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San Diego East County Photography | Equestrian Engagement

The first time I photographed the Bankhead family was four years ago, and I immediately fell in love with their amazing property out in Lakeside. It has incredibly gorgeous light before sunset. Plus, there are horses! Here’s a flashback photo for moms who might wonder what happens in the four years after high school. Scroll down to see how this family has grown since 2016! In fact, one of their sons was recently engaged, so we did some horse-themed engagement portraits.

Flashback Family Photo 2016

(This family also has an Aussie pup, so we had lots to talk about.)

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Favorite image from this session!

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An Unwasteable Sunset | Photographer San Diego

When beautiful weather and the lowest possible tides line up to create incredible conditions at your favorite location, you don’t just sit home and miss it, even if you don’t actually have a client scheduled that day! Friend and fellow-photographer Maria took me up on my last-minute offer, and she and her kids reported to Coronado beach in spite of fires and power outages near their home. Spontaneity for the win!
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Beach Photos at the Hotel del Coronado | San Diego Photographer

Way back in May, when we were first coming out of lock-down and the beaches were reopening, I ran my first-ever family session give-away contest on Facebook. I had lots of entries, and it was exciting to contact Mollie with the news that she had won! Covid made the year crazy for everyone, and we actually didn’t meet up until just a few weeks ago, and I was thrilled with the way everything lined up for her session — beautiful sky, shore, and clients! Here are the results. I hope to see Mollie and her family again soon!

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Happiest Baby on the Beach | San Diego Beach Photography

My client Amy told me in her very first email that her little one was an ESPECIALLY happy kiddo. I tend to be prepared for a range of baby and toddler reactions to the beach, but I wasn’t disappointed! This little one is happy, happy, happy, and boy, does she love birds! Here’s what Amy had to say about her session:

We have lived in San Diego for 4 years and are moving up to Oregon in a couple of months. We have ADORED San Diego and are so glad our little girl has gotten to spend the first year of her life exploring the zoos, beaches and parks. She was born in La Jolla, and San Diego is iconic for its beaches, so we opted to do a coastal photoshoot to commemorate her 1st birthday (December 28th), our time in San Diego, and the holidays. I couldn’t be happier with the pictures and I am so excited to share them and know that they will be such a historical gem for us in the years to come.

When visiting San Diego with kiddos, DEFINITELY don’t miss Coronado, the zoo, the safari park, or the Birch Aquarium. We will miss our favorite spots so much!

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Q. What are your thoughts on parenting?

Our goal is really simple, treat her the way we would want to be treated. I see parents snap, yell, jerk, or scold kids ALL of the time and I think they will, in turn, go and treat their playmates, spouses, and future relationships in that same way. I think there is a lot to be said for explaining things, keeping things at a pace they can easily process, and ensuring that upsets are addressed with love and respect. A tired or hungry baby / kid is going to be a much different beast than a well fed and rested little one so that is also something we are sure to keep an eye on.

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What is a favorite memory from your photo session?

I love how she started pointing at the birds and things. She does that A LOT so it is so wonderful that that was caught. She points and inquires with a grunt either meaning “what is that” or “oooo that!” They are different grunts, and it is the cutest thing ever.

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What is your favorite image from your session?

I just adore the image of her up in the air with Daddy. She really likes things that are high up. They spend a significant amount of time with him lifting her up in the air or on his shoulders while she touches trees or looks at the stand mixer on the top of our kitchen shelves (she LOVES that thing). We were looking through the pictures and, honestly, my husband got the ultimate dibs on his favorites for the holiday card because he just loved the pictures of him and his little girl. Sweeeetttttt.

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Del Mar Photography | Morning Session

It was dark when I got in my car to drive to this sunrise session in Del Mar, and as I drove, I realized that it was also FOGGY and COLD!! When I arrived and the sun began to brighten the sky, the fog remained, and I called Susan to let her know we should postpone 30 or 45 minutes and see what happened with the weather. Well, the fog cleared, and (as you can see), we made some bright and shiny summer-looking photos with her beautiful family and her courageous kiddos, who braved the California cold with smiles on their faces.

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I was delighted to be chosen by fellow photographer Miranda Boller to photograph her extended family. Miranda and her husband currently live in San Diego, and her family flew out from Virginia and Colorado to spend a week with them.

