Many people hire a professional portrait photographer around the holidays when kids come home from school and family travel from far and wide to celebrate with one another. As a result December is a busy month and slots book up fast.

To accommodate the busy schedule this mother/daughter team happily met me nice and early. Two benefits to an early morning session are the fantastic light and lack of other people in the park.

Lindsay was home from college on the East Coast and Linda wanted photos of her and their German Shepherd mix, Jackson. We decided to meet at local park, Moraga Commons Park. I don’t have the opportunity to get to Moraga often, but it is familiar to me from summers spent visiting my Grandmother, who lived on Rheem Dr.

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The four of us strolled around the park, as it was a cold, cold morning there was no one else around but us. We found this cool old bridge with rusted iron railings and with the morning sun coming up behind them, it made for a very picturesque scene.

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We even stopped in the playground and I got the girls to swing on the swings for a few moments. All in all, a crisp, clear and peaceful morning spent enjoying the fresh air and the company.

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