Jumping for joy – Woodside Store Teen and Family Session

Jumping for joy – Woodside Store Teen and Family Session

While I love the challenge of chasing-down toddlers and young children for that perfect capture, I have to admit that it’s sometimes nice to mix-it-up and work with a family with older children. Kids and teens who listen, take direction, and who have enough confidence and matured personality to add their own special-sauce to the session. Energy I would have spent running suddenly gets redirected to playing with light and really connecting with my clients on a deeper level.

That pretty much describes the fun I had with this family in Menlo Park recently. We met at the old Woodside Store, which was build in 1854 and is now a county park. It provides such a great backdrop and wonderful light for a family session. it’s one of my favorite places to shoot.

Not that we sat around the whole time. Oh no. There were lots of great little corners to explore and I couldn’t resist testing the kids’ jumping skills along the road for an action shot. They got some pretty good air!

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Such beautiful light under the eves at this historic park. The girls’ skin just glowed!

Woodside Store Teen and Family Session

Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio specializing in lifestyle portraits for modern families in the Menlo Park area.  If you are looking to capture some gorgeous, natural portraits as artwork for your home’s walls, please contact me at 415. 518. 8880.

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Portola Valley family session under the trees

Portola Valley family session under the trees

I have had the pleasure of photographing this mom and her two daughters every year since I started my photography business four years ago. It has been wonderful to watch the kids grow a little more every year and, in-turn, changing the nature of each session. Now they have blossomed from little girls into young ladies. Their mom wanted some wall art of her girls to gift to grandma.

We went in search of some big, beautiful trees for a majestic backdrop and Portola Valley did not disappoint. This portrait with lots of environment was the perfect choice hang over her mantle.

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Although they’re beautiful young ladies now, they’re still kids at heart. Like all my family sessions, I love to offer kids the opportunity to run, play and be silly, letting out the wiggles, the energy and showing off their personality.

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Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio specializing in lifestyle portraits for modern families in the Portola Valley area.  If you are looking to capture gorgeous, natural images of your family to grace the walls of your home please contact me at 415. 518. 8880. I am currently booking through the end of 2015 with limited availability.


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Beautiful Atherton At-Home Family Session

Beautiful Atherton At-Home Family Session

So much color and joy in this beautiful Atherton at-home family session! I really do enjoy photographing clients in their homes because they are far more relaxed and natural. Another fantastic benefit is being just a few steps away from your wardrobe, which makes outfit changes easy and painless, especially for the little ones. We started our session with a more formal look – pretty party dresses! – and then the girls changed into more casual clothes so they could run and twirl in the grass singing the theme song to Frozen. (What else? These are little girls after all.)


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The youngest daughter is a little performer, fearless and enthusiastic and, like in the photo below, she brings her more temperate-natured sister along with her for giggles.

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The soft colors of this girl’s dress mirror the soft colors of the garden. She was a quiet beauty so I like how the colors in this image match her personality.anna-dobrensk-menlo-park-family-photographer_0684

I simply adore natural, real expressions.  This photo above is a perfect example of an authentic moment with emotions to match. It’s important to me to show you and your family at your best. Natural expressions help everyone look photogenic. Plus, it’s way more fun than
“SAY CHEESE!”

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Big sister is full of endearing hugs and gestures with dad.

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Every time I look at this photo it makes me smile.  I can almost hear the belly laughs and giggles!anna-dobrensk-menlo-park-family-photographer_0688

The girls had beautiful henna art on their hands from an event. I love capturing small details during my sessions.  To me, it’s all about the big picture, the small details and everything in between.

Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio specializing in lifestyle portraits for modern families.  If you are looking to capture heartfelt authentic images of your family in the Atherton Area, please contact me at 415. 518. 8880.


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101 Barbies, a girl and her piano – Menlo Park Lifestyle Session

101 Barbies, a girl and her piano – Menlo Park Lifestyle Session

Every family I photograph is special and unique. But sometimes when you arrive at someone’s home, you find out something about one of the family members that stands out and that deserves its own mini-session-within-a-session. That’s what happened here in this Menlo Park Lifestyle Family Session. It’s always special to receive an invitation to photograph families within their home. And, even more awesome when children allow me to see their inner sanctum.

