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Colton | San Diego Family Photographer

Things are looking pretty different for Colton since the last time I photographed him.⠀

Last year, Colton and his parents and three siblings met up with my sister and me just a few weeks into Colton’s treatment for a rare form of leukemia. He was absolutely miserable, clinging to his mama and crying (or moaning ) throughout our session . . . but we were determined to get some images because, honestly, no one was really sure if the treatment would work. Times like that make photography a serious – and heartbreaking – endeavor.⠀

Colton's Cancer Battle | Leukemia

Fast-forward to this year’s session and Colton’s smiling face – and smiling eyes. Could there be anything more precious?⠀

Colton's Cancer Battle | Leukemia

Colton’s family has been through so much this year: seemingly endless chemotherapy, multiple extended and unplanned hospital stays, so many spinal taps and injections and oral medications . . . the list goes on. But right now, Colton is in remission, and they are marching through the maintenance phase (still no picnic!!) of his treatment with HOPE.⠀

I know they would love your prayers for Colton and for their family.

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San Diego Photographer | San Diego Family Photography
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Family Posing | San Diego Family Photography
Little Boy Blue | San Diego Family Photography
Fighting Leukemia | San Diego Family Photography
Mother and Son | San Diego Family Photography
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San Diego Photographers | San Diego Family Photography
San Diego Photographers | San Diego Family Photography
San Diego Photographers | San Diego Family Photography
San Diego Photographers | San Diego Family Photography
Siblings | San Diego Family Photography
Family Photo | San Diego Family Photography
Siblings | San Diego Family Photography
Parent and Child | San Diego Family Photography
Mommy Daughter | San Diego Family Photography
Colton Cantor | San Diego Family Photography

Extended Family Beach Portraits | Hotel del Coronado Photography

This family and I go way, way back! Another in my 2018 string of former students, Dianna was in my English class once upon a time, and Jackie was my co-worker at the school. The adults in this family are so genuine, sweet, and funny, and their love for their Lord shows in their words and actions. The children, from my experience with them on the beach, are growing up in the very same direction. A beautiful family, inside and out, and such a privilege to photograph!

Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography
Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado Photography

Pacific Terrace Hotel Photography | San Diego Photographer

I court disaster a LOT, taking expensive camera gear and priceless clients into the churning waves in order to get the reflection shots I adore. Most of the time it works out fine, but this time . . . not so much! This session ended abruptly when a rogue wave took out one of my clients (and her iPhone 😳) and drenched us all – along with pretty much everyone else on the beach that day! Fortunately, it was close to sunset, my gear survived, we got some great images before the wave craziness, and my clients were great, gracious people. Check out this beautiful vacationing family, full of good looks and personality!

Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer
Pacific Terrace Hotel | San Diego Photographer

Adult Kids Need Family Sessions Too!

Don’t wait around for the grandkids to arrive and skip a whole season of life. Those “empty nester” years are special, and a family session when everybody’s around can be pretty therapeutic for mom and dad. This family rounded up their (very accomplished) grown kids and we had a great time on Coronado beach and made some memories.

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Headshots San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Photographers | Family Photography San Diego
San Diego Photographers | Family Photography San Diego
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | San Diego Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | San Diego Photography

Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Sisters | Amy Gray Photography
Silhouette | Amy Gray Photography
Father and Son | Amy Gray Photography
Father and Son | Amy Gray Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | Amy Gray Photography
Headshots San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Headshots San Diego | Amy Gray Photography

Hawaii 2018 | Beach Photography

We went to Maui for my dad’s 70th birthday and had a wonderful time! Beach photography is a lot different in Hawaii than it is in San Diego, but I loved it there too! Here are a bunch of photos. Some of them “real camera,” some of them iPhone, and most of them boogey boarding, because that’s what we did a lot of! Scroll down, down, down for the official “beach photo session” we did with our kids. The ones of my beautiful sister Melanie (of Melanie Monroe Photography) are some of my favorites EVER! She has a big birthday this month, too BTW.

First order of business at Napili Bay is always boogie boarding. . .

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

I have good parents.  (Another day of boogieboarding.)

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
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How to turn 70 in three easy steps:

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Breakfast at the hotel.  We stayed at Napili Village, where each unit has a kitchen.  Breakfast burritos were on the menu.  And bacon.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Steven loved feeding the birds.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

My dad received a day of windsurfing instruction for Christmas, and my uncle and brother-in-law decided to join him.  The rest of us went along for the fun of it, and we played on the beach while they had their lesson.  When we got there, I noticed two artists working on paintings of the scene.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

There was a rope swing there, too.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Here’s Melanie, with her giant beast of a lens, photographing the action.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

A morning by the pool.  #vacationing #unplugged

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Tiny gecko!!  We love the wildlife in Hawaii!

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

We caught as many sunsets as we could.  Here are Lissa and Papa, hanging loose.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Steven has made a tradition of purchasing a ukulele in Hawaii, and Uncle Tommy has made a tradition of giving him some instruction.  This time, we consulted YouTube, too.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Annabelle and Alexis hanging out at the hotel pool.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Lissa, reading a classic at the hotel pool.  That’s my girl!

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

This photo is in honor of Rodney Deutschmann, teacher of the photography course Melanie and I took when we first started on our photo journey almost ten years ago.  This sort of backlit subject against a dark background always reminds me of his classes.  What an amazing teacher of photography he is.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

The “Official” pictures.  (Background people will be deleted in the next edition.)

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos
Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

And finally, some iPhone fun.  My favorite iPhone shot of the trip:

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos

Other photos of adventures not including the big camera.

We went on a snorkeling expedition on a boat!  We saw dolphins!

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos | iPhone X

Another day, we headed to the “blow hole” and hiked in flipflops. #iPhoneX

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos | iPhone X

iPhone proof that I was on the trip!  Lunch at the golf course, and ice cream and a pineapple store in Lahaina.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos | iPhone X

More iPhone proof of my vacation attendance.

Beach Photography | Family Beach Photos | iPhone X

The end!  Thanks for looking at my vacation photos! 😀