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Fields of Gold- Redwood City Family Photographer

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

I feel so blessed that I’ve been fortunate enough to be so busy year round doing what I love. I have THE best clients and absolutely love getting to connect with these amazing and wonderful families and kids every week. The downside of being so busy is that I rarely have time to sit down and share these beautiful images, which is such a shame. This sessions was one of my all-time favorites from last fall and when I realized the other day I hadn’t ever shared it anywhere it made me feel like I do when the coffee runs out. So I’m fixing that now, with a Starbucks latte in hand of course.

This super amazing and fabulous family belongs to that of the incredibly talented local photographer Katie Baldi of Katie Baldi Photography. I will never not be shocked, flattered and a little confused when photographers reach out to book me.  I feel a little like the reverse Ann Veal, “Me?” (Arrested Development anyone?). I mean our whole lives are looking at photographs and we all know so many extraordinary photographers. So, when a photographer picks you to document their own family it’s like a giant compliment wrapped in a warm hug. Once the warm hug feels wear off though, the pressure sets in. I worry they will judge me on my techniques or gear or that I’ll somehow fail hard and they will hate everything and think I’m a total fraud. Can you tell I have anxiety?  Thankfully, once I start shooting it all melts away. Katie’s family brought so much love, energy, and awesomeness to the table that all I could do is feel giddy to be able to photograph it. I mean the light was aces. Their clothes were perfection. And of course just look at them. Totes adorbs. I ended up with so many favorite images that making this blog post felt impossible as I tried to narrow it down to a somewhat reasonable amount. Alas, and at last, here it is.

 

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Redwood City lifestyle family session.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area fall lifestyle family photography session in Redwood City by Tenley Clark Photography.

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2017 Mini Sessions

2017 Tenley Clark Photography South Bay Area Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again! Mini sessions are back! These sessions are perfect for the family who just wants a quick portrait session for those cute holiday cards or a portrait update without the lengthy session. It can be the whole family or just the kiddos.

Here are the dates, times and locations:

November 4- Santa Clara, CA 9-11am, 2-5pm

November 5- Los Gatos, CA 2-5pm

We may also be adding a third date at a Christmas Tree Farm.

This year we are using a new online scheduler to make booking your spot quick and painless. Click the button below to book or to find more information about these sessions. Email me at tenley@tenleyclark.com.

 

Schedule Appointment

 

**Please note that each session requires a 50% retainer to book as well as a signed contract that will be emailed to you upon booking. The remaining 50% will be due by your session date.

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Cassie- JE Kids

Teen lifestyle shoot with cute pink roller skates by Tenley Clark Photography

This girl and her mom are such sweethearts! We had so much fun in Pleasanton for her model portfolio session. I had asked her mom what she likes to do before the session and she mentioned she liked to roller-skate. I just so happened to have a pair of skates in her size in my wardrobe closet along with this matching pink outfit in her size. It was kismet.

Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography
Bay Area kid’s model headshot session by Tenley Clark Photography

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Here comes the tide- Capitola Beach Mini Session

Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

The beach is one of my favorite locations to shoot. It’s the perfect playground that just invites fun to be had. The one thing to keep in mind when choosing it as your location is that the water can sometimes be a beacon to little ones. They run towards it the way I run when I see that beautiful green siren beckoning me to get a venti Salted Caramel Mocha. I don’t mind water play at all. In fact, I welcome it and I’ll get in there too to capture it all. It’s just something to keep in mind that you might be taking home a soaking wet, sand-covered child. It’s always a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes, not just for the kids but for you too.

It’s also important as with any trip to the beach to practice great safety and not leave your kids (especially the littles) alone if they are near the water. Sometimes a high tide comes out of nowhere (reference the last image) and it’s important to be there to grab your little ones. Thankfully his parents always had a hand on him and he thought it was hilarious. His face is priceless. Pretty sure that was their favorite image from the mini session.

Also, it should be noted that this family is incredible. These parents are some of the most giving, selfless, fun, hilarious and kind people you’ll ever meet. We are so lucky to know them and count them as family (the dad is my sister-in-law’s cousin).
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

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Fall Vibes Capitola Mini Session.

Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

I think this mini session and the previous one I posted are perfect examples of how styling can change the overall vibe of your session so much. Both families did a great job putting their outfits together (love the color pops!!) but you’ll see how much it changes the overall look of their sessions. The images were taken on the same day at the same location within an hour of each other but yet I’m not sure you would guess that looking at them. Now granted the light had changed, but even if it hadn’t the clothing choices each say something completely different.

The first family went with more summery clothing and colors. They are wearing shorts, dresses and light linens. The second family chose a beautiful fall color palette and rocked some layers. Both sessions are beautiful but tell a completely different story. One suggests a warm summer day at the beach, while the other sets the tone for a crisp, serene fall stroll in the sand. Again, these were taken within an hour of each other.

Another thing to notice is that even though it’s the same location I put them in some different spots as well because of these choices. The first family I photographed more amongst the colorful homes at the edge of the beach because the colors of their outfits went well in that setting. If I had taken this family to that same spot it wouldn’t have worked. The bright summer colors of the homes would have clashed with these fall tones.

I wanted to point this out to show you how much your clothing choices effect your sessions, just as much if not more than your location choice. I know, it’s already so much pressure to choose what to wear, why would I do this to you!? Try to think of this as another fun way to communicate more about your family and make your images unique to you.

Also, keep in mind how you will want to use your images. If you want to print them for your home it’s best to wear colors that will work with the color scheme and vibe you have in your house. If your home is all rustic chic you might not want to wear super bright colors to your session. But, if your home is like mine and filled with color and quirk, wearing all neutrals might look out of place.

Remember, if you book a session with me I’m always here to offer help if you’re feeling overwhelmed by these choices.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.
Bay Area colorful lifestyle family photography session on Capitola Beach by Tenley Clark Photography.

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