I’ve been taking this family’s photos for a few years now, and it really does feel so special. I absolutely love getting to watch families grow and change and kids grow up throughout the years. The first time I actually took family photos for Brasfield’s Thu was expecting their little girl. So of course I was so excited to be able to see the sweet family again. And take some Spring Oakland family photos for them.

Thu wanted to do their family photos out in the Oakland / Piedmont area, because there’s this park there with this gorgeous tree that she absolutely loves. As soon as she mentioned the location to me I knew exactly what she was talking about. There’s a large tree with branches that dip towards the ground It really is such a unique and gorgeous tree. I can only imagine being a kid and climbing all over these tree branches. It seems like such a magical place to play and let your imagination go wild. 

Since their session was taking place in the spring, we got the privilege of taking some photos with some gorgeous tulips that had popped up at the same location. I always love it when the seasons make a little sneak into photo sessions. I think that families can then look back at their photos from different seasons of the year and reflect on the seasons of life as well. 

You might get a peek at a little intruder in some of the photos, but I absolutely loved how laid-back the parents were about the penguin making an appearance.  It’s always refreshing when parents don’t expect photos to be absolutely picture perfect. They understand that real life is messy and sometimes photos won’t be perfect either. But they’ll be so perfect for the season of life that you’re in. That is something I can guarantee. 


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. This session focuses on Rachel taking Spring Oakland family photos.

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