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Extended Family Beach Portraits San Diego

The Best Sandbox in the World | San Diego Professional Photography

Lori and her extended family take a trip to San Diego every summer, and she says the beach is the “best sandbox in the world.” That’s TRUE! What better place for a photoshoot with these three brothers, ages 4, 3, and 2? These boys were ALL about the sand, the water, and the fact that their doting adults were blowing bubbles and making all kinds of fun behind me.

Extended Family Professional Photographer San Diego

“This year,” Lori said, “we have had added many people to our family, and we didn’t have an updated family picture with everyone in it! Of course we wanted the ocean as our backdrop!”

Child Photography in San Diego on Coronado Beach

Headshots in San Diego on Coronado Beach
Engagement Photography in San Diego on Coronado Beach
Couple Photography in San Diego on Coronado Beach

When asked about her concerns going into the session, Lori said, “We spent a lot of time shopping for just the right outfits! (We looked at all of the pictures you showed us, Amy!) The second thing we all worried about was how the babies were going to behave!!!! We tried to have them rest before, but even with rest, we had to realize it is what it is! Ha! The third thing was the weather! We ended up having the best sunset!”

Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado
Professional Family Photos at Hotel del Coronado

The sunset WAS beautiful!!

Sunset Family Photos at the Beach
Sunset Family Photos at the Beach
Sunset Family Photos at the Beach

Lori’s favorite memory was “watching all of my children smiling so beautiful for their pictures! It was fun watching eight adults do funny things to make three little boys smile!”

Photographers in San Diego on Coronado Beach

“My favorite photo was all of my family! I love my family and loved having all of them together! Best gift ever for a mom!!!”

Sunset Family Photos at the Beach

Lori has big plans for her photos and stated, “I decorate my home with family photos!”

Beach Reflections by Professional Photographers in San Diego
Beach Reflections by Professional Photographers in San Diego

Extended Family Reflections by Professional Photographers in San Diego
Extended Family Reflections by Professional Photographers in San Diego
Extended Family Reflections by Professional Photographers in San Diego

I’m looking forward to seeing this crew again in a few years as those precious, exuberant boys grow!

Sunset Family Photos at the Beach
Professional Photographer Beach in San Diego
Professional Photographer Beach in San Diego
Professional Photographer Beach in San Diego

San Diego Beach Photos on Coronado

Coming Home to San Diego | Beach Photoshoot at the Hotel del Coronado

San Diego photography was a priority for Brandi and her family during their vacation this year. Here’s how she described their trip:

We had an AMAZING time on our trip! We live in Kansas City now, but my husband lived in San Diego growing up. He still has a lot of friends and family in the area, so we try to come out every few years. The last time we were there our son was only six months old. He’s four now, so it was super fun to experience the trip through his eyes!

San Diego Vacation photos on the beach
San Diego Vacation photos on the beach

We were blessed to be able to stay with various family and friends throughout our stay. This allowed us to experience so much more of San Diego this time: from the mountains of Alpine and Julian to exploring Balboa Park, beach camping at Silver Strand, and of course many trips to Lolita’s (my husband dreams about that place). We even squeezed in our first trip to Disneyland! We saved that surprise and had Amy capture our son’s reaction during our photos!

Family Photos in San Diego
Mom's Kisses Photos in San Diego
Little Boy Photos in San Diego

Here he is finding out about Disneyland!

Disneyland Surprise Photo

San Diego has such a special place in our hearts, and our son is at such a fun age! We thought a photo shoot on the beach would be a great way to capture both. Amy did a fabulous job of capturing beautiful images that will be displayed in our home for years to come!

Mother and Son Beach Photo
Mother and Son Beach Photo
Mother and Son Beach Photo
Family Beach Formal Portrait

My biggest concerns were probably wardrobe and weather. I was so afraid our luggage would be lost that I packed all of our clothes for pictures in one of our carry-ons. Of course, I always worry about the 4-year-old sass coming out, but he did pretty well. We love the way the photos capture his personality!

