Our Favorite Photography Locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

St. Mary’s College Moraga, California

St. Mary’s College offers a variety of beautiful backgrounds that are easily accessible in one session. Additional locations nearby include: Grove of redwood trees in back of campus. Grove of pine trees and wide-open hills and grasses.

Lovely architecturally rich background, white columns, archways, lots of trees and vegetation, fountain.

Cost and time to add one additional location to college campus session: $25 added to session fee, plus 30-minutes session time.

Family Photography Session with mother and children and family dog in gardens near Brousseau Hall At Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California
Senior Photography Session at the Saint Mary's College Chapel private garden courtyard with water fountain in Moraga California
Family Photography Session under the arches columns at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA
Family Photography Session with older brothers in the Redwood Groves at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA

Piedmont Park Piedmont, California

Piedmont Park is lovely with lots of different settings in a very manageable space. This location hosts many weddings, so the grounds are well cared for.

Beautiful versatile park, play structure, 20 ft. patina iron gates, Japanese tea garden structures, large climbable oak tree with branches that touch the ground, redwood grove, stairs, fountains, grassy knolls.

Family Photography Session with parents and adult children in the Redwood Grove at Piedmont Park in Piedmont, CA
Family Portrait Session with the whole family framed by the large Patinated Gates overlooking the entrance of Piedmont Park in Piedmont, California
Family Photography Session with all the siblings standing on a large oak tree at Piedmont Park in Piedmont, CA

Woodhall Park Orinda, California

The water element in Woodhall Park is unique along with the rolling hills of shaggy grasses that work well with posing groups.

Pond, flowers, trees, rocks along the pond, weeping willow trees, long shaggy grasses, fun hills, long limbed trees for climbing.

Children's Photography Session with brothers posing in the spindly branches of a tree overlooking a pond in Woodhall Park in Orinda, CA
Family Photography with daughter leaning against willow tree overlooking the pond at Woodhill Park in Orinda, CA
Children Photography Session with three brothers laying on the grassy hills in Woodhall Park in Orinda California

Lafayette Reservoir Lafayette, California

Lafayette Reservoir's waterfront plays a major role in the location and the surroundings have a lovely woodsy feel. Placing kids in the row boats attached to the dock can add fun variety to the shoot.

Large reservoir, wooden and floating docks, lots of trees, water in background, winding paths, foothills, play structure.

Family Photography Session along the winding wooded paths surrounding the hills of Lafayette Reservoir in Lafayette, California
Extended Family Portrait Session with the grandparents and grandchildren sitting on the dock of Lafayette Reservoir in Lafayette, California
Childrens Photography Session with siblings in rowboat on Lafayette Reservoir in Lafayette, CA

Baker Beach San Francisco, California

One of San Francisco’s most iconic locations with the Golden Gate Bridge as center stage. The beautiful ocean surf and beach provide amazing reflections.

Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, large boulders to climb on, several areas of elevation from the beach, fun walking path, cement steps, rusted worn doors around the Battery.

Wear pants that can be rolled up so you can venture into water’s edge. Predictable times of year where the fog will be present and may be chilly. Be aware that this beach is clothing optional. An additional travel charge of $100 will be added to the session fee.


Borges Ranch Walnut Creek, California

The old buildings and rusted farm equipment at Borges Ranch add a variety of of textures. The lovely rolling hills are stunning during the golden hour, one hour before sunset.

Live goats, barn elements, farm equipment, rolling hills.

Additional travel charge of $50 added to session fee.


Your Home

Having your session at home provides the opportunity to capture your family in a familiar environment connected with the memories of the life lived there. It offers the ultimate comfort and convenience during your shoot.

Additional travel charge of $25-45 added to session fee depending on the distance of the home from Orinda.

teenage girl in white dress posing in her home garden for senior portrait