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Little Boys in a Christmas Wagon on the Beach

Christmas Photos on the Beach | San Diego Photographer

San Diego local Melissa had waited a few years between sessions, and it was great to see her family again – this time on Coronado.

Here’s a photo from a few years ago at Crystal Pier, when they “only” had three kids:

San Diego Beach Photographer Crystal Pier

Melissa said of her feelings about this year’s session: “With four children, we were worried about keeping everyone’s attention and getting at least a few shots where we were all looking in the correct direction!” Definitely a legit concern, but we totally worked it out!

Christmas Beach Photography San Diego

Her favorite memory was “when we went into the water and all of the kids were giggling about getting their clothes wet.”

Family of Six Reflection | San Diego Photographer

Her favorite pose was “Our four year old with his hands in his pocket, such a cute pose!”

Suspenders Four-Year-Old | San Diego Photographer

With a ton of images to choose from, Melissa and her husband have decided to order a large canvas for over the fireplace and a wall display. I hope they’ll send a photo of the finished projects my way! It is always so rewarding to see images printed and hung in my clients’ homes!

Check out all the fun things we did in that one short hour on the beach:

Christmas Beach Photography San Diego
Little Boys in Suspenders | Hotel del Coronado
Little Boys in Suspenders | Hotel del Coronado
Hobby Horse in the Sand | Little Boys in San Diego
Suspenders in the Sand | Little Boys in San Diego
Suspenders in the Sand | Little Boys in San Diego
Lifeguard Tower on Coronado | Christmas Cards at the Hotel Del
Lifeguard Tower on Coronado | Christmas Cards at the Hotel Del
Family Photographer San Diego | Christmas Cards at the Hotel Del
Family Photographer San Diego | Christmas Cards at the Hotel Del
Family Photographer San Diego | Christmas Cards at the Hotel Del
Red Wagon | San Diego Beach Photographer
Red Wagon | San Diego Beach Photographer
Mother and Son | San Diego Beach Photographer
Mother and Son | San Diego Beach Photographer
Mother and Son | San Diego Beach Photographer
Mother and Son | San Diego Beach Photographer
Ring Around the Rosy | San Diego Beach Photographer
Brothers and Sisters | San Diego Photographer
Family of Six Reflection | San Diego Photographer
Little Girl Poses | San Diego Photographer
Walking on the Shore | San Diego Photographer
Walking on the Shore | San Diego Photographer
Walking on the Shore | San Diego Photographer
Traditional Family Portrait | San Diego Photographer
Little Boy with a Sailboat | San Diego Photographer
Little Boy Jumping a Wave | San Diego Photographer
Couple Goals | San Diego Photographer
Sweet Face | San Diego Photographer
Daddy-Daughter | San Diego Photographer
Sunset Silhouette San Diego | San Diego Photographer

Are you ready for a family session of your own? I’d love to photograph you! Contact me below ⬇️

Vacation Photos Four Years Later | Photography on Coronado Beach

Amanda and her family were vacationing in San Diego for the first time in four years, and she contacted me for a “redo” of the session they had four years before. I was excited to see the changes in her boys, who were young elementary school four years ago then and are now pushing into middle school. A lot changes in four years!

Amanda said, “I always loved the images now on our walls from the photo session we had four years ago when our youngest was four and our oldest was nine, so going to San Diego and not repeating the session at Coronado Beach was a non-option.” Here are a few images from her first session, so you can see the progression of her children growing up:

Amanda’s favorite image from last time:

San Diego Photographer | Coroando Beach Photos

The whole family on the rocks. Amanda’s hubby’s hat remains everpresent. I love it!
San Diego Photographer | Coroando Beach Photos

The boys still have their fun and carefree personalities. They were a joy to photograph then, and they still are!
San Diego Photographer | Coroando Beach Photos

Here’s Amanda’s story this year:

“When we first visited San Diego four years ago, it became my favorite city in the US. I always had an urge to return there and finally, four years later, the stars aligned for us to be able to make the trip. We had twelve full days to explore, and still there are things we’d like to see or do but didn’t get to.”

Photographers in San Diego | Professional Photographers San Diego
Photographers in San Diego | Professional Photographers San Diego

“We were just celebrating being a family and marking the end of summer holidays. We spent one week downtown and one week in La Jolla – a perfect mix.”

