Prince Family {Family Photographs} San Francisco Family Photographer

I met another Brooke! I mean, I have probably met two dozen "Brooke's" in my entire life, so my ears always perk up when I meet one. We are a rarity (which I secretly love) and I was excited to meet this Brooke and her newly expanded family! We started at their house, where I met their eldest son, Fletcher, and their new addition, "Monte" for short. It was the holidays and everything was warm and cozy inside. Fletcher showed me all of his cool trains and animals while Monte did his job of being an adorable 6-week-old. After the house, we headed to the Presidio to get some fun outdoor shots of the entire family. Enjoy!

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Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Presidio Family Photographs

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Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Presidio Family Photographs

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Presidio Family Photographs

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer | Presidio Family Photographs

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!!

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Golden Gate Bridge Maternity Photography

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Presidio Lover's Lane Maternity Photography

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Presidio Lover's Lane Maternity Photography

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Presidio Lover's Lane Maternity Photography

Markham Family {Presidio | Lover's Lane} San Francisco Family Photographer

Ahhh, growing families. It is truly such an honor to be a part of it. I met Deirdre when she took one of my "Photography 101 Workshops" a couple years ago. Her second son was born in December 2010 (remember sweet James here?) and then we got together for a family session in the Presidio to capture the little guys once again. I told Deirdre during the session, but I'll say it again to y'all. Mamas, we do a pretty darn fantastic job of juggling 10,000 things in our head, but making it seem like we're laser-focused on the task at hand. And I'm no psychologist/therapist/whatever, but I'll say that sometimes I see Daddies that have a harder time of compartmentalizing...especially when we shoot on a weekday and their head is already at the office. This isn't a dig on Daddies - believe me, I have more gratitude than I can possibly count for the Daddies in this world - just a statement of something I see in my line of work. All that rumble to say a heartfelt thanks and kudos to Daddy Andy for being nothing short of awesome during our session!!! It was a weekday...it was holiday time...and he rocked it. He kept the boys entertained and giggling, giggling, giggling throughout our session. Andy, if that whole "real work" thing doesn't pan out, you can be my assistant any day (ha ha).

So - onto the adorable kiddos?? Ummm, yes please! I'm starting with one that I would call "Little Ducklings" if I actually titled my images. I just love it.

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Presidio Photography | San Francisco Family Photographer

Jaime + Jess {Maternity | Lover's Lane} San Francisco Maternity Photographer

Y'all know I love me some Lover's Lane in the Presidio. It's quiet, it's deserted, the lighting is romantic...and then you add Jaime + Jess and the scene becomes drop-dead-gorgeous. Jaime was 37 weeks pregnant when we did this shoot. Yes, thirty-seven. She shouldn't be allowed to look this good, but that's Jaime! Jaime was our neighbor when we lived in San Diego back-in-the-day, and we followed her up to San Francisco (okay, she and my hubby both desperately wanted to move here and I was the big hold-out...shame on me as we've never looked back!). She met Jess a few years ago here in SF and to say they are the perfect match would be a complete understatement. She is the yin to his yang, as they say. Aside from being a gorgeous couple (what is it with the people I shoot - they are all straight out of magazine ads!), they are some of the sweetest, most thoughtful people you will ever meet. They are the kind of people that, if we ever got in a bind, we would call them and they'd already be at our side to help before we hang up the phone.

They welcomed Baby Anna into the world last week and we couldn't be happier to welcome them into our world of parenthood. We love you, Jaime + Jess!

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Lover's Lane, Presidio Photograph

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Lover's Lane, Presidio Photograph

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Lover's Lane, Presidio Photograph

Brooke Bryand Photography | San Francisco Maternity Photographer | Lover's Lane, Presidio Photograph

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!!!

Senn & Sons Headshots {Lover's Lane, Presidio} San Francisco Photographer

Prepare to be impressed, y'all! Kim Senn, owner of Senn & Sons, does absolutely amazing individual paintings for children's rooms. Our kiddos are the same age and, though we actually knew her hubby when we went to Boston College, we reconnected in an elevator at the hospital while doing a tour when we were each about 7 mos pregnant! I had no idea Kim had this amazing talent for painting, design, and so much more...and now she is finally sharing it with the world! She recently launched her website and Etsy shop, and she needed some new headshots for her site that could show a little of who she is behind the paintings (and the blog...and the photos...and the mommyhood). We went to Lover's Lane in the Presidio for a perfectly serene backdrop to do our photoshoot.

Here are some of my favorites from the session. Unless you're a professional model, you know that having your photo taken can be quite stressful, especially when it's just you (i.e. when you can't hide behind your kiddos/hubby!). She did such a fabulous job of listening to direction, staying relaxed and just being herself - she made it all look effortless! It made my job so much easier because I was able to capture her just as she is...no pretense, no pretending...just sweet, amazing Kim...CEO of Senn & Sons.

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