Crystal Pier San Diego Family Photography

How I loved the beach on the evening of the F Family’s photography session. It was just beautiful, with feathered clouds, a low tide, and clean, fresh sand sparkling under Crystal Pier. It was the perfect evening for beach photography, and I was blessed to have such a gorgeous family to photograph!  The kids got right down to the business of having fun on the beach!

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Family Photography in Coronado Fog

For the second time in a month, a beautiful day in San Diego promised a sunny photo session for that evening. And for the second time in a month, I drove across the Coronado Bridge and scratched my head at the cloud that seemed to have descended directly onto the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado. So we had a foggy beach photo session, which is kind of mystical and fun and definitely different from the norm! The fog created some really neat effects in the photos.

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Extended Family | San Diego Family Photographer

 

I’m so grateful to be a family photographer in San Diego, where I have the opportunity to preserve the memories of some of my favorite people!  I’ve known this family for over twenty years, and they have been so supportive and encouraging in my journey in photography.   My sister Melanie Monroe and I photographed a wedding and two newborns (here and here), but the last family picture was three whole years ago, when the big boy here was just a baby!  It was fun doing an update at Mission Trails Regional Park.

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Playground Family Time | San Diego Beach Photography

There’s a lot more to a great family photo than good smiles, and since light and backgrounds factor so heavily into the end result, we photographers can be a little particular about location! When this wonderful repeat client suggested Fanuel Park in Pacific Beach as a location, I was hesitant, admittedly. So many unknowns about a new location and . .. especially . . . a playground. But the park was special to the family as a place where they have made lots of fun, relaxed memories spending time in San Diego on vacation. We went for it and ended up capturing some wonderful emotion and parent-child interaction – just my favorite kind of images.

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Redheads | Coronado Beach Photography

Lots of red heads — including the hotel — at the Del last month when I photographed the wonderful Powers family.  Kimberly and I taught junior high together back before we started our families, and she was the life of the party with her Alabama accent, eternal optimism, and extreme enthusiasm for life.  Since then she and her husband Scott have been on many Coast Guard adventures.  They have been stationed in Alaska, the Midwest, and Virginia, and now they’re back “home” in San Diego.  We celebrated with a nice beach session, just in time for Christmas photos.  I’m so glad to have Kimberly and all her boys back in town!

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Family Session at the Hotel del Coronado | San Diego Beach Photography

 

 

Clothing Tip:  Here’s  a family session from the summer that shows how to put together a variety of patterns and textures to create a great family photo!  I loved photographing these happy, fun people, and their clothes made editing a joy, as well!  I love how the dad’s patterned shirt, the boy’s stripes, and the mom’s textured, vibrant blue sweater work together to create an interesting, but peaceful-looking family portrait.

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Belmont Park | San Diego Family Beach Photography

Belmont Park on Mission Beach is a great place for a family outing . . . and a great place for a family photo session! This vacationing family was staying at the Bahia just a few blocks away, and they biked over to meet me just before sunset. We grabbed some fun photos on the beach and wrapped up our time with a walk through Belmont Park. The carnival atmosphere was a fitting backdrop for these fun-loving kids and their parents!

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