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san francisco east bay's best location for 

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Newborn sessions are usually reserved 2-3 months in advance.  in order to ensure availability, we are currently taking reservations for one pregnancy due date per week.

Although Sky 9 Studio is an incomparable location for Bay Area baby and family photos, your home is also a part of your story. 
If your home or nursery is Pinterest-perfect, this might just be the right fit for you.  

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A kid at heart who takes a sophisticated approach
to baby, child, and family photography.  I make beautiful things that stand the test of time.

more about jennine

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i'm jennine coosaia

something beautiful.

I waited 36 years to hear the word

Mama




"it was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised."

Of course, I posted that proud moment online as soon as it happened.

It was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised.


A friend from across the country replied: "Just wait until she says,
"I love you."
In that moment, my heart stopped.
I realized that in a few short months, this beautiful moment would be ancient history. 

It was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised.

As a mother and a formally trained professional photographer, I believe that life's milestones deserve to be honored, treasured, and preserved...not only for you, but for your children to share with their children.

she was my first

The studio is located at The Arsenal, a bohemian artist's enclave in Benicia, California. Rich in history and artistic inspiration, The Arsenal is best described as a photographer's dream. The studio and gallery boast 30-foot ceilings, with huge windows throughout. A selection of well-curated props and furnishings are used within the luminous space but photographic possibilities extend beyond the walls of the primary studio, providing endless variations in photographic styling.  Simply put...there is no single place in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can go for a photo session and get so much variety in one session.

Your journey with baby begins well in advance of the birth.  Pregnancy photos are a wonderful way to remember this special time in your life.  Maternity sessions are complimentary for anyone who chooses the Forever My Baby Plan.

maternity photos

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Something really beautiful.

Something made to last.

Something made to share.

I waited 36 years to hear the word

As a mother and a formally trained professional photographer, I believe that life's milestones deserve to be honored, treasured, and preserved...not only for you, but for your children to share with their children.
You reading these words is the end result of something I have been working on for nearly a decade.


"it was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised."

She was my first, and of course, I posted that proud moment online as soon as it happened.


I realized that in a few short months, this beautiful moment would be ancient history.  It was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised. 

A friend from across the country replied: "Just wait until she says "I love you." In that moment, my heart stopped.

Mama

storyteller

artist

design lover

california dreamer

not your average

photographer

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Within the year, I had packed all of my things into a PODS container that would meet me across the country just in time to start the fall semester at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend a real brick-and-mortar photography school, as most photography training is now only available online or via trial-and-error. 
It is for this reason that I feel comfortable saying that I am not the average baby and family photographer.  Being a good photographer involves so much more than owning a good camera and knowing how to set it on AUTO.  It is an art, but also a craft...there are volumes of information on lighting, posing, post-processing, and producing a high-quality final product...not to mention the skills needed to put parents and children at ease in order to encourage their truest selves to shine through.  Much of this comes naturally to me, but I've also dedicated myself to studying the art and science of my craft in order to be able to build a business based on a superior customer experience.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend a REAl photography school"

The year was 2009.  I was sitting alone in my high-rise apartment, just off of Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  I found myself chewing on the end of my pen and glancing around my apartment...I was enrolled in a class at DePaul University called "Career versus Calling" and we had an exercise where we were supposed to think of what we did in our spare time that we did without feeling like we were working...the thing that got us 'in the zone.'
I looked around...wow, the place was kind of a mess.  If only all those frames and photos weren't covering the counter.  Photo gifts that I was going to send to my family...a gallery wall of photos I had taken while traveling the world for the past few years.  I guess you would call that my 'Aha!' moment.  
Within moments, I found myself online, looking for photography schools.

about the studio

Like every parent (or parent-to-be) out there, you are busy. You are working hard to provide for your family, and time is a luxury that you wish you had more of...

I totally get it.

My goal is for your portrait experience to be enjoyable and memorable, NOT a source of stress.  Before we even meet for your session, I will provide you with the opportunity to share how you envision displaying and preserving your images...and I will plan your session accordingly.  

You wouldn't even be looking to hire a photographer if you were okay with it just being average. 
You want your session to be amazing.
You have good taste and good style, but you are open to new ideas.
In fact, you welcome them.  You love the idea of using a styling consultant to help you plan your outfits for the session.
You love your family and the natural way you interact with one another.  The bond you have with each other.  THAT is what you want captured...you want honest moments, but you also want them to look polished and Pinterest-worthy.
Your significant other might be totally on-board with this...or might be going with the flow for a few hours just to make you happy. 
Again...
I totally get it.
I don't make anyone do anything they don't want to and one of my favorite parts of the experience is getting everyone into that 'comfort zone' where their truest selves start to shine through.
That's when the magic happens. 
I promise I'll have my camera ready to capture it all.
 A few weeks after your session, we will meet again and I will have the privilege of showing you the beauty I see in your family.  This is DEFINITELY the best part of the process.  Seeing your family through an artistic lens is such a special moment.  I'm not going to lie...it is my goal to move you to tears with the images from your session...and many times, I find myself joining right in with you.
 After the reveal, we will work together to create the perfect pieces for your home and your lifestyle.

