A Fun Afternoon at the Lake | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I've known this family for several years, and it's been a blast watching their three sons grow. I just love photographing them - they are loving, hilarious, silly and adventurous. 

For this session, we spent a fun afternoon at our local lake. We explored, found lots of rocks and sticks, threw rocks in the water, ate gummies and laughed a ton. Their oldest son had so many fun ideas for how to pose with his brothers. I'm pretty sure he's got a future as an artistic director. :)

Here are some of my favorite images from our time together. 

Six Years Later - The P Family | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

Back when I was first learning about photography, right after my daughter was born, I convinced a good friend to let me shoot some photos of her newborn son. I had an entry-level camera, a kit lens, and not really any clue what I was doing. I was also pretty sleep-deprived, having a newborn of my own at home. I tried the best I could at the time, but the pictures were... not great, if we're being totally honest.

But that shoot ignited the spark that is my love of family photography. What I got from that experience is that, if I wanted to take my passion seriously, then I needed to study and learn and challenge myself in order to grow. 

Fast forward six years... what was once an experiment is now a growing business. I was thrilled when this same friend asked to become an actual client. It was a joy to photograph this family that I have loved for so many years. And to get photos of the little boy that was my first-ever newborn shoot. 

The RT Family | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

This session was really special to me. I did their maternity photos last summer, but this was the first shoot we've done with them being a family of three. I was so excited to meet their baby girl. She is soooo cute and full of personality. She'll celebrate her first birthday in just a few weeks! My own kids are past the baby stage, so I'll take any chance I get to love on a sweet baby. :)

The P Family | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I had such a fun time with this local family! We scheduled a family session that included the boys' grandfather, who was visiting from Australia. I felt so welcomed and honored to be invited into their home. Some children are shy at first, especially in front of the camera. But the boys were wonderful hosts, and immediately pulled me outside to meet their dog, see their garden and tell me about all of the veggies they were growing. This session was the fantastic end to a lovely Bay Area spring weekend. :)

A Morning with the Grandparents | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I was so excited to do a session for this family, especially because we got to include the grandparents! We've had an incredibly stormy and rainy winter here in the Bay Area (so long, California drought!), and the date for our shoot came right in the middle of a wave of storms. We crossed our fingers, hoped for the best, and luckily... got a fantastic morning!

A Favorite Family | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I was so happy to photograph Jeff and Lesley and their sweet boys again at the end of last year. They were one of my first ever clients four years ago (not to mention being awesome friends)! It has been such a joy to photograph their growing family over the years. This year, we luckily got a break in the Northern California rain, so we headed out for a fun late afternoon shoot. 

A Late Summer Family Session | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

It's so much fun to shoot photographer friends! I had a great time doing a family shoot for my friend (and fellow photographer!) Deborah and her sweet family. We spent a lovely evening just before sunset at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. It was a great excuse to let the kids stay up a little bit late, and inspired us to get our families together for a dinner picnic. 

Side note - Deborah is an awesome photographer. She shot my son's birthday party over the summer, and gave us some of my favorite photos ever of my own family. 

Rea & Richie's Maternity Session | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I got behind on blogging this summer, but I wanted to share Rea and Richie's maternity session from earlier this summer. We had so much fun spending time together during the shoot. Rea was gorgeous and positively glowing. Their sweet baby girl was born a few weeks ago (that's how behind I am on the blog...)!

Meet Baby Chloe | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

Photographing a new baby is always special, but Chloe's shoot was extra special, as her mom has been a dear friend of mine for over fifteen years. Not only was I so excited to meet this sweet girl, but I was so honored that her parents trusted me to take her newborn photos. You're an absolute gem, Chloe - and I can't wait to watch you grow!