Extended Family | San Diego Family Photographer

 

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.

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Engagement | San Diego Engagement Photographer

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.

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San Diego Family Photography | Cousins

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:

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Tasha Smith Godinez | San Diego Musician Headshot Photographer

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.

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A is for Albert, B is for Boys | San Diego Family Photographer

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!)

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Mystery | San Diego Maternity Photographer

This session got my heart racing! The clouds were rushing toward the horizon (bad news!) and traffic was moving slowly. Everything seemed to be conspiring against getting the dramatic, silhouetted maternity shots that I was hoping for – so I told Kasey and Bryan to strap on their running shoes, and we got to the location in record time – and JUST in time. I love this couple and their mysterious little bundle! Nobody finds out the gender till the birthday – so check out the baby shoes shots below. I can’t wait to meet this special little one! (I also photographed Kasey & Bryan’s wedding a year and a half ago . . . it is here.)

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Hannah & John, Engaged

 

Just in time for SuperBowl Sunday, here comes a SuperLong Blog Post!! I just had way too many favorites from my niece’s engagement session last weekend. You might recognize Hannah and John from a few months ago when I blogged their actual engagement on the Hornblower. Such a great couple! ♥ ♥ ♥San Diego Engagement PhotographerSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement PhotographerSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkEngagement Photos | San DiegoSan Diego Engagement PhotographerSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Engagement Photographer | Mission Trails Regional Park

Bikes in Pezland

The family session that kind of morphed into an engagement session because MAN do these two love each other.  They’re so cute, I had to take pictures.  Lots of them!  I even let the kids be in some.

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