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"the days are long, but the years are short."

Simply put...the BEST location for baby, child and family photography in
San Francisco's East Bay.

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Step 1: Design

because we were enjoying ourselves IN THE MOMENT

After photographing babies, kids, and families for nearly a decade...I've developed a formula for a successful and stress-free session which keeps many of my clients coming back year after year...sometimes several times in one year.
While newborn sessions have a quiet and sleepy vibe, sessions with babies and older kids are definitely more high-energy and downright FUN!  

My goal is to make your session a SAFE and RELAXED experience.  I have a degree in Health Care Administration and have taken CPR training in my previous career...rest assured, as a mother of two, I know how important it is that you feel your baby is in safe hands during the session.  I will never compromise safety to get 'the shot.'

At the end of the process, you will have at least one tangible art piece, great memories, and no regrets.  Read my reviews and you will see that most families who have done this keep coming back.

we didn't know we were making memories

Step 2: The Shoot

Step 2: The Shoot

After photographing babies, kids, and families for nearly a decade...I've developed a formula for a successful and stress-free session which keeps my clients coming back year after year.  

The ordering appointment is the most exciting and emotional part of your entire experience.



-ralph waldo emerson

"we find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."

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"Fantastic photographer!  The studio is absolutely stunning and I am obsessed with our large wall portrait of our family."

"I am obsessed"

"absolutely stunning"

-KAYLA R.

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She was so delicate with our baby.  You could really tell that our baby's safety and comfort were taken into consideration during the entire newborn photo shoot.

"comfortable"

"safe"

-BRITTANY M. 

Go to ONE location, get TONS of looks.  Indoors and out.
Any time of year.

I am able to offer my clients a HUGE variety of looks simply because of my location.

Winter.  Spring.  Summer. Fall.
The studio has something beautiful and memorable for each season.

It's simple.

about the studio

Rich in history and artistic inspiration, Sky 9 Studio is best described as a dream photo location. The studio and gallery boast 30-foot ceilings, with huge windows throughout. A selection of well-curated props and furnishings are used within the luminous space but photographic possibilities extend beyond the walls of the primary studio, providing endless variations in photographic styling.  

Exposed brick, an ivy-covered courtyard, arched hallways...these are just a few of my favorite places to photograph you.  Simply put...there is no single place in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can go for a photo session and get so much variety in one session.

"a dream photo location"

 
Walnut creek
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east bay

 
san francisco

north
bay
&
marin
county

where are you coming from?

san jose
&
south
bay

directions to studio

940 tyler st, #23
Benicia, CA  94510

925.948.0565

VACAVILLE
 sacramento
fairfield

when you pull in the parking lot, look for this archway...

Once you walk under the archway, look for the door with the 940 address plate. Once inside, go to the end of the hallway and turn LEFT.  Sky 9 Studio is located in Studio #23.  This entrance is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

DIRECTIONS FROM WALNUT CREEK | EAST BAY

-take I-680N, cross Benicia Bridge
-merge onto I-780 W toward Benicia/Vallejo
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street


-take I-80E towards Sacramento, cross San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
-take exit towards Martinez/Benicia
-merge onto I-780 E
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street

DIRECTIONS FROM
san francisco

when you pull in the parking lot, look for this archway...

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

-from 1-580E, cross Richmond Bridge
-take the Cutting Blvd exit toward Harbor Way
-turn LEFT at Cutting Blvd
-merge onto 1-80E toward Sacramento
-take exit toward Martinez/Benicia
-merge onto I-780 E
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street
-turn LEFT at the second drive and park


-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry)
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM marin county | North bay

-from 1-680N, cross Benicia Bridge
-take the exit on the LEFT onto 1-780W toward Benicia/Vallejo
-take Exit 6 for E Fifth Street
-turn LEFT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-at the fork, bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street
-turn LEFT at the second drive and park

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry)
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM san jose | south BAY

-take I-80W
-take Exit 40 / Benicia / Vallejo onto I-780W
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM sacramento | vacaville fairfield

Session fees cover the time and talent of the photographer and are required to reserve your session.

Experience has shown that most clients are interested in timeless artwork for their home, albums, and/or digital files.  We offer custom collections and a la carte options to accomodate each of those end goals.

Because of the confidence we have in our work, WE ALSO OFFER A 100% RISK FREE GUARANTEE.
  

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2019 availability is limited.
Reach out to reserve your session or pregnancy due date now.