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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.

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Family Portrait under a Hippie Tree in Tiburon | San Francisco Photographer

Rich, the dad in this photo, was my grad school professor at the University of San Francisco and was also one of my very first clients when baby Cooper was born about eight years ago. Each year since then we meet to capture sweet moments such as this one. It’s been such a pleasure which I hope to continue for many years ahead. This time we went around their home town of Tiburon and finished off at the famous Hippie Tree.

I only have a teaser shot for now but I will be posting more from this family session soon.

 
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Top 10 Family Photo Locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

I don't know about you, but I consider myself super lucky to live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Great people, great food, but most importantly, the Bay Area has some of the most beautiful, natural and urban landscapes in the world.  Another factor which makes this area great is our great weather. It's unbeatable. We can photograph outdoors all year long.  For a point of comparison, I lived in Chicago for a brief period and quickly realized that outside sessions in that unforgiving climate were feasible only six to eight months of the year.  I am a natural light photographer and I often work in public locations, so Chicago's weather was a major hurdle for my business.  But not here in the Bay Area! We can spend time outside virtually any day of the year and have a great time creating beautiful memories. 

Picking a location for your next photo session does not need to be a daunting task.  There are many wonderful sites to choose from. The challenge, however, is narrowing down and choosing a location that best suits your family.  

To make your decision a little easier, I made a list of my top 10 favorite family photoshoot locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The list contains some of the most popular areas and also less known hidden gems around the Bay.  

1.  Lands End, San Francisco

This is probably a favorite amongst many photographers and for a good reason.  Lands End is located on the north-western corner of San Francisco.  It's set amongst gorgeous eucalyptus and cypress trees on the edge of the coastline with spectacular ocean views.  My absolute favorite aspect of this landscape are trees that curved over time due to the force of wind, which creates an unusual and quite stunning backdrop.  One thing to be aware of is that the weather at the Lands End can be very unpredictable and those same winds which bend the trees beautifully can make your hair fly in every direction.  This is a perfect location for a family that is ready for an adventure. 

 
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2. Crissy Field, San Francisco

Another favorite amongst local Bay Area photographers is Crissy Field.  It's proximity and views of the Golden Gate Bridge are simply unbeatable. Crissy Field is easy to get to for families of every size.  What makes it special to me is that it offers a variety of scenery. There is a large open green field and easy access to the beach.  However, a major drawback to this location is that it's super popular, not only with photographers but also with every tourist who visits San Francisco.  To fully enjoy it and get stunning shots, I would strongly suggest going either early in the morning or late afternoon on a weekday.  

 
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3. Regional parks and Open Spaces

How awesome it is to be surrounded by vast open spaces and regional parks! They are scattered throughout the entire Bay Area and surprisingly very easy to access. It’s hard to believe that in such a populated area we have these vast open spaces at our disposal, but we do and they make great photo locations. I live in Walnut Creek and we have a few in just a 5 mile radius. One of the main things to remember is that for sessions in the open spaces to work well, the timing must be perfect. The best natural light is very early in the morning or in the late afternoon (closer to sunset). The creamy and soft natural light produced at this time of day when the sun sets behind the hills is termed the “golden hour.” The image below was taken at the gorgeous Rancho San Antonio Preserve but similar landscapes and lighting can be found at other Bay Area open spaces.

 
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4.  Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Joaquin Miller Park is located in the Oakland Hills just off the state highway 13.  It's a 500 acre park with rustic woodland trails that wind through redwood groves.  It is a perfect spot for a family who is looking for a lush green backdrop. The sunlight which filters through redwood trees creates an "Alice in Wonderland" type of scene.  

 
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5. Jewel Lake at Tilden Park, East Bay

This is a perfect location for family photos for many reasons. Jewel Lake is located just a short walk away from the Little Farm, about a quarter mile down a fire road. There's plenty of parking, it is flat and easy to get to.  My favorite part is the zig-zag wooden pathway that leads to the lake.  It is very green and lush.  A one-mile trail loops all the way around the lake which makes for a perfect photo family adventure.  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in this area. 

 
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6. Hap Magee Ranch Park, Danville

If you are looking for a manicured location that is very easy for everyone in your family to access, I would suggest Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville.  It's a beautiful park located in the foothills of Danville and Alamo.  This park is very close to highway 680 but it feels very natural and secluded.  In the autumn you can actually find foliage there.  It's not a lot, but for California it can be surprisingly colorful.  

 
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7.  Old Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek

If you asked me my most frequented photoshoot location, regardless of the season, I would not even hesitate to respond.  My response is automatic, it's Old Borges Ranch! This location is perfect for all kinds of photo sessions but it is absolutely the best for families.  Old Borges Ranch is a historic ranch located in the foothills of Mount Diablo.  It has barn structures, antique farm equipment, old tractor machinery scattered around, a manual water pump and a number of farm animals.  Kids can pretty much climb on everything, explore and pet animals and best of all, it's free.  Another aspect which I love about Borges Ranch is that it is attached to Shell Ridge Open Space so we can hit the trail and walk under beautiful oak trees.  

