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Amy Gray

Coronado Vow Renewal Photos Make a Splash

Jared and Kari’s beach photo session is so memorable because of the giant rogue wave that took them out at the end.  That image got a lot of attention on social media, and one friend’s poignant comment was more insightful than seems possible, given that she didn’t even know Jared and Kari. She said: “Oh how beautiful a word picture this portrays. I don’t know about you, but this photo exactly captures many moments in doing life with my husband. You are standing together, enjoying life, and all of a sudden, something comes along that can literally sweep you off your feet. I’m caught off guard, but my husband is right there, holding me tight, even smiling, while saying ‘I’ve got you. It’s alright!'”

Splash Photography | Wedding Vow Renwal Beach

This is Jared and Kari’s story:

Ten years ago September 9, 2009, we got married at sunset on Coronado Island. We vowed to return soon and often, but we had no idea the trials life had in store. Just nine months later Kari was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis soon followed. Plans to return to San Diego kept getting pushed back as health and financial issues took center stage. Jared decided after 10 years that we had to go back and renew our vows on the beach where it all started.

Jared and Kari were staying at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, just down the Strand from the Del, so we started our session there and got some cute shots of their puppy.

Vow Renewal Photography San Diego
Vow Renewal Photography San Diego

Then we moved on to the Del for the ceremony and portraits.

Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal

Kari says her favorite memories of the time were “Playing in the water, all dressed up with my sweetheart!!! During one photo we even got hit with a sneaky wave. My husband was supposed to watch for incoming waves, but he missed this one, and it was a biggie!”

Splash Photography | Wedding Vow Renwal Beach
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers

Kari says, “I love the images of us renewing our vows. There is one where you can see Jared tearing up. We have almost that exact image from ten years ago! Special moments captured forever. So awesome!”

Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography

“We plan to display our anniversary renewal pics all over our new home, wall displays, etc.”

Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado

I hope to see Jared and Kari again in another ten years — or sooner!

Check out these links for more vow renewals and elopements:

Little Girl Twirling in Field in East County San Diego

Sophie & Celine Through the Years

I just love Celine’s vision for Sophie’s special growing-up photos. Starting when she was just four, she has carefully scheduled photo yearly sessions complete with beautiful locations and fancy dresses. We started on Coronado, but after the second session was just about perfection as far as light, tide, and dress, we decided to think outside the box and move inland. From there, we explored Presidio Park when Sophie was six, and this year (age 7), we headed out to Steele Canyon Bridge. I thought a through-the-years post would be fun, showing the highlights of all of our “Sophie Sessions.”

This week, Celine wrote a sweet Google review: “Amy has been taking pictures of my daughter and me for the past four years. Every year I worry that the pictures will not turn out OK. And every year she works her magic by capturing something so special that is absolutely priceless. I cannot say enough about how much I treasure her pictures.”

YEAR ONE – SOPHIE AT FOUR

Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photography San Diego | Coronado Child Photos
Photography San Diego | Coronado Child Photos
Mother and Child | Coronado Child Photos
Little Girl in a Pretty Dress | Coronado Child Photos
Little Girl in a Pretty Dress | Coronado Child Photos
Mother Daughter | Coronado Child Photos

YEAR TWO – SOPHIE AT FIVE

Professional Photographers San Diego
Professional Photographers San Diego
Photographer San Diego | Twirling
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Coronado Beach Photos | Hotel del Coronado
Coronado Beach Photos | Hotel del Coronado
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CAChild with Boat | San Diego, CA
Mother & Daughter | Photography in San Diego, CA

YEAR THREE – SOPHIE AT SIX

San Diego Photographers | Portraits
San Diego Photographers | Portraits
San Diego Photographers | Portraits
Child Photographer | Presidio Park San Diego
Child Photographer | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
San Diego Professional Photographers | Presidio ParkRustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer

YEAR FOUR (This year!) – SOPHIE AT SEVEN

Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer
Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer
Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer

Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego

The Other Side of the Rainbow | Vacation Photos in San Diego

“The main focus of our living room are the family photos that serve as a collage above our couch. Replacing the photos each year during a special photo session is a yearly tradition. With our trip to San Diego, there was no better place to capture some memorable family photos with backdrops you can’t find in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It was a no brainer, we had to have a family photo session during our trip to San Diego.”

Louis’s family’s vacation in San Diego featured Legoland, Belmont Park, the San Diego Zoo, and, of course – the beach! We met up on Coronado to grab some family portraits.

Professional Photographers in San Diego
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings

Louis said:
When you come to San Diego with a 12 and 5-year-old, well you do kiddo things. We enjoyed the California sun on Coronado Island and Mission Beach. We even took in some rides at Belmont Park. A trip to Legoland may have been the highlight of the trip for the kids. And what San Diego trip isn’t complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo.

Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado
Photographers in San Diego | Family on Coronado
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado

With a 5-year-old you are always concerned with their mood for the day. Luckily, with a little bribing and some help from Amy with bubbles, our little guy did great.

Little Boy Photos | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Hotel del Coronado

Without question, our favorite memory from our session was the rainbow that popped up during the session. A little rain, combined with the California sun, provided the perfect photo that will be shared among our family for years to come. It is now the focal point of my photos in the office. We found what was on the other side of the rainbow…and it was an image that will last a lifetime.

Rainbow Family Portrait | San Diego Photography

There were several images that really stood out but my favorite has to be the sunset photo of me and my son. There are so many layers to the photo, but the silhouette image of us holding hands on the beach as the sun drifts past the Pacific Ocean made me smile. While simple, it really showed a genuine moment and captured a heart-warming father/son moment.

