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Hotel del Coronado Family Photoshoot

Fifteenth Anniversary Photos on Coronado Beach

Rachel and her husband celebrated their 15th anniversary with a trip to San Diego, complete with a photoshoot on the beach. Here’s her story of their photography experience:

Q. Did you have a good time on your vacation? What was the story of your trip?
A. San Diego is our favorite getaway city!  Our kids love the beach, and my husband I enjoy a chance to unplug and enjoy the southern California weather.

Anniversary Photos on the Beach in Coronado CA
Anniversary Photos on the Beach in Coronado CA
Anniversary Photos on the Beach in Coronado CA
Anniversary Photos on the Beach in Coronado CA
Anniversary Photos on the Beach in Coronado CA

Q. Were you celebrating anything special? Where were you staying? What attractions did you see while here? Any favorites for your family?
A. “The Del” is of course a paradise spot for tourists like us to the area.  This particular trip we were celebrating our 15 year anniversary.  As in all marriages, it has been a journey, and we’re extremely blessed to have made it this far.  Our story has been enhanced by the additions of our three beautiful children along the way, and we could not be more happy to be able to celebrate this milestone anniversary in our favorite vacay spot!

Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA
Family Photoshoot on the Beach in Coronado CA

Q. What prompted you to book a photo session? Were you celebrating anything special?
A. Pictures are a treasure to our family, and this was just a chance to capture our 15 year anniversary together on the beach!

Silhouette Photo on the Beach in Coronado CA
Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Q. What concerns did you face going into your session? (Kids behaving, clothing choices, etc.)
A. Of course, when traveling with kids, it’s always an adventure.  After a day of travel from Texas, my biggest fear was they would be too tired (or grumpy) for the photos; but, it all turned out great.  Our photo session was the only thing we had officially planned for our trip, so after they were wrapped up, we just got to relax and enjoy the beach.

Child Photos on Coronado
Child Photos on Coronado
Child Photos on Coronado
Child Photos on Coronado

Q. What is a favorite memory you have of your photo session?
A. Just being together with our family.

Family Poses for Photography
Family Poses for Photography

Q. Describe a favorite image from your session? Why is it your favorite?
A. I love the shot with us and the “15 years later” sign with the silhouette of the hotel in the background.

Hotel del Coronado Family Photo Classic

Q. What did you do (or do you plan to do) with your images? Album, canvas, wall display, holiday cards, etc?
A. We’re looking forward to hanging a canvas from the shoot in our home.

Anniversary Couple Photos on the Beach in San Diego
Anniversary Couple Photos on the Beach in San Diego
Anniversary Couple Photos on the Beach in San Diego

Parting words from Rachel: God is awesome, and we would have/be/and love nothing without the love of the Father!
Amen!

Beach Sunset Photos

BLISS Senior Care Founders Photographed on Coronado

Last fall, I had the pleasure of photographing Dyna and Kevin Jones of BLISS Senior Care. They have founded a non-profit program to provide free care to low-income seniors, and it is changing the lives of some very special people in our community.

As the next in my series of client-feature blog posts, I asked the Joneses about their photoshoot, and here’s how they described it:

Q. What concerns did you face going into your session?
A. The weather on the day of our photo session was threatening rain, but between the beautiful backdrop of the Hotel Del Coronado and the beach, matched with Amy’s talent, we were able to structure the sequence of photos and backdrops based on the lighting. Late day lighting proved to make such a great result in the final package.

Family Photos on Coronado Beach
Family Photos on Coronado Beach
Family Photos on Coronado Beach
Family Photos on Coronado Beach
Family Photos on Coronado Beach
Family Photos on Coronado Beach

Q. What is a favorite memory you have of your photo session?
A. We really had fun with the shoot. We have never done a professional photo shoot outside of a studio, and the way Amy ran us through the settings, we really had fun. Instead of our son being the only child, my wife and I were having fun like kids too, posing, outrunning the waves, and just goofing off while Amy caught our candid, fun moments. Although Amy is structured for the shots, it didn’t feel structured and was really fun.

Playing in the Waves Family Photos on Coronado
Playing in the Waves Family Photos on Coronado
Playing in the Waves Family Photos on Coronado
Playing in the Waves Family Photos on Coronado
Playing in the Waves Family Photos on Coronado

Q. Describe a favorite image from your session? Why is it your favorite?
A. It’s hard to really pick a favorite image, but my favorite family shots are of us holding hands and running from the waves and lifting our son as the water came up to us.

Family Family Photographs on the Beach
Family Family Photographs on the Beach
Family Family Photographs on the Beach
Family Family Photographs on the BeachPhotos on the Rocks at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Family Photographs on the Beach
Family Family Photographs on the Beach

Q. What did you do (or do you plan to do) with your images? Album, canvas, wall display, holiday cards, etc?
A. Our original plan was to get photos for Christmas cards, but the resulting package was so nice that we have wall displays, created an album, and my wife and I are able to utilize the single photos for our professional profile images.

