Posts in Category: families

In these streets

Family Portraits at Redwood Regional Park

Ursula and Bruno brought their family and met me at one of my favorite places in Oakland. It’s this wonderful spot where the redwoods grow, thick and tall and glorious. This mama and her family were all love and an absolute delight to photograph.They laughed at all my corny jokes, were almost as silly as me and generally just had fun and went with the flow.

I’m the luckiest person in the world to get to spend time with you and document you as you are, in this moment, with your loved ones. My heart is full and I am grateful. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous family with me!

(You saw a sweet preview of this session here, can’t you just feel the love between these two? Dreamy sigh!!)


If you’re ready to book your portrait session – in the woods, at home or wherever you and yours are most comfortable, send me an email! I’d love to hear from you.

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Happy 2017!


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Ajira is local to the Oakland, California area and is currently booking 2017 sessions.

Ajira Darch is available for maternity, newborn, and family portrait sessions wherever you are and has clients from Dar es Salaam to San Francisco.  To find out details regarding her upcoming travel dates to a city near you or to book a custom travel session, please inquire for more information.

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One more chance for Photos with Santa!

Photos with Santa at Sleep Play Love

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Thank you so much for coming to Sleep Play Love on Sunday afternoon to get a photo with our very own dear Santa. We were thrilled to see so many local families come out and seeing the children’s little faces as they told Santa all they wished for was the highlight of the day!

Santa Claus

We believe that representation matters and it does all our children good to see that anyone can be anything, and Santa can look like they do!

This event was put together by East Bay Social Justice Minded Families, Sleep Play Love and Ajira Darch Photography who all volunteered their skills, expertise and space to create something beautiful for our community. All told 66 families came through and donated a total of $572 for Covenant House. Thank you!

If you were one of the families who came by to get a photo with Santa, you should have received an email from me. If you haven’t, please send an email to so you won’t miss the notification when your photos are ready for download!

Thank you again!



A & J | Expecting

A chance meeting at a neighborhood park brought this beautiful couple into my life. I’m so grateful for serendipitous connections! The love they have for each other and the tender excitement about their upcoming addition was so palpable! It was amazing. Amazing!






and baby makes three…

I got to photograph one of my favorite people on Earth, Joann, AND her sweet family a few weeks back. I’m SOOO happy looking at these images. I just love them.

Best believe there are more from this session coming up on the blog. Soon!!



Ready to book your portrait session? Send me an email and tell me everything about your lovely family! 😀



Come Together

This family was a pure joy to photograph, just as they are a pure joy to know. I LOVE getting to photograph my friends!! More from this family portrait session, definitely coming soon!

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I’d love to make friends with you! And take your picture! Email me now and let’s get the ball rolling.



In the woods

Big Brother

Baby’s breath


Thursday’s mama

Today’s mama love…

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Also? Read this NPR post about how and why we should celebrate mothers’ day. Love how it talks about that disparate experience that seems especially bittersweet as a mama, where some time seems to drag along and the rest just flashes by.

If you’re posting shout outs and acknowledgments of your own mama love, please don’t forget to tag them with #ShowMamaSomeLove so we can all come celebrate with you! 😀


Show Mama Some Love

Happy Tuesday! Like I mentioned yesterday, every day this week I’ll be posting an image of mama love so we can all get in the right frame of mind for Mother’s day this Sunday. Because how can you not when you see all this love beaming out?!

Are you ready? Have you planned some special way to show the mama in your life some love? You know you want to!


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