fbpx
Santa Hats on the Beach

Santa Hats and Baby Curls

Every year around this time, I get to do the most FUN photo session with Kendra, Gabe, and their growing family. This year, there were some special baby curls to photograph, because little Max (2) is about to have his first haircut. Kendra wanted me to be sure to get Max’s sweet curls before his big-boy cut!

Photographers in San Diego

Kendra is an amazing San Diego mom, a photographer herself, who keeps up with her three boys like a champ and always has creative ideas for their photo session. I love that their family sticks with the consistent beach location at the Hotel del Coronado, boys decked out in matching dark green OshKosh overalls and the special Santa hats knitted with care by their Auntie Megan.

Boys in a Wagon | Beach Photos for Christmas
Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego

Kendra and Gabe’s kids are all boys, ages five, two, and one.  She shared that getting ready for the session can sometimes be stressful. You wouldn’t know it! She is a graceful and patient mom who goes with the flow and allows things to unfold naturally. She said this year at naptime Elijah (5) was so excited to go to the beach he wouldn’t go to sleep. Max (2) fell asleep and then woke up after 20 minutes, and Rafa (1) wanted to sleep and was super grouchy at first, but he finally started having fun and cooperated well!

Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer

We all had high hopes for the Santa hats, but Kendra said, “Rafa is a summer baby and apparently I didn’t train him to wear hats!” Eli and Max loved theirs, though, and they did a great job of keeping them on.

Family Photography San Diego

Kendra said, “Eli loved running in the water, pulling Amy’s new red wagon, playing on the lifeguard tower, and running down sand mountains. He asked if we could come back soon when we can go swimming (and we did, we took them all last Saturday!)”

Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego
Professional Photography in San Diego

“Max is our middle boy. He will turn three in January and Daddy is making me cut the curls off I am dreading it, but Daddy says it is time! I really wanted to remember his beautiful curls and Amy got the best pictures of his hair in the sunset, running, wearing the Santa hat from front and back—-so we have it memorialized even though I will be sobbing soon when the day comes to cut it!”

Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer
Christmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer

Kendra said, “Gabe loves Amy’s photo sessions because she doesn’t overshoot—she is quick and efficient and not overly posy so the photos always surprise us, how did she possibly nail all these great shots with our rascals??!?”

San Diego Family Photographer
San Diego Family Photographer

“We often walk in the neighborhood with the kids after dinner. We call it ‘The Moon and The Stars Walk.’ It helps transition to bedtime, sometimes even puts the baby to sleep in the stroller. The moon came out and Max said, ‘The moon!!!’ Amy got a sweet photo of Max, the moon, and the ocean.”

San Diego Family Photographer

Kendra is usually the one taking pictures of Gabe and the boys, so she loved having photos of herself and the baby, and herself and the boys where they were super connected.

Mother and Child Photos Coronado CA
Mother and Child Photos Coronado CA
Mother and Child Photos Coronado CA
Mother and Child Photos Coronado CA
Mother and Child Photos Coronado CA
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos

When asked about her favorites, Kendra said, “I love the family shot of us in the water and the tide is getting us all wet. I also like the family shot of us on the sand mountain and Max just took off down the hill in front of us. He is very independent and loves being outside.”

San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card PhotosChristmas Beach Photos | San Diego Photographer

“We always do a big xmas card thru Minted and a calendar. I am a photographer so I have made a few Graphistudio albums from past Amy Gray family sessions, One year I made a collage print on the Minted website. It’s hanging above our fireplace.”

Reflection Photo at the Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos
San Diego Photography | Christmas Card Photos
Silhouette Sunset Christmas Photo at the Hotel del Coronado

Vacation at Paradise Point and Photos at the Hotel del Coronado

I was pretty sure I would love working with Tressa from the moment she contacted me, and I was right! She is so kind, and I love how she recounts her family’s experience in San Diego and in our photo session! I’ll let her tell her own story:

“We traveled to San Diego with our three young children for my cousins wedding. The trip was so special because the entire extended family attended and it gave us time to catch up and spend quality time together. It was so fun to see my younger cousins spend quality time with our children. The laughter, smiles and joy will be imprinted in our minds for a lifetime. We stayed at Paradise Point and it couldn’t have been more perfect for a young family or wedding venue. The setting was absolutely beautiful and the staff was incredibly helpful and kind. Traveling across the country with three young children can be stressful, but arriving at the beach and being with family made it so worth it. I vacationed in San Diego as a child, so it brought back so many wonderful memories. We plan to make it a tradition!

Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos

We hadn’t done a formal family photo session in two years and the kids have changed so much. We planned to do a session in St. Louis but as soon as we found Amy’s Instagram page, we knew it MUST be done at the beach. Our entire home is very much styled “California decor” (think Serena and Lily) so the photos would be a perfect compliment.

Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos

We also wanted to capture each child’s individual personality as they are truly coming into their own right now.

Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos

I’m a perfectionist by nature so I tend to overthink everything, and I had a lot of concerns going into the session. What were we going to wear? Was it going to be sunny? What if it’s windy? Will the kids be too tired from the wedding the night before? How would we get ready, travel forty minutes without anyone falling asleep, and transport three carseats in an Uber? Would any of the kids be shy with the water?

But it worked out! OH MY GOSH, there are just so many favorite memories! The biggest one was probably Hunter (5) falling in the ocean midway through the session. It was the moment you either want to cry because “the pictures are going to be ruined” or you embrace it and roll with the tide. Literally! I think we all held our breath a bit when he surfaced, not sure of the reaction. When he popped up, said “I’M OK”, stripped off his shirt, and kept on running, we knew the pictures were going to keep us laughing for a lifetime. Amy calmed us down and took control, forcing all of us to just get WET!

I think the neatest memory is how clearly the entire shoot is imprinted into our minds and hearts. Remembering every smile, giggle, pose, and twirl during the session. Watching each child smile into their daddy’s eyes had this momma’s heart melting. And taking a moment to just walk on the beach with Troy while watching the kids just be kids….you can’t put a price on those moments!

It’s incredibly difficult to just pick one favorite! So many images truly capture the heart of our family! All of the individual pictures of Troy and the kids just melt my heart.

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

And the incredible individual and action shots of the kids are perfection.

Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing
Action Photos on the Beach | Kids Playing

Pics of the three kids bring tears of joy to our eyes!

Sibling Beach Photos | Sandcastles
Sibling Beach Photos | Sandcastles
Sibling Beach Photos | Sandcastles
Sibling Beach Photos | Sandcastles

The picture of Troy helping me down from the lifeguard tower represents his true dedication to teaching our boys how to treat a lady.

Sibling Beach Photos | Sandcastles

The picture of us running down the hill represents how active we are together as a family, always laughing though it….

Family Photos on the Beach | Coronado Photographer

The picture of Hunter coming up after falling in the ocean just makes me giggle.

Wet Family Photos on the Beach | Coronado Photographer

Photos of just Troy and me are such good reminders of how this amazing family came together. Mom and Dad…! So thankful Amy captured those somewhat quiet moments.

Engagement Photos on the Beach | Couples Portraits Coronado
Engagement Photos on the Beach | Couples Portraits Coronado

We will definitely use the photos for our Christmas card this year! We will also use them in our photo gallery upstairs in the kids hallway and in our entryway frames. Grandparents have already requested theirs! Oh, and they are scrolling on our computers constantly while at work. 😊”

Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos

I LOVED reading all this from Tressa, and I can’t help but add a few of my favorites of this lovely (inside and out) mama. Isn’t she the sweetest? And isn’t that the most gorgeous dress?

Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos
Coronado Photographer | Reflection Photos

Tressa and Troy are associated with Residential Real Estate Team – Coldwell Banker Gundaker in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Check them out if you’re in that area and need real estate assistance!

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
Beach Photos at the Hotel DelFamily Photos on the Beach | San Diego PhotographyEngagement Photos on the Beach | San Diego PhotographyWould you like to book a fun, memory-making session on Coronado beach? I’d love to photograph your family! Contact me below for more information.

