Our family session this past week found us chasing the elusive Golden Gate Bridge amongst the summer fog. First stop, Baker Beach. The S. Family was the successful bid on a photography session donated to the Twin Cities Coop Preschool in Corte Madera. Their youngest is about to turn two and they wanted to capture some family images as he moves to the toddler stage. That, along with an exciting upcoming move, were great reasons for a Baker Beach family session along with his 4-year old brother.
Baker Beach lies at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs west of the Golden Gate Bridge. It provides beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End, complete with local fishermen in the background and, when foggy, fog horns blaring repeatedly across the water. The boys had fun climbing the rocks with their mom and dad and discovering shells, driftwood and even a snail. The family’s relaxed and positive embracing of the fog made the shoot a joy.
Living in Marin and getting to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old. It literally takes my breath away every time I see it. The official “International Orange” color of the bridge was chosen in part because of its visibility in the fog and also because it complements the natural surroundings. And it makes a beautiful and instantly recognizable backdrop for photos. After shooting at Baker Beach, we moved to Fort Point and then to Crissy Field and had family photos taken to the west, east and directly under the bridge. Really great to get all of the different perspectives of this internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco. To quote the incomparable Tony Bennet:
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care
My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me
Thank you S. Family! Wishing you all the best in your next adventure, but please come back and visit.