Photos on the Rocks at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos on the Rocks at the Hotel del CoronadoPhotos on the Rocks at the Hotel del Coronado
Photos on the Rocks at the Hotel del Coronado

Dyna and Kevin have a noble mission. As James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”  You can find out more about BLISS care and provide help for seniors in need HERE.

Coronado Family Photo Shoot

Business Trip Turned San Diego Vacation with Photography

My clients Ruhee and Khaliq turned a routine business trip into a fun family vacation, complete with lifelong memories for all of them. Here’s how Ruhee remembers their session:

Khaliq had a conference to attend in San Deigo, and we have never been, so we decided to make a trip out of it! Being six months pregnant with our second child, we wanted to take our son on a trip before his brother or sister arrives. We stayed near the convention center where Khaliq’s conference was. He attended a few events at his conference, and we also checked out the great attractions, including Legoland, Sea World, the Zoo. We got beautiful weather and were so happy to enjoy the California sun, especially because it snowed at home in Canada before we left.

Q: WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO BOOK A PHOTO SESSION?

A: It was going to be our son’s first time on the beach. Khaliq and I both love the beach and warm weather, so we thought we should capture some maternity and family photos in one of our favorite settings.

Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Q: WHAT CONCERNS DID YOU FACE GOING INTO YOUR SESSION?

A:  My son cooperating, my hair cooperating, my husband being able to keep his eyes open!

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q: WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY YOU HAVE OF YOUR PHOTO SESSION?

A:  My son Jaleel being so excited to go in the water, even though it was so cold!

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q: DESCRIBE A FAVORITE IMAGE FROM YOUR SESSION? WHY IS IT YOUR FAVORITE?

A:  Jaleel playing with the sand bucket and shovel – something he loves to do, and now I have a beautiful picture of it on a real beach. Also the shot of Jaleel kissing my belly – because I am so excited for him to have a little sibling and can’t wait to see their bond once baby is here.

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q. WHAT DID YOU DO (OR DO YOU PLAN TO DO) WITH YOUR IMAGES?

A:  A canvas wall display.

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Ruhee and her family work in optometry.

If you have a business trip coming up and will be bringing the family, why not make some great memories on the beach? Book here!

Senior Photos for Katelyn

Senior Photos for Katelyn

I had the pleasure of meeting Katelyn and her mom one windy day on Coronado. Katelyn is a high school student graduating this year, and she loves her special classes and friends there. Katelyn has a joy-filled, sweet personality, but photos can be challenging for her. I think she did a great job of modeling for her session, and it was sure fun for me to draw out her personality and capture it for her mom and dad. Here’s the session from her mom’s point of view:

My daughter, Katelyn, gets distracted very easily and does not like to look directly at the camera. These were her senior photos so I wanted for them to be extra special and catch her at one of her favorite places, the beach.

Senior Photography in San Diego
Senior Photography in San Diego

I loved how patient Amy was with Katelyn and was willing to try different ways to capture her personality and a smile or two.Senior Photography in San Diego

I have several favorites, but her expression in the photo by the rocks is truly Katelyn. To me it shows her joy, her sassiness and her beauty. The pictures of us together are my favorite too. 

Senior Photography San Diego
Senior Photography in San DiegoSenior Photography in San Diego

I used several of the photos for her senior announcement card and I am planning to get individual gift prints for my family.

Presidio Park Photoshoot

Recreating an Heirloom Photo: Four kids under four and three dogs

The Garcia family gave me an inside look into their session last fall at Presidio Park.

Q. What was the story of your trip?

A. Our family came together (some of us from out of town) to San Diego to celebrate the holiday season. With young kids across the family, it is hard to get everyone together and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity with a memorable photo shoot.

Photos in Presidio Park, Old Town San Diego
Photos in Presidio Park, Old Town San Diego

Q. What prompted you to book a photo session?

A. Growing up we took a similar photo with our grandparents and the broader family; we wanted to re-create that photo opportunity with our next generation family (our parents now the grandparents).

San Diego Photographer in Presidio Park
Photography in San Diego at Presidio Park

Q. What concerns did you face going into your session?

A. We had four kids under four and three dogs – we weren’t sure how they were going to act or hold up during the photo session. Breaking out into smaller groups during the photo session helped take the pressure off as we could constantly swap out the kids and pets.

Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents
Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents
Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents

Q. What is a favorite memory of your photo session?

A. Watching our children interact with their grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins.

Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park

Q. Which is your favorite photo from your session? Why is it your favorite?

A. I love the picture of our full family – it is one that we plan to have up in our home for years to come. Amy captured a number of great shots (staged and action) that we had prints made of or used for cards as well.

Extended Family Photography in San Diego

Q. What did you do with your images?

A. We printed and framed several photos for our home and as gifts; we also used several on cards we’ve sent out since; we have one as the backdrop on our CPU screen as well.

Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation

Q. Anything else?

A. Thank you – we had a great experience during the shoot and love the photos that came from it!

Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation

The Garcia family was referred by Twig and Oak Photography in Northern California. Thank you, Twig & Oak!

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