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.

San Diego Photographer | Headshots San DiegoPhotographers 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
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!

❤️

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

Professional Photographers San Diego
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
Beach Vacation Photos | San Diego, CAChild with Boat | San Diego, CA
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
San Diego Professional Photographers | Presidio ParkRustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer

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
Rustic Photos in El Cajon, CA Photographer
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
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego
Photographers San Diego

The Other Side of the Rainbow | Vacation Photos in San Diego

“The main focus of our living room are the family photos that serve as a collage above our couch. Replacing the photos each year during a special photo session is a yearly tradition. With our trip to San Diego, there was no better place to capture some memorable family photos with backdrops you can’t find in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It was a no brainer, we had to have a family photo session during our trip to San Diego.”

Louis’s family’s vacation in San Diego featured Legoland, Belmont Park, the San Diego Zoo, and, of course – the beach! We met up on Coronado to grab some family portraits.

Professional Photographers in San Diego
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings
San Diego Photographer | Siblings

Louis said:
When you come to San Diego with a 12 and 5-year-old, well you do kiddo things. We enjoyed the California sun on Coronado Island and Mission Beach. We even took in some rides at Belmont Park. A trip to Legoland may have been the highlight of the trip for the kids. And what San Diego trip isn’t complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo.

Photography in San Diego | Hotel del Coronado
Photographers in San Diego | Family on Coronado
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photography | Hotel del Coronado

With a 5-year-old you are always concerned with their mood for the day. Luckily, with a little bribing and some help from Amy with bubbles, our little guy did great.

Little Boy Photos | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Photographer | Hotel del Coronado

Without question, our favorite memory from our session was the rainbow that popped up during the session. A little rain, combined with the California sun, provided the perfect photo that will be shared among our family for years to come. It is now the focal point of my photos in the office. We found what was on the other side of the rainbow…and it was an image that will last a lifetime.

Rainbow Family Portrait | San Diego Photography

There were several images that really stood out but my favorite has to be the sunset photo of me and my son. There are so many layers to the photo, but the silhouette image of us holding hands on the beach as the sun drifts past the Pacific Ocean made me smile. While simple, it really showed a genuine moment and captured a heart-warming father/son moment.

Father and Son | San Diego Photography

Beach Photoshoots San Diego

One Year Photos on the Beach | San Diego Photography

I first photographed the Cole family when they lived in San Diego, but they’ve since moved away. I was so glad to see them again this year and meet their precious new addition! Let’s start with a family photo from three years ago and then let Christina tell this year’s story:

Photographers in San Diego

Christina says:

We had a wonderful week back in San Diego. We got to visit old friends from when we used to live there. While the kids played at the park, I got to go for a run with my old Run Club in Eastlake. We drove by our old neighborhood and visited all our favorites we missed. High on the list was eating at Rubio’s. We stayed near the beach in Pacific Beach so the kids could experience the sand and surf, even though I think we’ve established we are more pool people. They liked the beach until it was time to leave and the sand wouldn’t get off their bodies. The last part of our trip was spent at Legoland. It was our kids’ first trip there and they absolutely loved it and want to go back immediately.

Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego
Photographer San Diego
Professional Photographers in San Diego
Professional Photographers in San Diego
Family Photography San Diego
Family Photography San Diego

We wanted to do photos because we were celebrating our youngest daughter Charlotte’s first birthday. We had Amy take our youngest son’s first year photos three years ago, and she did such an amazing job that, even though we moved away, we knew we wanted her to capture our daughter’s photos as well.

San Diego Beach Photography Baby
San Diego Beach Photography Baby
Photography San Diego
Coronado Photographer
Coronado Photographer

Leading up to the session, we were a bit worried about getting everyone picture ready in time, especially since we were staying in a small vacation rental and not our comfortable home. The time of day was also a concern. We try to start putting our kids to bed around 7:00, and our session started at 6:45 pm. We were worried if the kids would have energy (they did) and would they listen to our instructions (sort of).

Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Beach Photoshoot San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

The location is just so beautiful near the Hotel del Coronado. Every time we go there, I feel like I’ve stepped back in time to when people used to always dress fancy. Its just a magical place. My son looked up at the hotel and said, “Wow, mom look at the castle!” Now when I look at the photos Amy took, I will always be reminded of the magic, when the kids danced and ran on the gorgeous beach while the sun set.

Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photography

One of my favorite images is of my oldest son, Grayson, jumping over a wave. The picture captures him in the air at the highest part of the jump. It looks like he is 10 feet in the air, when in reality he’s probably only 1.5 feet up. It really is amazing. We have always called our son our California surfer because he has longer, blond hair, but we all have dark brown hair. The picture just personifies that nickname.

Photographer San Diego

I plan to hang our pictures on the wall. I like to display a larger black and white picture of each of my four babies when they just turned one. I also like smaller pictures of each of my kids, for each year of their life displayed around the house. I do not like the photos that are taken at school. Since I am not a good photographer, either, we have decided to invest in professional photos taken of our kids every year. We know they grow up so fast, and we want to capture those years in the best way possible!

Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

Christina is a Young Living representative. Young Living produces pure essential oils and oil-infused products for your home and healthy lifestyle.

Extended Family Photos on the Beach | San Diego Vacation Rentals

Breanne wanted a photo session with her extended family during their vacation in San Diego this summer. I’ll let her tell the story:

San Diego was our family pick for a summer vacation. We love San Diego and thought it would be an amazing place for our little kiddos (3 under 3! and a 6 year old) to spend time relaxing and having fun! We opted to rent a large home in Pacific Beach where everyone could enjoy each other’s company even after the kiddos went to sleep. Highlights obviously included beach fun and a trip to the oh-so-famous San Diego Zoo. We splurged and added the discovery cart tour, a must with little kids.

Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego
Professional Photography San Diego

Our last extended family photo was circa 2015. With the addition of 3 more kiddos to the mix, it was time for a refresh.

Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach

Setting the photo session date was easy! Next came the concerns, starting with “what will we wear?” For us, we were coordinating four families’ outfits states apart. Lots of text chains ensued, showing ensemble options until we landed on the perfect color combo. Next up, will the children cooperate? No worries here, Amy was a pro and had all sorts of tricks up her sleeve.

San Diego Photographer | Familiy Photos

The absolute best was watching my family do whatever it took to get the kiddos to look at the camera and hopefully crack a smile. We were for sure the beach entertainment that evening. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of us being crazy!

San Diego Photographer | Familiy Photos
Behind the Scenes!

San Diego Photographer | Familiy PhotosFamily Photos in San Diego on the Beach
Family Photos in San Diego on the Beach

Additionally, at the very end of our shoot, the water came up and splashed everyone from behind. Amy caught this shot on camera, a true gem!

Splash Photo | San Diego Extended Family Photography

It’s so hard to pick just one favorite from our session. I love, love, love our family photo that included the entire fam. This will always be a fave, as it’s a rare occasion to get everyone together and photo-ready! I also loved the images Amy captured of my kiddo smiling. He tends to be serious once a camera comes out, but Amy was able to catch his fun, laid-back side.

Family Photos in San Diego on the BeachChild and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersFamily Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersMother and Child | Mommy Photos

We will absolutely be printing and hanging these cherished photos that will bring lots of light, laughter, and love to the walls of our homes. I have all sorts of plans for these photos: album, wall display, holiday cards, you name it!

San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots
San Diego Photography | Professional Photoshoots

A few more of my favorites from Breanne’s session. Hope I get to see this sweet family again in a few years!

Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
Family Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography
San Diego Photography | Professional PhotoshootsMother and Child | Mommy Photos
Mother and Child | Mommy Photos
Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers

Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers
Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers

Child and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional Photographers
Child and Family Photos in San Diego | Professional PhotographersFamily Photography Pacific Beach | San Diego Photography

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!

Scroll to Top