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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Snap Happy Workshop | Menlo Park Photography Class

Saturday I taught my third Snap Happy Workshop, a Menlo Park Photography Class to teach parents how to take better photos of their children. The class is designed to teach fundamental tools to improve their photography no matter what camera they own. I cover iPhone photo tips as well.  The class was co-hosted with my friends Wendy and Brian.


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The Snap Happy Workshop was donated to the 2014  Las Lomitas Auction which raises funds for the Las Lomitas Education Foundation. We had eight awesome moms sign up and attend the class, one was my co-host Wendy, pictured on the far right. Her husband Brian offered to help keep our models (their children Charlie and Betsy along with Miles) and resident dog Phoebe content while I taught the class.

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There’s nothing like sibling love!  Betsy and Charlie made my demonstration of how to get natural expressions from children a breeze!

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Do you get frustrated trying to get images of your children in focus? Tired of bad lighting and expressions? If you’d be interested in attending or hosting your own Menlo Park Photography Class, please contact me to discuss details. I’d love to help more parents improve their photography skills with the Snap Happy Workshop! I can be reached at 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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New Love!/ Portola Valley Family Photographer

The Mexican feather grasses gently swayed in the breeze. The Willow tree seemed to call out for someone to dance under the canopy and swing on it’s branches. The afternoon sun was glistening, creating a halo of sweetness around each family member. And, there were smiles all around.

The delight of adding a new love to their family was felt in a strong way. Mom and Dad took turns holding and cuddling their first baby boy. Pure, joyful light could be seen in their eyes.

The big sisters were ecstatic to show off how they, too, could hold little brother. Adoringly they gazed at his tiny features. They giggled when he squirmed and made silly faces.

The first days with a newborn are so precious. It’s such an overwhelming experience to bring a new member into the family. It is filled with awe and discovery. Brought into the world with an abundance of love before it was ever know who he was or who he would become. It will be fun to see who this little guy turns out to be.



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If you are looking to schedule a family photography session to capture memories of you and your loved ones in your home, please contact me via the links below. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about your family and your photography goals. I am based in Portola Valley and am willing to travel throughout the Peninsula including all areas between San Francisco and San Jose.


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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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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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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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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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