carly Tabak Photography is the place to go!!” – Jennifer

"Carly did my maternity pictures about a week and a half ago! I am so happy with how they turned out.  She made it so easy to celebrate such a special event for my partner and I.  She is one of the happiest people that I have ever met and makes the whole process such a great experience.  It is really hard to walk around when you're so far along, but she made it easy for us to get through it.  Her pricing is very reasonable, which is difficult to find in this city.  She did not cost us an arm and a leg, which is great when you're having a child.  We will forever cherish these pictures! I would recommend her for anyone and definitely plan on using her for our newborn and family pictures!" - Krysten

"We just recently used Carly, and we could not be more pleased with the outcome of our shoot. The pictures she took were fun, creative, and amazing. Our friends and family have not stopped commenting on them. She also took ample time to make sure she got more than enough shots from various viewpoints to capture as many options to choose from as possible. I would highly recommend Carly to anyone looking to get a family shoot!" - Andrew H.

"Carly is a fantastic photographer.  She took pictures of our 4-month-old daughter, and they came out amazingly.  We wish we had known her when our older son was born!  Carly was able to capture beautiful pictures right there in our condo with just a few accessories.  And she did a great job getting our daughter to smile and look at the camera - normally an impossible task with a distracted and squirmy infant.  Carly also captured a number of poses, which made for a good variety of photos.We definitely recommend her for any occasion." - Rowan M.

"Carly did an amazing job with our family photos.  She has a great eye, finds really interesting scenes, great combos, and got the kids to cooperate in ways we have never managed to!She also turned what was becoming an overcast and foggy San Francisco evening to her advantage, and shot some really creative images.  She really knows how to use immediate and expansive scenic backdrops, and varying light conditions well.  The variety that she packed into less than an hour's shoot, and the resulting quality of the images, were both impressive.And she is fun and works well with her subjects." -  Jonathan D.

"We just had an amazing session with Carly on Sat and got our pictures today (Wed!).  Given SF unpredictable weather, she was flexible and creative and got us fabulous shots.  She has a great eye and way of framing her shots.  With two young kids of her own, she understood the challenges of working with our two young kids.  We were so lucky to have found her and cannot wait to share our photos!"  - A.C

"My husband and I were very impressed by the quality and professionalism of Carly's work. She goes above and beyond in order to make your photos magical and the results are amazing (I am not as beautiful as she made me look like on the pictures, trust me!). My husband, who initially wasn't comfortable  with the idea of a maternity photo shoot, felt super comfortable and relaxed because of Carly! She was super engaged and super professional, making a one of a kind moment in our lives last forever." - Taciana

"We booked Carly for our engagement photos and the pictures turned out amazing. She made our photo shoot fun and had a lot of great ideas on not only where she thought we would get the best pictures, but also different poses to try. She gave feedback as we were shooting (even when the pictures were turning out awkward, which I appreciated). We got our pictures in less than 1 week. I would definitely recommend Carly and will use her again in the future." - Erin D.

"I highly recommend Carly for your photography needs. She went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable during our session. Her service is top notch. She is fun and energetic!! I received my photos today and I am thrilled with how they turned out. Carly, thank you so much for making our experience super memorable and fun." - Maya K

"We booked Carly for a newborn session with our two week old daughter. Carly responded to our inquiry promptly and was easy to schedule. She came to our home and brought all of her own props and supplies. She was definitely prepared! She instantly made me, the baby, and my husband feel comfortable and at ease with the camera. She told us it would be a few weeks before we received the finished photos but she really only took a few days. We were very happy with the photos. They were bright, polished, and candid. Carly did a great job! I would definitely recommend her services." - Kate A. 

"Carly is AMAZING!  Let's start with what a nice and easy person she is to work with. On top of that, the photos are stunning. She was really flexible during the hour we had with her. We got photos of my daughter, our family and even a head shot for my husband. Her flexibility and diversity of subject is definitely a plus. I literally received edited photos from her in less than one week. I highly recommend her for any family moment you wish to capture!!!" - Andrea

"We did a mini session with Carly at the Palace of Fine Arts. Carly is warm, engaging, easy to work with and most importantly takes beautiful pictures. My 6 month old is a typical squirmy baby and Carly knows exactly what to do to get the best picture. I am so impressed with what she was able to shoot in such a short time. Turnaround was very quick as well, I highly recommend her." - Poppy C.

"My family had a mini session with Carly at Crissy Field this past weekend. I LOVED how they all came out, she is a true natural at what she does. I have a toddler who was not being cooperative with smiling and she was so patient and waiting to capture a perfect moment with her (she even helped with the stroller, LOL) I felt she went above and beyond besides just taking our pictures and her upbeat attitude made the whole session a walk in the park for my family and I. I have already recommended her to my co-workers as they also loved the beautiful shots she captured of us. I will definitely keep her in mind for any type of pictures in the near future!" - Karina L 

"I could not be happier with how our family photos at Crissy Field turned out. Carly was so helpful with everything from selecting our photo shoot location and even helping us decide what to wear. She was so patient with our large, disorganized family and was great with the baby too! We had to reschedule our initial photo shoot because our baby got sick that weekend, but Carly was so flexible and understanding. It's refreshing to work with someone who cares and does a great job too! I was referred to Carly by someone in my mommy group on facebook, and I can honestly say this was one of the best referrals I've ever gotten. I won't hesitate to book our next photo shoot with Carly." - Reina L.

