Let's embrace the chaos

Because your life is your legacy, and that's what you want captured anyways!


Lifestyle sessions are all about fully embracing everything from the quiet moments to the pure chaos. Whether you have a small family or a big one, you’re your own type of crazy, and I live for it. I want to capture everything you naturally are! It’s why I thrive in any type of scenario possible. I didn’t grow up in a quiet home—it was always loud and full of energy. While I don’t have kids of my own, I still find myself in my own chaos of living in a one bedroom apartment, in the middle of a bustling city, with two massive dogs. Kids will be kids, pets will be pets, your family will be your family, and that’s exactly the way I want it. It’s what I look for, and what I capture because it’s what makes you!

“My kids are wild. Will you be able to photograph us?"
“I can’t get my kids to sit still for 20 seconds. How will we last an hour?”

Not only yes, but absolutely!

All kids have their moments, I promise, and most of the time it’s more fun that way! My approach is simply to let kids be kids. I prefer to let them run around, jump in the sand, play on the beach, and overall, be themselves. Children can be unpredictable, which is what I plan on. We’ll have a warm-up period where they grow more and more comfortable with me, and then they open up to be fully who they are. These memories, these little people, this chaos is what you want to remember. Because one day, it won’t be this way anymore. Life changes fast and that’s why I want these images to be real and honest in how they represent your family dynamic.

While many have expectations of how family photos “should go”, I’m here to help you change those expectations to something far better. Just get these kids dressed and ready and let the reigns go. I got it from here.

Let’s just embrace it

I'm stressed about our session. Help!

It’s easy to be stressed about something you're investing so much time and money in as family photos. But I like to keep it really simple to minimize any anxiety when I can. Outfits are essentially the only thing you need to prepare, but I’m here every step of the way if you have questions or need suggestions. My biggest piece of advice is to stay true to who you are normally. Wear what feels like you. And from there, just show up and I’ll take care of the rest. Let go of any expectations, be okay getting a little bit dirty, and get ready to snuggle, run, jump, laugh, and hug. We’re going to have fun, I promise.

Okay, you’ve convinced me

Can we bring my dog(s)?

Honestly, if you don’t, I may be a little sad. I’m not known as “the dog lady” for nothing. I have my own two goldendoodles that you can read more about on my about me page. But this experience with my own dogs has really made it so easy to photograph everyone else’s. No matter what their personalities are, I’m not intimidated in the slightest. We’ll incorporate them into the session as your family, because really, they are. And I 100% understand that because I live it!

Lifestyle family sessions start at $800 for East Bay and San Francisco sessions.

Please reach out for questions about pricing packages and travel costs.

Let's do this

Words from the people

Because real humans said these nice things about me

Kirsten is amazing! She takes all of the stress out of family pictures. We spent the entire shoot just playing together rather than standing stiffly, begging my kids to please just smile and cooperate. She makes everyone feel so comfortable and natural and the result was gorgeous candid photos where she captured our…
Kirsten is talented, and was wonderful to work with. She was able to capture natural moments with my family in such a beautiful way. The pictures turned out so well, and we love the way she composed the shots and caught the best light. She was able to give gentle guidance on what colors to wear, which was helpful, but…
Kirsten has been absolutely incredible. We can't recommend her enough! She has photographed our family for several years now and each time we're thrilled with the results. Family pictures can feel a lot like "herding cats" when you're trying to get four small children to cooperate. The beauty of Kirsten's work is that…
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What is A Legacy Photographer?

Doesn't it suck when you finally found that photographer that you love, only to find out they don't photograph anything other than weddings, well that’s not me. I’m a legacy photographer. Your life is your legacy and it deserves to be documented every step of the way. Being a part of your milestones or new adventures allows me to capture your authentic selves over time. The connections I build with my clients give me a unique perspective that allows me to capture so much more depth in your images than simply how you appear during one single session. And this connection is just another reason I’m passionate about what I do. It's why I love documenting every stage of people’s lives.

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3 Reasons to hire a legacy photographer

  1. You’ll be more comfortable with someone you already know!

  2. You’ll receive images that will reflect who you are over the years.

  3. You already know the service you’ll experience and the quality you’ll receive.

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