Sometimes sessions don’t go as planned… shoes fall off, knees get scraped, meltdowns happen. But when it all goes wrong, I don’t worry about not “getting the shot” because life never goes as planned. Life with kids is so beautifully messy, it’s perfectly imperfect. And oftentimes when it all unravels, it does so in the best possible way. And those images always end up being my favorite. I had written this sediment about this session a few weeks ago, and I keep going back to it because as a family photographer this is so true! Your session most likely won’t go as you think, because kids are kids. But that’s where I, the Oakland family photographer, step in. I can create the most beautiful images out of the messiest of circumstances.

I cannot tell you how many times i’ve had parents walk away from a session saying “I hope we got at least one good one”, but then when I deliver the final gallery they are floored by how many beautiful images they received. And oftentimes it’s not the smiling at the camera images that touch them, it’s the in-between moments. Mom holding her girl after her shoe fell off. Dad sitting on the floor while his kiddos fight over who gets to sit on his lap.

This session was a breath of fresh air for so many reasons, but especially because it was gifted to them! A sweet family member of theirs gifted them some professional family photos, something they never had done before. Which to me is so beautiful, and such a special gift!

Film Scans: Photovision


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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