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
Fighting Leukemia | San Diego Family Photography
Mother and Son | San Diego Family Photography
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Welcome, Babies! | San Diego Maternity Photography

Two amazing families welcomed (surprise! early!) baby boys last week, and I was honored to be able to capture their mamas in the exciting days of anticipation. Congratulations to the D and L families on their beautiful firstborn sons. They are going to be wonderful parents, and I can’t wait to see what God has for these two new little lives!

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Cousins 2017 | San Diego Child Photography

These kids are growing up!! Since the youngest was two, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have been photographing our four children as a gift to our mom on her birthday each June. We have pictures from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Last year was kind of a bust since we were planning for our Hawaii trip, so the far-away beach photo has to suffice.

This year, the kids have hit some major growth spurts, so it was time for a good Cousin Photo 2017! We returned to the same spot we used for the 2011 photo, six years ago.

Here are the last six years’ photos.

2011 & 2012
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2013 & 2014
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2015 & 2016
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And the contestants for “Cousin Photo 2017” are below. Which should we pick??

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Comment with your vote!

We always take some individuals at these sessions, and this time was no exception. Here are our kids, circa June 2017!

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And a random black and white that we really liked:

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Growing up fast!

Extended Family | San Diego Photographer

Since the beginning of my photography career, this wonderful extended family has been a constant source of encouragement. They are spreading out around the country this year, so it was a big priority to photograph the whole family while they were together over the holidays. Our morning time slot threatened rain, and rain it did, but we still got these important photos of the family together. Such fun cousin love! And the puppy!

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Our Christmas Photos | Melanie Monroe Photography

For the last several years, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have traded photo sessions. Each of us photographs the other’s family and then edits the images of her OWN family.  This year, Melanie drove with us way out into the wilderness for the “foresty” location my husband and kids requested. I edited the images and made up our Christmas card long before she sent me her edits, which she did “just for fun.” I love to see how two different photographers can take the same original file and give it their own unique style.  I love both of our edits! Melanie went with a moody, autumn look. I chose my usual pastel ways. Both are keepers!

Here are Melanie’s finished images from our session:

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Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer

Aren’t they great?

Here is an example of the type of RAW image we both started with, with my edit and hers side by side beneath it.


And here’s my Christmas card, which looks like springtime, while Melanie’s images look like fall!

Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer