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Family with Toy Sailboat

Beauty to Treasure | San Diego Photographer

2020 was a rough year for everyone, it seems, but Airisha and her family decided to concentrate on the blessings with an end-of-year photo session. Here are her words and some favorite photos from our time on the beach. Be sure to scroll down and check out the attack wave at the end!

This was our first ever professional photo shoot as a family, and we loved how it turned out. This year has been terrible since the start of this unprecedented pandemic. Besides the world shutting down, losing normalcy and many people dying, for some reason almost everyone we know, (us included) has had other non COVID related ill-fated misfortune! Despite all the ugliness we’ve experienced, we wanted to keep a memory of beauty to treasure, that one day we’ll look back upon and remember, this year, that we were grateful for what we have.

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Little Girl Playing in the Sand
Mother and Daughter on the Beach
Holding Hands Little Girl
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Little Girl Playing in the Sand
Little Girls Playing in the Sand

As far as her favorite image, Airisha said, “The reflection pictures, all of them, were my favorite. The hue of the light and the image on the wet sand with what looked like an endless background was magical.”

Spinning on the Beach | Dancing Girl
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Little Girl Alone on the Shore

Airisha said her favorite memory of the session was “seeing the sun set on that part of the beach. We’ve never explored that area in front of the Hotel Del, and it was dreamy. Also, freezing our butts off when that sun began to set! Lol!” Yep! 😂 I always have my van’s seat-warmer set to HIGH on the way home from December sessions like this one!

Sunset Silhouette Family
Family Running on the Beach
Sailboat Reflection on the Beach
Family in front of the Hotel del Coronado
Little Girl in the Waves on Coronado
Daddy Daughter Helicopter

Everything was ALL SET when this random wave came up and surprised us. It was 2020, after all!

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Family Sailboat Sailing with Wave
Family Sailboat Sailing with Wave

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The first time I photographed the Bankhead family was four years ago, and I immediately fell in love with their amazing property out in Lakeside. It has incredibly gorgeous light before sunset. Plus, there are horses! Here’s a flashback photo for moms who might wonder what happens in the four years after high school. Scroll down to see how this family has grown since 2016! In fact, one of their sons was recently engaged, so we did some horse-themed engagement portraits.

Flashback Family Photo 2016

(This family also has an Aussie pup, so we had lots to talk about.)

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Favorite image from this session!

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An Unwasteable Sunset | Photographer San Diego

When beautiful weather and the lowest possible tides line up to create incredible conditions at your favorite location, you don’t just sit home and miss it, even if you don’t actually have a client scheduled that day! Friend and fellow-photographer Maria took me up on my last-minute offer, and she and her kids reported to Coronado beach in spite of fires and power outages near their home. Spontaneity for the win!
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Beach Photos at the Hotel del Coronado | San Diego Photographer

Way back in May, when we were first coming out of lock-down and the beaches were reopening, I ran my first-ever family session give-away contest on Facebook. I had lots of entries, and it was exciting to contact Mollie with the news that she had won! Covid made the year crazy for everyone, and we actually didn’t meet up until just a few weeks ago, and I was thrilled with the way everything lined up for her session — beautiful sky, shore, and clients! Here are the results. I hope to see Mollie and her family again soon!

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Happiest Baby on the Beach | San Diego Beach Photography

My client Amy told me in her very first email that her little one was an ESPECIALLY happy kiddo. I tend to be prepared for a range of baby and toddler reactions to the beach, but I wasn’t disappointed! This little one is happy, happy, happy, and boy, does she love birds! Here’s what Amy had to say about her session:

We have lived in San Diego for 4 years and are moving up to Oregon in a couple of months. We have ADORED San Diego and are so glad our little girl has gotten to spend the first year of her life exploring the zoos, beaches and parks. She was born in La Jolla, and San Diego is iconic for its beaches, so we opted to do a coastal photoshoot to commemorate her 1st birthday (December 28th), our time in San Diego, and the holidays. I couldn’t be happier with the pictures and I am so excited to share them and know that they will be such a historical gem for us in the years to come.

When visiting San Diego with kiddos, DEFINITELY don’t miss Coronado, the zoo, the safari park, or the Birch Aquarium. We will miss our favorite spots so much!

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Q. What are your thoughts on parenting?

Our goal is really simple, treat her the way we would want to be treated. I see parents snap, yell, jerk, or scold kids ALL of the time and I think they will, in turn, go and treat their playmates, spouses, and future relationships in that same way. I think there is a lot to be said for explaining things, keeping things at a pace they can easily process, and ensuring that upsets are addressed with love and respect. A tired or hungry baby / kid is going to be a much different beast than a well fed and rested little one so that is also something we are sure to keep an eye on.

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What is a favorite memory from your photo session?

I love how she started pointing at the birds and things. She does that A LOT so it is so wonderful that that was caught. She points and inquires with a grunt either meaning “what is that” or “oooo that!” They are different grunts, and it is the cutest thing ever.

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What is your favorite image from your session?

I just adore the image of her up in the air with Daddy. She really likes things that are high up. They spend a significant amount of time with him lifting her up in the air or on his shoulders while she touches trees or looks at the stand mixer on the top of our kitchen shelves (she LOVES that thing). We were looking through the pictures and, honestly, my husband got the ultimate dibs on his favorites for the holiday card because he just loved the pictures of him and his little girl. Sweeeetttttt.

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