Erica + Seth {Baker Beach} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

How cute are these two??? They are now parents, but I had the opportunity to capture their last few "official" (i.e. paparazzi-infused) moments as a couple...just them. Those last few weeks before a first baby is born are absolutely precious. It's that time when you are balancing the (somewhat annoying, but coming from a very good place) bombardment of suggestions, suggestions, suggestions...while also trying to remain as comfortable as possible...while also (if you're me) wondering what in the world you're about to get into...and while also trying to cherish your wonderful partner in these last moments of being just the two of you. And this is why I love maternity sessions and why I think they are important for my clients. Erica + Seth recently moved to San Francisco and specifically had Baker Beach in mind for our shoot. Keep in mind that when I do family shoots there, we start at sunrise (currently around 8:00am). When you're a parent of a little one, that is already two hours into your "work day"...when you're expecting your first child, that is just crazy-talk on a weekend morning. Nonetheless, Erica + Seth were game for our early-morning start and ROCKED our maternity shoot!

Congratulations on your new addition, Erica + Seth. Ben is one lucky baby!

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Where to take your family photos in San Francisco? | San Francisco Family Photographer

Let me start by saying that I love when my clients let me give suggestions on where to take photos. I love being able to incorporate somewhere that is special to them that also showcases our gorgeous city elements. What I've realized over the years is that, while clients know we want a beautiful backdrop, it's not common knowledge that photographers also want shaaaaaaaaaaaade! Lots of it. Not only is it next to impossible to get a toddler to give you a geniune smile while squinting into the sun, but the colors and gorgeous depth of a photograph is so much more pronounced when taken in the shade.

As busy holiday season begins, I thought I'd share some of my favorite spots to shoot family photos in San Francisco. If you have others to add, please include them!

1) Presidio / Lover's Lane: This is an awesome location because it has beautiful greens/blues/browns...is fairly secluded and provides a dozen backdrops in a very confined location. Here are some examples of shots taken in the Presidio: Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Lover's Lane Presidio Photograph Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Lover's Lane Presidio Photograph

2) Crissy Field/Palace of Fine Arts: The plus side? Gorgeous golden colors all around the Palace of Fine Arts. The challenge? Weekend crowds!! Dozens...and dozens...and dozens...and dozens of wedding parties being photographed each and every weekend! But if you don't have to drive or can shoot early, it's worth all of it! Brooke Bryand Photography | Palace of Fine Arts Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | Palace of Fine Arts Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

3) Ferry Building / Bow & Arrow {Embarcadero}: I love this combo because there are so many gorgeous colors in the Ferry Building, coupled by the beautiful Bow & Arrow structure with the Bay Bridge in the background. Caution: you'll want to shoot this early in the morning or late afternoon as there isn't much shade cover near the Bow & Arrow! Brooke Bryand Photography | Bow and Arrow Embarcadero Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | Bow and Arrow Embarcadero Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

4) Land's End/Sutro Baths: Ahhhh...I love these locations. They are gorgeous, tons of shade, dozens of backdrops and iconic San Francisco...fantastic! Brooke Bryand Photography | Sutro Baths Golden Gate Bridge Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | Sutro Baths Golden Gate Bridge Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer

5) Baker Beach: This one gets its own because you can easily do an entire shoot just at Baker Beach. First, it's a bit of a hike to get down to the "end" of the beach where the rocks are (beware if you have toddlers/carrying kids!). Second, there are a dozen (or more) areas behind Baker Beach that are fabulous photo locations too...from awesome trees to winding paths, Baker Beach has a ton of fantastic photo opportunities. Brooke Bryand Photography | Baker Beach Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | Baker Beach Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | Baker Beach Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer

6) DeYoung Museum/Botanical Garden: Similar to Baker Beach, I'd suggest either early morning or late afternoon for these locations. Shade is definitely available, but not as prominent as I'd like (if I could walk around with a giant sun shade, I would! Are you sensing a theme here?). Awesome leading lines, great colors and a huge variety of backdrops make this a great spot for photos. Brooke Bryand Photography | DeYoung Museum Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | DeYoung Museum Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer Brooke Bryand Photography | DeYoung Museum Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

There are dozens...dozens of other locations that are great in San Francisco. We are so fortunate to live in a city that lends itself to us daily! Some more favorites include:

  • Alamo Square
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Dolores Park
  • Legion of Honor

I hope this was helpful to you! Most of all, Happy Shooting!!!

Alison + Travis + Abigail {Baker Beach + Presidio} San Francisco Family Photographer

Yes, the James family is back! After helping me with my video, we had a full shoot for 6-month-old Abigail just a couple weeks later. It is truly so amazing to see families grow before my eyes...from their maternity shoot to their newborn shoot and now their 6-month-shoot! We headed to Baker Beach on the north side of San Francisco to let Abigail do what 6-month-olds do...smile, gurgle and try to eat every inch of sand in front of them! Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Baker Beach Family Photography

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Nicole+Bill {Baker Beach} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

L-O-V-E. As you can imagine, I see a lot of couples. The good, the bad, the ugly...the happiness, the stress, the juggling...I see it all! Nicole + Bill were so ridiculously cute, I couldn't get enough of them! They are so incredibly in good ol' fashioned l-o-v-e, it was refreshing for me to see! They are expecting baby Stella any day now and I can't wait to meet her and take her newborn photos! We did their maternity session at Baker Beach and they were open-minded to any and all ideas - it was such a blast!

Congratulations, Nicole+Bill! Now come on, Baby Stella!!! It's TIME, isn't it??

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Kristy+Sean {Maternity} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

Baker Beach, Baby! This particular maternity session was personal to me because Kristy is a friend of mine and her sister went to college with me (go BC!). Kristy's BROTHER contacted me to give her the session as a baby gift from the siblings (really?? what kind of brother actually goes to this effort?? I was so impressed) and I was honored to capture them at this stage! Kristy is expecting any day now so I'm thrilled to share these photos before she is officially a mama! Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs-1 Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs-1 Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs-1 Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs Brooke Bryand Photography| San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Baker Beach Photographs

Alexis + Todd {Maternity} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

As I type this, Alexis + Todd have already become parents to a beautiful little girl! We did Marisa's newborn shoot last week, but first things first! We did a maternity shoot at Baker Beach a few weeks ago and I'm so happy we were able to capture this time before Baby Marissa arrived! I had never been to Baker Beach before, much less shot there. I went the day prior to get the lay of the land and was so happy with all of the location options...the toughest part was deciding where to shoot without requesting my pregnant mamas-to-be (I had three maternity shoots in one morning at Baker Beach!) to climb-climb-climb!

Thanks for being such incredible troopers, Alexis + Todd...and congratulations on Marissa!

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