In home family sessions are some of my favorite types of sessions, but I think that a lot of people don’t think of them as an option! When considering locations for your session, many people automatically think of their favorite hiking trails or picturesque spots that they’ve seen photos of. But I think that your own home and backyard is a great option for your session! Backyard and in home sessions aren’t just for when you have a newborn, but they can be for anytime and any stage too. I’ve photographed at so many different locations over the years as a SF Bay Area Family Photographer; often my favorite ones are those close to your heart and in your home.

Your backyard and home is uniquely you, and that’s one of the best parts about sessions at your home! It tells a story of who you are as a family, and represents you so well. The best part about in-home sessions is that you don’t even have to get in your car. Chances are that your kiddos are most comfortable at home too, they know their surroundings. They know where they can run and play, and there’s not many new and exciting things to captivate their attention.

If you’re considering an in-home session don’t get caught up in the flaws you see, most likely you’re the only one noticing them! Don’t worry about things being spit spot, we can always move stuff around. Trust me, I have little ones of my own so I know how quickly things can go from nice and neat to “just hit by a tornado”. Just focus on getting yourselves ready and i’ll do the rest. Below are some of my favorite images from a recent backyard session, check them out and let them speak for themselves. 


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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