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.

Family – San Diego Balboa Park Photographer

A beautiful, sunny San Diego day, and a beautiful family with two little girls with sunny personalities to match!  I hadn’t seen Bob and Amy for about six years, but our photo session was a fun time to catch up and learn about their life as missionaries in Africa!  They needed a photo for their prayer cards, as well as some fun shots of their girls enjoying San Diego before heading back to Malawi.  I had read on Amy’s blog about the girls’ lack of appreciation for shoes, so I wasn’t surprised when they took theirs off at every turn!  Finally we gave up and got some foot shots.  Sweet feet :).

Family | San Diego Rainy Day High ISO Photographer

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we (took photos) in the house
On that cold, cold, wet day.
(except for these of baby Breah, who was turning one!)

Too wet to go out
And too cold to play ball.
So we (took pictures) in the house
Of the Fribergs and all.

I know some good games we could play,”
Said the cat.
“I know some new tricks,”
Said the Cat (not) in the Hat.

“A lot of good tricks.
I will show them to you.
Your mother
Will not mind at all if I do.”

Unconditional Surrender | San Diego Family Photographer

Our friends Mike & Keri are facing a deployment soon.  As the upbeat, positive people they are, they’ve packed the last few days of togetherness with lots of fun family time, including a special trip out to the Midway, and a photosession near the “Unconditional Surrender” sculpture.  This gigantic statue is modeled after the famous photo of the victorious sailor and the unsuspecting nurse, and Keri once actually had the opportunity to meet the nurse in question, and get her autograph!

The sculpture must be special to Keri and Mike because of what it symbolizes . . . the unconditional surrender of a husband and father for a period of months . . . and then the joyful homecoming that awaits.

Mike, thank you for your service to our country.  Keri, Rylee, Zachary, and Colby, we will be praying for you, too, and we thank you for YOUR sacrifice as well.


I know, not a very nice thing to call my clients.  But in this case, they WERE!!

Five dogs, to be exact, and two very nice and good-looking owners.   And thank goodness for my wonderful assistant Nicole, who was responsible for holding the treats, holding the dogs, holding the leashes, and holding the reflector . . . all at the same time.  She rocks.





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!