The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a dry garden in Walnut Creek featuring an incredible diversity of colors and textures in succulents. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for spiky plants. And for spiky plants this venue does not disappoint!
Hows THAT for a succulent? This sample looks like something out of the Triassic period! I love how it looks like it's exploding behind Emily here.
One of my favorite aspects of this location is how there are fuzzy or fluffy plants right next to the spiky ones. We could be in Arizona, right?!?!
For styling your shoot here plan on working with background colors like minty green, yellow, peach, and firey red.
Outfits with peach and pink tones work perfectly with the setting. Definitely consider some statement jewelry. Gold or silver would both be great. Turquoise would also be a fantastic choice.
We will absolutely be doing some full sun shooting at this venue for your session. Bring along a favorite pair of sunglasses (or a few). A floppy hat is also a great accessory here.
Interested in some garden art? This lovely rusty orb can be yours for only $21,000...
Agave for the win!
One of the benefits of booking your portrait session at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is that it looks absolutely stunning year round-- even in winter and early spring when most of the trees haven't leafed out in other areas. So if you love succulents, or even boho styling in general, this would be the perfect spot for your senior portrait session!
I am a teen, tween, and high school senior portrait photographer in the SF east bay area.