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. 


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.

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. 

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!


First session of 2016! What a great location with some fun people.  The location this time was Leo Carrillo State Park  which is tucked away in Carlsbad.  It’s hard to believe that more people don’t know about this place.  It is certainly a treasure.  A lot of textures and color surround the park.  I found this location on Hidden San Diego where I find many great shooting spots.  Check them out! It’s a great resource for finding unique places here in San Diego.  Definetly going back to Leo Carrillo with my kiddos to find out more about its history. Photographers, you need to read the instructions on their website if you want to shoot there.  You need to obtain a permit before bringing clients into the park.  Just a friendly heads-up. 

So here are the Danners. Really great people who run the Pint Project.  An important cause and I love their tag line, “Making a difference one pint at a time.” Check them out and get to one of their fundraisers! Always a fun time.  I shot one of their events and I look forward to capturing more!  Christina has been wanting a session with me  I am happy to finally get together with her and her cute little family.  Thanks Chris for sticking it out and a HUGE thank you to Christina for always hanging around and supporting this crazy roller coaster of a business of mine. 


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