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A Growing Family Session | Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

This is the fourth time I’ve been lucky to photograph Rea, Richie and their (growing!) family. Our first shoot together was when Rea was expecting their older daughter, and now that little girl is about to become a big sister in just a few weeks.

I love watching families grow over the years. As a parent myself, I know how the days with babies and toddlers can feel long and short at the same time. Kids grow and change so quickly. I want my families to have the pictures that help them remember what they felt at each stage in their lives.

Congrats Rea and Richie - I can’t wait to meet your new arrival!

Here are some of my favorite images from their session.

A Playful Family Afternoon | Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

Every family is different, so every family photo session should have it’s own unique feel! My goal as a photographer is to have each session reflect a family’s true personality and character. I start off with a pre-session questionnaire to start getting to know the family. Then we work together to pick a location. There are a few things I look for when picking a location:

  • It should be meaningful to the family in some way.

  • It should have a variety of settings so that the family will have a diverse image gallery.

  • It should be a great backdrop for a fun family activity.

I loved photographing Clare and Philippe’s family earlier this fall. We chose their neighborhood park, which was perfect for a casual, relaxed vibe. The family rode their bikes over, which set the tone perfectly. We explored the park, rode bicycles, and played on the playground. I loved capturing a typical, playful afternoon with their family.

Here is a peek at some of my favorites from this session.

Splashing on a Rainy Day | Bay Area Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

I had so much fun photographing Devon and Ken’s family in November. This was a session that almost didn’t happen. We had to reschedule it twice due to the bad air quality from the horrible wildfires here in Northern California. We were so happy to finally get some much needed rain, and we certainly weren’t going to let that stop us from having our session.

So we decided to embrace it. We threw on rain boots, rain jackets, and got outside, just as the sun came out, to make some rainy day magic. I love photographing when it’s wet out. The air feels fresh and clear, the light is pretty, and the colors are typically bold and vibrant.

Family sessions are best when we play, explore, and have a bit of adventure. I love when families trust my vision and aren’t afraid to get silly (a little bit wet!) in the interest of making some great, memorable images. And who doesn’t love jumping in puddles?

Here is a peek at some of my favorite images from this session.

Family Photography Matters | Mountain View Family Photographer by Sharon Kenney

One of my favorite things about family photography is watching families grow over the years. I want all of my families to have a memory of exactly what their family was like at an exact moment in time. I would love to capture these memories for your family this year.

Making Memories

This is the second time I've gotten to spend time with Deborah and her family for a photography session. I couldn’t believe how much they’ve grown since our first session together. Their son was just a toddler at the time, barely walking without holding his dad’s hand. And their daughter, who was just finishing up preschool, is now growing into a thoughtful, kind and smart big kid.

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The Little Moments

As a parent myself, I can't quite believe how fast the moments that you swear you'll never forget start to slip away. Siblings holding hands and giggling together. A dirty little hand holding rocks. Snuggling in dad’s arms. Whispering in mom’s ear. When I think of my favorite memories, it’s always the little moments and small details that make my heart full.

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