Home for the Holidays, Time for a Family Portrait in the Oakland Hills

Though I mainly focus on kids and pets, I do have the occasion to photograph adults for a family session. I was contacted recently by a nice lady, Janet I shall call her – because her name is actually Janet, who wanted a family session while her grown children were home for the holidays.

She also had a very specific location in mind. She wanted the session to be outside in the Oakland Hills with a view of the Bay. One reason she reached out to me was because she also wanted her two dogs included in the session.



We met on a beautiful and sunny Saturday right before Christmas in the parking lot of the Mormon Temple in Oakland. This was a first for me having never really been before, but there are some terrific views from the edge of the parking lot and even a few interesting backdrops on the grounds. The only down side was it was a particularly hazy day over the Bay which hindered some of the amazing views.


Undeterred by the haze we gathered up the pups and the kids and made Mom a happy lady by capturing some sweet family moments. They are a good-looking group and her children clearly resemble their mother.


If you’ve been thinking that it is time to gather the family for some fun lifestyle portraits, I highly recommend the Oakland Hills for some picturesque locations. Joaquin Miller Park is another location with interesting backgrounds, Roberts Park is a cool place for a hike among the Redwoods, and even Grizzly Peak with the stunning views found there can work.

Get in touch and we can discuss what locations interest you and remember my studio is always an option and particularly good if inclement weather is an obstacle.

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