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Best Photography Spots in San Francisco | Crissy Field

One of the best photography spots in the San Francisco Bay Area is definitely Crissy Field. It is a versatile location that is perfect for any type of photoshoots and is a favorite of many local photographers. I love it primarily because of the stunning views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay but there are also many other reasons why this is on my top 10 list of go-to places.

HISTORY

For those who are not familiar, Crissy Field was once a military airfield for the Presidio military base. It used to be a paved over area which was transformed to be one of the most beautiful urban national parks in the USA. It’s 4.3 miles ocean-front long promenade offers breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz. Crissy Field features an open green field area, beautiful beach, a promenade, trails, tidal wetlands and much more.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

From a photographer’s perspective, there are a few things to consider before deciding Crissy Field is the best for you and your family.

  • First thing to consider is unpredictable weather. Crissy Field has it’s own micro-climate within San Francisco. It can often be covered in fog and the winds can be quite powerful. Dressing properly is the key.

  • Second thing is the timing. Crissy Field is a wide open area, there is not that much shade so sessions have to be timed perfectly in order to achieve the best possible images. An ideal time to do a session at Crissy Field is the Golden Hour. Starting the session about an hour prior to sunset would be perfect.

  • Third thing to consider are crowds. Crissy Field is not only one of the most popular tourist location, it is also a most popular recreational area for the locals. Avoiding people is easier as it gets closer to sunset. It could be overwhelming for a newbie photographer so make sure that you find a right person with experience.

MATERNITY SESSION

While Crissy Field is a perfect Bay Area location for all types of photoshoots, my absolute favorite to photograph there are maternity sessions. For this blog post, I wanted to include highlights from one of my most recent Crissy Field sessions with beautiful Jody-Ann and her husband Troy. I thought that this particular session is a perfect representation of everything that this gorgeous location has to offer. Cypress trees, beautiful filtering natural sunlight, green fields, promenade, iconic views of Golden Gate Bridge and sandy beach are all featured and hopefully it makes it easier to envision your next photoshoot there. Enjoy!

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.

Maternity Photography East Bay - Lafayette Reservoir

East Bay is beautiful. There are so many gorgeous locations to photograph at and one of my all time favorites is Lafayette Reservoir. The lake is located near Lafayette downtown and it’s super convenient to access. In the late afternoon the sun falls behind the hills which surround it creating a magnificent backdrop for photos. Many locals go there to enjoy the lake’s beauty and I love taking my clients there for their photoshoots.

About the Session

For this particular maternity session, the location decision was easy because my clients, Mayara and Dmitriy, live nearby. We started the photoshoot in the surrounding wooded area and then walked over to the lake as the sun went down. Gorgeous colors of the nature around us were amplified by the beautiful dresses that Mayara wore. These gorgeous dresses were both purchased from Pink Blush.

Here are some highlights from this perfect East Bay maternity photoshoot.

 
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Dresses by: Pink Blush

BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.

Looking for Unique Maternity Photos | Here is an Idea

Are you looking for unique maternity photo ideas? If so, take a look at this blog post. It could spark just the right amount of inspiration to get you to plan the maternity photoshoot of your dreams. This session was photographed at a private horse ranch where we were able to make use of my client’s classic car as our primary prop.

Sometimes when you think of props for maternity photoshoots you may think of traditional items like baby shoes or sonogram photos but it can definitely be more elaborate and unique. If selected with care and purpose, props can add another dimension to the images.

Props can either have a special meaning or provide background in the portrayal of your personal visual story, For example, my clients brought a book of crossword puzzles with them because they do the puzzles together every Sunday. The time they spend together on this hobby holds a lot of meaning for them and it was a perfect addition to our session. When they began working on a puzzle at the shoot, they shared a special moment with smiles and laughter, it was almost as if I was not present. I actually had to remind them that we needed to move onto something else because the sun was setting. Another item that they wanted to include was a baby book. As they read the old classic “Guess How Much I Love You” their gestures became more animated and you could see the excitement and anticipation about what was to come.

When planning your maternity session, I would suggest starting first with a concept. Once you have the main idea, you and your photographer can proceed with further planning. Props are not necessary, but they can help you tell a story. Choose them wisely.

These pregnancy pictures were the first part of the Baby to Bump package that I offer. I can't wait for the second part where I get to meet the little baby boy who is hiding in these photos.

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.


Bump To Baby Photoshoots in Walnut Creek and San Francisco

Something some of you know, but most of you may not, is that I moved to this country as a refugee. I was born in Croatia and as a child I survived the ugliness of a war that ravaged the area formerly known as Yugoslavia. This war ultimately led me to the United States, and resulted in me settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I am hesitant to complain. Even though I am completely assimilated as an American some twenty years after arriving in this country, I still occasionally get a tinge of nostalgia. To cure the nostalgia, I travel to Croatia almost yearly, and I also often rock out to the 90s Yugo pop music (especially when editing photos while home alone). I especially love to meet people from my neck of the woods who share similar experiences as mine. So, when I got the email from Vesna I was super excited to photograph both the maternity and newborn sessions for her and her husband Matt.

About the Maternity Session

Vesna’s husband Matt was born and raised in Walnut Creek, so for the maternity session we chose to stay close to where he grew up. We decided on the beautiful Shell Ridge open space and Borges Ranch as our photo destination. The open space looks so gorgeous as the sun falls behind the rolling hills and the Ranch gave us a lot of variety to play with, and even a few goats to include in the photos for fun.

About the Lifestyle Newborn Session

Vesna and Matt have a beautiful condo in San Francisco which they completely remodeled and which Vesna decorated herself. I was thrilled when I saw large windows and fantastic natural light throughout the space. Their baby boy was so adorable and so easy to photograph. He cooperated during the entire three hour session.

