Monday, September 9, 2013

Family Portraits at Lake Merritt are Bay Area Casual

Oakland California is one of the most beautiful cities in the Bay Area. One of it's most distinctive features is a lake in the middle of town. Lake Merritt is a scenic jewel in the center of an urban landscape. I am very fortunate to have it directly at the front door of my studio. That makes it very convenient for me to schedule family portrait sessions there, but honestly I booked sessions there even before I relocated the studio to Grand Ave. It is worth the drive for many reasons.
Family portrait of 3 in Lake Merritt Tree

There are plenty of unique trees that make great posing aids for family portraits all around the Lake Merritt. One day I will research the type of trees that stud the shores of the lake. While I don't know their name, I do know that they grow into some really interesting unusual shapes.  There are lovely grassy knolls and in the Spring time, beds of wild daisies and trees dripping with cherry blossoms. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the flocks of wild geese that will meander through your portrait background!

The grass and ivy covered trees set the mood for posing families in cuddly poses that showcase intimacy and relationship.If a casual photograph of your family is what you are craving, Lake Merritt offers many possibilities.
Siblings portrait in front of ivy
A family portrait session is a great time to update individual photographs of your children. Their unique personalities are far more likely to shine bright at a relaxed family portrait session than during a hurried school picture day opportunity. Your kid isn't cookie cutter, so don't settle for assembly line school photos.

Enjoy more images from this family photo session in this video
A professional family portrait is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give.  After all, when all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is family. There is still time to get on our 2013 schedule call today to schedule your consultation appointment (510)832-3686.

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