"Pictures in the Park" are back for the 10th year!
These mini sessions are held back to back (so punctuality is crucial) outdoors at Lake Temescal in Oakland and are the most fun you can have in 10 minutes!
The quick pace ups the excitement and before anyone can say CHEEEESE it’s all over and no one got bored!
Mini Session: $100
This sitting fee includes:
Exclusive client preparation guide
My time and talent at your photo session
10 minutes of shooting time at Lake Temescal in Oakland
Post-processing of your images
Images are sold a la carte with prints starting at $20 and digital files starting at $75
Package rates for multiple digital files
2020 Fall dates now open!
Click desired date to select your time and complete your booking and secure your spot.
What can I expect during a "Pictures in the Park" Mini Session?
You can expect a patient, playful, lighthearted approach to your shoot where my goal is to provide the most relaxed, comfortable fun experience possible. Even though our time will be short, my goal is still to capture your family in your natural state interacting with each other and grab those tiny and big moments of connection.
We only want portraits of our kids - is that okay?
Definitely okay! I love photographing the entire family but I’m more than okay just focusing on your kiddos.
How many people can be photographed during a mini session?
Because we have only 15 minutes to try to get everyone looking their best, these sessions are for four or fewer people.
What should we wear?
A few weeks before your session, I'll be sending you my "client preparation guide" which will give you examples of family outfits, talk about haircuts, and make suggestions for how to make the most out of your session.
Can I bring my dog/cat/peacock/koala?
I love photographing pets, but this mini session is just for humans.
Should we bring outfit changes, accessories or props?
While there won't be time for outfit changes, accessories are great to incorporate! Here are some ideas for great ad-ons: knit hats, favorite blankets, mittens, capes, beaded necklaces, tiaras, or anything else your child has that would enhance an image.
Where do the mini sessions take place?
On the north side of Lake Temescal (the side closer to Broadway/highway 24)! The park offers many bright, naturally lit spaces and backgrounds.
What if the weather is bad?
Luckily the weather in the fall here in the Bay Area tends to be pretty reliable, but if it's looking like the weather will be no good for photos (in cases of extreme wind, rain or smoke for example), I'll be in contact with you the night before to find a time to reschedule at no cost to you.
Can I cancel or reschedule my session?
Can you really get enough good photos of my family/kiddos in just 10 minutes?
Yep! I honed my speed photo skills to perfection when I ran a school photography company (we did natural light portraiture for 40+ schools (over 20,000 kids!) all over the Bay Area. I'd have approximately 60 seconds with each kiddo in order to produce a lovely portrait.
What if I'm running late?
One of the reasons I'm able to keep the mini session pricing is low is by taking on several clients all in one place and back to back. If one client is running late, therefore, the whole day will be thrown off. So, it's very important that you are on time. Your session is your session, so if you are 5 minutes late, for example, we will only have 5 minutes to photograph your family.