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.


photo of siblings playing during Portola Valley family session

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

photo of mom and dad laughing outside in Portola Valley California

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

Photo of little girl exploring the outdoors during a Portola Valley family session

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.

rambunctious portola valley family session kids romping in the redwoods

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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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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Family Photography/B Family/

Family photography is a joy with a group like this one! The B Family and I met at Windy Hill for their family photography session. It’s one of their favorite spots for running and hiking (mine too). The children, ages 7 and 9, were game for anything that day. There was no shortage of laughter and silliness! We hiked, laughed, stopped, giggled, over and over again. Oh, and we took a few photographs too.

It was a treat to get to photograph the family together with their dog Quincy under the huge oak tree! Imagine how special it was to see the looks on their faces when I delivered products to their home recently! Picture this: the tree image (below) blown up large, printed on glossy metal, hanging over their fireplace. Stunning! Big smiles all around.

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family photography

family photography

family photography

family photography

family photography

family photography

If you are considering getting portraits taken of your family, you’ve landed in the right place. Selecting photographs to hang in your home can be daunting. One of our specialties at Anna Dobrenski Photography is turning family photography into artwork for your home. We have a wonderful iPad app that creates mock ups of clients’ walls with their images. Once potential wall art spaces have been identified, we photograph the walls. The walls are then mocked up with template overlays showing different options of configurations. Your family portraits are pulled into the templates so you can visualize the portraits to scale. Then you have to make some material choices: canvas, metal or thin wrap? Don’t worry, we guide you every step of the way. Our goal is to help you enjoy your family photography for years to come! This app has been a wonderful addition to the Anna Dobrenski Photography experience. Clients are so pleased to be able to see what their portraits look like on their walls before making a commitment.

Interested in booking a family portrait session with Anna Dobrenski Photography? Have questions? Feel free to contact us at 415. 518. 8880 or anna@annadobrenski.com.


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