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Capturing Joy: A Playground Mini Session with the Jacobs Family, { FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, PETALUMA CA }

Updated: Apr 28

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Mom, Dad and son playing at the plaground. Dad and son going down the slide together.

As a photographer, there are few things more rewarding than capturing genuine moments of joy and love. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing the Jacobs family during one of my new offerings: playground mini sessions. These sessions are a delightful way to capture families in a setting where children can be themselves, letting their personalities shine as they play and explore.

A toddler boy plays happily on a swing at Penngrove park on a sunny afternoon.

I've photographed the Jacobs family before for a traditional family photoshoot, but this time, we opted for something different. We headed to the local playground where their young son, full of energy and curiosity, could run, jump, and play to his heart's content.

Family of three smiles as they play on/under a wooden play structure with a plastic blue window.

From the moment we arrived, it was clear that this was going to be a special session! The playground was all ours to laugh, have fun and play. The Jacobs greeted me with warm smiles, and as we began, I could see the excitement in their son's eyes as he spotted the swings, climbing structures, and slides.

A black and white noir photo of a mother crouched next to her standing toddler boy holding on to the edge of a swing structure.

One of the things I love most about playground sessions is how quickly everyone relaxes and enjoys themselves. There's something about being in a familiar and fun environment that brings out the best in families. As we started capturing moments, I noticed how the little boy's face lit up with pure joy every time he soared through the air on the swings or conquered a new climbing challenge.

A portrait of a toddler boy and his father playing at a park with a plastic structure with metal switches and buttons on

But it wasn't just about the activities; it was about the connections and bonds within the family. The father joined his son on the slide, and it was so great to see their smiles as they came down. The mother watched with a heartwarming smile, capturing these precious moments in her own way.

A family of three play on a swing set; the mother and father gazing happily at their son in motion on the swing.

One of the highlights of the session was when the little boy insisted on bringing his favorite stuffed animal along. It became a part of the adventure, as he made sure his furry friend experienced every thrill the playground had to offer. It was a reminder of the innocence and imagination of childhood, and I made sure to capture these playful interactions.

A full body portrait of a toddler boy smiling into the camera clutching his brown stuffed animal

As the sun began to set, casting a golden glow over the playground, we wrapped up the session. The Jacobs family thanked me with genuine gratitude, expressing how much fun they had and how special it was to capture these moments in a place their son loved so much.

A black and white photo of a father holding his toddler son on ring monkey bar structures.

Looking back at the photos from that day, I'm reminded once again of why I love what I do. It's not just about taking pictures; it's about freezing moments of happiness, love, and connection that families can cherish for a lifetime. And playground mini sessions have become a favorite offering of mine, allowing me to capture authentic joy in a setting where laughter and smiles come naturally.

If you're looking to capture your family's playful side and create lasting memories, consider a playground mini session. It's a chance to let loose, have fun, and celebrate the joy of being together. After all, some of life's most beautiful moments happen when we're simply playing and enjoying each other's company.

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Playground Minis $425

  • 30 minutes of photography

  • 18 digital photos

  • Discount to purchase entire gallery

A toddler boy in a blue shirt, brown pants, and yellow rainboots stnds in a park on a foggy afternoon

A photo of a mother crouched next to her standing toddler boy holding on to the edge of a swing structure.

A toddler boy clutches his offscreen fathers hands

A portrait of a toddler boy and his mother and father playing at a park with a plastic structure with metal switches and buttons on it

A black and white portrait of a toddler boy facing away from the camera clinging to the bars of a playground structure.

A toddler boy clad in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and yellow rain boots smiles at the camera while playing on a swing.

A toddler boy stares hesitantly from the top of a slide while his two parents urge him to slide down.

A portrait of a toddler boy on a swing set against a cloudy blue and white sky.

A toddler boy leans contently against his mothers side while clutching a toy red monster truck.

A black and white photo of a toddler boy running a toy monster truck against a wooden plank while his tow parents sitting down watch happily.

A toddler boy in a blue shirt smiles happily at the camera while turning a red steering wheel set against a play structure.

Email me today to book your special Playground Mini Session at

Diana Jex specializes in portrait photography including maternity photography, newborn photography, children and family photography. Diana Jex Photography primarily serves families located in Sonoma County, Marin County and Napa County : Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Novato, Marin, San Rafael, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Napa, Cotati, Sonoma and other surrounding areas.
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