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Valentine’s Day Proposal at the Hotel del Coronado | Photographer San Diego

I have a feeling that Ishita was a little suspicious about the evening’s events when she and Sarthak showed up at the Hotel del Coronado on Valentine’s Day for a couples photo session with me. They actually hit traffic on the way, and they ended up being pretty late. I was sweating it since “the sun waits for no man,” but Sarthak was unfazed. Instead of popping the question where I had suggested and convincing both Ishita AND me(!) that this was *not* the evening for the proposal, he found his own gorgeous spot on the water and dropped to his knee. I have never toggled my camera settings so quickly, but I am delighted with the way that pop-the-question image turned out! And the 40 minutes we had left offered PLENTY of time to do all of these fun poses and more, because they are both natural models! Check out Ishita’s story below and find out more about this couple:

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The year was 2017, and we were both pursuing our master’s degrees at Illinois Tech, Chicago. While I was working on campus, Sarthak would often walk by with a smile. He was also hosting a radio podcast at the college radio station, and he played ping-pong really well. I was attracted to his jovial, joyful, and charming demeanor. One day we started chatting while waiting for the college shuttle to student housing, and talked until we reached our destination. A few days later we became friends on Facebook and soon he asked me out to dinner at my favourite restaurant. I said a flashy “Yes!”

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The best memory from that night was the sunset photography. I never imagined that Amy would turn them into the best photos in my gallery. I loved every bit of the session from beach photography to sunset photography to sandcastle photography.

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My favorite photo from our session was the picture taken in front of the sandcastle. I would never have imagined a castle engraved with ‘Will you Marry me Ishita?’! The backdrop of the Hotel Del Coronado and the castle in between was just perfect.

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We’re mostly barefoot around here, but scroll to the end to find out more about this traveling family’s very appropriate business! Here’s what Krista had to say about her family’s adventures which, I’m happy to say, included a stop at the Hotel del Coronado and a photo session on my favorite beach!

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Our family loves to travel! When my husband and I started talking about marriage and dreaming about our future, we decided that we wanted to leave our traditional workweek jobs and focus on work that would allow us the freedom to see the world. We got married, quit our jobs, sold most of our possessions and left San Diego on an around the world adventure.

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Together we traveled to 6 continents and almost 40 countries. (Separately we’ve been to many more, and Krista has traveled all 7 continents.) We love to immerse ourselves in new cultures and we always look for a new or unique adventure in the places we travel. We have swam with whale sharks, dived the Great Barrier Reef, hot air ballooned over the Serengeti, photographed the Northern Lights, eaten Kobe steak in Kobe Japan, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learned to drive tuk-tuks in Sri Lanka, and heli ice climbed Franz Josef Glacier. We have been sky diving, hang gliding, rafting, zip-lining, blokarting, jet boating, luging, horseback riding, spelunking, microlight flying, and kayaking all over the world. There’s not much we won’t try!

After having our daughter, we have continued our adventures. One of her first words was “Go!” She has road tripped with us from California to Maine and we plan to visit all the US National Parks together. We cherish the time and experiences travel allows us to have together, and we encourage family and friends to meet us along the way!

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What prompted you to have photos done?

A year ago one of my best friends lost her battle with cancer. She was 39 and has a son a few months older than my daughter. The old adage “today is a gift, tomorrow is not promised” is so true. I (Krista) prefer to be behind the camera, so we have a ton of pictures of my husband and daughter but only a handful of us together. I promised myself I would do better. Knowing we were going to be in San Diego this month, we decided to pause time for an hour and capture our family in this sweet moment at the beach. Children grow so quickly and I want to be sure we document this time in our family’s life. Amy did such a wonderful job photographing us – we are not an easy group as none of us particularly love to be in front of the camera.

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What was your favorite memory from your photo session?

It was freezing! I must have picked the coldest night of the month for our photo session. I think we will look back and laugh at running around in the freezing cold water.

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Describe a favorite image from your session. Why is it your favorite?

I chose Amy for her signature reflection shots and she did not disappoint! She is a master at timing, lighting, and composition. We will definitely book another session with her in the future.

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Reflection Photo San Diego Coronado

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Eli and Brenna showed up to a “photo session,” but he had something more up his sleeve (or in his picnic pack, as the case may be). Eli had contacted the Sandcastle Man to create a beautiful castle, requesting Brenna’s hand. We started with a few posed images, found the castle, and then celebrated with some reflection photos on the shore.

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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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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.”

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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!

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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

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