Miranda says, “As a photographer myself I really value photos! Every other year our family gets together for the holidays, and I always make sure to hire a photographer to capture our growing family! It was a just us three girls growing up, and two of us got married. Now my sister has two kids! This year we celebrated the holidays a bit early in November since my husband got called up on deployment.”

  • Miranda’s advice for vacationers: “San Diego is a must-see city. Some of my favorite things to do:
  • Get a breakfast burrito and watch the surfers in Pacific Beach.
  • Walk Orange Street in Coronado Island and visit the beach.
  • Explore the massive and beautiful zoo and surrounding Balboa Park.
  • Eat in Little Italy and walk the Gaslamp district to get some cocktails.
  • Eat Mexican in Old Town and shop the local stores.
  • Hike Torrey Pines and watch the sunset!

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About the session: “The whole session was fabulous. We walked around the beach taking photos in some of Amy’s favorites spots. I loved getting our feet in the water at the end of the session and watching the beautiful San Diego sunset.”

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“I love how Amy made sure to get a variety of photos from our extended family session. She got some of the cutest photos of grandma and grandpa with their grandkids! They are very genuine and playful. We all know the grandkids are now their top favorite.”

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Find out more about Miranda on her website: https://www.mirandaboller.com/

Coronado Cays Family Portraits | San Diego Photographer

I love my vacationing clients, but San Diego locals are fun to photograph, too! With tourism shut-down, 2020 has been a year of making new neighbor-friends. Fellow San Diego photographer Kelli requested that we start her session at her family’s home in the Coronado Cays, and what a great idea that was! We worked all the angles on the boat dock out back. At one point I wanted to get a wide shot of the boys and their boat (see below), and I was leaning so far off the side that Kelli had to hold my arm to keep me from falling in the water. Endless adventures!

Once we finished up at the house, we headed right across to the other side of the strand and enjoyed the last few minutes before sunset on the beautiful, glassy beach.

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Imperial Beach Photography | Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are the breed of choice for sisters Sarah and Haley and their mom Sherry, who came for a visit during the fires up north. We decided to do their beach session near their home in Imperial Beach so that their dogs Mila and Fasi could be included, but the first part of the hour was very sunny! Since my photography style avoids direct sun, I was scrambling for shade. We found a little spot a few blocks away and got some pretty headshots and rock backgrounds. I’m always amazed at how the right light and some beautiful subjects can make a run-of-the-mill parking lot a workable location for portraits! (Scroll down to see a pull-back of the location.)

Once the sun hit the clouds, we hit the beach and had fun running around with the pups. I love the favorites they chose:

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Here’s where we started the session, hiding from the sun and getting some pretty backlight, too.

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Coronado Senior Portrait Photographer | Long Exposures on the Beach

Senior photography in San Diego is one fun high school activity that’s 100% approved these days. Football games, camp retreats, drama plays, and so many other important coming-of-age activities have been cancelled, but we can still go out on the beach and make some special memories for these amazing teens. I was so glad to meet Madelyn and her mom when they came to San Diego for her session. It was a beautiful evening, and Maddy was so good at posing that we had plenty of time to try some fun long exposures at the end.

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Family Portraits on the Beach | Coronado Photographer

Around the time we started attending our church, I noticed someone I recognized from choir there running in our neighborhood. When I spied him with his family in line at a nearby Rubio’s restaurant, I introduced myself and got to know his wife Terri. Our first conversation (all while waiting for our California bowls) consisted of running through our various entrepreneurial pursuits and Terri referring me to a new CPA (who I love, by the way). Time passed before I organized a little get-together for work-from-home moms in our neighborhood and I got to spend a little more time with Terri, and even more time passed before the pandemic took over and we both realized we were walking regularly in the neighborhood for exercise. Since the summer, Terri and I have been walking together twice a week, comparing notes about family, dogs, business, and more. We are both passionate about Christian education, and, out of our conversations, Terri began a long-term project, comparing public and Christian education in California. When I needed a hand on a writing project this summer, she and I swapped specialties, and these family portraits were the result.

Friends are a blessing, and photographing friends is a blessing, too.

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