Sometimes when a session is just so amazing, and I took way too many photos. I blog not one but two posts about it! And this is exactly what I am doing here. You can view my first post of Jessie’s maternity photos here. And you can keep reading, and scrolling, for more beautiful bay area maternity photos. In my first post from this session, I told you a little more about the session itself. So now in this post I’ll tell you some more about why I chose the locations I did for these maternity photos. 

I adored the images of Jessie and Rob and the blooming Magnolia tree! When I was walking around Filoli before their session began I knew that I wanted to take some photos of them with it. We waited until the end of the session, when the spot was no longer in full-sun. And oh my gosh! These photos are some of my favorites. Especially the double-exposure (which you’ll have to hop onto my other post to see), it just takes my breath away. 

Whenever I’ve been here in the past I’ve always loved this little nook with a brick wall, a round window (there’s something so whimsical about round windows!), and climbing vines. So I took them to this spot for some images. These are so fun and I really enjoy the feel and texture that the brick and vines give the images. It’s not typical for me, but I love it!

Finally, we chose a spot with a big olive tree. There is just something about the colors of olive trees that photographer beautifully, and this was no exemption. Plus, Jessie told me that she first fell in love with my work by seeing this Olive grove maternity session. So taking some photos with an olive tree seemed like an ode to that.  


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 Bay Area Maternity Photos.

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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