Father and Son | San Diego Photography

Beach Photoshoots San Diego

One Year Photos on the Beach | San Diego Photography

I first photographed the Cole family when they lived in San Diego, but they’ve since moved away. I was so glad to see them again this year and meet their precious new addition! Let’s start with a family photo from three years ago and then let Christina tell this year’s story:

Photographers in San Diego

Christina says:

We had a wonderful week back in San Diego. We got to visit old friends from when we used to live there. While the kids played at the park, I got to go for a run with my old Run Club in Eastlake. We drove by our old neighborhood and visited all our favorites we missed. High on the list was eating at Rubio’s. We stayed near the beach in Pacific Beach so the kids could experience the sand and surf, even though I think we’ve established we are more pool people. They liked the beach until it was time to leave and the sand wouldn’t get off their bodies. The last part of our trip was spent at Legoland. It was our kids’ first trip there and they absolutely loved it and want to go back immediately.

Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego
Professional Photographers in San Diego
Professional Photographers in San Diego
Family Photography San Diego
Family Photography San Diego

We wanted to do photos because we were celebrating our youngest daughter Charlotte’s first birthday. We had Amy take our youngest son’s first year photos three years ago, and she did such an amazing job that, even though we moved away, we knew we wanted her to capture our daughter’s photos as well.

San Diego Beach Photography Baby
San Diego Beach Photography Baby
Photography San Diego
Coronado Photographer
Coronado Photographer

Leading up to the session, we were a bit worried about getting everyone picture ready in time, especially since we were staying in a small vacation rental and not our comfortable home. The time of day was also a concern. We try to start putting our kids to bed around 7:00, and our session started at 6:45 pm. We were worried if the kids would have energy (they did) and would they listen to our instructions (sort of).

Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

The location is just so beautiful near the Hotel del Coronado. Every time we go there, I feel like I’ve stepped back in time to when people used to always dress fancy. Its just a magical place. My son looked up at the hotel and said, “Wow, mom look at the castle!” Now when I look at the photos Amy took, I will always be reminded of the magic, when the kids danced and ran on the gorgeous beach while the sun set.

Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography

One of my favorite images is of my oldest son, Grayson, jumping over a wave. The picture captures him in the air at the highest part of the jump. It looks like he is 10 feet in the air, when in reality he’s probably only 1.5 feet up. It really is amazing. We have always called our son our California surfer because he has longer, blond hair, but we all have dark brown hair. The picture just personifies that nickname.

Photographer San Diego

I plan to hang our pictures on the wall. I like to display a larger black and white picture of each of my four babies when they just turned one. I also like smaller pictures of each of my kids, for each year of their life displayed around the house. I do not like the photos that are taken at school. Since I am not a good photographer, either, we have decided to invest in professional photos taken of our kids every year. We know they grow up so fast, and we want to capture those years in the best way possible!

Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

Christina is a Young Living representative. Young Living produces pure essential oils and oil-infused products for your home and healthy lifestyle.

Extended Family Photos on the Beach | San Diego Vacation Rentals

Breanne wanted a photo session with her extended family during their vacation in San Diego this summer. I’ll let her tell the story:

San Diego was our family pick for a summer vacation. We love San Diego and thought it would be an amazing place for our little kiddos (3 under 3! and a 6 year old) to spend time relaxing and having fun! We opted to rent a large home in Pacific Beach where everyone could enjoy each other’s company even after the kiddos went to sleep. Highlights obviously included beach fun and a trip to the oh-so-famous San Diego Zoo. We splurged and added the discovery cart tour, a must with little kids.

Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

Our last extended family photo was circa 2015. With the addition of 3 more kiddos to the mix, it was time for a refresh.

Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach

Setting the photo session date was easy! Next came the concerns, starting with “what will we wear?” For us, we were coordinating four families’ outfits states apart. Lots of text chains ensued, showing ensemble options until we landed on the perfect color combo. Next up, will the children cooperate? No worries here, Amy was a pro and had all sorts of tricks up her sleeve.

San Diego Photographer | Familiy Photos

The absolute best was watching my family do whatever it took to get the kiddos to look at the camera and hopefully crack a smile. We were for sure the beach entertainment that evening. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of us being crazy!

San Diego Photographer | Familiy Photos
Behind the Scenes!

San Diego Photographer | Familiy PhotosFamily Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach

Additionally, at the very end of our shoot, the water came up and splashed everyone from behind. Amy caught this shot on camera, a true gem!

Splash Photo | San Diego Extended Family Photography

It’s so hard to pick just one favorite from our session. I love, love, love our family photo that included the entire fam. This will always be a fave, as it’s a rare occasion to get everyone together and photo-ready! I also loved the images Amy captured of my kiddo smiling. He tends to be serious once a camera comes out, but Amy was able to catch his fun, laid-back side.

Family Photos in San Diego on the BeachChild and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersFamily Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersMother and Child | Mommy Photos

We will absolutely be printing and hanging these cherished photos that will bring lots of light, laughter, and love to the walls of our homes. I have all sorts of plans for these photos: album, wall display, holiday cards, you name it!

San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots

A few more of my favorites from Breanne’s session. Hope I get to see this sweet family again in a few years!

Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
San Diego Photography | Professional PhotoshootsMother and Child | Mommy Photos
Mother and Child | Mommy Photos
Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers

Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers
Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers

Child and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers
Child and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersFamily Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography

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