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Happy, Light, and Bright Family Photos

My San Diego local client Jill was so excited about her family photos at the Hotel del Coronado and described them as “happy, light, and bright!” I love that, and I love looking at and remembering her session. She has a gorgeous family – four good-lookin’ kiddos with fun and playful personalities, perfect for enjoying a beautiful, sunny evening on the glassy shore at the Del.

Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Headshot Photos in San Diego
Headshot Photos in San Diego
Headshot Photos in San Diego
Headshot Photos in San Diego
Children's Photos in San Diego
Children's Photos in San Diego
Children's Photos in San Diego
Children's Photos in San Diego
Mother and Daughter Photos in San Diego
Dancing on the Beach
Dancing on the Beach
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Kids Photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Reflections Photography
Motherhood Photography
Brother and Sister Photography
Brother and Sister Photography
Mom and Daughter Photography
Silhouette Reflection Shot

Energetic, Ocean-Obsessed Boy in Photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Catherine, a local San Diegan with some changes coming her way, is someone who truly sees the value in and importance of photography, and it was a delight to work with her from the moment she contacted me about a session. When I asked her to write me a few words to go with her images, she went above and beyond, and I was so touched by the things she said! Her words were a big encouragement in the midst of a busy summer season. Here’s the story of Catherine’s session in her own words:

Since my son is a very energetic, ocean obsessed four-year-old boy, I was extremely concerned he would immediately submerge into the water. The day of the shoot, he skipped his nap, so I just knew that it would be a trying experience. As soon as we arrived at the lifeguard tower, toes in the sand, we hit the ground RUNNING . . . and then there was Amy. Aside from her absolute professionalism, her magic not only with the camera but with children, she consistently comforted me throughout our session. Afterward, I was concerned that despite the thousand-plus photos she took, maybe there weren’t any quality captures due to my son’s behavior . . . that maybe his oversized shirt and the difficulties I experienced controlling my beautiful wrap dress in the wind (bought from XIXPalms.com) were going to diminish the quality of shots taken . . . I could not have been more wrong.

Four Year Old Boy on the Beach | Lifeguard Tower
Four Year Old Boy on the Beach | Lifeguard Tower
Mother and Son on the Beach
Boy in Hat Playing on the Beach
Fun Boy Playing on the Beach

During the session, my son actually became incorrigible. He refused to take direction, and he did not want to do anything if it did not include playing in the water. I was approaching my wits’ end when Miss Amy asked my son to come to speak with her. She quietly and gently talked to him. What was said, I do not know. However, when he returned to me, he was a changed child; soft and sweet. It was at this moment that I knew, Amy was not only an amazing family photographer, person, and mother, but she would be irreplaceable.

Mother and Son Photos on the Beach
Mother and Son Photos on the Beach
Mother and Son Photos on the Beach
Mother and Son Photos on the Beach

It’s very hard to choose a favorite image from our session because there are so many I favor. My favorite photo of my son is the image of him placing the sail boat into the water – as well as the one, shirt off, hands in the air, happy and free as can be.

Favorite Beach Photos in San Diego
Boy with Sailboat Photos in San Diego
Boy with Sailboat Photos in San Diego

Favorite photo of him and myself is that of which we are sitting on the rocks, me leaning in to give my wild child a kiss on the cheek, as well as us standing in the water, nose to nose, gracefully taking in a moments peace together.

Mother and Son Photos in San Diego
Mother and Son Photos in San Diego
Mother and Son Photos in San Diego

As for the photos of myself, the spinning shots were absolutely stunning.

XIXPalms Dress in San Diego Photos
XIXPalms Dress in San Diego Photos
XIX Palms Dresses

Amy Gray is not only one of the BEST family photographers in the country, but she is an artist. From capturing the sand flowing out of my son’s shovel, the droplets of water flying from my son’s foot, our reflections mirrored in the sand, and the draping of my dress (www.XIXPalms.com), all while observing artistic perspective. Amy was able to photograph beautiful moments.

XIXPalms Dress in San Diego PhotosBoy Playing on the BeachChild at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Silhouette San Diego Photos
Water Play San Diego Photos
Beach Reflection Photos Coronado
Beach Reflection Photos Coronado
Water Droplets Playing in the Ocean
Water Droplets Playing in the Ocean
Water Droplets Playing in the Ocean
Water Droplets Playing in the Ocean

These images will be cherished infinitely in our little family of two. My entire objective of this session was to capture meaningful, beautiful shots of my son and me as a way to honor our time lived in San Diego (we move soon). Since I am a single mother (since pregnancy), I felt as though Caylen and I didn’t have many quality photos together – not only while living here, but period. With that said, from canvas wall displays to a bound album, from holiday cards to framed photos on my desk, from Instagram to to Caylen’s (my son) future graduation announcements, these photos have become far more than just a mark of time and place, they have become a boundless moment that will forever live on. For this, I can not be more grateful.

Mother and Son Funny Photos on the Beach
Mother and Son Funny Photos on the Beach
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego
Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego

Child at Play on the Beach in San Diego

P.S. – XIX Palms is where I bought my dress!! I feel as though they provide many gorgeous, scene-appropriate options for women completing sessions with Amy Gray!

Daddy's Girl San Diego Photography

Photos for Sarah’s 30th Birthday Celebration at the Hotel del Coronado

Sarah’s family lives in the San Diego area, so her husband Brendan’s gift to her for her 30th birthday was a night at the Del and a family photo session on the beach. Here’s a peak into her birthday session:

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

A. We were a little concerned about the girls being too tired and cranky because of the three-hour time change from the East Coast.

Birthday Photos on the Beach

 

Birthday Photos on the Beach
Birthday Photos on the Beach
Family Photoshoot on Coronado
Dad and Child on Coronado

Q. What is your favorite memory from your photo session?

A. Spinning Aurora around on the beach and watching her laugh.

Family Photoshoot on Coronado
Family Photoshoot on Coronado
Mother and Child on Coronado

Q. What is your favorite image from your session?

A. My favorite image is Aurora posing like a little mini model. So much sass in such a small little girl. I’ve never seen a single photo capture someone’s entire personality but Amy did it- if I had to describe my little girl in one image I would definitely use the one from this session.

Model Child on Coronado

Q. What did you do with your images?

A. We are making prints and canvas for decorating our home, as well as Christmas presents for the grandparents and Christmas cards.

Here are a few more favorites from this session:

San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer
San Diego Photographer

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.

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