Arriving to meet the 11 year old daughter of the house, she proudly announced that she has 101 Barbie dolls! I had to see it for myself and took off with my camera to her room. She was not exaggerating. Barbie was everywhere! I loved hanging out with her and sharing her passion for her dolls but also seeing a more focused side of her when she sat down at the piano.

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That, my friends, is an entire town of Barbie dolls. I think I see some Kens in there too. Not sure if that was a part of the 101 or in addition to. When I was a child my Barbie played with my brother’s G.I. Joe and Evil Knievel action figures.

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Evidence of experiments and play with hair and make up.
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Capturing the little details of your life so you will always have a visual record of them, is one of the many reasons I love what I do. Sometimes your everyday rituals or quirks don’t feel that special but, invite in someone new, and they instantly see the beauty that lies hidden. Using that unique perspective to artfully capture who my clients are, is my specialty.

Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio specializing in lifestyle portraits for modern families in Menlo Park and surrounding areas.  If you are looking to capture something special about your family, please contact me at 415. 518. 8880. I am currently booking through the end of 2015.


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San Francisco Twin Photography Session

 This San Francisco twin photography session was really fun because we were in the family home. My favorite thing about in home sessions is getting everyone on the bed for cuddles and play.

 I was so impressed with the calm, cool demeanor of these parents.  Nothing like when my kids were little, exhausted and overwhelmed, they made it look easy.
Twins are double the fun when it comes to photography.  It’s fun to see their differences and similarities.  My favorite part was watching this brother sister duo interact with each other.  They already seem to have such a strong bond.


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I always like to make mom the center of photos with her babies! It’s often moms that are taking photos of the kids so it’s nice when mom can be present and exist in photos.

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I approach all my sessions with an open heart.  I like to get to know my clients and become friends with them. It is super fun to see everyone relax in front of the camera.  The Beloved technique helps everyone become photogenic as they are showing natural expressions.

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The front door photo is one I always try to capture during in home sessions. It is a special memory for families of their family at their home.

nursery photos from a san francisco twins photography sessionThis San Francisco twin photography session had a sweet ending with the babies taking their nap while I was there.

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Authentic capture is something I strive for during in home sessions.  I tell clients they don’t need to worry about cleaning up and real life bottle caps, coffee cups, iPhones and lists are all part of their daily life that should be remembered.

Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio specializing in lifestyle portraits for modern families.  If you are looking to capture heartfelt authentic images of your family in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact me at 415. 518. 8880.
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Rambunctious Portola Valley Family Session

Rambunctious Portola Valley Family Session

One of the absolute best things about being a photographer is watching a family grow and change year after year. Children start to know you and respond to you like a favorite aunt and let their guards down more and more each year. The result is even more fun and authentic images the longer we work together.

This sweet family I have been photographing for the last three years, watching them go from a family of four to a family of five.

 

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A sense of humor is a must when you have three kids. This mom and dad clearly have that.

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Little sister, just 18 months, tries so hard to keep up with her big brothers, aged 5 and 7.

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boy playing in the redwoods during a portola valley family sessionI love this one, it displays their dynamics so well. Fun loving boys and a little sister who wants to be just like them.

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I live in Portola Valley and this is is one of my favorite spots to shoot a family session because it showcases our area’s natural beauty so well while giving young ones lots of room to run and explore.

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Anna Dobrenski is a full-service lifestyle photographer who works with fun-loving families in the communities of Portola Valley, Atherton, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Hillsborough and beyond.

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Fun Front Yard Menlo Park Family Session

Fun Front Yard Menlo Park Family Session

We take so many photos of our children when they are little and then, as life speeds up and schedules get crazier, those annual photo sessions falls by the wayside. And then – bam – you have teenagers and it’s been years since you took a family photo together. Sound familiar? As a mother of two growing children myself, I can completely relate.

