Cousins 2017 | San Diego Child Photography

These kids are growing up!! Since the youngest was two, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have been photographing our four children as a gift to our mom on her birthday each June. We have pictures from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Last year was kind of a bust since we were planning for our Hawaii trip, so the far-away beach photo has to suffice.

This year, the kids have hit some major growth spurts, so it was time for a good Cousin Photo 2017! We returned to the same spot we used for the 2011 photo, six years ago.

Here are the last six years’ photos.

2011 & 2012
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2013 & 2014
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2015 & 2016
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And the contestants for “Cousin Photo 2017” are below. Which should we pick??

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Comment with your vote!

We always take some individuals at these sessions, and this time was no exception. Here are our kids, circa June 2017!

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And a random black and white that we really liked:

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Growing up fast!

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!

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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:

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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!

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San Diego Family Photography

I got to photograph my son Steven’s beloved kindergarten teacher this fall, along with her hubby, adorable son, and little-girl-on-the-way. So exciting to see this sweet family on the brink of welcoming baby #2!

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The Cousins Photo Session 2015

For the last five years, my sister and I have been organizing a special photo session for our kids for our mom’s birthday gift. When we started, our children were two, four, and seven. Hard to believe they’re now six, eight, and eleven.  Growing up!  This year, we even let the kids do some of the photography!

Here are years past:  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014:

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. . . and here is 2015!  We had two cameras going this year, so be sure to check out Melanie’s beautiful images (and some fun words, too, because Melanie is extra good at words) over on Melanie’s blog!

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