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The beach at the Hotel del Coronado never ceases to amaze me with its beauty, and this family showed up dressed perfectly for a photo session there. I love so many different combinations of colors on the beach, but pastels are definitely a favorite.

The Christmas tree was going up inside the hotel, and preparations for the ice skating rink were being made, but the temperatures were warm, the sun was up, the clouds were perfect, the shore was flat and clean, and reflection shots were the order of the day! This looks like a summer session, doesn’t it?

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Reflection Shot | Walking on the Beach
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Family Hugs | Coronado Photography
Twirling | Hotel Del Photography
Leap | Hotel Del Photography
Sisters | Hotel Del Coronado
Siblings on the Beach | Hotel Del Coronado
Dancing on the Beach | San Diego Photographer
Father Son Mother Daughter | San Diego Photographer
Last Baby | San Diego Photographer

Beach Christmas Photos | San Diego Photographers

Usually I try to whittle down my blog posts to a reasonable number, but this family just made it too hard. I *loved* their Christmassy-festive session, and I feel so honored that they chose me to capture this very important time in their lives. Dad’s going to be gone for a long time, leaving behind his sweet wife, adorable daughter, and brand-new baby boy. These photos will be cherished in his absence, as he serves our country. I could only think that God honored his sacrifice . . . and theirs . . . with a beyond-beautiful sunset.

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San Diego Photographer | Beach Photography San Diego
San Diego Photographer | Beach Photography San Diego
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San Diego Photographer | Beach Photography San Diego
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San Diego Photographers | Hotel del Coronado Photography
San Diego Photographers | Hotel del Coronado Photography
San Diego Photographers | Hotel del Coronado Photography
San Diego Photographers | Hotel del Coronado Photography
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Grandfather | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Grandparents | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Daddy and Daughter | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Daddy and Daughter | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Daddy and Daughter | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Walking on the Shore | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Walking on the Shore | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Walking on the Shore | Hotel del Coronado Photographer
Mother and Child | Hotel del Coronado Christmas
Mother and Child | Hotel del Coronado Christmas
Mother and Child | Christmas at the Del
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San Diego Child Photographer | Christmas at the Del
Silhouette | Christmas at the Del
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Father and Son | Christmas at the Del
Baby Boy | Christmas at the Del
Toddler on the Beach | Christmas at the Del
Mother and Child | Christmas at the Del
Christmas Photos at the Del | Hotel del Coronado
Three Generations | Hotel del Coronado
Grandfather Silhouette | Hotel del Coronado
Husband and Wife | Deployment Photos
Husband and Wife | Deployment Photos
Husband and Wife | Deployment Photos
Husband and Wife | Deployment Photos
Baby Kisses | Family Photography San Diego
Walking into the Sunset | Family Photography San Diego
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I just think this is the perfect session for a Thanksgiving-week blog!

First of all, the Albert family represents God’s faithfulness to ME in so many ways. Once upon a time, I was an eighth grade English teacher, and Weston and Ashley were in my class (and dating THEN)! Next, I began a 15-year-long stint as a worship pastor’s wife. During that time, we met Weston’s family at their church where we were serving, and especially Weston’s brother Ryan and sister-in-law Sarah. Sarah became a lifelong friend, introduced me to photography(!), and is currently the executive director of Sitterwise, our family’s childcare agency. More recently, Weston and Ashley showed up at the precious school where my kids have done/are doing elementary school, and where Weston and Ashley’s preschooler also attends. Now, we are converging at Shadow Mountain, where we are all worshipping. It’s humbling to see how God weaves His blessings in and out through our lives and how they are intertwined with others all along the way.

Secondly, the Alberts brought a big sign that looks really Thanksgiving-ish. So, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all!

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San Diego Photographers | Presidio Park Photography
San Diego Photographers | Presidio Park Photography
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Sisters | San Diego Family Photos
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Sisters Hugging | San Diego Family Photos
Thanksgiving | San Diego Family Photos
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Extended Family | San Diego Photographer
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Mom and Daughter | San Diego Photographer
Mom and Daughters | San Diego Photographer
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Beach Photography San Diego | Hotel del Coronado

When Kimber contacted me for a session, I knew her name sounded familiar! I searched my old emails, and there it was . . . her family had used our family’s babysitting agency, Sitterwise, several years ago! It was great to get to meet Kimber and her family in person after working with them years before, and I wondered if she had found me through Sitterwise. Nope! She just did an old-fashioned Google search for beach photography. It was fun to share the connection with her as we ran around beautiful Coronado beach and made some sweet memories for her family. It’s a small world!

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San Diego Photographer | Photography in San Diego
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San Diego Photographers | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Photographers | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Photographers | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Photographers | Amy Gray Photography
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San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography
San Diego Family Photography | Amy Gray Photography

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If you follow my Instagram, you already know how I loved getting to photograph this little girl! She was sweet, rambunctious, and adorable, and although her crazy antics kept me completely ON MY TOES the entire session, her bright smiles lit up the beach that night! From careening around the shiny shore to jumping on top of a used-to-be-sandcastle, with two hands full of mud, she was filled with joy and curiosity – just like a toddler should be.

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San Diego Photographers | Amy Gray Photography
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Family Photography San Diego | Amy Gray Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | Amy Gray Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | Amy Gray Photography
Hotel del Coronado Photographer | Amy Gray Photography
Amy Gray Photography | Dad & Daughter
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Amy Gray Photography | Photography in San Diego
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Fathers | Amy Gray Photography
Hand-in-Hand | Amy Gray Photography
Hand-in-Hand | Amy Gray Photography
Sunset Silhouette | Amy Gray Photography
Maternity Silhouette | Amy Gray Photography
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Little Girl Playing on the Beach | Amy Gray Photography
Little Girl Playing on the Beach | Amy Gray Photography
Little Girl Playing on the Beach | Amy Gray Photography

Colton | San Diego Family Photographer

Things are looking pretty different for Colton since the last time I photographed him.⠀

Last year, Colton and his parents and three siblings met up with my sister and me just a few weeks into Colton’s treatment for a rare form of leukemia. He was absolutely miserable, clinging to his mama and crying (or moaning ) throughout our session . . . but we were determined to get some images because, honestly, no one was really sure if the treatment would work. Times like that make photography a serious – and heartbreaking – endeavor.⠀

Colton's Cancer Battle | Leukemia

Fast-forward to this year’s session and Colton’s smiling face – and smiling eyes. Could there be anything more precious?⠀

Colton's Cancer Battle | Leukemia

Colton’s family has been through so much this year: seemingly endless chemotherapy, multiple extended and unplanned hospital stays, so many spinal taps and injections and oral medications . . . the list goes on. But right now, Colton is in remission, and they are marching through the maintenance phase (still no picnic!!) of his treatment with HOPE.⠀

I know they would love your prayers for Colton and for their family.

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Little Boy Blue | San Diego Family Photography
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Parent and Child | San Diego Family Photography
Mommy Daughter | San Diego Family Photography
Colton Cantor | San Diego Family Photography

Extended Family Beach Portraits | Hotel del Coronado Photography

This family and I go way, way back! Another in my 2018 string of former students, Dianna was in my English class once upon a time, and Jackie was my co-worker at the school. The adults in this family are so genuine, sweet, and funny, and their love for their Lord shows in their words and actions. The children, from my experience with them on the beach, are growing up in the very same direction. A beautiful family, inside and out, and such a privilege to photograph!

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