Enter this fun family with their two sons, age 16 and 14.  Busy with sports and everything else that goes along with managing a family these days, it had been a while since they had got together to in front of the camera.

I had a great time at their home in Menlo Park, capturing some beautiful images to decorate their walls (and totally loving that sea of purple flowers!)

 

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We also couldn’t forget Leonard the dog who, of course, is a part of the family too.

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I loved this family’s sense of humor and the connection that came through in their images, especially this one of mother and son.

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Anna Dobrenski is a contemporary and  full-service lifestyle photographer who works with fun-loving families in the communities of Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View and beyond.

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Monterey Bay Lifestyle Family Session

Monterey Bay Lifestyle Family Session

When you have family spread in four separate Bay Area locations plus Denver, getting all your grandchildren together in one place can be rare. Which is why these grandparents wanted to make sure that they captured the moment, while celebrating their wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren.

I love the beach and the sense of freedom it gives children.  Seascape Beach Resort was the perfect location for this Monterey Bay lifestyle family session. We goofed-around barefoot in the sand, ate smores and generally had a fabulous time together. My favorite images from this session are the ones of the kids running through the sand – they definitely kept me on my toes and on-the-move throughout!


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The littlest granddaughter was such an angel. In just a few years she’ll be running on the sand with her cousins but for now she provided warm hugs for her mom on the sand.

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This is what getting together with your cousins is all about, running barefoot, laughing and playing carefree. I love the expressions of pure joy on their faces here.

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Anna Dobrenski is a lifestyle portrait photographer serving the communities between San Jose and San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION | CHERISH THIS DAY

baby feet in mom's lap during a san francisco family sessionThese adorable baby toes are the highlight of this image.  During an in home San Francisco family portrait session there were lots of cute moments to capture.  What a perfect choice for the Cherish This Day blog contribution!

As part of  a talented group of photographers from all over the country, the collaborative project features beautiful everyday moments.  The blog can be seen at CHERISH THIS DAY.

If you are interested in booking an in home or outdoor San Francisco family portrait session, please contact me for details at 415. 518. 8880 or anna@annadobrenski.com. I’d love to help you showcase everyday beauty from your family!


 


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Menlo Park On Location Family Photography

Conducting Menlo Park on location family photography is always a fun experience. I usually like to consider the children’s ages when selecting locations outside of my client’s home. In this case the children were all under eight years old. I feel it’s key to think about how the children play and interact at their current age. Plush grass was a priority for this on location family photography session.

When I visited the children in their home during the planning consultation I noticed they were all playing on the floor. I figured it would be great to let them have that freedom to play during our session.

menlo park on location family photography session with backlight While this family of five lives in Menlo Park, we chose a nearby location in Portola Valley for their session. It met the requirement for grass but also had some interest and variety. The gorgeous light was something I’m always searching for during my sessions.girl looking down with backlight
I adore it when families play and have fun together. Even the challenge of walking in sync while holding hands brought lots of giggles from this family.
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A big reason many parents commission me for their family portraits is so they can be in the images with their children.

I feel it’s important for children to be able to look back at their childhood memories through photos to jog their memory of family bonds. mom with daughter during family photo session girl playing peek a boo during menlo park family photo session Playing peek a boo is fun for any age child! mom with son during menlo park on location photo session three kids on a fence during menlo park on location family sessioncouple in backlight during menlo park photo session

I’d love to help you design a Menlo Park on location family photography session to showcase your family’s authentic beauty and love! I serve the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at 415. 518. 8880.

 


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Woodside Newborn Photography | Isla

Woodside Newborn Photography is a favorite of mine, especially when I get to photograph days-old babies in their new home. When babies are first born, I find it’s easier on mom and baby to conduct their sessions in the cozy surroundings of home. This beautiful first time mom was radiant and glowing while cuddling with her baby girl.

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We stepped outside for a bit to capture some of the gorgeous wooded environment around their home.

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This sweet little girl just loved being held and cuddled by her mom.

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Their two dogs wanted to be part of the action too!

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Looking at reflections of mom and daughter. Baby Isla was alert most of the time we spent together.

