Rose and Alfred have been married 26 years and celebrated their commitment with a beautiful vow renewal on Coronado. They were vacationing from the East Coast with their four children and their partners, and the beach was the perfect backdrop for their intimate, God-honoring ceremony and fun family portraits.
When Elaine booked her session, she wrote in the comments, “The girls are easy . . . they grew up in front of the camera.” Okay, you’re not kidding! What MODELS they were, with all the expressions and gorgeous poses! And why did they grow up in front of the camera, you ask? Because Elaine is a photographer herself! It’s always such an honor to be chosen to photograph another photographer’s family. If you’re in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and need portraits, be sure to look up Elaine Kessler Photography!
My friend Amy and her husband and kids come back to San Diego each year to see family, and, lately, to do senior photos at the beach! Last year I got to photograph the whole extended family and especially Luke’s older sister Mia, and this time it was Luke’s turn. An accomplished violinist and pianist, Luke has a bright future ahead in music. We incorporated his violin into his senior portraits and leaned into the formal look for his auditions, and then he switched to shorts for some relaxed beach images at the end.
I was thrilled to hear from Dan’s family again this year! The last time I photographed them, their grandson was just a year old, and we had time constraints that meant our session needed to be early in the day. It was fine and we made the most of it, but oh my—I love a sunset session when it’s possible!! Four years is a long time when you’re a little boy, and this guy grew right up into an adorable kindergartner, ready for all the dad-and-grandpa fun we could throw at him. I really loved that night on the beach.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Loved the weather, loved the styling, and LOVED that these awesome and chill parents didn’t panic when baby boy wasn’t super-duper excited about having his picture taken at 10:00pm Central Time. They rolled with it, they flexed, and we made so many fun memories and beautiful family portraits featuring Coronado’s gorgeous summer light, sparkling sand, and glistening waves.
Teresa, whose daughter and two friends were graduating from USD, contacted me as a referral from Paige Day Photography up in the Bay Area. As she explained what she was looking for and also her history with photography, I understood that this would not be “just any session.” Teresa’s late husband, Winston Hendrickson, was one of the architects of Adobe’s photography products, Photoshop and Lightroom, and is listed in the Photoshop Hall of Fame. I was appropriately intimidated—and honored—to have Teresa ask me to take these important milestone photos for this beautiful trio of roommates! We started on campus at USD and then caravaned over to Windansea Beach in La Jolla to wind up the session with a little high tide ocean spray.
As my own daughter graduates this year, I have been blessed to do senior portraits for many of her friends who are the same age. Abbi is a friend from church and was in my Sunday school class back in elementary school! She has been active on the worship team throughout high school and is graduating as the salutatorian of her class before heading off to college at Grand Canyon University. Congratulations, Abbi!!
Lia’s family was staying at the Hotel del Coronado resort when they decided a family photo session would be a great way to remember their time there. What a wonderful family. See those boys’ open, authentic, joy-filled faces? That’s them! And they get it from Mom & Dad. With such cooperative subjects, we whipped through so many poses. The favorites below aren’t even half of the gallery. Bonus: Lia’s sweet Google Review made me tear up. I love my job.