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

“I had chosen a color scheme for our family and managed fine with all the boys and my husband but struggled finding something for me, particularly since that color scheme is not the ‘in’ colors at the moment. I ended up bringing several options and did a quick last minute change at the beach after getting Amy’s opinion.”

Photographers in San Diego | Reflection Photos
Photographers in San Diego | Reflection Photos
Photographers in San Diego | Reflection Photos

“We had full sun at sunset last time, which created one of my favorite photos ever of our family. I had hoped for a similar ‘four years later same place’ shot, but there was a blanket of thick cloud across the lower half of the sky, which precluded such an image. Despite that, Amy flexed so well with the conditions we *were* given and worked her magic.”

Sunset Silhouette | San Diego Beach Photography

What’s a favorite memory of your session? “I was feeling so very stressed at the beginning of the session because of our parking issues and being late and losing precious light, but Amy was so calm and encouraging and swooped away our kids. Seeing them have fun and be relaxed with Amy really helped me change my headspace.”

Kids Playing on the Beach | San Diego Professional Photographer
Kids Playing on the Beach | San Diego Professional Photographer
Kids Playing on the Beach | San Diego Professional Photographer
Kids Playing on the Beach | San Diego Professional Photographer

What do you plan to do with your images? “We will do a combination of canvas and print on metal or acrylic for our home. I plan to put one of each of our kids with their parents in their rooms, as well. We’ll also use the images for our Christmas cards.”

Family Photos on the Beach | San Diego Photography
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Extended Family Portrait on the Beach

Janet’s Vacation Story | San Diego Photography

Janet’s extended family photos in San Diego were planned way ahead . . . because getting so many people together at once doesn’t happen by accident! I’ll let Janet tell the story of her session:

We had a wonderful time vacationing in La Jolla and San Diego! With adult children married and living out of state, it’s not too often that we get to spend time all together anymore, so everyone marked their calendars many months ahead to make it happen. As we looked for possible places to visit, our son Miles suggested San Diego. The kids began gathering information on things to do from friends and family, and the variety of activities provided literally something for everyone. There was hiking, kayaking, and burgers at Hodad’s; baseball, the zoo, and exploring Coronado Island . . . and tacos galore! Just enjoying each other’s company in such a beautiful setting was a real treat. Being from south Louisiana, an escape to the picture perfect weather of San Diego was fabulous!Extended Family Portrait on the BeachSan Diego Photographers | Family Photos on the Beach
San Diego Photographers | Family Photos on the Beach
San Diego Photographers | Family Photos on the Beach
San Diego Photographers | Family Photos on the Beach

Our daughter-in-law Crista asked about having family beach portraits made while we were visiting. We had not had any family photos since Eli, our youngest grandchild, was born nineteen months before. After a little research, I came across Amy! Her photos were beautiful, and thankfully since I got such a last minute start planning, Amy had time available. We were staying in a vacation rental, and Amy suggested Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach because of its proximity to where we were located. Little did we realize that the beach and pier was our beautiful view from the house until we went to meet her. We opted for that last hour before sunset, even though we knew it might be tough for Eli to stay awake. He was a little trouper, but one of our favorite shots turned out to be his big yawn as he was playing in the sand with Amy’s child friendly props!

Photography in San Diego | Crystal PierSan Diego Photographers | Family Photoshoots in San Diego
San Diego Photographers | Family Photoshoots in San Diego
San Diego Photographers | Family Photoshoots in San Diego

Getting ready to photograph eight people in coordinating outfits, two of whom were under age four, was a bit daunting. I’m not certain we did too well, but Amy made us all look great! She was so helpful answering questions and sending information ahead of time to make the process as easy as possible. She got to work quickly and snapped constantly to catch special moments with the little ones, even using her wonderful props to allow them to play.

Photography in San Diego | Crystal Pier
Photography in San Diego | Crystal Pier
Photography in San Diego | Crystal Pier
Photography in San Diego | Crystal Pier

I have several favorite memories from our session . . . wet feet and legs from the waves; Eli’s sleepy yawn; the sweetness of standing back and watching my grown children interact with their family; and Amy’s super limber, ninja stances on the beach to capture great shots.

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Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego

It’s hard to choose just one favorite image! I love the girls together and the guys together images…just to see the generations! I also love the genuinely happy smiles of Aunt “Memmy” and Uncle Kyle with niece and nephew, Angela Grace and Eli though their homes are separated by 1100+ miles. Children are so quick to know who loves them and return that love.

Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego

We chose some favorites for an album and can not wait to send holiday cards. I plan to frame several of my favorites to display at home and give as gifts.