Needless to say, this Bump to Baby journey was a joy to photograph! Enjoy.

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.



Maternity Session at a Horse Ranch in Danville | Bay Area Photographer

I just wanted to quickly post a teaser shot of the recent maternity session that I photographed at a private horse ranch in Danville. The couple had this beautiful classic Jeep Wagoneer and suggested to use it for our session. It was such a great idea. I will be posting more from this session once I finish editing. Until then, enjoy!

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.

From Bump to Baby with Molly and Manju | East Bay Newborn Photographer

When I was first contacted by Molly about the maternity session, it was such a short notice. Their scheduled photographer didn’t show up the day of the session and they needed someone quick to fill in. Luckily, I was able to move things around to fit them in because only two days after our maternity session Molly went into labor. I am also super glad that we were able to make it work because I got to meet the sweetest couple ever and we didn’t miss out on capturing these very precious memories.

About the Maternity Session

Molly and Manju picked the Lafayette Reservoir as their location for the maternity photoshoot. Normally the Lafayette Reservoir is not my first choice but in this case, it was the only right choice for the couple. They got married there a year prior and for them the Lafayette Reservoir is a special place. During the entire session these two acted like they are still on their honeymoon. It was so obvious to me how much love is between them. Also, during this session, I’ve grown to love this location and now it will definitely be on my list of favorite spots. I especially loved going close to the water’s edge and getting those beautiful sunset shots. The session was so easy for me and I really enjoyed Molly and Manju’s company and once it was all over, I was so excited to meet their baby girl.

About the Newborn Session

Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait that long until their baby was born. Exactly two days after our maternity session, Molly delivered a very healthy and beautiful baby girl. Newborn photo session was scheduled soon after and it was photographed at their beautiful home in the Orinda hills.

Side Note

I’ve been hearing lately terrible stories about professional photographers not being so professional. For example, I have friends who did the session but never got their photos afterwards or in this case where photographer never even showed up to the session. Imagine being all dressed up with make-up and ready to go and then your photographer is a no show. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, please please please do your homework. Research the photographer and read his/her reviews. Also, it’s a good idea to put down the deposit and sign a contract. There is a lot of us out there which makes the right choice that much more difficult. Family mementos such as images documenting special events in one’s lives have to be important to photographer as much as they are to you.

 
 
 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.



Maternity, NewbornBojana Korach
Berkeley Rose Garden maternity and family photo session

This Berkeley Rose Garden maternity and family photo session was so much fun. Little Lucia showed off her really fun personality and I was so glad to be there to experience it. At one point during the session Lucia, on her own accord, picked up two leaves off the ground and started dancing as if she was a cheerleader. It was such a spontaneous moment and it made me and her parents smile from ear to ear.

This family is expecting a little boy really soon so this was in a way the last professional photoshoot for them before they become party of four. The special moments between Lucia and her parents and her excitement of soon becoming a big sister are such sweet memories. Down the road, this family will be looking at these images with nostalgia and talk about them for years to come.

My job as a photographer is much more then delivering a beautiful gallery of images. I consider myself to be a documentarian. With the clicks of my shutter, I am freezing time and telling a story of my client’s life.

About the Location

Berkeley Rose Garden is a beautiful place located in a residential area of the Berkeley Hills. It is a city owned park which is nestled in a small canyon. I particularly like the forest grove like setting with beautiful steps and wooden bridges.

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.

Families, MaternityBojana Korach
Lands End and Sutro Baths Maternity Photography | San Francisco Photographer

Fleeting Moments | Precious Memories

It was a lovely but slightly chilly Wednesday afternoon when I met my clients Kayla and Darius for their maternity photoshoot. Lands End and Sutro Baths are two of my favorite locations in San Francisco for maternity photography so I was super excited to shoot another session there.

About the Couple

The session started with the warmest hugs which set the tone up for one of the best photoshoots I ever had. Instantly, I felt like we were best of friends. Kayla and Darius are both ER doctors who made San Francisco their permanent home. With such busy schedules it was slightly challenging to find a couple of hours of free time but I am so glad we did. They are expecting their first child and if you look at these images you can feel the love and excitement for what is to come radiating through.

About the Location

As I mentioned before Sutro Baths and Lands End are two of my favorite locations in the San Francisco Bay Area for maternity photography and they happen to be adjacent to each other. We started of in the Land End area by walking through cypress trees towards the coast then we walked through the Sutro Baths ruins down towards the beach. It’s a great location but it can be chilly and very windy. In this case, Kayla was super brave in her beautiful dress and she didn’t even mind having to tie her hair back when needed. Also, it is not the easiest of terrains but both Kayla and Darius were ready for the adventure.

I can’t wait to meet their little one really soon.

 
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Their dog Desilu was super excited to be in the photos.

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.







MaternityBojana Korach
Baby on the Way! Maternity Photographer | Tilden Park, San Francisco Bay Area

FLEETING MOMENTS | PRECIOUS MEMORIES

Baby is on the way and the pregnancy glow is a real thing. Those are the two real facts about this maternity session that I photographed a few weeks back at the Tilden Park. It was a perfect evening with the sweetest couple. They are about to become first time parents and they could not be more excited.  I also loved meeting their new dog Rusty who they adopted just a few weeks prior. 

About the Location

The time is almost here for Jamie and Matt to enter the joy's of parenthood and for this maternity photoshoot they picked one of their most favorite locations in Bay Area (Lake Anza, Tilden Park).  As the sun was going down we weaved carefully around the lake discovering together it's beautiful pockets that made a stunning backdrop for our images. 

Choosing my favorites was not an easy task.  Enjoy!!!

 
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BOJANA KORACH IS A PUBLISHED LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN NEWBORN, FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.