Can I bring the dog?

San Diego Family Photographer

Can I bring the dog? This is one of the most asked questions I get! YES!! I have a dog, a pitbull mix I picked up from the pound. They really aren't an issue for me, but you should always ask your photographer if this is ok with them. I am particularly happy to photograph your whole family because--and I don't have to tell you this--they carry a part of your heart. I know how my kids feel about Sadie...

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Home is the Backyard

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When you have little ones the easiest place for everyone to be together is at home. No packing, bags, strollers, or snacks to be packed. Just open the back door and go! These three little girls were full of stories and giggles and fun. We started in the garden but quickly moved on to the deck with the bubble machine making a bit of magic of its own. Then dad stepped in. No need for a swing set because dad...

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Welcome Home USS Carl Vinson

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Oh, how painfully true that is. Homecomings are the true testament of it.  Every military homecoming is different. Different in location, in crowds, in wait times, in family situation, in age of the kids, in who is coming home. This one was different because, as big as these hugs were, they are a newly blended family. The kids are twelve years old and twins. When I walked up and met them the son was...

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Toddler Life is Magical

These two kiddos went nonstop, and I was only too happy to try to keep up. Oh my stars, this was just one morning of fun!  We started off the morning with some books and a light "game" of Chutes and Ladders. Classic, right? But then we went on and moved into the kids' bedrooms. There we found tents, a much loved Daddy Doll, and out came the capes. Looking at the photos, I can still hear the sound of...

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Laughing Out Loud

Happiness, joy, glee. Bring it on! The session was inspired by the anticipation of baby number four. There was so much energy and action throughout this session it made for a conversation to be had between the giggles. Dad was a talented wrangler. Mom was just gorgeous with her head dress and her perfect baby bump. The girls was just sweet with their smiles, hugs and laughing fits. And their little boy was more than ready to show off his...

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Giving Back to HTHCV

High Tech High Chula Vista, Eastlake Country Club, East Chula Vista, Golf Fundraiser

High Tech High Chula Vista is one cool community. I was honored when I was asked to be part of their annual golf tournament and fundraiser this year. It was many years ago, before I started my career, that I was high school math teacher. Education and community lay pretty close to my heart. That's why when I was asked to be part of this event and give to the school, I was happy to say yes! Saying yes was...

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Staying Close to Home

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This family stole my heart and paid me in Oreos! You can't imagine my excitement when they asked to do their family session in the neighborhood. Clients often ho and hum about where to do their session. My focus has always been connection. I am looking for connection, and connection is most easily orchestrated when you are where you spend your time. Where you are comfortable.  Their daughter was the center of the session! She opened up immediately with what she...

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Remembering Angel Babies

In December of 2015 I came across a volunteer organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Their sole purpose is to provide remembrance photography for grieving families who have lost a baby before ever having the chance to be professionally photographed. This usually means in a hospital setting. Sometimes the parents know what is coming and for others it is not.  My first reaction was probably a lot like yours, overwhelmed with grief for these families. You know that your...

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I Do. Again.

Weddings are fun but vow renewals are lovelier. Why? Because these two people know each other intimately, have seen the good and bad times, and remain true to each other and the promises they've made. Anyone who has been married long enough to get past the honeymoon stage will tell you how much you learn about someone when you have been through things together--starting a family, raising children, merging traditions, passing of family members, new friends, weight changes, moving, career...

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Experiments in Freelensing

I have heard of freelensing but didn't really know what it was. I knew I'd be taking my lens off the camera to get that beautifully soft tilt shift affect. I knew it was an artistic form of photography. I also knew it wasn't easy. I meet with some friends who are also female professional photographers earlier this week in Balboa Park to try our hand at this little photo trick. I took off the Sigma 50 mm ART lens...

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