Burgess Family | Marian Bear Park Family Photos

Ahh this family! This little Man, what a dolly. He totally stole my heart, so tender! You can see his kindness came from his parents. Gentle spirits. It was SUCH a pleasure to work with them in such a beautiful setting! Doesn’t this look like Fall?! Ahh I love this park, it reminds me of my home in WA! You need a dose of season change in a sunny all the time place :) I hope you enjoy :) These are some of my FAVOrites!

Don’t forget - I’m having 20% off until December 7th, off of my sessions to be used next year until September! All you need to pay is the retainer to secure your promo with me! Comment or Email me with you inquiry!

High Tea with Daddy | A Veterans Day Styled Shoot Experience | The Thursday Club

Happy Veterans Day, Friends!

There’s something very special several talented wedding vendors and I put together for a very special Veteran, Brian, and his 3 year old daughter Ellie!

Not your everyday bride and groom styled shoot. We wanted something different. We wanted to create an experience. We wanted to style, but with natural captures and captured emotions. We wanted to pay tribute to the military and show how littles can do just fine amongst a lovely wedding scape.

Brian, his wife Mary Beth & their children have been my clients for years so I knew Brian’s relationship with his daughter was a special one. I knew Ellie despite being up past her bedtime would soak this special project in and would cherish it for years to come. So we got the idea to have “High Tea with Daddy!” We wanted to set up the most beautiful surprise date for this Lieutenant Veteran and his daughter, where all they had to do was show up and we’d guide them from one surprise to the next.

I reached out to several of my FAVorite wedding vendors and I was so thankful they all were so excited to partake in the fun! The Thursday Club was ideal for a Tea Party setting with a getting ready room perfect for a little princess. The coordinator Courtney of Breezy Day Weddings killed it with her magic and made everything come together. Rustic Events drove at least 45 minutes to bring the furniture and on Jen’s Birthday no less! Barb of Blanc Floral created the most beautiful hair piece for Ellie, bouquet for Ellie to be given by Brian and arrangements for the table and more that complimented the table scape beautifully. Lela of Orange and Melrose came through with her calligraphy, designing the invites despite her morning sickness! Cheri of Cheri’s Vintage Table had the table scape for this tea party. Russ’ associate of Russell John Films was kind, gentle and patient and was SO good with Ellie. Tara from Sweet As Bliss brought my vision to life with her flawless mini cakes & cookies that survived the heat! Little Kids Wear Inc is where I found the dream dress and ballet slippers for sweet Ellie. And So Cal Hair and Makeup came to make Ellie feel extra special even though I knew we couldn’t do much to her hair, so I was thankful they came, more for the experience. And boy did Ellie feel like a princess.

The day of the High Tea, Brian and Ellie had little guided direction but were mostly instructed to just be, that this was their date. I’ll let the images and video describe the rest. It was pure magic. We were all watching quietly with exploding hearts as this real Daddy & Daughter made a memory for a lifetime, which was the soul purpose of this day. Ellie got to take home the invites, cake, flowers, and shoes all for her memory box. I got in my car to go home and just cried as it was something so beautiful, shared with people I respect and enjoy. I hope you enjoy this special shoot as we all did and we want to thank all those who serve, have served, and their families who hold down the fort at home, in support. We thank you for our freedom. Happy Veterans Day!

San Diego Fall Mini's | Beach, Park, Downtown, Christmas Tree & Promos!

Happy Almost Fall!!

So many good things coming up, my Friends! There's Fall Minis at the Park, Beach and Christmas Tree Mini's and most importantly National Chocolate Milkshake Day, haha, I mean for REAL!! Friends, these sessions are not limited to families! Couples and individuals are WELcome to take up these promotions! READ ON for the Early Booking Promo goodness & Referral Gifts! 

I have a few exciting things for you to take advantage of this Month! First off, I, for the first time ever, am offering an Early Booking Promo for Fall Minis! These are 30 Minutes instead of 20, including two extra digitals and $30 off when you book by September 16, priced at $199! You can select your date post securing the promotion! {After the 16th they are 20 min, and 5 digitals for $189}.

I will have Fall Mini's in the Park, Beach, Downtown as well as at the Christmas Tree Farm! Availability is listed below. {I have more availability mid week in the AM as well. PM me if you're interested!} These book FAST, so don't hesitate to secure your Session!

