San Diego Beach Photography

La Jolla Beach Photography By San Diego Photographer

I would definitely say this San Diego Portrait Session is way overdue to be written about, but hey, better late than never! Being a San Diego Family Portrait Photographer, I take on these “Feel Beautiful” Sessions less often and I love every minute of it!

This time we found ourselves in La Jolla on the beach during this magical afternoon. Luckily, we had the beach mostly to ourselves in the middle of Winter and this fabulous young woman let go, and we captured some beautiful portraits!

We had 2 different looks and about 5 million Oscar-worthy photos. I don’t have models for these Sessions…they are just average ladies, like yourself, who want to have a memory of this time in their life! Cause I mean, we’re not getting any younger, are we? I only wish I could go back to my 17 year-old self and tell her how gorgeous she is and to stop thinking anything else! For these Portrait Sessions, I have a few tricks and prompts up my sleeve to get “normal” and some more artsy results from your Portrait Session.

The beach, anywhere is San Diego, tends to be my preferred spot as it always has one look. I never have to worry about grass and plants being in bloom or not and Sunset on the coast, is truly like no other, even on cloudy days.

Anywhere that you can find a long flat beach in San Diego, really is a great location because you are able to play with and/or in the water a little bit without being clobbered by the waves. It also gives you great options to be able take some great overhead shots on the beach as well! Torrey Pines is definitely my favorite area but does require a photography permit and an escort, so I really prefer to shoot at this location just South of there in La Jolla!

Take a look at a few of my favorite portraits from this Sunset Beach Portrait Session..

I honestly can’t decide which are my favorites! I love all of them for different reasons!

For More INFO on my “Feel Beautiful” Portrait Session, head here!

You can find this amazing young lady on IG: @_trace_sea

Well, until next time…

Love and Good Vibes,

Heather

Top 5 Photography Locations in San Diego

Best Photography Locations in San Diego

1. Scripps Beach in La Jolla

2. Ocean Beach Tide Pools

3. Balboa Park

4. Sunset Cliffs

5. Torrey Pines

There are definitely several locations in San Diego I would recommend for a Family Portrait Session and some others for an Engagement Session. As I was thinking about this topic over a span of several weeks and how I would end up narrowing now locations for this post, I decided the best choice was to keep it simple. Now, while I could name about 20 picture perfect locations off of the top of my head, I decided to choose these based on ease of access, the most background options for one location, lack of permits needed by photographers, and overall scenic value.

  1. Scripps Beach in La Jolla | This includes the Scripps Memorial Pier as well.

    A favorite location by many photographers and families, this location has a long, flat, and clean beach which makes it perfect for larger groups and super easy for children to run around and play. A paid parking lot is available during the weekends. During the week, parking can be found all the way up the hill and along the neighborhoods. If it’s super packed then you can park a little south at La Jolla Beach and walk along the water to the Pier (takes about 10 minutes at a medium pace). Since we have had so much rain this year, there are some gorgeous flowers along the parking lot that also make for a great photo op. If you’re lucky, you will see a few hummingbirds! There is a lifeguard station here as well.

    One of the great things about this location is that there are so many photo opportunities in one small area. You have the beach, the pier, a concrete wall, lots of rocks and usually some rad seaweed, and amazing cliffs that rival the South of France. One other thing I forgot to mention is that Caroline’s Seaside Cafe overlooks everything and is just a few steps from the sand. From here you can have lunch, grab a coffee, or get some ice water. The only thing that makes me sad is that it closes at 3pm. If they were open late, they would be packed!

The flat beach makes the perfect setup for getting plenty of easy waves to play with.

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2. The next place on the top of my list is Ocean Beach. There are several locations along the coast of Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs that make a perfect location for Portrait Sessions of any size. The diverse coast is what makes it so great. 

This location is perfect for couples and small families. There are tide pools, small cliffs, and tiny, personal beaches.

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3. Next up on my list is a little farther from the beach. Balboa Park is a few minutes from Downtown San Diego. Along with the architecture, the phenomenal museums, and the zoo, comes a nearly endless landscape of greenery and architecture. Beautiful fig and willow trees are amongst the the rose and cactus gardens. For more unique backdrops, you can pay a small fee to use the Japanese Friendship Garden.

This is one of my favorite locations for family and engagement sessions.

4. Sunset Cliffs is extremely close to location #2 Ocean Beach but offers another vibe all together. Currently, as of Summer 2019, extensive repairs are lending a new and improved landscape to Sunset Cliffs. However, there are still some exceptional views that can be found within a small hike. Seclusion is a bit hard to come by anywhere in San Diego, but there are still a few secret places that most don’t venture to or know about.

5. Torrey Pines is actually my favorite location and a special permit is required to photograph here. Luckily, I know a great place that is just as beautiful and falls just outside of special permitting but is nearby. Of course LNT practices should always be used no matter where you photograph, but especially in more sensitive habitats.