San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Headshots San Diego

I got an update from Janet today, when she received her beautiful album!

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Interested in booking your own extended family for a photo session this fall? Contact me below, or book your session here.

Coronado Vow Renewal Photos Make a Splash

Jared and Kari’s beach photo session is so memorable because of the giant rogue wave that took them out at the end.  That image got a lot of attention on social media, and one friend’s poignant comment was more insightful than seems possible, given that she didn’t even know Jared and Kari. She said: “Oh how beautiful a word picture this portrays. I don’t know about you, but this photo exactly captures many moments in doing life with my husband. You are standing together, enjoying life, and all of a sudden, something comes along that can literally sweep you off your feet. I’m caught off guard, but my husband is right there, holding me tight, even smiling, while saying ‘I’ve got you. It’s alright!'”

Splash Photography | Wedding Vow Renwal Beach

This is Jared and Kari’s story:

Ten years ago September 9, 2009, we got married at sunset on Coronado Island. We vowed to return soon and often, but we had no idea the trials life had in store. Just nine months later Kari was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis soon followed. Plans to return to San Diego kept getting pushed back as health and financial issues took center stage. Jared decided after 10 years that we had to go back and renew our vows on the beach where it all started.

Jared and Kari were staying at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, just down the Strand from the Del, so we started our session there and got some cute shots of their puppy.

Vow Renewal Photography San Diego
Vow Renewal Photography San Diego

Then we moved on to the Del for the ceremony and portraits.

Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal

Kari says her favorite memories of the time were “Playing in the water, all dressed up with my sweetheart!!! During one photo we even got hit with a sneaky wave. My husband was supposed to watch for incoming waves, but he missed this one, and it was a biggie!”

Splash Photography | Wedding Vow Renwal Beach
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers
Elopement Photos | San Diego Photographers

Kari says, “I love the images of us renewing our vows. There is one where you can see Jared tearing up. We have almost that exact image from ten years ago! Special moments captured forever. So awesome!”

Coronado Family Photography | Vow Renewal
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography
Family Photographer San Diego | Beach Photography

“We plan to display our anniversary renewal pics all over our new home, wall displays, etc.”

Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado
Elopement Vow Renewal Hotel del Coronado

I hope to see Jared and Kari again in another ten years — or sooner!

Check out these links for more vow renewals and elopements:

Little Girl Twirling in Field in East County San Diego

Sophie & Celine Through the Years

I just love Celine’s vision for Sophie’s special growing-up photos. Starting when she was just four, she has carefully scheduled photo yearly sessions complete with beautiful locations and fancy dresses. We started on Coronado, but after the second session was just about perfection as far as light, tide, and dress, we decided to think outside the box and move inland. From there, we explored Presidio Park when Sophie was six, and this year (age 7), we headed out to Steele Canyon Bridge. I thought a through-the-years post would be fun, showing the highlights of all of our “Sophie Sessions.”

This week, Celine wrote a sweet Google review: “Amy has been taking pictures of my daughter and me for the past four years. Every year I worry that the pictures will not turn out OK. And every year she works her magic by capturing something so special that is absolutely priceless. I cannot say enough about how much I treasure her pictures.”

YEAR ONE – SOPHIE AT FOUR

Photographers in San Diego
Photographers in San Diego
Photography San Diego | Coronado Child Photos
Photography San Diego | Coronado Child Photos
Mother and Child | Coronado Child Photos
Little Girl in a Pretty Dress | Coronado Child Photos
Little Girl in a Pretty Dress | Coronado Child Photos
Mother Daughter | Coronado Child Photos

YEAR TWO – SOPHIE AT FIVE

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Professional Photographers San Diego
Photographer San Diego | Twirling
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Coronado Beach Photos | Hotel del Coronado
Coronado Beach Photos | Hotel del Coronado
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CA
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Mother & Daughter | Photography in San Diego, CA

YEAR THREE – SOPHIE AT SIX

San Diego Photographers | Portraits
San Diego Photographers | Portraits
San Diego Photographers | Portraits
Child Photographer | Presidio Park San Diego
Child Photographer | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
Mother and Daughter | Presidio Park San Diego
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YEAR FOUR (This year!) – SOPHIE AT SEVEN

Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
Steele Canyon Bridge | El Cajon, CA Photographer
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Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer
Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer

Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
Mother Daughter Photos | Field Photos San Diego
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Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego

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