My favorite locations for family photos in the Bay Area!

Are you wondering where to take fall family photos this year? Maybe something a little different and off the beaten path. Or maybe an iconic location with a new twist. Well, I have some great suggestions that might take some of the guesswork out and make choosing your location easier. Finding the perfect spot that fits your brood can be tricky. For example, if you have active kids you need a safe wide space where passing cars won’t be an issue. If you have a child who doesn’t walk yet, being able to put them down safely is essential. And older kids can rock the urban scene. I’m here to help you find the right place for your family. Check out my latest blog post to see them all! I hope to make portraits of you in one of these places, soon! Interested in getting more information? Contact me HERE

Baker Beach

Baker Beach has both lovely sand dunes and world-class views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You definitely want your family to have portraits here at some point. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth so let it show on your walls with custom portraiture.

Baker Beach Golden Gate Bridge Family Portraits13

 

North Beach

When’s the last time you danced with your honey in a San Francisco alleyway? If it wasn’t in 2017, then let’s make a date to have some fun in San Francisco’s North Beach district. This is perfect for couples and families with pre-teens or older.

North Beach Engagement Session

 

Berkeley

North Berkeley has fabulous, vibrant walls that make for great backdrops. This is perfect for folks who want to add color to a room by incorporating portraits with vibrant hues in them. This is a modern twist on a family session.

Berkeley Family Portrait Session4

 

 

Briones Open Space

I love all the California rustic locations we have in the Lamorinda/Walnut Creek region. The trees here often start turning golden this time of year and it really feels like a change of seasons. Kids can run free here, and it’s perfect also to bring a dog.

Walnut Creek Photographer

 

 

Sutro Baths

If you’re looking to update your portraits with your partner, consider the Ocean Beach, Land’s End area in San Francisco. Sutro Baths is magical, historic and a Bay Area treasure.

Sutro Baths Engagement Session

 

 

Nob Hill

Tourists come from all over the world to have portraits made on the streets of San Francisco.  Are your kids older and might be looking for edgier portraits? Nob Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods are a timeless option.

San Francisco Family Portraits

 

 

Crissy Field

Crissy Field is one of my favorite locations for all kinds of portraits. Kids can run free, dogs are allowed, and the views are world-class. If you are living in the Golden State, incorporating images of the beach are a must.

Crissy Field Portraits

 

 

Downtown Oakland

Family portraits don’t always have to be in a park or natural setting. I love using backgrounds in downtown Oakland for an urban vibe. If Oakland is your town, let’s head downtown for great images.

Downtown Oakland Family Portraits8

 

 

Dunsmuir Mansion

Dunsmuir Mansion, in Oakland, is a hidden landmark that I love to visit. The grounds are well manicured with beautiful trees and lawns. The mansion makes for great visual interest and is a wonderful option for all your portrait needs.

 

 

Alameda Beach

Wow, who knew Alameda Beach was so beautiful? Not only is the water shallow and warm, perfect for young kids, but there are lovely seagrasses and dunes. If you are considering beach portraits and don’t want to cross the bridge, consider this easy seaside spot.

 

Alameda Family Portraits9

 

 

Serpentine Prairie

The Serpentine Prairie is conveniently located off of Skyline near Redwood Rd in Oakland. The tall golden grasses speak to the rustic beauty of the East Bay hills. If you want ethereal, quintessential California images, this is a top location. Great for all ages.

East Bay Regional Parks3

 

 

 

Emeryville

If I want a warehouse feel in photos, I will often suggest Emeryville streets near Pixar. There are great brick backgrounds and corrugated doors offer opportunities for striking images. Wear stylish outfits and bold colors for a sophisticated look.

Emeryville Family Portraits

 

 

Oakland’s Redwoods

Who can resist the redwoods? Wow, every time I visit these beauties, I thank my lucky stars I live in this region. This option is perfect for a winter feel, and if you want to wear scarves and boots, this is a great for you.

Oakland Redwoods Family Portraits10

 

 

Pacifica

Pacifica is a wonderful beach option for families that live on the Peninsula. Sunsets are vibrant and the sand is soft. Bring your entire family for dreamy portraits next to the Pacific Ocean.

Pacifica Beach Portraits

 

 

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts is a stunning option for maternity, engagement, couples and wedding portraits. You will never regret including this historic landmark in your photos.

Palace Fine Arts Maternity Session

 

Piedmont Park

If you live in Oakland or Piedmont, consider this park. Great for young kids and families who want a fast and easy session.  The trees are lovely, the grass is green and the access is easy.

Piedmont Photographer

 

 

Tilden Park

Lots of families bring their young kids to Tilden Park in Berkeley to visit Little Farm and to trek on gentle hikes. If you are one of those families, let’s capture some of those memories here. Easy for families of all ages.

Tilden Park Family Portraits12

 

 

UC Berkeley

The grounds of UC Berkeley are classic and stately. Many clients who are alumni of CAL love incorporating the campus in portraits. There is fabulous architecture, grassy hills, and  established trees.

UC Berkeley Family Portraits15

 

 

Walnut Creek’s Civic Park

Do you have little ones that want to run on grass? Civic Park In Walnut Creek is beautiful and easy. I even love the gazebo, especially for dance parties!

Walnut Creek Family Portraits

 

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