pregnant mom and husband swinging toddler girl.


Them Before Baby-San Francisco Bay Area Maternity Session

January 23, 2024


This maternity session was a dream. I had a hunch that we would be a perfect fit within the first five minutes of our discovery call. Being that I lean hard toward lifestyle and documentary family photography, I’m always looking forward to capturing a genuine story that oozes personality and all the chaotic beauty that comes with it. And when the expectant mama emphasized that she wanted to celebrate the time they built together before their second baby arrived, I knew we were a match.

And so we visited their favorite park, played among the Eucalyptus trees, and made pit stops along the way to watch the low-flying planes and sing their favorite songs that they will inevitably be singing to baby brother, too—such a beautiful love letter for themselves and to their upcoming addition.

Thank you, C+J, for savoring and sharing your story with me. It means the world.

About Me

Real life is more than pretty pictures.
The beauty is in the journey, and it's absolutely
worth documenting all of it. 

I’m captivated by people and always have been; my B.S. is in anthropology. Early on, I appointed myself the family documentarian, carefully recording milestones and travels and learning along the way how much I love visual storytelling. I picked up my first professional camera when my daughter was born, knowing those early years with her were precious and full of changes. A photographer friend’s encouragement soon led me to make photography my career. Today, after many years and proud accomplishments, my passion for it only grows.

I can’t imagine doing anything else.       


©Carmen dunham 2024

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