2020 Fall Mini Sessions!!| Bay Area Family Photographer


It’s that time of year again (YAY!) and I’ve been getting a lot of questions on if I will still be holding my mini sessions this year and the answer is ….YES!  2020 Bay Area Fall Mini Sessions are now officially booking!

There are a few changes this year, however. The price for the mini’s have gone up; however, instead of choosing 10 images, you will be receiving all the edited images from your session. I will also only be taking on a limited number of sessions this year and only photographing a max of two families per day. I will not have set mini session days and I encourage you to pick a week day as locations will generally be less busy.

Also, keep in mind, Mini Sessions don’t have to be for family photos only, they can also be just for couples, just for grandparents, just the kids, or a mini maternity session. *Only extended family sessions are excluded from minis. Also, beach mini sessions are available for $450. Message me for more details.

Sessions are open for booking September though November. Contact me today to book yours!

**Note: Due to the wild fires and the air quality, sessions may need to be rescheduled the day of if it is determined unsafe to be outdoors.

I’m so excited to see all my past clients again and new families! Please feel free to ask me any questions or share any concerns regarding covid or the wild fires and we will work together to make your session as safe as possible.

Bay Area Fall Mini Sessions announcement

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Fall Mini Sessions during the Camp Fire | Walnut Creek Family Photographer

family mini session portrait in walnut creekLast year’s Fall Mini Session season was….well… hectic to say the least. I remember coming to this location before my fall sessions were even announced to location scout and see if this would be a good spot for mini’s. As I was walking back to my car I noticed smoke starting in the distance. I remember thinking ugh, a fire started, bummer. I had NO idea the nightmare that was going on at that moment up in Paradise or how profound the Camp Fire would be.

I’ve lived in California my whole life, specifically the Bay Area and never have I experience going over a month with constant, intense smoke filling the air. My fiance having to close down his gym for a few days because it wasn’t safe for kids to practice their acrobatics, my daughters dance studio following suit and kids having to stay home from school. There was a day I was driving home and I could barely see in front of me on the freeway it was so thick. Mind you, we are over 3 hours away and it was like our own town was on fire.

I cried. So many times. I cried for the stories that were hitting the news of lives lost. I cried for the people I know in Chico dealing with worse conditions than us. I cried for the beautiful town of Paradise which was gone. I just remember wondering if it was ever going to get better.

In the midst of all this, my fall mini sessions were starting and so began the task of rescheduling depending on the conditions that day. Some days it actually seemed like the smoke was lifting and so we were able to keep the session. This day was one of those days where we woke up and the day seemed almost clear, hallelujah! So we decided to move forward with our mini session. It wasn’t until just before we arrived that the smoke started to roll back in. We decided to go with it and pretty much nailed this beautiful family’s fall mini session in about 15 minutes!

family portraits with smokey sky from the camp fireAlthough the smoke was stemming from a terrible event, it added an interesting characteristic to these portraits that although I find incredibly beautiful, I hope we never experience again. Mother Nature definitely stamped her mark on these portraits and we’ll always remember when the unfortunately historic Camp Fire ripped through Northern California.

brother hugging his little sister little girl posing in grey jacket and jean dressboy in button up shirt posing in fieldbrother and sister running in walnut creek fieldfamily portrait in walnut creek regional parkI can’t get over how sweet these pictures are of brother holding his little sister’s hand as they walk along the path together. I hope they always share this close bond. brother and sister holding hands walking in walnut creekI know the town of Paradise is still rebuilding and can still use donations.

Click here to see ways you can still help!

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