Location scouting and photography-of-my-own-kids often go hand-in-hand. This time, Melanie Monroe Photography and I explored a field nearby, and we brought along our kiddos as subjects. Lissa was in Meet Me in St. Louis last summer, and she got to keep the pretty vintage dress she wore for her costume. I only had indoor shots of her in it, and I wanted to be sure and grab some natural light portraits before she grew out of it. We also brought along some of Steven’s favorite toys and books as props.
All this green! These photos from last year reminded me how we could sure use some rain around here soon! I was looking back through archives and realized I hadn’t blogged this one yet. It is one of my very favorite sessions from last spring . . . a tea party in the woods with two little princess nymphs and their beautiful mama.
Merry Christmas! This year, our family chose a rustic field location for our portrait session with the wonderful Melanie Monroe. It was handy that my aunt and uncle had just presented both of our children with boots as an early Christmas gift!
Melanie, my sister and photographic partner in crime (and weddings) and I have been exchanging photo sessions at Christmas for the last several years, and I’m so grateful for these images!! You can see our trade-session of her family on her web site HERE. It was one of my favorites of the year, and it has been fun to hear recipients of both of our cards comment on our personalities being apparent from our very different cards this year! You definitely want to check out Melanie’s card. 🙂
Here are just some of the ones I love from our session! Lissa’s good friend Sascha was spending the night that evening, and I couldn’t help but include her in a few shots. She’s one of my favorite subjects :).
I’m so grateful to be a family photographer in San Diego, where I have the opportunity to preserve the memories of some of my favorite people! I’ve known this family for over twenty years, and they have been so supportive and encouraging in my journey in photography. My sister Melanie Monroe and I photographed a wedding and two newborns (here and here), but the last family picture was three whole years ago, when the big boy here was just a baby! It was fun doing an update at Mission Trails Regional Park.
The in-laws are getting in-laws! Is that how it works? Anyway, the Gray family is exploding with awesome and amazing new additions this year! I recently posted about Hannah & John’s wedding, and you may remember the moment Ben proposed to Danielle just this summer. Now it’s time for Ben and Danielle’s formal engagement session, and we chose a rustic East County location for the occasion. I love how Danielle’s outfit conjures “real” fall. The air even fogged up and gave the whole session a slight sense of atmosphere, which I can only attribute to God’s grace. We don’t get much of that weather stuff around here, as a rule.
Our mom had a birthday, and my sister Melanie Monroe (of Melanie Monroe Photography) and I celebrated by organizing a photo session for the third year in a row. Each year, we photograph our four children – my daughter and son and her twin girls – at a different location. It has become a fun tradition, and each year Mom receives a canvas of her favorite image from the session. This year it was hard to choose! Here are some of our favorites:
This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Tasha Smith Godinez, one of San Diego’s premier harpists and my good friend. Tasha and I made a last minute decision to re-route our session to another location, and I am so glad we did! I loved how these turned out, with her beautiful black harp and dress set against the gorgeous springtime leaves and grass.
My good friend Sarah of Sarah Jayne Photography is about ready to pop with her third baby boy, and she did me the honor of allowing me to photograph her family. I say “honor,” because Sarah is awesome. In fact, if it weren’t for her, I would most likely not be in this biz at all. My professional photography experience dates back to about five years ago, when I asked Sarah the age-old question, “What kind of camera should I buy?”
She has seen me through three cameras since then, and I have sat at her feet for several tutorials as she explained the ins and outs of editing software. She told me what classes to take, what forums to join, and she let me be part of a group of amazing San Diego photographers when I was really just starting out. We’ve shot a wedding together and I have wielded the kooky puppet during her preschool photo days. So, it really was my honor (and Melanie Monroe Photography’s) to do Sarah’s maternity session! Congratulations, Sarah and Ryan!! I can’t wait to meet little Drew!
(P.S. – Right before I clicked “submit,” I saw Sarah written up on the Mommarazzi School blog!)