When I think of my best tips for family photos, I realize they’re all about making the shoot feel great. When you and your family are feeling upbeat and relaxed, a photographer can better capture all the love and happiness that makes for magical family photos. What to Bring & Wear Pack Light Family photo […]

January 4, 2021


Tips for Family Photos (Make it Fun!)

One of the questions I get asked a lot in my work as a Marin County photographer is, “What should we wear to our family photo shoot?” I’m glad people ask! Because there’s a lot I can do to make you and your family look amazing but one thing I can’t change is how outfits […]

October 30, 2020

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What to Wear to Your Family Photo Shoot

Just to the west of the Golden Gate Bridge lies a one mile stretch of sand known as Baker Beach. Baker Beach is a favorite location of residents and visitors alike for capturing breathtaking outdoor family photos. The gray green of serpentine cliffs adds a rugged edge to panoramic views of the iconic Golden Gate […]

August 11, 2020

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Breathtaking Outdoor Family Photos at Baker Beach

Intimate Family Photoshoot at Home This lovely family reached out to me after reading one of my blogs on lifestyle photography for personal brands. They loved the style of the personal branding photos but instead wanted a family photoshoot at home. So that’s exactly what we did! I documented their delightful family as they went […]

May 19, 2020

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Tender and Authentic Family Photoshoot at Home

For Those Seeking East Bay Family Photo Locations with Natural Splendor The East Bay is full of many stylish locations for urban or metropolitan photos, but if you desire a more natural look then the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is a perfect choice. This is one of my favorite and most varied of East Bay […]

January 6, 2020


The Cutest East Bay Family Photo Locations: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

A Hidden Gem Marin Family Photography Location I had the pleasure of shooting this adorable family in Nicasio, which is a wonderful hidden gem for Marin family photography. The forested rolling hills, larger than life trees, and perfect weather made this shoot seem like they were on a movie set! I also did this shoot […]

May 15, 2019

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Making a Day of Marin Family Photography

Where Does The Time Go? Pictures of your family are priceless. Time goes by so fast when you are raising kids. One day you’re changing diapers and the next you’re sending them off to their first day of school. It can be difficult to take photos of the kids when they are growing up. Sometimes […]

March 27, 2019


Indoor vs Outdoor Family Photography Sessions

An in-home session is perfect if you’re considering San Francisco newborn photography, especially when there are “big” siblings involved.  Mom doesn’t need to worry about leaving the house with little ones, and it is just so intimate and cozy. These San Francisco lifestyle newborn photos are a case in point. I went to the Wheatley’s […]

May 8, 2018

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San Francisco Newborn Photography: The Wheatley’s Family Session

I know I’ve featured a Phoenix Lake engagement session, but this location is also one of my favorites for Marin County family portraits. I’d like to share one of these with you today; it is just too adorable to keep to myself. I love Phoenix Lake for the trees and the water, and also its […]

March 13, 2018

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Marin County Family Portraits: The Rosenbergers at Phoenix Lake