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The Ruth Bancroft Garden | Family Photos

September 8, 2021

Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm a senior portrait, family, and couples' photographer based out of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. I love sunshine, cacti, chocolate chips, and a great cup of tea - but most of all I love photographing joyful clients. :)
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Family photos of a father, son, and grandfather at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.

It was so much fun to take these candid family photos at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA! So spoiler alert, this is my own family, but since we’ve moved to Chicago it’s getting to be more rare that we get to spend time together! When we went to the Ruth Bancroft Garden (it’s a super cool succulent and cacti garden!!) it was so picturesque that I knew I could take some beautiful family photos.

Man in orange shirt standing in front of two glass doors at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

I love the framing of these beautiful doors and the reflections of the bright garden!

Older father and son looking at each other.

Father, son, and grandson! I was thinking of calling this blog a “fatherhood” photoshoot! “Motherhood” photography is a blanket term for maternity, birth, fresh 48, newborn, and family photography, but I’ve never seen the term applied for men on nonbinary individuals! I’ll need to do more research about this because I really want my photography business to be inclusive and comfortable for all to approach.

Family photos of a father, son, and grandfather at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.
Family photos of a father, son, and grandfather at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.
Man in orange shirt standing in front of a blooming agave.

The plants at this garden were stunning! Here’s the yellow blossoms of a palo verde tree, and the beautiful flowering stalks of an agave!

Cacti and succulents at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

I love all the vibrant colors and interesting shapes of succulents and cacti! I also love that my new camera can let me shoot with a very wide aperture in full sun to get a beautiful blurred out effect!

Man wearing black shirt and holding a camera.

My father-in-law is an enthusiastic photographer, particularly of plants and birds. He had a lot of fun taking macro photos in the garden!

Young son running and being picked up by his father.
Father and son sitting on a bench in a cactus garden

If I get the chance to incorporate blurred out foreground into a photo I go for it. 😉

Grandpa showing grandson photos on his camera
Father and son on a bench
Grandpa holding grandson

Young boy signing "I love you" in American Sign Language.

There’s a beautiful, shaded pond in the middle of the garden. There are so many beautiful locations here for portrait photography!

Family photos of a father, son, and grandfather at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.

Aw, one of my favorite shots right here!

Man in orange shirt in a cactus garden
Grandfather holding young grandson
Family photos of a father, son, and grandfather at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.

Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!

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