Colorful, Urban, Thirteen | San Diego Tween Photographer

You only turn thirteen once. When my daughter asked for a self-styled photo session for herself and two of her BFFs for her birthday, I thought of an area of town I have driven through hundreds of times, each time thinking “I bet that would make a good urban photo session spot.” I didn’t even scout it before we headed over there, girls all decked out in their favorite-color attire. They had a great time experimenting with the (rather out-of-character) “grungy, urban” look, and we were all amazed when we stumbled on huge graffiti art depicting Bible verses, a cross, and the words “Jesus Saves.” I couldn’t believe the way God set that up! Such grace. As Lissa embarks on her teen years, this photo session with her friends was a visual of how God shows up in the most unexpected places . . . and that light makes even un-pretty things beautiful.

For birthday #14, Lissa has requested more long dresses and flower wreaths on the beach.  I have to say, that’s more my style.

Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer
Tween Photography | San Diego Child Photographer

La Jolla Beach Photography | San Diego Photographer

I have to admit that the La Jolla shoreline is not my number one choice for a beach session, merely because the contingency plans for full sun or high tide conditions there are not as good as those elsewhere in the county (like my two favorite beaches!). HOWEVER, this client has a special place in her heart for La Jolla, and so it really needed to be there! When I showed up to Windansea and found the perfect tide AND the perfect cloud cover . . . and then the client showed up with kiddos dressed in these bold, fun colors, I was so glad we were at La Jolla! I got SO WET doing this session, and it was SO much fun!!

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San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography
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San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Beach Photography

San Diego Beach Photography | Twins

Even though this little girl wasn’t feeling well that day, she perked up enough for us to get great images both of her and of her family! She and her twin brother have such a sweet and close relationship! So precious!

San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Twins on the Beach

Extended Family | San Diego Photographer

Since the beginning of my photography career, this wonderful extended family has been a constant source of encouragement. They are spreading out around the country this year, so it was a big priority to photograph the whole family while they were together over the holidays. Our morning time slot threatened rain, and rain it did, but we still got these important photos of the family together. Such fun cousin love! And the puppy!

Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer
Rainy Day Session | San Diego Photographer

Our Christmas Photos | Melanie Monroe Photography

For the last several years, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have traded photo sessions. Each of us photographs the other’s family and then edits the images of her OWN family.  This year, Melanie drove with us way out into the wilderness for the “foresty” location my husband and kids requested. I edited the images and made up our Christmas card long before she sent me her edits, which she did “just for fun.” I love to see how two different photographers can take the same original file and give it their own unique style.  I love both of our edits! Melanie went with a moody, autumn look. I chose my usual pastel ways. Both are keepers!

Here are Melanie’s finished images from our session:

Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer

Aren’t they great?

Here is an example of the type of RAW image we both started with, with my edit and hers side by side beneath it.


And here’s my Christmas card, which looks like springtime, while Melanie’s images look like fall!

Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer

San Diego Beach Photographer | Hotel del Coronado Photography

I am always honored when other photographers choose me to do their family portraits, and this session was no exception. When the forecast threatened rain, my client and I both got a little bit nervous, but the weather cleared just enough to make an amazingly beautiful November sky. With this family’s good looks and gorgeous styling, the result was nothing short of a blessing. I smiled the whole time I shot, and the whole time I edited!

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