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.
This sweet family was just full of the most gorgeous children . . . all perfect models . . . and all totally soaked by the end. Just the way I like it!
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!
After freezing my toes on the cold beach last night, I thought it was time for a throw-back to summer. This is one of my favorite sessions of July, just after a week of leftover June gloom. The weather cleared up beautifully that night, just in time for our Hotel del Coronado beach session with this Arkansas family.
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.
Venue: Papa’s Park (Thank you Mom & Daddy!)
Cake & Cupcakes: Albertsons
Cookies: 828 Bakes
Snow & Snowballs: Snowonder
Blow-up Snoopy: The Naffziger Family
Plates, Decor, Pinata Toys: Oriental Trading Company
Steven’s Charlie Brown Shirt: eBay
This fun family knew exactly the look they were going for — formal clothing, informal posing! I love the result of their vision! Such a fun session, and I only had to make them say “mustard” to get a smile. The whole family hates the stuff. 🙂
This time of year, beach photography can be a harrowing experience. The beach is supposed to be WARM — but sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is 50 degrees at 6:00 in the morning, and your clients are awesome and they PRETEND to be warm (even the 4-year-old) and you get warm *looking* photos, even if it’s actually only 50 degrees. It’s a good thing this family is from South Dakota! They did a great job of pretending (and a great job of choosing fun, bright, colorful clothing!), and I love how their early-morning, super-cold beach session turned out!