Phoebe + Sean {Golden Gate + Lover's Lane} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

I am so excited that I get to follow and get to know Phoebe + Sean over the next year of their little one's life! The due date will be here before we know it (just after Valentine's Day!) and I can't wait to photograph their new son. For maternity photos, we wanted to capture something "San Francisco" with a beach and also something that was more private. We headed over to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marina Green/Crissy Field area to get some beach shots, then went to my fave (Lover's Lane) for our more private/let loose photos!

Sean was a natural in front of the camera, but let's be honest - it's the WOMAN who has the pressure to shine-shine-shine! Phoebe rocked it and you'd think she had paparazzi around all the time. Sean did a great job of making her laugh so we could get her natural, beautiful smile. This baby boy is going to be very lucky to have two incredible parents awaiting him!!

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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!!!

Ali + Mike {Lover's Lane, Presidio} San Francisco Engagement Photographer

"So two gals walked into a bar one night...." Yes, Ali + Mike's story actually does go something like that. Ali has been a dear friend of ours for the last 4+ years we've lived in San Francisco and we gladly adopted Mike into our circle when they met at the wine bar District a few years ago!! They are getting married in Las Vegas this fall and I was honored that they allowed me to take engagement photos to celebrate the upcoming nuptials!!! We headed first to Lover's Lane in the Presidio and then to Crissy Field and the Marina Green where we had a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge as our backdrop.

As you can see in the photos, I had a VERY hard time getting them to warm up to the camera (okay, so they made my job very easy but don't tell anyone I said that!!). Congratulations, Ali + Mike!

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