Laguna Mountain.  The air is fresh, trees are green, and the quietness gets me to stop for a minute and breath. It’s such a special place to me and so many that live close by.  I have a lot of memories with my family and friends exploring its beauty.  A gem within San Diego County.  When someone wants to hold their session there I jump at the chance to visit such a serine and calming place.  

Oh the Goodwin family. How beautiful are they!?  Sondra’s dress is so sheik, her skin is flawless, and her hair is gorgeous!  She really took the time and thought about what her goal was for their family images.  She did a great job coordinating outfits and getting her family ready to go for our time together.    As much as I love shooting in the mountains, I enjoy the families I photograph just as much.  I enjoy people and I look forward to meeting new clients and getting a moment to look into their lives.  I love capturing their love for one another and the laughter they all share together.  

After each and every session my goal is to always walk away smiling in knowing I captured exactly what my client is looking for, and that I stayed true to my style and service.   And after our time together I knew I captured some heartfelt and real moments between this family.  Enjoy! 




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 RockMe.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!