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Amy Gray

Professional Photographer Hotel Del Coronado

College Senior Beach Photos | Hotel del Coronado Photographer

Brooke’s vision for her senior year at Point Loma Nazarene University included a photo session on the beach, and I’m so glad she chose me for that adventure! I loved her style, from her outfit choices to the cute hat that added some flair to the session!

Here’s what Brooke had to say about her college senior session:

Q. What was your favorite memory from your session?
A. I think my favorite memory was the freedom of just going in the water and playing around without worrying about my clothes. On a normal day, I would NEVER let my clothes get wet; the feeling of wet, sandy clothes sticking to me I don’t like. But this session gave me the ability to just get in and not worry about it-just having fun in the beautiful water was such a gift!

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Q. Going into your session, did you have any concerns?
A. I was definitely worried about my hair. With my curls, the beach usually doesn’t make them look too crazy but it can certainly frizz out my hair! But the photos turned out great, hair included!

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Headshots San Diego
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Senior Photos San Diego

Q. Did you have any favorite images?
A. I love the photos on and underneath the lifeguard tower. The light behind me and the flowy-ness of my skirt just blow me away! I love the genuine joy of these photos.

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Lifeguard Tower Photos in San Diego
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Professional Photographer in Coronado

Q. What is your plan for these images?
A. I will definitely print them and give them to family members as a memory of my senior year of college and graduation. My mom also wants to print them out and use them as wall art in our house. 😊

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Anjali’s extended family session on a bright, sunny day in late December was one of the biggest I’ve done, so I asked my sister Melanie to give me a hand. Between the two of us, we shot as many images as we might have for a full-day wedding. Twenty-four people is about twice the number of people in a typical extended family session, so we were both busy, running all over the beach and working hard to get all of our combinations and poses. Scroll down for Melanie’s behind-the-scenes shot of me shooting one of the largest groupings.

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Behind the scenes:

Behind the Scenes | Amy Gray Photography

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We were still enjoying Christmas festivities on December 25 when Jerad’s inquiry landed in my inbox: “At risk of sounding ridiculous, I have surprised my family with a trip to San Diego. By any chance would you have any times available for family photos?” You can tell a lot from an inquiry, and I was all over this and so excited to meet this fun and spontaneous family! I was booked up for evening sessions, but Jerad’s family was up for a morning session. I met them three days later, bright and early, and we scored some incredible light. As cold and borderline miserable as winter morning sessions can sometimes be, they are sure PRETTY.

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Morning Beach Photo Session | Family Photos
Morning Beach Photo Session | Family Photos

The thing about a morning session is that all of my usual routines where light is concerned are turned on their heads. The sun is rising instead of setting, so the photo session has to be done in reverse from what I’m used to. It really keeps me on my toes! Instead of watching the sun as it dips to the horizon, making sure to get in all of the important shots before it’s gone and it’s too dark to shoot, I’m watching the sun as it clears the buildings to the east, trying to take all the important portraits before it pops out of hiding.

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Photography San Diego | Family Vacation Coronado
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Family Photography San Diego
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Little Girl on the Beach

This is what it looks like to go in very cold water on a very cold morning.

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By the end, the cold got the best of Little Miss, but the blanket helped, and so did climbing up on the lifeguard tower. I think everyone got hot chocolate that morning. I know I, for one, went straight to Starbucks. 😊🥶

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Camden on Camera | Hotel del Coronado Beach Photos

I really looked forward to photographing Camden and his parents and grandparents last month! It has been my honor to know his mommy Dara since she was only 13 years old, in my class in junior high. Since then, Dara was in my wedding photos (a candlelighter) and my daughter (her flower girl) was in hers, sporting a full cast on her arm from an unfortunate incident on the jungle gym at school. Dara and Josh moved to his hometown in Minnesota a few years ago, but when they came back for a baby shower a few years ago, I got to take Dara’s maternity photos in La Jolla. When she let me know they were bringing Camden out to San Diego to visit his grandparents and meet his San Diego fan-club, I was so excited to see him for the first time and photograph their sweet family. A lot of my favorite moments of our time together were about Dara’s dad. He’s really taking to this grandpa job, and I loved watching him play with Camden! Soo much joy!!

