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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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!)


photo of mom and dad having fun in garden at sunset during Menlo Park Family Session                                Taking time to capture mom and dad in a family session is so important to me. When I work with families for the first time I often hear that mom and dad haven’t had a photo of just the two of them since their wedding day! As the glue that holds everything together, making space for some fun and genuine moments of connection is a great way is a great way to remember what’s important, even on the hard days we all have.

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

photo of black labrador in front yard during Menlo Park Family Session

Beautiful photo of family with two teenage boys standing in back yard in Menlo Park California

Lifestyle portrait of teenage boy at home in Menlo Park California

Lifestyle portrait of family of four standing on the stairs in their back yard in Menlo Park California

Photo of teenage boy standing in front yard of home in Menlo Park California at sunset

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

Fun lifestyle portrait of mother  and son at home in Menlo Park california

Fun lifestyle photo of father and son at home in Menlo park California

Photo of teenage brothers at front door of home in Menlo Park California

Fun smiles photo of teenage brothers at home in Menlo Park California

Lifestyle photo of two teenage brothers checking text messages at home in Menlo Park California

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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Menlo Park Family Portrait Photographer/The S Family

As a Menlo Park family portrait photographer, clients come to me to capture everyday moments as well as milestones. This beautiful family of five has their eldest child heading to college any day now. It’s such an honor to be able to help create memories of these special times for families. We had a lot of fun goofing off in their back yard. Teenagers are really, really funny!

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menlo park family portrait photographer

menlo park family portrait photographer

menlo park family portrait photographer

This time of year gets very busy with families looking to have photographs for their holiday cards. If you are interested in booking a session in 2013, please contact me as soon as possible so I can ensure you get your session completed with time for holiday gifts and cards. Please contact me below. I look forward to speaking with you!


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Portola Valley family photography is fun when you get to work with clients like these! I photographed these two teenage girls with their parents on a beautiful sunny morning. We had lots of fun with outfits, including saris. We even moved some furniture out to their backyard.

I feel fortunate when parents commission me to photograph their family. I understand how important it is to capture these fleeting moments. Whether the kids are graduating high school or losing their front teeth, these are days to remember. Cherish these memories with portraits.

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portola valley family photography

portola valley family photography

This family had me saying “Gorgeous!” about a thousand times. They are not only beautiful but they are loads of fun!

Looking to book a Portola Valley family photography session this summer? Let me help you capture your family memories. Connect with me below to book a session.


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