Saturday Sept 15, 2018: 8:30AM, 8:50AM, 9:30AM, 9:50AM, 10:10AM, 10:40AM, 11:00AM @ MARIAN BEAR PARK
Sunday Sept 16, 2018: 10;00AM, 10:20AM, 10:40AM, 11:00AM
Saturday Oct 20, 2018: 8:30AM, 8:50AM, 10:10AM, 10:20AM, 10:40AM @ BALBOA PARK
Sunday Oct 21, 2018: 8:30AM, 8:50AM, 9:30AM, 9:50AM
Saturday Oct 27, 2018: 8:30AM, 10:15AM, 10:40AM @ TBD
Sunday Oct 28, 2018: 8:30AM, 8:50AM, 9:15AM, 9:40AM, 10:00AM @ BLOCK SURROUNDING DOWNTOWN LIBRARY


Here are the dates for the Christmas Tree Farm, it would be SO great if you were to plan on getting your Tree during the session making it that much more genuine! {4 day turnaround on these!}

Sunday Dec 1, 2018: 8AM, 8:45AM, 9:30AM & 10:15AM
Saturday Dec 2, 2018: 8AM, 8:45AM, 9:30AM & 10:15AM



Random Tid Bits....

  1. If you know someone who's gone through it to get pregnant or has had a journey to motherhood that would share to hopefully help others in the trail, please let me know as I have an on-going project regarding! 
  2. WHO DOESN'T LIKE TO SAVE?! - I rarely do promotions but there are always a few ways you're able to save in Booking your Session! If you don't book but REFERa friend, they use your name, and Book a Session with me using your name, you will get a $15 Starbucks Card as a thank you! If you SCHEDULE ON A TUESDAY, you will get 10% off. If you're active MILITARY, you always get 15% off, I'm so thankful for your service. If you refer a WEDDING that books, you will get a Gift from me, from Parcel and Bloom, if you don't want a percentage off your future Session! 
  3. If you want to drive to Big Bear for a Session, I have availibility October 13 at Sunset and October 14 in the earlier AM! 

I am SUUUPPER excited for another Fall/Winter Season in Sunny San Diego! As you know, I photograph Weddings throughout the year, but will never stop making time for my Families! You are VERY important to me, I appreciate you!


If you have any questions regarding dates, times, promotions or simply just want to drop me a note, please contact me, I would love to hear from you! 

Love & Light, 

 Photo of our Family by the Beautiful Brianne Bell Photography in Bellingham Washington! 

Photo of our Family by the Beautiful Brianne Bell Photography in Bellingham Washington! 

Coffee Shop Family Session | The Grounds Bean Bar

Ummmm can we do more of these Sessions!? I often give the clients freedom to choose the location of their session....I LOVED doing this at The Grounds Bean Bar! It was a NORmal place you could take your kids. It was a NORmal experience that caused NATural reactions. Going to a coffee shop is a treat, so the kids were extra excited :) Dogs often come in and there are so many fun things to watch, so you get all different characteristics captured, and it was just the BEST! Seriously, who else wants to do this?! Or the Children's Museum?! Or on a Boat?! Let's switch it up friends, you'll be SO happy you did! 

How to Find the Right Photographer for You! | Holiday Family Session Tips, Part 1

It's HERE, it's HERE! The long awaited Part One of how to successfully survive your Holiday Family Session! There is a bit of information included, however it holds so much value and will prevent quite the headache, so try to hang on! I'm so excited to help make this process more enjoyable for you, regardless of you being my Client or not! 


1. Do Your Research! 

Not every photographer will fit with your personality, style and budget. Start by finding someone who already has galleries on several different forums that are consistent. Check them on Facebook, Instagram, their Website and maybe even Yelp. You should be able to love their style!  You want someone you'd never have to give a Pinterest board to, because you trust their capabilities to photograph your family, like you see on their portfolios. Read some of their captions on the Facebook and Instagram posts, watch their Instagram Stories! See if you can relate to that person. You want to be comfortable at your session so you'll want to know that you can connect on some level. 


1. Review Check! 

Everyone can post their favorite images from a session, but does that mean they had great communication from the initial email until product delivery? Does that mean they were on time? Does that mean they know what they are doing, took time to notice details, posed in a flattering manner, did their best to entertain the children etc?! Did they deliver the galleries when they said they would?! This is where you need to take that extra time, to read reviews! Again those social media forums, Facebook, Yelp and maybe the Bump or even if they do Weddings, check their reviews on The Knot! Quantity isn't necessarily a big deal but if there is enough stating the photographer went above and beyond and you love their galleries, you've most likely met your match!