Boy Playing on the Beach
Boy Playing on the Beach
Family Beach Formal Portrait
Couple on the Beach

Our son had been asking to go to the beach and play in the water all day. It brought us so much joy to see him having such fun playing during our shoot. My other favorite was telling him we were headed to Disneyland as soon as our shoot was over.

Family Beach Formal Portrait

It’s so hard to choose just one! The image of our silhouettes in the sunset is probably the favorite for us. When I was searching for photographers those were some of the images that stood out the most about Amy’s work, so I was really hoping we would get one. I was thrilled with how ours turned out!

Coronado Silhouette at the Beach

I plan on a few new wall displays throughout our home. We also brought our Santa hats to the shoot, so I can’t wait to send out our Christmas cards this year!

San Diego Vacation Photography | Encinitas Family Photos

As part of my #clientseyeview series, Teri took time to give us a glimpse behind the scenes of her family’s session in Encinitas.

Q. What prompted you to schedule a photography session during your stay in San Diego?

Vacation Photographer San Diego | San Diego Beach Photo

A. This was our first vacation to San Diego and we LOVED IT!! Our family typically travels to Carolina or Florida beaches, but we decided to check out the west coast. The weather, beaches and delicious food were amazing! As my kids have gotten older, it makes it more and more challenging to schedule a vacation together. I thought it would be fun to mark this special time with family photos which were relaxed and in a beautiful, natural setting.

Vacation Photographer San Diego | San Diego Beach Photo
Vacation Photographer San Diego | San Diego Beach Photo
Vacation Photographer San Diego | San Diego Beach Photo
Vacation Photographer San Diego | San Diego Beach Photo

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

A. I wanted to keep our clothes casual and light-hearted, but still matching one another. The boys were like herding cats to accomplish even that! My daughter loves bright colors, so making her the splash of brightness in her red sundress made sense (and also made her the center of attention as usual). My biggest worry was that my youngest wouldn’t adjust to the time change well and would be too tired. She was awesome though and had so much fun!

Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo
Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo
Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo
Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo
Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo
Beach Photographer San Diego | Encinitas Family Photo

Q. What is a favorite memory you have of your photo session?

A. I didn’t really warn anyone that they would most likely be getting wet during the session. We had some great moments of “surprise” which Amy captured beautifully as we all got progressively wetter. There were also great moments of my family just goofing around – everything from jumps to cartwheels to spontaneous chases on the beach.

Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress

Q. What is a favorite image from your session?

A. It’s hard to pick a favorite image, but I truly love the image of us holding hands watching as the light fades over the ocean. It makes me think of how we are all connected through one another for a lifetime and beyond.

Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress

Q. How will you be using your images?

A. I will be using these images in so many ways. I am planning a family picture wall which will have a family picture framed in the center with some of the individual and other combinations hung around. I also plan to give some of the prints as gifts and will make an album.

Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress
Family Memories on the Beach | Little Girls Red Dress

Four Years Later on Coronado | San Diego Photographer

I first photographed Mindy and her family in July of 2015, and I was delighted when they asked for another session this year. Their family has grown a lot! They added another son, and their eldest is all grown up and wasn’t able to be there for the vacation, so the then-and-now photos both show three handsome boys. Mindy was kind enough to give me the story of their trip to San Diego.

Here are a few images from their original session four years ago:

San Diego Vacation Photographer | Coronado Beach

Mindy said:
We had a great time on vacation. The theme this year was relaxing at the beach,  which is where we spent most of our time. The boys had a lot of fun playing in the surf and building sand castles. We stayed at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. It  is our favorite place to stay in the area because of their shuttle services to town and the beach.

San Diego Vacation Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Vacation Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Vacation Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Family Photographer | Coronado Beach

Q. What prompted you to book a photo session?

A. We like to get pictures updated every couple of years,  and we had a great experience and exceptional pictures the last time Amy did a photo session on the beach a few years ago.

