Fall Family Photos in Oakland’s Redwood Park

November 11, 2022

Lifestyle

It’s fall in the Bay! 

Does that mean that we have tons of red and yellow trees lining our streets? No, not particularly. But you know what we do have?

Golden hills, woodsy areas, and of course our beautiful redwood trees right in our backyard. 

I mean that seriously, my neighbor next door literally has three redwoods in his backyard. But for these mini sessions, I had my clients meet me at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland so that we can explore the redwood forest up there.

This park is great, it’s huge with multiple trailhead entrances. Once you enter the trailhead you are greeted by tall redwoods and tons of green and brown foliage. One thing that can happen with forests is that you can use a lot of light easily depending on how dense the forest is. It’s not a bad thing – it just means your photos will be a little darker! 

This park, while has tons of trees – it also sits higher on a hillside and allows light to stream through beautifully, so you can have naturally brighter images. 

A few things you should know before booking your photos at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland:

  1. There are a lot of trailheads, it’s important to have your photographer drop a pin on where to meet so you don’t get lost. 
  2. Some people (like me!) lose reception at different trailheads! So if you need to make a call there is a chance you will need to go to the bottom of the hill. 
  3. There’s not an official parking lot for certain trailheads, so you’ll need to find parking on the side of the road on turnouts. 
  4. These are heavily populated areas! While not like walking around downtown – there are a lot of people out, so expect to share the space with others.
  5. Redwoods lose light fast! Morning shoots or late afternoon shoots will provide great light. 

Enjoy these previews from my latest mini sessions in the redwoods! Contact me here to book your next family shoot!

Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography
Shannon Alyse Bay Area Family Photography

Hey, I'm Shannon

I'm a lifetime photographer that documents your milestones - from weddings to motherhood & all the moments in-between.

I'm based in Pleasanton, California where I live with my husband, our pup and way too many house plants.