If you want my personal opinion, there’s a “sweet spot” for first family photos, that is if you’re not wanting to go the newborn route… Usually one of the best times to take your first photos together is when your baby is around 6-9 months old. At this age they’re big enough to not be a tiny bundle in your arms and can sit up on their own. But they’re still young enough to be content being held and they don’t feel the need to run around just yet.

If I could go back in time I would take our first family photos when E was around this age- instead I waited until she was a little over 1 years old, which put her at one of the hardest times to take family photos. (again, in my opinion). It’s definitely easier to be a baby photographer than a toddler photographer, ha! She had just learned how to walk and did NOT want to be held at all… sigh, oh well. So take my advice, as a bay area baby photographer, and try to time your first family photos for an optimal time!

I digress- the Chen family chose the perfect time for their first family photos! Their darling little girl was so content to just hang and look at the camera. She had the cutest outfits and wore a snazzy green velvet bow, which was the perfect pop of Christmas cheer! Her mama chose to get a dress from Rent the Runway to wear for their session and it was so beautiful! Note to mama’s, renting a dress is a great route to go if you don’t think you’ll wear it again but still want something new to wear for photos. Her dress was perfectly flowy with a beautiful flower pattern on it. Not to mention her super fun hat that she wore for some photos, I love when clients incorporate a fun element into some of their photos!

We headed to one of my favorite spots in Livermore for their family photos and it was the perfect sunny day! The way the sunlight filters through the trees here is seriously magical, and it’s always nice and green no matter what time of year. It’s a hidden gem in my opinion and I always suggest it to clients for their session! 

I cannot wait to photograph more sweet little ones at this stage! Like I said before, it’s such a perfect time for some great family photos and some photos of your baby alone!


Rachel Howden Photography is a family photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in family, newborn, baby, motherhood, and maternity photography in the Bay Area. Including Livermore, Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont, and Pleasanton. 

These photos help you to have a little sneak peek into what you will receive if you have me as your family, newborn, maternity, or motherhood photographer in San Francisco. If you want to see a full gallery from a session please don’t hesitate to ask- i’d love to share one with you! Are you interested in booking a session or learning more about sessions with Rachel? Contact me HERE.

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