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The yawns are just too adorable! Isla was fighting sleep but was content throughout the session.

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I got to see some of the family heirlooms and gifts for Isla during the Woodside newborn photography session.

If you are expecting a child and would like to have newborn photography of your baby, please contact me to discuss pricing and scheduling at 415. 518. 8880. I adore photographing little ones anytime but there is something super special about the first days of life. I specialize in Woodside Newborn Photography and also serve the towns between San Francisco and San Jose. Please get in touch for location information at anna@annadobrenski.com.

 


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Sweet Saratoga In Home Family Session

This sweet Saratoga in home family session was a delight to photograph as this is the third time I’ve had the opportunity to photograph the family!

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Their son was born in October and I got to photograph his newborn photos which you can see HERE..  It was adorable to see the daughter’s happiness in being a big sister!


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The light at this family’s home is my favorite kind of light. Their backyard is filled with beautiful trees that filter the sunlight.  We had fun capturing the kids and parents together with the family dog, Bella.

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There were smiles all around as we played and even pretended to ride this dad’s motorcycle.

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If you or someone you know you would be interested in documenting your family similar to this sweet Saratoga In Home Family Session, please contact me. I would love to help you document your family at your home!  In home family sessions are wonderful for newborns or little ones that are slow to warm up.  Giving them a familiar environment is awesome to help with comfort level.  I can be reached on my personal cell phone at 415. 518. 8880 or by email anna@annadobrenski.com.

 


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Menlo Park Children and Family Photographer

One of my favorite parts of being a Menlo Park Children and Family Photographer is capturing beautiful memories for the families that commission me. I feel super excited when they like the images and experiences I provide so much they return again. I love watching little children grow up!

I was fortunate to photography Baby Kate last year when she was a newborn. She is the fourth child in her family but the first girl so there is always lots of pink involved with her photo sessions. Yay, team pink! She is one happy girl, always smiling and content. Kate is adored by her three big brothers as well as her loving mom and dad. Lucky girl!

You can see her last session HERE.

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baby girl looking down out of crib by Anna Dobrenski, Menlo Park Family Photographer

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It’s always amazing to me how quickly little ones grow. If you or someone you know is looking for a Menlo Park children and family photographer I’m your gal. I specialize in children and families so I am experienced in capturing children of all ages. I can be reached at 415. 518. 8880 or via email anna@annadobrenski.com. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the experience with you!
 


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Palo Alto Family Portrait Session

This recent Palo Alto Family Portrait Session took place at a very lush park. We started first thing on a Saturday morning. It’s great to get all the family members while they are fresh. For me, coffee was key. While my kids wake me up early most mornings I am definitely not a morning person and need a little boost.

This family was so lovely I did not need help enjoying myself during their photo session. The three year old was so charming, curious and independent. I found myself following him around the park. Up and down the play structure, around the swings, riding on his dad’s back and hugging his grandmother. So. much. fun! I adore three year olds! They are so fascinating to me. My favorite image is the one of him sitting with his knees touching and legs splayed out to the sides. I wish I was still that flexible!

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If you are interested in an on location family portrait session in Palo Alto or anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose I’d love to speak with you. We can collaborate to find the best location to suit your family to capture memories and tell your story. I can be reached at 415. 518. 8880 or anna@annadobrenski.com 


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Joyful Family Photo Sessions

Joyful family photo sessions do not take a lot of effort or planning. When I meet with my clients for their pre-session consultation we talk about some ways to keep the session flowing. To ensure everyone is happy we keep it light and fun. I find most families play in the privacy of their homes but not necessarily in public. I encourage parents to be silly and play with their kids like no one is watching.

This family is special to me as they are my friends. I’m lucky to have known these children since they were small. They had such delight chasing each other and playing with the balloons. They even did the chicken dance in the field! Love these guys!

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This year I continue to accept a limited number of commissions each month. If you would like to schedule a joyful family photo session please contact me early to get the perfect date. I can be contacted at 415. 518. 8880 to schedule or get more information. I would love to help you tell the story of your family!

 


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