I’ve been feeling inspired to capture my own little family with my big old camera! So a few months ago I decided to set up a little scene in our backyard and hop in front of the camera. I hung our white bedsheet on our clothes line. (Yes we have a clothes line! I LOVE drying out clothes on it when the weather is warm, nothing smells better than sun dried clothes!). Then I dragged, and by I.. I mean my husband, dragged over the bench from our picnic table. And that was it for the setup! 

Taking these portraits was such a nice changeup for me as a Bay Area family photographer. It was fun to be on the other side of the camera! Here’s how I did it. I placed my big ol’ Contax up on a tripod and composed the shots that I wanted and then I hopped on into the frame! For these I had my husband handy so he clicked the shutter for me. But in the past I’ve just used a self-timer too, especially when i’m acting as our own film family photographer.

I ended up LOVING these so much. They’re simple and sweet and just some darling photos of me and my girls. And an extra bonus was that I shot all of them on a roll of expired Fujifilm 400h, and they turned out so beautiful! So much so that I’m scheming how I can offer portraits like these to clients. So I’m thinking of a Mothers Day popup with something like this, a super simple setup to highlight you and your loves!

I can’t wait to do this again, maybe with some different props added in. There could be so much seasonal variation and the possibilities are truly endless!


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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