This is a question that I think many people have, how often should we have professional family photos taken? Some might say that they have the latest iphone, so they can just take their own family photos. Although iPhones do take amazing photos, and the quality of the images captured on them does keep getting better. Nothing compares to hiring a professional family photographer who knows lighting, composition, and how to properly post-process your photos. PLUS it’s so nice to just get ready, show up, smile, and then get amazing photos in return. And one of my favorite things about being a SF bay area family photographer is that I get to see the same families return over and over again! 

Personally, I suggest having professional photos done of your family yearly. Especially if your family is continuing to grow and you’re adding new members to your family, this is important! You might even want to do photos more often when you have a brand new baby, since they change so much in that first year. Having photos done yearly helps to be able to capture your kiddos as they change, and it’s a very attainable goal too!

There’s so many ways for you to make sure you have photos done on a yearly basis. I, myself, offer mini sessions in the fall and sometimes the spring, this is a great time to get on my email list so you’ll be notified of when these sessions open up. The thing about mini sessions is that they’re a great option for some quick family photos, and they’re at a lower price point than a full session. 

And one extra little tip from me to make sure these family photos get done, is to make sure you make room for them! You can make room for photos by budgeting for them year round, and by making sure your schedule isn’t so packed that there’s no free days to take photos. 

So, what are you waiting for? When was the last time you had professional family photos done? Hop on over to my contact page to schedule your family session with me!


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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