San Diego Beach Photography

When my friend Stacey contacted me about a session for her sixth-grade daughter, it occurred to me that I, too, had a sixth grade daughter . . . and this could be really fun.  It was!!  Along with Lissa’s best friend Sascha, the girls dressed in long dresses and flower crowns, and they had a blast frolicking on the beach.   Onlookers called them nymphs.  I can see it!

Sometimes being twelve (or thirteen, in Sascha’s case) isn’t that easy.  I really enjoyed celebrating these beautiful girls and capturing them playing together in this last sweet season of childhood.

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Coronado Family Photography | Hotel del Coronado

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the T family from Arizona, and both sessions took place on beautiful Coronado beach. Weather conditions were completely different, though, so each session has its own distinct look. That’s what I enjoy most about beach photography . . . even with the same location, each session is all its own, depending on the weather, tides, and of course the subjects! Check out the blog from last time, and you’ll see how these boys have grown. Zachary is continuing to thrive, overcoming his congenital heart issues and doing all the fun stuff boys are supposed to do . . . like run around in the sand and splash in the waves.

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Beach Baby | Hotel del Coronado Photographer

Now that I’m not ruining clients’ Christmas cards by blogging their sessions, it’s fun to look back at the very-busy month of November! This La Jolla family celebrated their baby’s first birthday with a beach session on Coronado. Their little one loved the sand and was even up for a little horseback riding on the shore. Adorable baby!! I hope I see them again soon!

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A Snowy Snoopy Birthday | Peanuts Christmas Movie Birthday Party Photography

If there’s anything about our family, it’s that we love a project and a party, and a project/party at Christmastime is even more special and makes such fun family memories.  For the last several years, we have used Steven’s birthday, just three days before Christmas, as a fabulous excuse to have some serious family fun.  (More parties:  Big Hero SIX & Robot Party)

Since Steven’s 7th Birthday (and the peak of his affection for all things Snoopy) coincided with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the movie “A  Charlie Brown Christmas,” it was easy to choose a theme for Steven’s birthday party this year.  Steven and his Papa (my dad) love to build and plan together, and they started early in preparation for the Snoopy party.  On one Saturday, they built and painted Snoopy’s house and Lucy’s psychology stand, with working Christmas lights and everything!

Papa’s Park is always the perfect venue for a kids’ party, complete with zip-line, playhouse, jungle-gym, and spinning ride . . . but we kept the faux snow a secret from Steven until just a day ahead of time.  The snow really made the whole backyard a realistic winter wonderland!  The kids had a blast throwing snowballs, dumping snow on each other, and sliding around in it.  The falling snow (snow bubble solution) brought renewed excitement every time Papa started it up again.  These Southern California kids don’t see a lot of snow, and this was a typical winter day in San Diego . . . sixty-eight degrees.

For lunch, along with pizza, we enjoyed “Thanksgiving leftovers” (inspired by “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”): popcorn, pretzel sticks, jelly beans, and toast. Custom-made Peanuts character cookies by the amazing Mike Harness of 828 Bakes were the highlight of the dessert table, along with a cake with a real Charlie Brown Christmas tree and some fun cupcakes.

The piñata was filled with Christmas candy and Peanuts themed toys (thank you, Oriental Trading Company!), and each child also got to make a bag of his or her own snow to take home.  It was so much fun to see their faces when the instant snow turned from a salt-like consistency into “real” snow when water was added.

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Venue: Papa’s Park (Thank you Mom & Daddy!)
Cake & Cupcakes: Albertsons
Cookies:  828 Bakes
Snow & Snowballs: Snowonder
Pinata: Etsy
Blow-up Snoopy: The Naffziger Family
Plates, Decor, Pinata Toys:  Oriental Trading Company
Steven’s Charlie Brown Shirt: eBay