Vivian Nantel

This beautiful portrait of Vivi is best described by Vivian herself:

Wow! Stefanie is such an amazing, creative, and very talented photographer! “Une artiste par excellence!” Despite the freezing weather on Rodeo beach at the Marin Headlands in Marin county, and the 30 knots wind chill blowing in my face, and an allergic reaction in my right eye, we were not only able to overcome the challenges but succeed in such a beautiful, grandiose and artistic way. The stunning images Stefanie captured of me are eternal and ethereal just as I had dreamt of.

Stefanie was able to catch a glimpse of my soul and the Divine within me. I have worked with many great photographers over the decades, but I must confess Stefanie is the best! I love very much her work, and working with her. I highly recommend her, and will use her services again in the future. She is such a sweetheart and a beautiful soul. And it is also very pleasant working with her. Stefanie listens to you, and she is opened to work with you as a team. The synergy and dynamics between us is just Divine. Kudos for Stefanie! You are passionate, and a master of your work! And that shows.

Vivianne Nantel, artist, mystic, author, writer, poet, and yogini


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This photo shoot was truly fun. The EOS Ensemble performs an April Fools concert on April 1st and they needed a fun photograph that would advertise the event. As a Passionate Portrait Photographer this is what I live for. A session in a perfect setting where everybody has fun, is playful and at the same time I am fully appreciated as photographic artist. As a German immigrant I do love how this little section of San Francisco feels almost like it could have been captured in Europe. The building in the foreground is the SF Opera with the San Francisco City Hall in the background .

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The most rewarding aspect of my work as a family photographer is seeing the same families year after year. Babies are even more rewarding since I get to see them before they are born and an average of 4 times in the first year.

As a family and baby photographer in the San Francsico Bay Area for more than a decade, I had the privilege to document the family history of many families. Often times it starts with a wedding. Since it has been almost 11 years I got to see babies growing to be teenagers, teenagers growing into young adults and families founded and growing up together. Soon I will be photographing the wedding of one of the teenagers I photographed a few times.

Baby Gianna was the one of first babies that I had the privilege to photograph from when she was a 6 month old baby to currently an amazing teenager. Gianna is the grand daughter of Maureen and Mike Jannini. Mike was the vice president of the Marriott Hotel and since 2010 became the president of the Cheesecake Factory. In the first 2 years we planned 6 sessions. (Please ask about our baby plan that enables you to capture all segments of your babies first year with one awesome package.) Maureen would set up sessions whenever she visited San Francisco with Gianna. After the first 7 sessions the Jannini’s moved to Washington DC. In 2006 I photographed a destination wedding in Washington DC and called Maureen to plan the next session documenting Gianna now a toddler of 4 years. In 2010 Maureen and Mike who now live in Malibu and simply flew me in to photograph Gianna now age 8. Since I migrated to the US 16 years ago from Germany I missed a lot of the growing up of my niece and nephew Kira and Marwin. Perhaps it is because of that that I value the connection to my clients so much. The following portraits are showing the different stages of Gianna growing up.

Session in Malibu, CA

Session in Washington, DC

Session in Santa Clara, CA

The biggest regret that Maureen had, was that she only found me when Gianna was already 6 month old, missing out on the most precious time of a new life. The general suggestion in the professional photography community is to capture the following mile stones:

Maternity (ideally around the 8th month)
Newborn (with the first 10 days)
Baby at 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, (sometime in-between), 1y, 1.5 years, 2 years etc.

Unless you are an awesome photographer yourself, you will never regret involving a professional photographer to capture the life of your child and the history of your family.

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