San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Photography Sessions

Mom daughter and grandmother baking holiday cookies in Berkeley, CA
Mom looks at son during Bay Area Holiday Mini Session

Introducing ‘choose your own adventure’ holiday sessions


Choose between a 60 minute holiday documentary session


20 minute Holiday Portrait Mini

It's good to have choices.

I like for people to have options. This year, because I really want holiday photo time to be as painless as possible, I’m offering two different session types. One is quick, relatively painless, and most importantly – FUN. The other is longer, more personal (still FUN), and allows me to capture your family in the most authentic of ways.

Unfamiliar with family documentary sessions?

Most of you know me as a portrait photographer. I’ve taken your child’s school portrait, your front porch portrait during COVID, or your holiday photo in years past. However, I’m actually an award winning documentary photographer,  who’s been published in National Geographic Your Shot (twice) and Confluence Magazine. I want to share this world with you: the world of unposed, unscripted, family photography.

Want to see what real life looks like in 60 seconds? Click the link below and watch one family’s experience during a documentary photo session. What would your life look like in one hour?

Ready to choose your own adventure?

*There are two holiday options this year*

Kids playing outside in front yard in Denver, CO

1.  One Hour Holiday Documentary Mini Sessions 

Select dates available

(I recommend watching the short video above to give you a sense of what to expect)

If you want a bit more of an in-depth session; if you’re looking to capture the authentic nature of your family relationship; if you want to see photos that highlight your real life, then this is the session for you

    • Your choice of location – anywhere within 15 miles of Alameda, CA is A-Ok. (Further out is ok too, just a small travel fee will be added).
    • Suggested activities include family baking, cookie decorating, Pumpkin patch visit (October dates), Holiday decorating, City Adventure Day, Day at Golden Gate Park, Thanksgiving prep, and more… Full list available upon request.
    • A few posed family portraits will be taken during the 60 minutes – don’t worry, we’ll make sure your holiday card is covered!

$595 session fee – includes photo shoot and 10 digital images. Add-on package available for full gallery of images or 10×8 20 page album.

Ready to get started? Scroll below to reserve your date!
Daughter sits atop Dads shoulders during holiday mini session

2. 20 minute holiday mini session

Let’s forget about 2020 for a few minutes and allow the spirit of the season to sweep you away while taking some fun holiday photos.

    • Each session to take place either in Alameda or Oakland – location TBD upon booking
    • The intention is for the photos to be light hearted and fun – holiday dress is encouraged!

$95 session fee – converts to product credit during ordering process. Digital image packages begin at $395. 

Ready to get started? Scroll below to reserve your date!

COVID-19 information

Here is an overview of the procedures I follow to ensure the safety of your family and mine:

  • There will be a no contact temperature check prior to the start of each photo shoot of all participating family members.
  • I will wear a mask during the entirety of our photo shoot and shoot from a distance of at least 6′ feet, if not more. If we are on your private property or where masks are not required, I am comfortable with you not being masked; however, I will still wear one for your protection.
  • Any props or photo accessories used during a shoot will be sanitized and disinfected between each shoot.
  • If you have come in contact with a known case of COVID-19, you must contact me immediately to reschedule your shoot.

Your health and safety (as well as that of my family’s) is my biggest priority. I will do my best to ensure the safest possible environment for our photo shoot, without diminishing the artistic quality of your images.

What are next steps?


Decide which photo experience you’d like

Choose between the 60 minute or the 20 minute photo session and click the appropriate link below to reserve your spot.


Photo Day Arrives

I will arrive at our designated location and will spend the next 20 or 60 minutes photographing your family as you are. It really is that simple.


Online viewing and ordering

Within one week you’ll be sent an online photo gallery for ordering. Cry happy tears of joy because you’ll see the amazingness of your beautiful family in a whole new light.  You’ll absolutely love your photos and I bet even the spouse will get a bit misty-eyed.

No stress. No drama. Seamless.

Ready to reserve your date?

Please fill out the below form to inquire for more information.

Family laughs in front of naval ships in Alameda, CA
Family poses during Bay Area holiday mini session
Making Christmas cookies during a holiday photo session in Oakland, CA
Children running during bay area holiday mini session