 
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 8.  Wente Vineyards, Livermore

If your vision for your next family photo session includes a beautiful winery setting, look no further then the beautiful Wente Vineyards. It is closer than driving to Napa and it's just as stunning.  Wente vineyards is a popular wedding location so it's good to check ahead about photographing there. 

 
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9.  Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

One of the most tranquil locations that I photographed at is the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden. It is located in a quiet neighborhood of Palo Alto.  It consists of a historic home, carriage house and wide array of beautifully manicured plant landscapes. It is quite small but it offers lots of variety. It's an oasis that is worth exploring.  

 
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10. Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley

I was considering omitting this "hidden gem" from my list because it is my most recent discovery and I love photographing there.  I will not say much more about it.  I am keeping it hush hush (at least till this post goes live). 

 
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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 HER PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES.

 

 

 

 

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Baby Alice is One! Family Photographer | Berkeley Rose Garden

FLEETING MOMENTS | PRECIOUS MEMORIES

I had so much fun taking photos of this beautiful family at the Berkeley Rose Garden a few weeks back.  It was a gorgeous morning for a family photo session and it just so happened to be baby Alice's first birthday.  Alice is so sweet and adorable. She is not quite walking on her own yet but is definitely on the move.  We had a great time playing on the playground and walking through the forest. 

As a family photographer I always strive to get fun and unexpected photos, tender moments and also some classic posed shots.  During this session we managed to capture it all.

Happy Birthday Alice! 

 
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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.

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Newborn Lifestyle Photo Session | What to Wear

One of the most frequent questions that I get from my clients is what to wear during a lifestyle newborn photo session. Those first few weeks after a baby's arrival can be hectic and the last thing you need to be concerned about is what to wear.  I want you to feel beautiful and confident and not to worry about anything else other than loving your new bundle of joy.  Once you have decided on your wardrobe, everything else will fall into place.  

Here are some tips on what to wear during a newborn lifestyle photo session:

1.  Stay in your "Fashion Lane"

First and foremost, I like to emphasize that your style and personality are very important. Let your every day wardrobe influence your outfit for this photo session.  Staying within your "fashion lane" is basically listening to your inner fashionista and wearing what makes you, you. 

 
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2.  Light and Neutral Color Palette

We want your baby to be the central focus of the session so keeping everything else simple and neutral is kind of the key.  Soft pastels such as blush, grey, browns work great.  If you are running out of ideas, white/grey and ivory/brown color combinations are always a good option but please don't exactly match with your spouse, rather coordinate within the same color scheme.  

If I were to pick one color that you should stay away from, I would say to definitely avoid BLACK. 

 
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3. Play with Texture

Texture is just as important as the color that you are working with.  It gives dimension to the images and can add additional softness.  Layering can also help in adding more interest and can be very flattering. Many new moms feel uncomfortable with their post pregnancy bodies and it is very important that you feel confident and beautiful. A white tee with a soft grey cardigan would for example be a great choice.  

 
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4.  Keeping it Casual 

Lifestyle newborn sessions are photographed in the comfort of your home.  Therefore you should compliment the "comfort" only a home can provide by opting for a more casual option when it comes to clothing.  I would stay away from fancy dresses and especially high heels.  I would even go further to suggest that bare feet look most natural in a home setting.  The clothing should compliment the surroundings.

 
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5.  Movement

Before making a final decision on what to wear, I would do a what I call "movement challenge".  We will be photographing you laying down, standing up, from up above, from below...  the clothing should allow you to move as freely as you can. Not to forget, you will most likely be doing some diaper changes and feeds during the session.  One of my go-to suggestions is a long flowy dress in a soft pastel color (white and ivory also work well).  I personally love when new mothers wear dresses, it's often the easiest choice and it always garners the most compliments.  

 
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6. Baby Attire

I prefer babies dressed very simply in plain white onesies, wrapped in muslin swaddles or to just be in a diaper. The most important thing to pay attention to is that we want the chosen outfit to fit snug. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with knotted gowns and swaddles by Lou Lou and Co. that come in very beautiful designs. If we photograph your baby in the diaper, I find that diapers from The Honest Co. photograph very well. Including a special item that holds meaning is always encouraged. Often, my clients have a blanket that they had as a baby themselves or for example a hat that someone in the family knitted and I am happy to include them in the session.

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My favorite go to stores are:

Madewell

Lou and Grey

Banana Republic

Kit and Ace

Anthropologie

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.