In this location are beautiful cliffs, the beach, and incredible slot canyons.

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Family Photography Session

San Diego Family Photographer

While I love family photography at the beach! I also love exploring and heading off to adventurous locations and having your family portrait session in a place that fits your family. These lovely little humans with Mama and Papa are avid climbers and low-key ninjas that can travel straight up a cliff before I can even get my camera on!

For this Family Session we travelled to their natural habitat and took a combination of formal portraits and lifestyle photographs. I remember this day was extremely bright and also the sky was extremely gorgeous. It was the bluest of blues, and prompted me to tell them a story about how one day a couple years ago, I was driving along and noticed the sky was an incredible shade of deep blue. It reminded me of a story my Mother told me, about how blue the sky was when she was growing up and how different it looks now. Well, I was thinking this must be the blue she was talking about! So, I went on with my day and didn’t think anything else of it. A couple months later I happened onto an online article about a atmospheric storm that had happened over India a couple months back, and I found it really interesting. Several hours after I should have been asleep, I had found that what caused the extremely blue sky that day was the geomagnetic storm over India! WOW….How cool was that! Anyhow, I told them this story and about how we may be having a geomagnetic storm somewhere and then we kinda left it at that.

(I’ll get back to more on that later)

Before, I get anymore sidetracked, please take a look at these recent photos from our Family Portrait Session!

One of the best things about being a family photographer is that I get to hang out with kids all day! In the photo above, they found some fossils and told me all about them!

 

(back to the blue sky story)

So, a couple weeks after our family session, my curiosity got the best of me and I googled “recent geomagnetic storms” and sure enough there had been a huge burst that was heading our way from the Sun and had reached Earth early that morning before the Session! How amazing is that?

(…okay, I’ll get back to the family)

There are some family’s that you meet and you just can’t forget them! It’s like wonderful souls finding each other and you know that someone you’ll always stay connected. I hope I get to see them again next year for another family session!

The desert is definitely an interesting environment and one that you should definitely consider if you and your family likes to hike and travel to some truly amazing locations in the Southwest.

In the picture above, it was the only shade we could find to squeeze into. And, they still rocked it!

Whether you’re looking for a formal or lifestyle family session, I got you covered. If you only need Children’s Portraits, I got you covered there too! If you’re not looking to book yet, scroll all the way down and Subscribe to keep in touch!

San Diego Engagement Session

San Diego Engagement Photographer

Well I tried.. but I just couldn’t manage to let so many of these engagement portraits taken at the beach in San Diego, go without seeing the light of day!

Romantic and Lifestyle Portraits are my favorite right after we get all of the formals out of the way. I wanted to share a few more that I’m madly in love with that show lots of movement and make me lovesick just looking at them.

I love having plenty of formals and artsy formals to print and hang around the house but I also love to have some beautiful, natural, and raw moments that are captured in your favorite spot, while the two of you are just being yourselves! These are moments that don’t have to make the family album if you don’t want to share them. They are goofy, funny, or sexy moments, that are typically shared just between the two of you!

When you look back at this time in your life, I want your Engagement Session to represent this time in your life and tell a story of who you were as a couple. I want to see your personality come across in each portrait. I want to see that young love come across to someone who’s never met you.

Take a look at these:

Of course, this wasn’t the only location. About 30 minutes before this beach session, we were at a wonderful and secret location that had so many wild flowers it was incredible! Here are some additional portraits that I wanted to make sure you were able to see!

If you happened to miss the rest of the Engagement Session, check it out here. In the meantime, if you’re thinking about hiring a photographer, then you should definitely reach out and at least get on my email list to stay in touch, or add me on Instagram!

Until next time!

With lots of love,

Heather

La Jolla Engagement Session

San Diego Engagement Photographer

Flowers and beautiful couples that are wanting Outdoor Engagement Sessions have been extra popular for me this year! Keep reading about this gorgeous Engagement Session in La Jolla and get ready to “ooh and aah” over every single portrait taken in this incredible natural San Diego backdrop with this perfect couple!..

It has been a beautiful year here in San Diego! And even though the clouds and rain seem like a daily occurence, it’s actually a photographers dream! Flowers are still blooming everywhere (it’s currently late June) and this photographer is doing her best to take advantage of it AND be responsible (LNT).

With such a colorful family background, this couple decided they wanted to have some beautiful engagement portraits that took advantage of the flowers this year and was also colorful to match their cultures.

As La Jolla is one of my favorite places around town to hang out and explore, we narrowed it down to 2 locations that were close to each other, where we could get some beautiful oranges, reds, yellows, and greens! And then so we wouldn’t have to go far to get to the beach and get some Sunset shots in the sand! Check out the first location and the amazing flowers!

