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Family Portraits at Crab Cove – Alameda, CA Portrait Photography

Family Portrait at Crab Cove

One of my favorite locations in Alameda for family portrait photography is Crab Cove. This is especially true for families with young children, as there is plenty of onsite parking, and a large, safe area for the kids to explore while getting their photos taken. As a photographer, I appreciate the wide variety of backgrounds available in close proximity to each other. This means we can make the most of our session time by taking lots of photos without having to spend much time walking to various locations in order to get a variety of backgrounds.

Alameda Family Portrait Session

Fall Season Family Portraits

Crab Cove is a great place to shoot year round – this session took place during the Fall season, after most of the leaves had fallen from the trees. We took advantage of this, and let the kids have some play time with the leaves, which we, of course, captured in their photos!

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For families who can’t decide if they want to do their family portraits near the water, with the trees, or in a grassy park setting, Crab Cove is a great choice!

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Dramatic Family Portrait Session at Gray Whale Cove, near Pacifica, CA

With a high fashion concept, and super dramatic location, we knew that this family portrait session was going to be amazing. The photographs did not disappoint! We met at Gray Whale Cove on an overcast afternoon, which acted as a natural soft box to give us a very flattering light. As promised, the family showed up dressed to the nines. Their impeccable styling combined with the breathtaking landscape was the perfect recipe for some pretty amazing family portraits!black and white family photo Family portrait Pacifica CA fun family photos SF Bay Area dramatic family portraits Pacifica CA

During the shoot we photographed the entire family, some of just the kids, as well as some striking portraits of mom and dad!

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We continued the shoot through dusk and were rewarded with high drama, vivid imagery.

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We love ending our family portrait sessions with a little unscripted fun time where everyone can get their silly on. 🙂

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Children’s Dance Photography Session at Lake Temescal, Oakland

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We recently had a fun photo shoot at Lake Temescal in Oakland with a young ballerina.  She’s been in dance classes for several years and had a great time dancing and posing her way through the park!

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It was a beautiful afternoon and the light was fantastic. I had been thinking of doing some sort of dance inspired photo shoot at Lake Temescal for a while now, and I love working with kids so the timing of this photo session could not have been better!

There is a trail that loops around the park so we started at a grassy field at the front of the park and worked our way around the loop during the session to get a variety of backgrounds during this one hour session.

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The duck REALLY wanted to be a part of the shoot!

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Whenever possible we tried to integrate the natural setting into the shoot by incorporating the trees and rocks into the posing.

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We also stopped to pet all the dogs we met along the way!

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We ended the session on the giant rock formation at the head of the lake with an homage to Maxfield Parrish.

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This photo shoot was so much fun and it is always wonderful working with young artists. Do you have a favorite picture from this session? We love hearing from you, so please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

Family Portrait at Oakland Lake Merritt

Family portrait in Oakland Garden

One of the most rewarding things about being a portrait photographer is working with families year after year and seeing the kids grow and change from year to year. We recently met with this lovely family for what has become our annual photo session with them at The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland. This was our 3rd springtime session with them, and as usual we had a great time keeping up with this energetic family!

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Family Portraits at The Gardens at Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA Portrait Photography

It’s really wonderful to work with a family over time and see how everyone grows, changes, and yet is still exactly the same over time. We met this lovely family last year, when there were only three of them, and caught up with them earlier this month to meet their newest addition!

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Because everyone had such a great time here last year we shot again at the Gardens at Lake Merritt, which is definitely one of our favorite spots in Oakland for a photo shoot. And we got to meet this little cutie who is just so perfect she doesn’t even need funny hats or fancy headbands to look adorable.

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We love shooting at the Gardens because there’s so much variety here, so there’s something for everyone. And, no matter what time of year it is there is always something gorgeous in bloom. The paths are wide and neat so there’s plenty of room for the kids to run and play. It’s also just really fun having your photo session be a walk through a beautiful park!

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Baby Makayla – Newborn Photography – Orinda,CA

We have been shooting a lot of babies recently and it’s been a lot of fun. We did our session with newborn Makayla at her grandparent’s house in Orinda. What a cutie pie! She is less than two weeks old in these!

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Makayla is such a sweet baby and we had a lot of fun dressing her up with all her fun accessories. We also got some family photos with her big sister and parents.

We offer newborn and infant photography sessions at our Alameda studio or on location. In home sessions are available. Newborn sessions occur within the first 10-12 days. We recommend contacting us before your due date to schedule so we can be sure to capture the sweetness of baby’s first few days.