San Diego Photography in January looks like this! Monique’s senior session was a two-location extravaganza, with half our shooting time in East County at Steele Canyon Bridge and the other half at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. It was so nice to get to know Monique and her parents and pups! It turned out we have a lot in common, including our Alma Mater, and it was fun comparing notes.
Kim and her family were celebrating the holidays . . . really special ones, when her daughter and new husband were in town and her son and daughter-in-law’s baby—the very first grand-baby—was just old enough to enjoy playing with all the boxes on Christmas morning. We grabbed an hour of their precious time together and headed to Big Rock Park(https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/our-city/parks-civic-center-rooms/big-rock-park-copy) in Santee, where the sun peaked over the hill and gave the fall foliage a warm glow for their extended family portraits(https://amygrayphotography.com/gallery/extended-family/).
The first photos I ever took of Sammie, she and my daughter Lissa were at my kitchen table. Lissa was sporting a giant red Ariel wig, and the two of them were enjoying a summer playdate, decorating a batch of sugar cookies. I’ve photographed Sammie and her family many times since then, and she’s grown up into a beautiful young woman! Her most recent photos at Balboa Park were a combination family session and senior session . . . oh and some prom pictures, too, since it was the same night! Those Coulters are efficient!
I loved hanging out with Nolan, my friend Kristie’s son during his Christmas photo session. He loves Legos and Teslas and enjoys being in the Kids Choir at our church. We grabbed a few family portraits with Kristie and Nathan, too, while we were shooting at Balboa Park(http://balboapark.com). Kristie was one of the biggest blessings of my 2021! Although we’ve known each other for at least two decades, Kristie reappeared in my life at the perfect time to fill a big administrative gap at Sitterwise(http://sitterwise.com) with her cheerful personality, professionalism, and creativity, and I’m so thankful to have her on our team. I loved having the chance to get to know her family.
Try as I might to stay in denial and avoid dealing with the fact that my little girl is growing up, my little girl is growing up! Lissa graduates in June and will be heading to college. We did some serious online shopping at Joyfolie, got her hair and make-up done, and headed to the beach location of her choice . . . Crystal Pier.
I just love photographing the Crocker family! Christie and I have lots of history since high school, and a lot of our times together have been photography-related: from photography playdates when her older boys were small to birth photography of her youngest kiddos to her brother’s wedding a few years ago. In my marketing capacity, I even peeked into her daughter’s kindergarten classroom once for a website photo with her teacher. This year we headed to Balboa Park for family photos among the gorgeous light and stately architecture.
Hannah came from Arizona to San Diego, her “home away from home,” for senior photos.(https://amygrayphotography.com/gallery/seniors/) Her beautiful blue hair really popped on Coronado(https://hoteldel.com/) beach, and she was a natural model! Hannah’s sister Soleil(https://www.patrickevansalon.com/soleil), a Master Creative Color Artist, came down from San Francisco to help Hannah prep for our session, and we did a few family portraits with everyone.