3. Invest In A Photographer Who Finds Value In Their Work And Try To Up It To A Full Session, For Your Sanity!

You may think you want to find the best deal for your holiday Minis, this can be a major mistake. By now you've spent hours emailing the photographer, finding your coordinating outfits, scheduled your hair and nail appointment, gotten your kids haircuts, made extra sure to make sure your littles don't get bumps and bruises etc. A LOT of both time and money goes into that tiny 20 minute window, even before paying a photographer. If you find someone you love, that has good reviews, and their prices are a bit higher than what you're seeing posted on Social Media, go with your gut. Book that photographer. Pay a little extra for something that you know is going to be a sure thing, that doesn't make all that work for nothing. If you're able, go for the hour package! Kids are finicky. It often takes just a bit for them to warm up. Same goes for Husbands! {Mine included!} You'll be able to get more bang for your buck, a more relaxed session, more pose options, and just an overall breathable session. A photographer will never be shooting on the constant. Half of the session is just posing and directing, the other half is making sure there are about three - five solid poses with about 30 images to choose from in a 20-30 minute window. So having that extra time, especially if you can't seem to get out the door quite as fast, will make a world of difference! Don't hesitate to ask about a payment plan either! Almost all Photographer's would break payments up further if need be. 

There you go! Whether I'm the Photographer for you or whether you go with someone else, I hope these tips will help you to find your forever photographer who can capture you over time, for all milestones! This is just the beginning of the process! It requires a bit more research, but if you take the time, and are able to adjust your budget, it will be well worth your while! You can Contact Me to get on my Wait List for when I will be announcing my Full & Mini Sessions! 



Windandsea Family Session | Hellmann Family

This family....what a joy it was to work with them on a June Gloom Eve at Windandsea! They traveled from out of town, to attend a family Wedding that I photographed a few days after their Session! I don't think I've ever worked with such well-mannered boys. Amazing listeners, please and thank you's all over, and they had a blast with each-other to boot! Leslye, I need to know your secret for my little! They weren't afraid to get their feet in the sand and splashed by the water. The little mister we could barely keep out of the water! It was truly a family fun night, captured at the beach, which is exactly how I like it to be :) I hope you enjoy this Lifestyle Family Session as much as I do! 

San Diego Birth Photography | Titus WELCOME to the world, One year Ago!

I can't believe it's been one year since this AMAZing set of days. Last year I had the pleasure of being with Jake and Kendra as they were patiently awaiting the birth of their precious son, Titus. I was in the hospital for a while with them both, observing, capturing, and helping in any way I could. Titus just was just so comfy and Mama wasn't having it! HA! She had been laboring for HOURS. Let me tell you, she has INCREdible strength, and Jake is the most calming force and strong & yet tender support system for his beautiful bride. Things didn't seem to be moving along very quickly so I ducked out to an event I had scheduled previously. The moment I was done, I contacted Jake to see how things were going! As Kendra had been laboring for so long, it was now time that she have a C-Section for the safety of her and the baby. I arrived RIGHT as she was prepping to be a Mama, after this LONG wait! I assumed I wouldn't see them until after Titus was born, however the Doctor allowed me to put on scrubs and join them in the surgery room! AHH! WHAT?! I couldn't believe it. I didn't know what to expect. I was TOTally nervous, but I wasn't allowed because Kendra was about to push a human out of her body, so suck it up, right?! HA! Since I never shoot video, It's not always on the forefront of my mind that I have that available to me....but praise the Lord I remembered and I was able to not only capture but record some of these precious moments for the proud new Parents! Kendra, despite her shaking and being in surgery, was incredibly present. They had Titus poked, prodded, measured and weighed in no time, then passed him off to the new Daddy. Oh you guys. Their joy. The love in their eyes. The excitement in their grins. There is absolutely nothing like it. I've seen no deeper love. It was truly a gift to be able to witness such a priceless moment in time, and it almost seems to precious to share, but I'm doing so in celebration of Titus BEAUtiful one year of life. Sweet Boy, Auntie loves you like crazy. I'm SO thankful you were brought into this world, and in such a God-fearing, kind and loving home. HIP HIP HOORAY, Happy Birthday, Precious!