San Diego Family, Children, High School Senior Photographer » Pixel Creek Photography

  • Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet, my BLOG! My name is Karen Cox and I am a natural light on-location portrait photographer specializing in bringing a majestic mountain feel to my images. I currently reside in San Diego County, living the laid back mountain life. I am a lover of all things including my family, the great outdoors, traveling, and imagery that grabs you from the inside out. As you browse through my blog, you may get a sense of who I am and what my images and blog posts represent. I hope you find them real, fresh, soulful, and organic. Thank you for taking the time to connect with me and enjoy your stay!

Pine Valley will always have my heart.  It’s tucked away in the mountains of San Diego, and not many people even know it exist.  It is quiet, friendly, and the mountains that surround you keep you safe and snug.  It is where I brought home my babies, I owned my first home, and the love of my life was born and raised in the once over populated tree scape.  We have moved on to another chapter of our lives, living in another part of San Diego, but my soul misses the cold crisp mornings, the blanket of snow that would cover the ground in the winter, the smell of sage when it rains, and the over abundance of pine cones. 

The Grosset family live close by and of course I wanted to shoot their session there.  I mean where else in San Diego can you get the mountain feel?   Shooting at the beach is great but the mountain sessions are always my favorite.  I have been so fortunate to build friendships as I work with my clients.  I spend time before each session with them to make sure I capture exactly what they are seeking.  The Grosset family has a whole lot of love.   Most of what you see is organically posed with minimal direction.  The Grossets are kind, sweet, and endearing. I am sure those of you who know them would agree with me. 

     
                                   

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Hello everyone.  I am happy to blog again.  Since most of the work I do throughout the year involves commercial work I don’t get to post family sessions very much.  And now that we are at the beginning of the holiday rush I am happy to say that I will be blogging more consistantly up until Christmas.  

So let’s kick things of with the beautiful Kelso family.  I met Suzanne through a good friend of mine (Hi Gail!) during our Joshua Tree Backpacking Trip.  I was mesmerized by not only her beauty, but also her lifestyle and her inner peace.  I kind of wanted to go home with her so she could show me her way of living including her knack for bees, yes her heard me correctly.  Her lifestyle is simple but full.  Isn’t that how it should be?   

Suzanne has the internal being of an angel, her husband is charming, and her kids are cute and grounded.  And anyone who knows this family understands what I am saying here.   Our session was successful because Suzanne took the time to coordinate outfits, selected  Leo Carrillo State Park as our backdrop (Check out Danner | Leo Carrillo State Park.) and came with a fun and lighthearted attitude.  When you have all these elements aligned this is what you get. 

Enjoy!

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For my fortieth birthday all I wanted was a backpacking trip with my girlfriends. That’s it!  I didn’t want a party or lavish gifts,  just some girl time away from life’s stresses.  My girlfriend Gail made it happen and we spent a weekend laughing with tears, sleeping under the stars, and consuming food fit for a backpacker that included wine.  Nothing makes me more happy than being around positive people who love the same things I do.  Women that are strong, fun, honest, compassionate, and adventurous. Joshua Tree National Park didn’t fail us in the least bit. Not only were we given beautiful weather but no cell service.  We were disconnected with the outside world and it was quite lovely. 

                                                                                                        Gorilla Rock Me. Priorities.

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The mountains were calling me once again.  In the way of Katy and Ernie asking for their engagement session to be shot in a place known as “4,000 feet above care”.  So when Katy, a talented actress and graceful dancer, asked me to capture her and the love of her life, how could I say no.  It was an automatic win for my vision with a great location, lovely light, and two people crazy about each other.  After fifteen minutes of warm up they followed direction with ease.  I used the mountain light to bring more drama taking the images one step further.  And what I loved most about Katy and Ernie is they were able to put down their guard and pretended I wasn’t there.  That is always my goal at every single session. To make clients feel comfortable enough to show me emotions that are typically hidden which makes a stellar photograph.

 Wishing you all the best Katy and Ernie. 

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When shooting a successful session the stars pretty much need to align.   And some of those stars can’t be controlled. Weather and light are two huge factors when shooting on location. Sometimes they cooperate and sometimes they don’t.  It is up to me to somehow turn those two things around and rock the session.  Two factors I can control, or at least have some say in,  is outfit choices and direction.  Direction given allows each client to feel comfortable to give me raw and real emotion.  That is what makes a good photographer.  Being able to make ourselves at home in the client’s mind which allows them to trust us and do all that we ask.  I want each family to feel there are no bystanders watching.    By doing this the images speak to me with emotion that isn’t staged.  You can see that here is this series of images.   Oh…and let’s not overlook outfit choices.  If Victoria would have picked bright neon colors how would you feel about the images?  Since this is a beach session I advised that the colors be neutral and calming.  Well done Victoria! 

The Albert family gave me so much to work with.  They were in the moment from the very first shutter snap up until the last.  They were not bashful and showed me their true love for each other. THAT is what I gravitate towards and it shows in their images.   Beach sessions are really hard for me.  Why?  Well for starters I don’t shoot them often because I don’t get many requests for them.   Second, the lighting on the coast is either really beautiful or really dreary.  If it is an overcast day you will not have those gorgeous colors that brighten up the sky which is a turn off for mosts clients. Sometimes you never know what you are going to get until the day of the session. How lucky for us to have the most beautiful beach session I have ever shot.  The sky, the color of the sand, and the rock formations really made this location unique.  This is my new favorite beach location.  

The stars did align for the Albert family and I couldn’t be prouder of what came from it.  Thank you Victoria and to your beautiful family.  It was  a pleasure working with you.   I am looking forward to the next clients who books a beach session!

 

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