What a joy it was to meet up with this sweet family for the first family photos as a family of three. We held their session at a spot that was new to me in Palo Alto. The Arizona cactus garden on the Stanford college campus! I had not been on this campus for years and forgot just how gorgeous it is. Back when I was a wedding photographer I shot some weddings here. So it was a nice little throwback for me. But back to being a Palo Alto family photographer and getting to take photos of this darling family!

I was referred to the sweet family by a photographer friend of mine, Corinna. She actually took their engagement, wedding and maternity photos. I was so thrilled that she referred me to take their family photos. I’ve seen photos at this cactus garden before and they are so stunning, so I was thrilled when Allie told me they wanted to do their session there. The subtle colors that the cacti bring to photos is so gorgeous! 

Their sweet little guy was not even a few months old for these photos, and he was the best little model. I cannot believe how much hair he had, he’s seriously so handsome and adorable. I loved that their pup joined them for these photos too! It’s so special when people bring their furry family members along.
The outfits they chose complemented the surroundings perfectly. I love that the blue of Ally’s dress really brings out the aqua from the cacti. This spot was seriously the perfect minty palette, and i’m itching to go back here!


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 as a Palo Alto Family Photographer. 

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