Dirt Don’t Hurt! | San Diego Beach Photographer

I have a very vivid memory of my grandmother from my childhood.  We were barbecuing at the beach one day, and my hot dog slipped into the sand.  She scooped it up, brushed off the sand, and announced, “God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt!”  That was the crunchiest hot dog ever, but I was none the worse for the experience.  This little guy was all about the sand . . . and the seaweed.  “This stuff’s even better than my lion!”

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Sisters | San Diego Beach Photographer

When I first met these lovely young ladies and learned that we were waiting for a few others of their party, my honest-to-goodness question was, “Are they as good looking as the rest of this family?”  What a pleasure to capture this Indiana family during their Thanksgiving vacation here in San Diego.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, but the pier was covered in fog, which made for some misty, ethereal images.  I loved this session!

Family | San Diego Family Photographer

Sometimes friends are more like family, and that’s the case with the Fribergs and the Grays . . . the de Castros and the Cothrans.  We go way back.  WAY back.  WAY WAY W-A-Y back.   Since our moms are best friends and our dads are best friends and have been for almost 40 years, Becky and I remember things like each other’s 6th birthday parties, elementary school musicals, dozens of river trips spanning every decade of our lives, awkward stages, crazy college summers, getting married . . . pretty much everything important.  Her little guys, who are getting bigger by the day, call me “Aunt Mimi.”  I super love this family, because they’re MY family.  Becky & Peter, I’m praying for you.  Here’s to frappuccinos, business lunches, Cadbury eggs, and accidentally stopping at See’s Candy.


Family | San Diego Beach Photographer

My latest session at Pacific Beach was a dream!  Combine a gorgeous sunset with a beautiful expectant mother and her three smiling, good-looking teens, and it was a great shoot waiting to happen.  Congratulations, Claudia, on motherhood.  You do it well!

Pacific Beach Photographer

Pacific Beach Photographer
Pacific Beach Photographer

Pacific Beach Photographer

Pacific Beach Photographer


San Diego Pacific Beach Family Photographer

A good time was had by all.

Me – I got a fish taco on the way and then spent a fun-filled evening photographing lots of photogenic people with happy smiles.  None of them ran away from me, and I didn’t have to bribe them with lollipops.

My Husband & Kids – They got to play in the sand and, as Steven put it, “The big waves were awesome.”  (Rod didn’t feel that the children would get wet, so he left the towels in the car.)

The LaPointes – They got to climb on the pier and jump off and climb on the lifeguard tower and jump off.  This was especially fun for Chris, the crazy son-in-law.  I also let him play with my camera.

Me again – With 4GB additional RAM in my iMac, I edited these photos not once, not twice, but THREE times as I explored my newfound Photoshop speediness.  Woohoooo!  It probably didn’t seem speedy to the LaPointes, however.

Catching Some Serious Waves

I met my daughter Lissa’s friend Evette and her family at the beach on Saturday.   This precious little girl was a familiar face for us between preschool and kindergarten, since she is the only friend who also went to the same two schools!  It’s always fun to see her smiling face before and after school, and we’re looking forward to our ice skating field trip this week!

“E” was so much fun to photograph!  She had lots of smiles and was all about posing for the camera.  And when it came to going down by the water for a few shots “near” the waves . . . look out!



Beautiful brown eyes . . . and no question where they came from!






The last time I was at Crystal Pier, the entire place was socked in with crazy fog!  What a change this time, when I arrived for a pre-Thanksgiving Day shoot with Family L.  Oh, my goodness!  The weather was beautiful, and everything just went by the book.  The children were sensational, the parents were pros, and we had plenty of time to get just the shots we needed.  Thanks for a wonderful time!






Hugs, Lollipops, and a San Diego Snowman

What a treat to do a sunset beach session at the Del with my good friend Keri and her family!  Little Zach spotted me on the sidewalk and started running, giving me a huge hug right off the bat!  Wow!!  He loved me even more when I told him about the super-special lollipops I was holding for children with smiles for my camera!

Zach and his big sister Rylee were both champs, and they genuinely had a GREAT time getting their church clothes all wet and sandy in the waves!  Baby brother Colby took it all in and pretty much decided we were all nuts, but he was okay with it.


Zach was a GREAT smiler . . . except when there was something more interesting to look at!


And at one point, Zach got just a little more wet than he’d bargained for . . .


But Rylee loved every single minute.  She has a zest for life equaled only by . . . her mommy.


I love these silhouettes from this session!!



And to top it all off, we met a real-life  San Diego snowman on the way in from the beach!  We were all soaked to the skin, but Zach and Rylee took a moment out from their lollipop appreciation party to stick the nose back on the snowman.    (So THAT’s what vegetables are for!)   It was a sweet ending to a fun time!