"We used Carly for our holiday family photos and the whole experience was a breeze. She was super easy to be around, had great ideas and captured all sorts of backgrounds/poses. The three kids were all over the place and not exactly cooperating - she managed to get great photos and was super upbeat. She mentioned photography is her passion and it's very obvious by being around her - she is in her element when working. The photos turned out great and were returned super fast, her price is very reasonable - I would highly recommend her!!" - LK

"Carly did such a great job on the mini session for my family. She is quick to answer any questions beforehand. When we got to the location she was very high energy and made us feel so comfortable. My young daughter is not one to smile for pictures, but she still managed to get her to crack a few smiles and the ones where she isn't smiling turned out so great that it didn't even matter. Carly sent me the images very quickly afterwards. She had agreed to send us 10, and in the end sent us 13 (I emailed her after she sent the 10 asking for one where my husband had better posture). She was more than accommodating and makes we want to take professional photos all the time! I will definitely be going back to her next time our family needs professional photos." - Christina B.

"We had a fabulous experience with Carly for our family holiday photos! She is so fun and easy to work with. You can tell she really cared about getting good shots and that we all looked our best in the photos. And she delivered the photos by email within days from the shoot. The photos all came out beautifully. We will definitely be using her again. We found our new family photographer!" - Randi S.

"Carly recently did a shoot for our family for our Christmas cards, and we love the way they turned out! Carly was very easy to work with- responded quickly to emails, and she made the photo shoot very fun. She instantly put us at ease with her lively personality! Even though we only spent a half our with her, we felt like we'd known her for a lot longer. She was fun and silly with our 10 month old (which was perfect for him!) and the pictures are fantastic. Plus her turn around time was very fast! I would recommend Carly to anyone looking for a great family photographer int he Bay Area. Thanks so much, Carly!" - Kristin M.

"Carly's passion and enthusiasm for her work comes through in every photo she takes. She has a gift of making shoots extraordinarily comfortable and so much fun. The finished product will certainly exceed your expectations. If you need portrait or family photos look no further - Carly Tabak Photography is the place to go!!" - Jennifer D.

"We booked a holiday mini session with Carly and it was such a great experience! She was super professional in her communications: quick to respond, clearly communicated ideas, provided great direction, and has a great knack in making people feel comfortable. Even though it was a mini session she really took her time to get great shots! She truly has a passion for photography and it shows! The next time we need a photographer, I'm definitely calling Carly!" - Jessica Z.

"Carly Tabak is absolutely fantastic!!! She is passionate about her work, knows how to work with people (even little 9-month olds!), and is very energetic and positive. We had a lot of fun in an outdoor setting, doing family photos with 7 people. Carly is super-talented and she created some perfect family photos that we will cherish forever! I highly recommend Carly for your photographic needs!!!" - Fred S.

"My husband surprised me by hiring Carly to photograph my baby shower. While I was familiar (and impressed) with her work as a family photographer, I had not seen her work as an event photographer. I need not have had any concerns- I was immediately thrilled with Carly's professionalism and her willingness to do whatever she could to capture each special moment from my shower. While shooting, I could already see that she had a perfect balance of catching candid moments while also ensuring that beautiful posed photos of family and friends were caught as well. When she sent me the photos to view I wanted to cry from sheer joy- the photos were so beautiful! Although I was 8 months pregnant, Carly somehow managed to make me look good in every photo. I also was so happy with how thorough she was with getting photos of just about every guest that came (no easy feat as there were more than 50 people at my shower!) I am so grateful to my husband for his wonderful gift- the gift of Carly! I can say with total conviction that Carly will do an amazing job of capturing both candid and posed photos of you and your family!!! I know our family will be hiring her again in the future!!!" - Sylvie B.

"Carly is just AMAZING!!! We were last minute for our Christmas card photo shoot and she just made it happen so fast! She was very flexible when we had to cancel because our daughter was sick and found a new spot in her schedule for us asap. The day of the shooting, it was our son's turn to be sick and even though he was crying all the time, she managed to grasp many amazing pictures of all of us smiling!!! Pure magic!!! And on top of everything, it was a super foggy day and despite of it, the pictures are fantastic. Carly had offered to reschedule but we decided to do it since we were so time challenged and because she had assured us the pictures would still be great... And she was right! We are so glad that we kept our spot!!! And after the photo shoot, our pictures were ready to view in 2 days!! Now we have a set of wonderful pictures for our Christmas cards and family gifts!!! Carly, you are the best!!! Thank you so much, John and Julie" - Julie D.

"Carly came over to take pictures of our 1 week old and we also tasked her with taking our Christmas photo with the uncooperative family dog. Carly was so easy to work with, friendly, supportive and more than anything patient. The photos came out great and overall we had a great experience. I will be using her again and would highly recommend for those looking for great family photos." - Sara S.