• Diana Jex

Love, Laughter and SO much Joy During this Motherhood Session! Petaluma, CA

This was the fourth time I've photographed for this mama, and I was SO looking forward to this session. She's amazing, and her girls are just the sweetest. It's been so amazing to see the girls and to see how much they grow throughout the years.

mom is giving her eldest daughter an airplane ride as younger daughter holds on to her mom's hand. big sister in white dress, mom in a long maxi dress from Baltic Born clothing, outside photo session, water, grass, Sonoma County, petaluma, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

This session was extra special because I worked closely with Kara on styling and location. We photographed at a really gorgeous location in south Petaluma, and I'm so in love with this spot. Not too many people know of it, so sessions here feel intimate. Getting those images where there is a true connection are easier to get when there aren't tons of other people around. This spot offers sweeping views of the Petaluma hills, lots of wildlife, greenery and water. I love this location too because it's super easy walking (think flat and short!) for families.

mom looking loving down at her daughter while holding the other daughter in her other arm, long red maxi dress, water in background, sunset, petaluma, Sonoma County family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

A lot of what you see here just naturally comes from Kara and her girls. I didn't offer much more direction than "play with each other", "do what makes her happy" and "let's keep moving" if anyone seemed restless. Change of scenery is everything! I'm so grateful for Kara for letting me be so hands off because that's where the magic really shines. That is why the airplane play photo is one of my favorites from the session...I don't think I would have gotten this any other way than just standing back and capturing what naturally unfolds.

mom and daughters twirling together during a sunset photo session,  motherhood session, petaluma, little girl in white dress from joyfolie, mom in beautiful long maxi dress from Baltic born clothing, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

The night was amazing too! We had the most amazing, dramatic skies during our session which really added such emotion to the images. The evening was warm with soft breezes every once and awhile, so the girls felt comfortable moving and playing around. They had so much fun with their mama, and the puddles were a hit! I think they could have splashed in puddles all night if we let them. :)

daughter walking to her mom and little sister during a motherhood photo session in petaluma, sunset and mountains in background, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

Towards the end of our session, I took a few images with my drone, and it was really amazing to see them from a birds eye perspective. Drone images really add such variety to your family portraits, I strongly recommend including them in your session (just let me know if you are interested!).


I'm so excited to share these images with this amazing mom and I'm looking forward to our next photo session!

close up of mother and daughter giving each other nose kisses

mother holding her baby girl with dramatic clouds and mountains in the background, mother and daughter spinning together, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

drone photograph of daughter running towards camera with her mom and baby sister in the background, walking on a trail, drone photography, sunset, dramatic clouds in the sky, water on both sides of the path, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mother holding her daughter and cuddling up with her while her baby girl looks at the camera, daughter in blue dress from amazon, mom in long burnt orange dress from baltic born clothing, sunset with mountains in the background, golden hour, motherhood, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

big sister playing in the dirt with mom and baby sister in the background, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

daughter laughing as her mom holds her in her arms, motherhood photo session, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mom with her two daughters, one is walking back towards the trail and mom is holding up the other daughter, looking at her and smiling, open space preserve in petaluma, sunset motherhood session, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mom in long maxi burnt orange dress twirling around with her daughter in an open space preserve in petaluma, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

little girl playing peek a boo behind her mother's dress, sunset photo session in Sonoma County, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mother and daughter kissing each other, sunset and petaluma hills in the background, motherhood photo session in sonoma County, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mother sitting down with both of her daughters, holding them, they are all laughing and cuddling together, big sister is laughing, water with cloud reflections in the background, dramatic skies, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

mom cuddling with her two daughters on a faux fur brown blanket, pond in background, big sister is laughing and little sister is curious, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

drone photograph of mother lying on a faux fur blanket with her two daughters, water and pond, motherhood portrait, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

girl in long white dress from Joyfolie clothing, walking through a puddle, sunset photo session, portraiture, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

Sisters splashing in puddles together during a golden hour photo session in petaluma, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

sisters laughing as they are being cuddled by their mom on a blanket, pond in background, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

a mother and her daughters walking on a path, open space preserve in petaluma, mom is holding her daughter kissing her hand while her other daughter is walking ahead, golden hour motherhood session, family photographer for Sonoma County, Diana Jex Photography

Diana Jex is a Sonoma County based newborn, maternity and family photographer. Serving Petaluma, Sonoma, Marin, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Napa, and the North Bay.



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Diana Jex is a Sonoma County based newborn, maternity and family photographer. Serving Petaluma, Sonoma, Marin, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Napa, and the North Bay.

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