Family photoshoot at the Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line in San Francisco

For this year’s location Keltner family picked the famous Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line in San Francisco. I absolutely love photographing in the Presidio area because of all the beautiful cypress trees so I was super excited to go there.

The session went by so fast because of all the fun we were having. Beautiful Reese and Zoe have grown so much since we last saw each other. I must mention my favorite dog ever, Mickey who was (as always) an excellent model.

Enjoy!

 
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Walnut Creek Lifestyle Family Session with baby Evelyn

I was really looking forward to this family photo session because I was so excited to see baby Evelyn. I photographed her when she was just a few days old and now in what seems like a minute she turned one. Time basically flew by since our last session.

October is one of my busiest months in the year. With holidays coming up, families are looking to update their family portraits. It is the time when I get to see lot of my past clients who I absolutely adore. Reconnecting with my sweet families means a lot to me and it is a huge reason why I love what I do. So, even though I am working hard during this busy period, I am also having a lot of fun.

About the Location

For this lifestyle family session we chose a beautiful location in Walnut Creek. The Old Borges Ranch has a very rustic look to it and it’s also connected with the Shell Ridge open space. In such a small area there is so much variety. It’s one of my favorite locations to photograph at. I wrote about it here.

About the Session

We started the photoshoot on the ranch property itself and then we walked over to the nearby trail. Generally, with little kids I like to keep the session moving. Going from one area to the next keeps everyone happy and engaged. We ended the session with a celebratory cupcake which Evelyn ate up in a very short amount of time.

It was so nice reconnect with this sweet family. Till next time…

 
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In home lifestyle newborn session in San Francisco

This lifestyle newborn session which I photographed at my client’s home in San Francisco was such a treat for me. Three years prior I photographed baby Blair there and now it was baby Elin’s turn. It was so wonderful to see Blair being so sweet and loving towards her little sister. She even held her and was giving her kisses.

One of major perks of my job is getting a call from past clients who are adding one more baby. Such sessions are filled with emotion and tender moments that are simply not to be missed.

 
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Blair made sure we didn’t forget her during the session. She was so playful and full of energy and at the same time she was gentle and loving towards her little sister.

 
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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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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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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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Lifestyle newborn session with the Rothe Family | Oakland Family Photographer

This at-home lifestyle newborn session was such a treat for me.  I got to see one of my cutest little clients after four years and I got to meet his little sister.  Baby Flora is only 10 days new and so adorable.  Her big brother is so loving and so sweet with her.  

I love it when my clients have full trust in me and let me do my thing.  We spent three hours together and it really didn't feel that way.  It was a relaxed atmosphere and in return we captured some beautiful memories.  

 

 
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These first moments when you bring a new family member home are so precious.  The curiosity of baby Flora's big brother and first kisses are something families are going to smile at ten years from now. Kids grow fast and change even faster, freezing moments with my camera and transforming them into photographs is so important and priceless. 

 
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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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