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Coronado Family Photo Shoot

Business Trip Turned San Diego Vacation with Photography

My clients Ruhee and Khaliq turned a routine business trip into a fun family vacation, complete with lifelong memories for all of them. Here’s how Ruhee remembers their session:

Khaliq had a conference to attend in San Deigo, and we have never been, so we decided to make a trip out of it! Being six months pregnant with our second child, we wanted to take our son on a trip before his brother or sister arrives. We stayed near the convention center where Khaliq’s conference was. He attended a few events at his conference, and we also checked out the great attractions, including Legoland, Sea World, the Zoo. We got beautiful weather and were so happy to enjoy the California sun, especially because it snowed at home in Canada before we left.

Q: WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO BOOK A PHOTO SESSION?

A: It was going to be our son’s first time on the beach. Khaliq and I both love the beach and warm weather, so we thought we should capture some maternity and family photos in one of our favorite settings.

Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado
Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Q: WHAT CONCERNS DID YOU FACE GOING INTO YOUR SESSION?

A:  My son cooperating, my hair cooperating, my husband being able to keep his eyes open!

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q: WHAT IS A FAVORITE MEMORY YOU HAVE OF YOUR PHOTO SESSION?

A:  My son Jaleel being so excited to go in the water, even though it was so cold!

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q: DESCRIBE A FAVORITE IMAGE FROM YOUR SESSION? WHY IS IT YOUR FAVORITE?

A:  Jaleel playing with the sand bucket and shovel – something he loves to do, and now I have a beautiful picture of it on a real beach. Also the shot of Jaleel kissing my belly – because I am so excited for him to have a little sibling and can’t wait to see their bond once baby is here.

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Q. WHAT DID YOU DO (OR DO YOU PLAN TO DO) WITH YOUR IMAGES?

A:  A canvas wall display.

San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach
San Diego photography on Coronado beach

Family photos at the Hotel del Coronado

Ruhee and her family work in optometry.

If you have a business trip coming up and will be bringing the family, why not make some great memories on the beach? Book here!

Senior Photos for Katelyn

Senior Photos for Katelyn

I had the pleasure of meeting Katelyn and her mom one windy day on Coronado. Katelyn is a high school student graduating this year, and she loves her special classes and friends there. Katelyn has a joy-filled, sweet personality, but photos can be challenging for her. I think she did a great job of modeling for her session, and it was sure fun for me to draw out her personality and capture it for her mom and dad. Here’s the session from her mom’s point of view:

My daughter, Katelyn, gets distracted very easily and does not like to look directly at the camera. These were her senior photos so I wanted for them to be extra special and catch her at one of her favorite places, the beach.

Senior Photography in San Diego
Senior Photography in San Diego

I loved how patient Amy was with Katelyn and was willing to try different ways to capture her personality and a smile or two.Senior Photography in San Diego

I have several favorites, but her expression in the photo by the rocks is truly Katelyn. To me it shows her joy, her sassiness and her beauty. The pictures of us together are my favorite too. 

Senior Photography San Diego
Senior Photography in San DiegoSenior Photography in San Diego

I used several of the photos for her senior announcement card and I am planning to get individual gift prints for my family.

Presidio Park Photoshoot

Recreating an Heirloom Photo: Four kids under four and three dogs

The Garcia family gave me an inside look into their session last fall at Presidio Park.

Q. What was the story of your trip?

A. Our family came together (some of us from out of town) to San Diego to celebrate the holiday season. With young kids across the family, it is hard to get everyone together and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity with a memorable photo shoot.

Photos in Presidio Park, Old Town San Diego
Photos in Presidio Park, Old Town San Diego

Q. What prompted you to book a photo session?

A. Growing up we took a similar photo with our grandparents and the broader family; we wanted to re-create that photo opportunity with our next generation family (our parents now the grandparents).

San Diego Photographer in Presidio Park
Photography in San Diego at Presidio Park

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

A. We had four kids under four and three dogs – we weren’t sure how they were going to act or hold up during the photo session. Breaking out into smaller groups during the photo session helped take the pressure off as we could constantly swap out the kids and pets.

Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents
Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents
Kids Playing with cousins and grandparents

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

A. Watching our children interact with their grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins.

Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park
Kids and Dogs in the Park

Q. Which is your favorite photo from your session? Why is it your favorite?

A. I love the picture of our full family – it is one that we plan to have up in our home for years to come. Amy captured a number of great shots (staged and action) that we had prints made of or used for cards as well.

Extended Family Photography in San Diego

Q. What did you do with your images?

A. We printed and framed several photos for our home and as gifts; we also used several on cards we’ve sent out since; we have one as the backdrop on our CPU screen as well.

Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation

Q. Anything else?

A. Thank you – we had a great experience during the shoot and love the photos that came from it!

Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation
Family Photos in San Diego during vacation

The Garcia family was referred by Twig and Oak Photography in Northern California. Thank you, Twig & Oak!

Peerspace: 11 Best San Diego Family Photographers

I was so honored to learn that I was selected from among thousands of San Diego photographers as one of Peerspace’s “11 Best San Diego Family Photographers.” Wow! Peerspace is like the Airbnb for production, event, and meeting spaces. I’ve never entered a lot of contests or applied to have my work featured (though that Snoopy birthday party got a lot of play when I did, one time!), so it really encourages me to be featured on Peerspace’s blog. You can check it out here.

Congrats to the other 10 photographers listed, many of whom are friends and all whose work I admire.

Amy Gray Photography is one of San Diego's 11 Best Family Photographers

 

San Diego Family Photoshoot

Family Portraits at Scripps Pier, La Jolla

Photographers in San Diego are destined to meet a friend when they show up for a session at Scripps Pier! It is like a photography Mecca, calling us because of the leading lines and potential for amazing sunset light!

This was my second time to photograph the Jimenez family, and four-and-a-half years had passed between our sessions, since this family lives out of state. Here’s a photo from our 2014 session:

Crystal Pier Photography

Well, they added a family member and needed updated family portraits including their newest little one. After viewing her gallery, Anna remarked that her favorite memories of the session were her boys making memories together. The family silhouette image was a favorite with her, and she plans to use the images for a canvas for a wall in her home, as well as holiday cards. She said she’s even planning to come back to San Diego for her boys’ senior photos one day! I will be honored to take them!

Scripps Pier Photography
Scripps Pier Photography
Scripps Pier Photography
San Diego Family Photography
San Diego Family Photography
Brothers on the Beach in San Diego
Brothers on the Beach in San Diego
Brothers on the Beach in San Diego
Scripps Pier Beach Photos in San Diego
Scripps Pier Beach Photos in San Diego
Scripps Pier Beach Photos in San Diego
Father and Son Beach Photos in San Diego
Father and Son Beach Photos in San Diego
Beach Photography San Diego
Beach Photography San Diego

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