San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach
San Diego Child Photographer | Coronado Beach

Q. Did you have any concerns going into the session?
A. No concerns at all because we had done it before and kids will be kids which adds to the experience and photos.

Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego
Candid Child Portraits San Diego

Q. What is a favorite memory you have of your photo session?
A. A great memory we all had from the session was how great Amy was with our 2 1/2 year old and her getting down in the sand to get the angles while dodging waves.

Toddler Portaits San Diego with Sailboat
Toddler Portaits San Diego with Sailboat
Toddler Portaits San Diego with Sailboat
Toddler Portaits San Diego with Sailboat

Q. Describe a favorite image from your session?
A. It is hard to choose a favorite, it’s like choosing a favorite child. We love them all and it brings us back to that moment it time.

Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del

Q. What do you plan to do with your photos?
A. We plan to share pictures with family, some go on the wall in the house, and all go into an album.

Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photography in San Diego on Coronado at the Del

Mindy and Bill Kuszajewski are real estate agents in Arizona. You can find more information about their company, Realty One Group, here.

Delaney at the Del | First Steps to Overcoming Spina Bifida

When Jennifer, Delaney’s mom, contacted me about setting up a beach photography session for Delaney’s second birthday, I was immediately excited to meet and photograph this family. I’ll let Jennifer tell the story:

Delaney was born with Spina Bifida, so we had a challenging and scary pregnancy experience which included having fetal surgery to repair Delaney’s back before she was born. The surgery was done at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, one of the only hospitals in the country that does fetal surgery for Spina Bifida repair. It is an amazing hospital and the surgical team was incredible. Delaney was born (early) there and spent ten weeks in the NICU.

Spina Bifida Repair Team Texas Children's Hospital
Newborn Spina Bifida Photos

These images were taken by Sweet Me Photography upon their return to San Diego. Delaney was three months old at that time, but only a few weeks old, adjusted.
Newborn Spina Bifida Photos

[JENNIFER] We didn’t know if Delaney would learn to walk, but at almost two, she is working hard in physical therapy and is now starting to walk. These photos of her standing and walking on the beach with Pat and me are so special to us. We never take any of her milestones for granted.

Two Year Old Spina Bifida Photos
Two Year Old Spina Bifida Photos
Two Year Old Spina Bifida Photos
Two Year Old Spina Bifida Photos

Coming into our photo session, we really had no concerns really other than “would our two-year-old cooperate for photos.” She did and even enjoyed the session on the beach and by the water! It was her first time on the beach and in the ocean and she loved it, which was so wonderful to see. Amy captured those moments perfectly.

San Diego Photographer at the Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer at the Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer at the Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographers on Coronado
San Diego Photographers on Coronado
San Diego Photographers on Coronado
San Diego Photographers on Coronado

I have so many favorites from this session! It was the perfect mix of posed photos and candid shots. My absolute favorite photo is one of Delaney and Pat at the edge of the water holding a toy sailboat – it just brings tears to my eyes with the beauty of it. I also love the photos of Delaney holding and listening to the seashell! So many wonderful photos!

Daddy Daughter Photos Hotel del Coronado
Parent Child Photos Hotel del Coronado
Parent Child Photos Hotel del Coronado
Beach Photos in San Diego
Beach Photos in San Diego
Family Photographer San Diego
Photographer in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Photographer in San Diego on Coronado at the Del
Spina Bifida Oculta Fetal Surgery Repair
Spina Bifida Oculta Fetal Surgery Repair
Family Photos Hotel del Coronado

The session finished with a dramatic sunset, which I could only think was God’s way of saying “blessings upon blessings.” I’m looking forward to seeing Delaney’s family again next year!

Silhouette Photo Coronado
Silhouette Photo Coronado
Silhouette Photo Coronado

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