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Fall Trees: I am hoping for those “I love seasons” people out there this will fit the bill. We can do fall trees here or take a few steps up the hill to do green oak tree background if you are hoping for a more wooded look. The lighting in the morning can be foggy or sunny, but either way the photos will be beautiful!
Cactus Garden in Balboa Park: A little bit of the desert right here in San Diego. Pictures here will give you a modern, clean, and very Californian look, to your family photos.
Magical Trees: If you have a tree climber, this location might be the one for you. In the morning the light comes through the peppercorn trees that are perfect for the climbing ones in your family. One of my favorite hidden areas in Mira Mesa!
Pier at the Beach: You have done beach photos before, but have you done the pier down in Pacific Beach? The structure of the pier makes your average beach photos more interesting and dynamic, perfect for this year’s family portrait.
Mountain and Field: In the morning Iron Mountain is one of my favorite places, with it’s golden field and mountain as your back drop. If you haven’t done field family photos before, this really is a beautiful spot for it.
Spanish Village: For those who love the bright bold colors, this is the perfect location for you! I did my first photo session in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village this last June and I can’t wait to go back and capture your family there too.
Red Barn: In this San Marcos location I found a red barn, classic white fences, tree logs, and best of all beautiful light in the afternoon.
What I love most about the S family is that hanging with their two teenage kids gave me so much hope that maybe the teenage years won’t be so bad.
Their daughter Ahanna is fun and clearly the person who keeps the family laughing…but is also thoughtful and kind. Armaan is such a gentleman, thoughtful, and fun to hang with ( I got a little extra time with him for his senior session! You can see that here.)
I met the S family two years ago and I was just over the moon to have the joy of capturing them again. Come see what we got in the Spanish Art Village of Balboa Park…
I can’t say that I have done a lot of senior portraits. That being said, I was so incredibly flattered when this family returned to me two years later (after taking their daughter’s senior portraits) for me to capture their now senior son!
Armaan is such a gentleman, thoughtful, and fun to hang with…AND he was a great model too! I had a blast. I hope I get to hang out with more fun seniors like Armaan again some time. Come and meet him and see some of my favorites…
I can’t tell you how long I have wanted to do a superhero photo shoot. Even before I had my own boys I imagined getting some brothers in their capes on top of a building somewhere. Something about capturing a child’s world the way THEY see it is so alluring to me. So magical. Maybe because as a mom myself I know how short this time is? Maybe because I love a child’s ability to imagine? I am not sure the exact reason it makes my heart pitter patter, but it does.
So when Leah asked me to do a set of superhero pictures with her boys, I jumped at the chance. I was so elated!! And I love what we got.
If you ever want to capture these sweet nuggets of childhood with your own littles, let me know! I would be over the moon to capture your little people in all their imaginative glory.
I posted about the magical trees last month here, but I have to share the other two families I captured there too! I love these two families so much…and I love what we captured here! I can’t wait to go back to the “magical tree location” again! Come see and let me know what YOU think!
The M family:
The W family:
It is hard to say I have a favorite session of all time, but the session I did in Joshua Tree last year is definitely up there. I fell in love with the simple, modern, but beautiful desert landscape.
It plagued me: how do I get the look of the desert without having clients drive 3 hours (one way!)? Then I stumbled across this sweet little cactus garden. I know a cactus background might not be for everyone, but I LOVE what we got for this year’s Holiday Mini Sessions there.
Two families, same location….yet each shoot uniquely them. So much fun!
The P family:
The D Family:
This year for Holiday Mini Sessions, I brought an old favorite back. It has been years since I have been at this location…but man… I was so glad to be back there again! I truly LOVE the trees here…aren’t they gorgeous?
This family was new to me this year, and they are possibly the most relaxed “first clients” I have ever had! I was beyond impressed and wish they could give me classes. 😉 It was such a joy to be able to capture them…and I had such trouble narrowing down to only three photos to show you! I hope I get to see them again next year!
Meet the H family!
My goal at every session is not to put you in “my favorite poses”, but to capture images that speak to who you are as a family; capture images that are uniquely YOU.
Below are three families that are all new clients to me. Same location. All three amazing and fun families in totally different ways. I am hoping you can see their unique family personality shining through!
Meet the B family:
Meet the D family:
The M family:
This family has also been one that has had photo shoots with me almost every single year since I opened the business (only missed one year!) How blessed am I to have clients who stick with me year after year?! And the best part about clients who have been with me forever…I can say sit on this super ugly set of stairs in an ugly back alley…and they trust me enough to do it! And I love the shots we got here! Come see our first time in Little Italy…
Now that the Holiday cards are out, I am excited to share with you some of my favorite shots from our Holiday Card Mini Sessions.
First up, the L family. They have not only been clients of mine practically every year since I opened my business (they only missed one year!), they are also some of the most incredible, faith-filled, genuine, kind, people you will ever know. So yes, I love them!
We tried out a new location this year…the Horton Grand Hotel in downtown San Diego. Here are two of my favorite shots!