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Dad and Son walking on the beach
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Mother and Child | San Diego Beach Photos
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Hotel del Coronado Family Photos
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Family photos at the beach on Coronado served two purposes for the Brumsey family. Laura said, “We actually came to the area for the first time last year, and we fell in love with San Diego and its perfect weather. It was an easy decision to come back again. We spent our time checking out the beaches and playgrounds, and doing the typical tourist rounds of the zoo, the aquarium, and Balboa Park. It was a welcome break from the first cold snap of the year on the east coast!”

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“I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but when our daughter’s new school asked for a picture of the three of us to display in her classroom, I realized that I didn’t have many recent photos with all of us! We took a lot when my daughter was a baby, and had one special session with our elderly dog just before she passed – but I wanted something recent and happy to hang up in our new house.”

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Laura said that, as far as concerns going into her session, she “wondered what mood my three-year-old would be in! She is always moving, and can sense when a camera is pointed at her and stop smiling in a split second.” In spite of her mama’s worries, we had no trouble keeping her happy, catching some great shots of her on the move!

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Once of Laura’s favorite memories was “watching our little girl racing around in the surf. She just loves to run and she was so genuinely happy to be in a pretty dress, splashing in the water.”

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“It’s hard to pick just one favorite image, but there are several where our daughter has her arms outstretched as she splashes in the water, and the joy on her face is just so transparent. It’s exactly how I want to remember this age.”

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Laura said, “We will primarily display these images in our home. They went on holiday cards, framed gifts for the grandparents, etc. Our primary reason for getting them done was to have some keepsakes for our home.”

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Before I even met Seana, I knew we had a lot in common, and I felt like I had made a new friend after our session. A military family relatively new to San Diego, the Sundermeyers were excited to capture their teens enjoying the beach. Here’s how Seana described her session:

“As a mom, worries of blowing hair, clothes panning out, and everyone enjoying themselves consumed my mind. However, these concerns just melted away at our arrival with the joy that came through in putting together a creative photoshoot! With two teenagers, it is fun to see their personalities just shine. I am loving this season with them and I am so glad we were able to capture it all in this session!”

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Mother-Son Photos at the Hotel del Coronado | San Diego Beach Photos

“Being able to capture this time together in the beautiful area of San Diego was something I really wanted to do before my daughter leaves for college this next fall. I will never forget our gorgeous session on the water…what a stunning and breath-taking sunset! What a privilege to have these images saved in my heart…and now in print!”

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Headshot Photos at the Beach
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San Diego Photographer of Families and Teens

There really are so many favorites….but I think the two favorites I have are the one of my husband Troy and I with my eyes closed and he is leaning into me with the gorgeous Pacific behind us. This particular one seems to capture our relationship well — twenty years of a loving journey together! The other favorite I have is of both Kaitlyn and Tyler sitting next to each on the rocks (almost a heart-shaped rock in the background) with the beautiful light sprinkling on them. They look natural…and it truly is a precious image that I love!

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Couple Poses on the Beach | Photographers in San Diego
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Fun Pictures on the Beach | Photographers in San Diego
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“I have several plans for these beautiful pictures! I will be updating my wall with several of the family photos as well as new school pictures for my two home-school kiddos! Grandparents are anxiously awaiting some new pictures!  I am also looking forward to creating some senior prints for Miss Kaitlyn this spring for her high school graduation.”

Red Wagon Christmas Photos on Coronado | San Diego Photographer

When Kerrie contacted me for Christmas photos, she knew just what she had in mind — her two little boys frolicking on the beach with red wagon and tree — and that’s just what we were able to accomplish, thanks to beautiful weather, happy boys, and that gorgeous flat shoreline on Coronado. Here are some of my favorites from her session:

Little Boys on the Beach Christmas Photos
Little Boys on the Beach Christmas Photos
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Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos
Coronado Beach Christmas Photos

Kerrie said, “There are so many favorites, how do I pick just one? I love the ones of my toddler that capture the essence and stage my son is in…I can almost see my son walking in a few of the pictures. There are also a some photos of my older son that really capture his love for nature and adventure. For me, photography is a way to stop time for a moment, and is worth every penny!”

