Family Sessions

bay area family photographer

Lifestyle Approach

You know the phrase, “Make yourself at home?” as if “home” is a feeling? My ideal session is documenting a family “at home.” It’s not about the location as much as the feeling. It’s comfortable. It’s familiar. It feels good to be there. It’s letting your hair down and kicking your shoes off. There’s no pretense, no small talk, just you and your peeps, loving like you do. It sounds like laughter and feels like a hug. Your family’s story is multi-faceted—happy and sweet, real and raw.

You laugh out loud and share deep & meaningful moments all under one roof. I capture the prettiest version of both in one session.

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Session Features

Your Favorite Places

We’ll shoot at your home or your family’s favorite spot for adventure–or both! Your photos will mean so much more to you when the context is familiar and your kids are comfortable being there.

Your Favorite Things

Before the session you’ll fill out a questionnaire and we’ll chat about who you are as a family and what you want these images to reveal. It’s an opportunity to reflect on your favorite things about your family and enables me to arrive with a plan of how to draw them out.

Natural posing

Because you want you want to look good, but not staged. No worries. How you naturally interact with each other looks amazing through my lens, plus I’ll give you just the right amount of direction when you need it.

Profound Connection

Over the course of 1-2 hours, I’ll help you facilitate moments and interactions that are genuine. With simple games and the space to re-discover each other, you’ll be surprised how your love emerges effortlessly.

Stunning Images

This isn’t about getting a canned shot for the Christmas card, or wearing fussy clothes, or the word “cheese.” It’s about you and your peeps having fun together in an ordinary-but-beautiful kind of way that is as unique as you are.

Digital Files Included

3 weeks after your session you’ll get your high-res images delivered in a web gallery so you can download them directly to your computer. You’ll have the flexibility to post, print, and archive all your images. You can also order professional prints directly from your gallery (because jpg’s don’t want to grow up to be jpg’s).

“Our experience with Jen was amazing! The first thing she did was to ask all kinds of questions about our family so that her photos could reflect who we are at this time in our lives. I loved that she did that.

We wanted to do photos both at our home and also at another location. Jen spent a lot of time with us and because she was professional, fun to be around and patient with the kids, what could have been a really hard day was actually a lot of fun! The end result was that the photos turned out amazing. They are truly beautiful. I know that I will always treasure these photos because they represent my family and my especially my children who are growing up so fast. I would recommend Jen in a heartbeat to anyone and I hope to have her come take our photographs again in the future.”


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Family Rates


Basic Session

-Pre-session consultation -1 hour shoot on location -40+ edited, high res digital files included -Web gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints $995


In & Around Session

-Pre-session consultation -2 hour shoot, 1-2 locations, such as your home + nearby park or beach -70+ edited, high res digital files included -Web gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints $1250


Unforgettable Session

-Pre-session consultation -2 hour shoot, 1-2 locations, such as your home + nearby park or beach -80+ edited, high res digital files included -Web gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints -Gorgeous, custom-designed 10×10 coffee table book $2100


Family Session FAQ's

I just need a quick photo for my Christmas card. Do you offer mini sessions?

Once or twice in the fall I have a day of stacked 30-minute appointments at one location. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and sign up for my newsletter to find out when!

Can I bring my dog?

If you can handle him, sure! Just know this is not my specialty.

My parents/siblings/cousins are coming to town. Is there a special rate for extended families?

No, the rate is the same, but the format may need to be more structured with a large group–it would be more traditional in nature.

I’m worried my kids won’t behave.

I’ll be honest. I’ve had all sorts of family dynamics happen while I’m shooting and I always manage to get some winning shots. The best sessions are when parents let go of their own fears and are present in the moment with their kids. I’ll worry about your kids because the less pressure they feel from you, the better.

I get the whole lifestyle thing, but can we just get a shot where everyone is smiling at the camera?

I get that. We can and will try. We’ll do it once at the very beginning, when everyone’s expecting it, and again at the very end when everyone’s loose.