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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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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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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Sisterly Love!/ Cherish This Day

These two lovely girls showed their sisterly love for each other on a recent afternoon in Portola Valley. Over the past few months you’ve hopefully seen me post about the Cherish This Day project where I’m lucky to be a contributing lifestyle photographer. What I love about this project is it really gets me thinking about not only the big picture and the small details, but everything in between. It’s those in between moments that are fleeting, the ones we most likely won’t remember twenty years down the road when our little ones aren’t so little anymore.

While I love photographing my own children, my work gives me the opportunity to photograph children of others. I find all children fascinating. They really all are so special. I enjoy watching them alone, with their parents, pets and especially with their siblings. When I saw these sisters having so much fun loving on each other I immediately thought it would be perfect to showcase in the Cherish This Day project. I hope their parents cherish this day and every day with their adorable little ones! Speaking of little ones, these sisters just brought home a new little brother. I’ll feature their session soon! Prepare yourself for cuteness…

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If you’re interested in a sisterly love! or brotherly love! session, please contact me to find out pricing and scheduling information. I can be reached by clicking the contact me button below. I look forward to speaking with you!


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Los Altos Family Photographer/ Brooke

As a Los Altos Family Photographer, I was thrilled to be the photographer of choice for this family. Six year old Brooke was competing in her first horse show in Portola Valley. What an honor to capture her in action on her horse! We had a few giggles together with her family after she received her very first blue ribbon! I loved this opportunity to photograph an important event in Brooke’s life. I hope she and her family cherish these memories for many years to come.


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Please contact me at 415. 518. 8880 to get more information on booking a session. I still have space available for fall sessions. I look forward to hearing from you!


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On Location Photographer/ The P Family

So excited to share this session with the P Family! We had a blast together playing in the field, grass and redwood grove. Being an on location photographer is awesome for keeping me spontaneous. I am constantly searching for beautiful light and interesting backdrops for my clients. Since most of my clients choose to display my photographic art in their homes, I want their family to look their best for their portraits. This family looks amazing in all the location spots we chose!

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I am now booking through the end of 2013. Please contact me at 415. 518. 8880 to get pricing and scheduling information. I look forward to helping you tell your family’s story!


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Personal Photography Project/Cherish This Day/

Personal photography project sharing is an important part of my growth as a photographer. Projects like Cherish This Day keep me shooting for me. I love having the structure to remind me to pick up my camera and get creative without the pressures of shooting for someone else. While I LOVE what I do, it’s important to keep things fresh with personal photography projects.

May’s theme for Cherish This Day is TOGETHER. I had initially intended to share photographs of my children for this month. As I dug deep to think of another photo I could take of my kids, I realized that I already had the perfect photos of them. Perfect to me, as a mother anyway.

My children definitely get behind the camera more than their fair share. I crack up every time my kids say, “Mom, we are famous!”

I know my sweet kiddos love to please me by modeling for me. They love to goof off in front of the camera or play artistic director and tell me how to photograph them. My children are my biggest supporters and fans. I am blessed. I realize how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to include them in my work. I am lucky that they are even interested in what I do.

But anyway, I digress. The theme this month for my personal photography project is together. Instead of trying to get that perfect photo of my children to post on my blog today. I decided to truly Cherish This Day. I spent an awesome day enjoying my children in a cherished way, in my memory, through my eyes. While I never completely walk away from my camera since I usually have my iPhone 4S with me, I took a hiatus from the 5D Mark III. This day was a gift.

So, to honor the continuation of the project I am posting the first image that came to my mind when thinking of the theme together. These two adorable sisters walking hand in hand, exploring every nook and cranny of the redwood grove. Dressed in their woodland fairy dresses, wings, wands and all… TOGETHER.

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To see more of Cherish This Day, please visit the blog HERE.


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Being a Portola Valley family photographer means I get to work close to home. There are so many naturally beautiful spots that I favor for photography. Sometimes the simplicity of a field mixed with a wonderful family can create gorgeous images!

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This beautiful family endured strong chilly winds for their portrait session. I am happy they were able to stick it out because I love their images. I hope they will enjoy these for years to come!

Looking for a local family photographer? Contact me below to book your family session!


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Being a Palo Alto family photographer means I have lots of options and choices of location. The peninsula has no shortage of beautiful spots to photograph my clients. My preference will always be someplace rugged and natural, although I do sometimes choose plush green parks. This client really liked having the option of tall redwoods and wild grassy fields for their family portraits.



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Lucky me, I was given the opportunity to photograph this lovely family twice in the fall! There was lots of excitement and play during their session in the fields of Portola Valley! To see their first set of images at the Pumpkin Patch click HERE.

Are you interested in booking a session with a local, Palo Alto family photographer? At Anna Dobrenski Photography, our studio specializes in children and family portraiture. Connect with us below to find out more or book a session.


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