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Family Photographer San Diego
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Family Photographer San Diego

Kerrie is creating ornaments and albums and framing 4×6 images for the grandparents and me for Christmas. Eventually, I will print some larger canvases and add to their family wall collage.

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Family Photographer San Diego

In case anyone thinks everything just goes perfectly during beach sessions with toddlers . . . #outtake

Outtake Coronado Beach Christmas Photos

Little guy bounced right back and kept playing once he got his fuzzy jacket on!

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Merry Christmas from the Gray Family

This year, I took my kids (Lissa, 15, and Steven, 10) down to Coronado and photographed them looking Christmassy on the shore. The silhouette tree shot was my vision for the session, but there turned out to be lots of photos I really loved, so that shot had to share Christmas card real-estate with several others. Scroll all the way to the bottom for the finished card. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!

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Christmas Photos on the Beach on Coronado

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Hotel del Coronado Christmas Cards
Hotel del Coronado Christmas Cards
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Silhouette Christmas Tree Photo
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Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach
Running on the Beach

And here’s the Christmas card! If you are making a Christmas card and I photographed your family this year, I would love to see yours!

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Running on the Beach

Vow Renewal on Coronado | San Diego Photographer

Alyssa and Mark live in San Diego, but they stayed at the Hotel Del Coronado to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. As soon as Alyssa contacted me to explain her vision for the session, I knew I wanted to be their photographer! Listen to their fun story:

“Every five years my husband and I get married again. He says it’s to prevent the ‘seven year itch.’ I say it’s so when he gets mad at me for something I did I can say, ‘You knew it when you married me!’ So far, besides our real wedding, we’ve been married by a Cherokee Medicine Woman in Taos, New Mexico and we’ve said our vows on the back of our Harleys in The Little White Chapel in Vegas. Most recent was our beach wedding at The Del.” Here are the photos of Alyssa & Mark’s first three weddings:

Vow Renewals Through the Years

“With every wedding, we book a photographer to capture our experience and show how we’ve grown. We chose Amy because of the artistic quality of her work and her ability to capture the true emotion of the people she is photographing. For every wedding we choose one photo that truly represents who we are at that stage of life. In the past, the photo that was ‘The One’ was quick to see. This time it is especially hard because there were so many that show the true US. I am resisting wallpapering my house…”

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

My only concern going into the session was whether or not we would get any good pictures of both of us—typically it is only one of us that looks good. Also, that day the fog rolled in and we were a bit concerned about the way it would affect the photos. However, but the time of the photo session (the time Amy suggested), the sky was PERFECT!

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Weddings and Vow Renewals San Diego
Weddings and Vow Renewals San Diego
Reflection Shot | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Reflection Shot | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal

“My favorite memory of the photo session was how much fun we had. It seemed like we were laughing the whole time!”

Laughter | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Laughter | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Laughter | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Laughter | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Laughter | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Reflection Shot | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal

I think my favorite images from the session are the ones where we are sitting close together and laughing. There are three of them that stand out—they are all taken from the same short period of time and they truly capture how Mark and I interact and feel about each other. I smile every time I think about them.

Marriage Goals | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Marriage Goals | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Marriage Goals | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Marriage Goals | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal
Marriage Goals | San Diego Elopement Vow Renewal

One picture, the one that shows the two of us walking in the water and shows our reflection, will be printed on glass— this is another tradition. Since it is our crystal anniversary it will be printed on “crystal.” (The one from Taos was our wood anniversary, so it was printed on wood; our Vegas wedding was our tin anniversary, so it’s printed on metal). The three I love will be framed and hung in our bedroom.

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