Early spring is one of my all time favorite times of year to take photos! Everything is green and beautiful, and we even had some darling little flowers pop up for this at this location too. I was thrilled when this sweet family was referred to me from an all star client (who refers SO many sweet clients to me!) and wanted to take some family photos with their sweet little girl! It was an honor to be chosen as their San Francisco Family Photographer to take their family photos together, just after their daughter turned one!

After chatting about different options for photo locations, we decided on one of my favorite spots right here in the East Bay! I haven’t photographed here a lot in the spring, but it sure didn’t disappoint. Usually I gravitate towards this spot in the summer and fall months, when everything around is that golden brown color. This spot remains pretty green year-round, so it’s always such a great option! But in the spring, man, it was so beautiful! Everything was so green and beautiful and like I said before the flowers were blooming and that was just frosting on the cake. 

We started their session in the late morning when the sun was pretty high in the sky already, but I found the best pockets of open shade to photograph in. And of course film handles bright and harsh lighting so well. I am always so impressed with how images turn out! Even in lighting scenarios where it would be way too bright for digital, film delivers the most beautiful images. 

This family was so sweet and I really enjoyed meeting them and getting to know them at their session. Their little girl was just darling and I especially love those photos of her and her mama holding the flowers. And that one of her dad lifting her in the air, too cute! It was such a dream session and I’m still over the moon about the images! 

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. 

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