Wang Family // Family Photography // Bay View Park, Coronado

It was a joy to capture the Wang’s family portrait with little Oliver being around 18 months and (unbeknown to me at the time) a new addition on the way.

Bay View Park, Coronado

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Ortega Family // Maternity Photography // Rose Canyon, San Diego CA

To be expecting our first child is exciting, but the anticipation is heightened when a dear friend is traveling along the same journey.  I had the pleasure of capturing my dear friend, Amanda, during her last pregnancy.  Now little Sophia and her sister Karina are expecting a baby brother! Our portrait session led us to Rose Canyon Open Space near the 52.  It is a wonderful place for photography although it is a bit of a hike.  Both Amanda and I were in our third trimester so the going got a bit tough, but we, slowly but surely, made it along the decline and path of the shaded trail.  Amanda is also a photographer so I aimed to please a fellow colleague as best as I could.  You can find samples of Amanda’s work on Facebook at Amanda Ortega Photography.

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Madsen Family // Family Photography // Santee Lakes, San Diego, CA

I still absolutely love this photo session with the Madsen family at the Santee Lakes back in September. One of the reasons I enjoy shooting family sessions is the new places that clients find.  I get to see and explore so much of San Diego.  Mandy introduced me to the Santee Lakes and shared that it is one of her favorite locations.  It was beautiful.  Mandy was joined by her husband Russell and their son Brandon.

In early September the temperature was still blazing hot.  We had scheduled to shoot in the afternoon so we could utilize the afternoon and evening light.  The high temp was scheduled to be over 95º and pictures would not turn out as well when everyone is hot and glistening.  We decided to do our session at first light at 7am.  A bit early, but it turned out beautifully.  We were able to capture some lovely soft light and had the cooler air to our advantage.  Russell enjoys hunting and brought along some duck decoys for us to use in our shoot.  Props are always great in family photos.  They create more of an insight into a families interests and make sessions more exciting.  As a photographer, I love the use of props sense it makes in easier for me to capture the small details of the day.  Once the details are captured then the family photo and the scenery can really shine.  Details, candidness and scenery.  The key ingredients to photographic storytelling.

By 9am the sun was beating down on the otherwise tranquil lakes.  Brandon did really well, but by the time the Madsen family donned their Charger jerseys he was done for the morning.  It was so adorable and fun to take some pictures of the sleeping toddler while we circled the northern most lake.  We decided to take a cue from Brandon and call it a day.  This was one of my favorite family shoots to date and I look forward to the next family session.

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Alyssa Segrist // Modeling // Tecolote Canyon, San Diego, CA

This is the second photo session I have had the privilege to shoot with my second cousin Alyssa.  We had been talking about shooting together since we shot her early senior portrait back in 2012.  Alyssa shared earlier this year the she has decided to venture away from San Diego and will be moving to Nashville, TN after her graduation.  I’m so excited to the new adventure that my young cousin will embark on.

We decided to shoot a session in Tecolote Canyon with a vintage style theme.  Alyssa’s wardrobe was somewhat limited as she had already started to pack for the big move, but we made do.  We used an adorable little vintage suitcase that I borrowed from my mother.  The suitcase actually belonged to my grandmother, so it was a joy to use a family heirloom.

The beautiful jewelry pieces were provided by Kathryn Wolle and The Free

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Wynona Vida // Modeling // San Diego, CA

Almost ten years ago I ventured away from my home in Washington State to move to the big city of Chicago.  It was the start of a great journey.  It is always a privilege to be able to witness someone else venture away from their home and  to start their life anew.  Wynona is a soon to be new high school graduate and her path is taking her the beautiful city of San Francisco.  She is so excited to start out on her own, but before she left San Diego, she agreed to try a little Modeling 101.

We shot at the Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Station in downtown San Diego and the romantic station was a great spot to capture photos.  Wynona had never modeled before, but we just had fun with it and tried a few simple, easy poses.  There were also several urban walls that had lovely aged plaster that created great backdrops.  It is always difficult when starting with a new, young model, but Wynona learned quickly and started to fall into  better poses throughout our session.  One of the ways that helps me with working with a model, new or experienced, is to talk with them throughout the session.  Getting to know one another, I find, creates a certain amount of trust.  It it much easier to take photos of someone when they know that I am trying to take an amazing photo, but also looking out for the model and making sure they always look their best.  Once we can trust each other, then we can simply have fun.  Soon, Wynona can graduate to Modeling 102.

Jewelry provided by Kathryn Wolle, the owner of The Free

 

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