family of three in the gardens ~ Lake Merritt {Oakland portrait photographer}

After moving to Oakland, I've been on the lookout for fun locations for photo sessions. I've been amazed at how quiet and peaceful Lake Merritt Gardens have been...even on a weekend! With a variety of plant life, colors and textures year-round, it is an ideal spot. This family of three was excited to explore the gardens together on a sunny summer day. Their daughter is just full of life and personality, making our photo session a blast! 

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Playful family of four~Autumn outdoors {SF East Bay lifestyle photography}

This family of four was a delight to photograph. They played together and had fun with the Fall leaves falling from the trees. The youngest boy was super quick and into everything, so we all took turns keeping an eye out for trouble! And, after the threat of more rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day for an outdoor photo session.

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Fun-loving family of four~playing in the gardens {San Ramon lifestyle photography}

It was such a joy photographing this family of four at Crow Canyon Gardens in San Ramon! They were so exuberant, and the love between them can be felt in every shot. These sisters are amazing and so connected! With four years between them, at age 6 and 10, that is pretty special! Mom and dad helped create a fun photo session for us all. I hope I have an opportunity to photograph this smiling family again!

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family of four~rainy day photo shoot at botanical gardens {San Francisco Bay Area photography}

We were planning for an outdoor photo shoot in a light drizzle as the weather forecasts predicted. Just as we were getting ready to shoot the rains came.....serious rains!!! Thanks to mom for coming up with a quick plan B.....we headed to the botanical gardens. Such a gorgeous setting with beautiful color and diffused light. This family of four didn't let the rain or last minute changes get them down. They were so much fun to photograph, and the kids even shared some of their twin power secrets! Check out this family's photography session review on the Raves page.

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Smiling girl~exploring the beach in Alameda {family lifestyle photographer}

My daughter had such a blast exploring Alameda on a hot summer day. First there was the beach with buckets and sand and children everywhere! Then there was our nature walk with the beautiful San Francisco Bay as our backdrop. Then we discovered AMF Bowling with the most amazing red brick wall, perfect for modern photo shoot. Such a fun photo session! Here are a few of my favorites.

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6 year old girl~summer fun at Hap Magee Park {Danville family photos}

It was so much fun capturing my beautiful daughter playing in the water feature at Hap Magee Ranch Park. It was a hot summer day, and she jumped right in to play, not a care in the world. Capturing her joy makes me a proud mother and inspires my outdoor photography. Documenting her journey from elated, to damp, to soaking wet, to cold/uncomfortable/soaking wet provided me with a new life lesson: always bring a towel! Here are a few images from our photo session.

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father and daughter explore the farm~ Ardenwood historic farm {SF East Bay Outdoor photographer}

We headed out to Ardenwood Historic Farm over Labor Day weekend. It was our first visit there and my six year old daughter loved the gardens, animals and steam train. We are so fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay area where there are always new and exciting destinations for the kids! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the outing.

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Fun-loving Family with Three Daughters ~ Lake Merritt {Oakland family photographer}

This family of five was a delight to photograph! The girls just adore one another, and they had a great time exploring Lake Merritt for our photo session. With all the rain this season, we finished our session just before the day's rain started....lucky timing! Flowers were in bloom all around. This loving family was a joy to work with. Check out dad's photography review on my Raves page.

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Girl with her dad~afternoon at Oakland Museum {San Francisco East Bay family photographer}

The Oakland Museum is a wonderful place for a photo session filled with outdoor and indoor spaces and lots of surprises. I enjoyed photographing my daughter as she explored the site with her dad. Her favorite spot was the outdoor chalk wall filled with family and children's art contributions. Here are some photographs from our session.

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Six year old girl~playing at the park {Danville CHILDREN'S photography}

This little girl loves to play in the park. She loves the swings, the monkey bars, the slide, hanging upside down and all kinds of silly running around! And she enjoys a good game of hide and go seek. It was a fun challenge to capture her movement one afternoon at our local Danville park. Here a few photographs from the session.

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