Baby Alden's lifestyle newborn photo session in San Francisco

FLEETING MOMENTS | PRECIOUS MEMORIES

I had a great time photographing adorable baby Alden's lifestyle newborn photo session at his home in San Francisco.  Baby Alden is just adorable! He is already sporting a full head of spiky hair and showing off his big personality.  The entire session ran smooth and we ended up with a beautiful gallery of precious moments.  

My style of photography is very natural and organic.  I do everything in a minimal fashion in order to show the perfection of a newborn in the truest way.  This little guy is as perfect as can be and my job as a photographer was just to capture it.  

 
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It was a a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco and my client's home was filled with natural light.  We photographed most of the family shots in the nursery.  The nursery was decorated in a refreshingly unique way with framed menus from well known restaurants in San Francisco and New York.  It turned out that baby Alden's parents are serious foodies. In fact, his mommy Dana is a CEO of a local food company, Render.  I can attest to the delicious State Bird Seed snack. My favorite was the Almond Rosemary.  

 
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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.

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At home lifestyle newborn session with beautiful baby Willow

FLEETING MOMENTS | PRECIOUS MEMORIES

This at home lifestyle newborn session with beautiful baby Willow was such a lovely experience for me. Baby Willow's parents were super sweet and so welcoming and their baby was such a joy to photograph.

 About the Session

It is always a little unnerving when I first enter my client's homes.  Homes are basically sacred places especially during those first days with newborn baby and entering them with my photography equipment can be somewhat disruptive. I always do my best to blend in as much as possible. My goal with every session is to provide comfort and a helping hand if needed.  Yes, I am there to photograph too but not until everyone feels comfortable and ready.  I have abundance of patience and throughout the entire process I encourage my clients that in the end there will be a beautiful gallery no matter what.  The beginning of this particular session was a little rocky but soon enough things settled and we had plenty of time to get beautiful images.  

My style in general is very natural however I am not opposed at all to using some props.  I have a nice variety of hand made high-quality headbands and hats that I like to incorporate in a minimalistic way.  Certainly, I do not want the prop to overpower the natural beauty of the baby and keeping things simple is the best way not to do exactly that.

I must mention that I really enjoyed the home of my clients.  Adrienne, baby Willow's mother, is a talented interior designer and the entire home is gorgeously decorated.  I especially enjoyed the nursery with flower wall details.

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.

 

 

Lifestyle newborn session with beautiful baby Stefan

A month or so after I photographed Krulj family's maternity session here in Walnut Creek, I had the pleasure of photographing this lifestyle newborn session with their beautiful baby Stefan.  Baby Stefan made us wait a little longer then expected but he was definitely ready for his photos to be taken.  He was awake for most of the session and didn't cry even once.  It was such a fun and easy going experience for everyone and the fact that we are friends made it that much better. 

About the Family

I've known Krulj family for a few years now and when Amanda initially contacted me I was super excited to photograph these very special moments for them. Our maternity session was a way to reconnect and I could not wait to photograph their beautiful newborn baby boy.  Meeting the newest family member was a joyous occasion for me but one person who was most excited about baby Stefan's arrival was definitely his big sister Olivia. Olivia's highlight of the day was to be able to hold her big brother and give him hugs and kisses. She did an amazing job and those images are some of my favorites from the entire session.  

About the Session

I was taken aback by the level of baby Stefan's alertness.  At only eleven days old he carefully observed his parents and sister.  He smiled and looked directly at the camera.  The three hour session flew by very fast and in the end we got such a variety of beautiful imagery.  The hardest part of this job was picking out my favorites to show in this blog post.

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.

 

 

 

  

San Francisco Three Month Old Lifestyle Baby Session

What a wonderful occasion to photograph beautiful Ariya's three month old lifestyle baby session at my clients home in San Francisco.  The entire session was smooth sailing.  From the minute I walked in baby Ariya was ready for her photos to be taken.  She smiled, looked at the camera, cuddled with her parents. What more could I want?! I was just happy to be there to document it all. 

Our finished gallery ended up being well over 100 edited images so naturally it was hard for me to narrow it down to these favorites. 

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.

One Year Old Photo Session at the Berkeley Rose Garden

FLEETING MOMENTS | PRECIOUS MEMORIES

Baby Grace just had had her birthday and for her one year old photo session we went to the beautiful Berkeley Rose Garden.  To celebrate this huge milestone we captured some beautiful portraits and finished off with some yummy cake.  I was slightly worried that baby Grace might not enjoy the cake but it turned out to be just the opposite. She went for it right away and enjoyed every bite.  I am so happy that I was the one to capture these very special moments.  

About the location

It was an easy decision to choose Berkeley Rose Garden as our location for this photo session.  It's one of my favorites.  It's a rose garden plus it has a gorgeous forest setting with redwoods and beautiful oak trees. 

Here are just a few of my favorites from this session.

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.