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!
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.
Pier at the BeachYou 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.
Urban: An old brick wall can be just the right background for some beautiful family photos.
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.
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!
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.
Several years ago I saw some engagement pictures done in Joshua Tree National Park. With my love of clean lines, simple backgrounds, sun-flare, and a modern twist on family portraits….I was immediately IN LOVE with the desert session. However, I quickly wrote it off. I mean, could I ever really get a family to drive 2 hours out to the desert…with KIDS…and then expect those kids to be HAPPY in pictures? And is there really anyone who wants their family photos in a desert?
THEN. JODY. EMAILED. ME.
“YES!!!” I typed to her, “I have always wanted to do a desert photo session!!!”
We spent many emails back and forth trying to convince each other we weren’t totally crazy. I don’t know if we succeeded…or we just succumbed to the idea that we wanted to do it even if it WAS crazy. And Jody is a risk taker….and super laid back….the perfect kind of mom for a photo shoot in the desert.
With that…out to the desert we drove…
And my heart *swoons* every time I look at these photos we got. What an amazing day. I do hope someday another laid-back-risk-taker-mom asks me for desert family photo shoot.