The Love emanating from this couple was truly infectious. I mean, can’t you tell just by looking? You know how when you know a couple is just made for each other? Well, there’s no doubt these two are. They are from the East Coast and haven’t been in San Diego long so I strived to give them an East Coast meets West Coast style Session…lots of dark and moody’s mixed with some brighter shots along with plenty of formals and lifestyle photos! I’m pretty sure I’ll be printing this on a canvas for my Studio very soon!

I still can’t get over how amazing these flowers look! I tend to desaturate my backgrounds a bit so that they don’t distract too much from the Subjects in the photos, so in other words, I can’t even describe how vibrant they were before post-editing! I scoured the Coast until I could find some easy areas to get the most options for our Session and we got so lucky on this day!

For the second location, we travelled a couple minutes by car to the La Jolla Beach and Scripps Pier! As you can start to see the wind picked up quite a bit and we got some really awesome movement shots on top of the “perfect” ones!

So, while we were playing around on the beach, we captured plenty of formal, fun, candid, and everything in-between portraits! Can you believe they are not models!? Before we began, they were actually a bit nervous about posing! We went over wardrobe and styling up until the Session and even on location and they were so comfortable and just went for it! I wish the bowtie was my idea but I can’t take credit for it!

The photo above is one of my faves from the whole day!

The last photo, above, on the right, i just love. I think this pose is becoming my trademark pose. It’s just perfect in so many ways. It tells a story and you don’t even need to see their faces to understand it!

I still can’t believe these two aren’t professional models!

I love blue hour photography almost as much as the couple!

You can also read about this Engagement Session Part 2 here. Check out all the Engagement Sessions here.

What To Wear: Summer Beach Photoshoot

Summer Beach Photography Tips

What will photograph best with your professional photographer on the beach can be slightly different from your own Summer Selfies. Here is a short list of style tips for you to consider, whether you are having professional portraits taken or you do them yourself!

Summer can be narrowed down to a few choice words like Freedom, Sun, and Fun! This is the time to show that wanderlusting carefree Americana spirit! Here are a few styles and props that I find work best and can easily be incorporated into your Summer Photos:

  • Bikini or 1 Piece? This completely depends on your body type. Wear what feels the most comfortable and looks great on you. Feel like you have wide hips? Well, I promise, you’re the only one who cares about that but choose something that compliments that part of your body! Body jewelry adds dimension and interest to your photographs and is also v IG/Snap worthy.

  • Cover-ups can be used in your photos and also taken off. Adding accessories like hats, sunnies, statement earrings, and things like lollipops compliment your swimsuit well!

  • Your shoes will be getting wet and dirty at some point this Summer but don’t give up on them! Nice sandals as opposed to flip-flops can polish off any look!

  • Pick your accessories wisely! Too much can be well, too much! Pool Floaties, Beach Balls, Snow Cones, Pineapples, Coconuts, Mojitos, Sea Shells, and so many other things can be included and will give a great variety of shots!

At the end of the day, your don’t want to be overwhelmed, so just choose a few items that you love, and hit the beach with your friends or your pro beach photographer and soak up that Vitamin Sea!

What To Wear for Your Summer Beach Photography

If you want more ideas on what to wear for non-body exposing Portrait Session or photo shoot, head on over to my Summer Style Guide.

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This Summer Fashion Session had lots of well placed accessories!

Poolside or Beachside, inquire about “Feel Beautiful” Portrait Sessions for you or your Brand!

What To Wear: Summer and Fall Family Portraits

San Diego Portrait and Family Photographer

It’s humid. It’s hot outside. Like Death Valley hot when you don’t have an A/C in San Diego. Yes, I’m being a little dramatic. And if this Summer is anything like last Summer here in SoCal then I deserve to whine about it just a little bit. Other times it gets chilly in the mornings and evenings, so what then?

But photography-wise, fear not! Here are some cool wardrobe tips for you and your family in order to make sure your Summer Portrait Session is lit, er, I mean, ice cold:

  • Try to wear light-weight fabrics that let your body breath, but still look polished. It’s definitely okay to show some skin, too. Shorts work for those blessed in the leg department and thin maxi wraps are a favorite of mine. Linen will wrinkle and doesn’t travel well, so try to avoid it!

  • Ride the Summer accessory wave. I’m talking sunnies and hats for you ladies and gents and personal fans are nothing to be embarrassed about.

  • Bring summer-appropriate props. You can even use them to compliment your wardrobe. Summer is a time to let loose and have fun! Maybe it’s a beach ball, a pool floatie, a lollipop, a popsicle, or messy ice cream cone. The colder, the better.

  • Select shoes that are comfy and give Summer vibes. Flip flops are my personal fave but open-toed anything, and even barefoot on the beach is the best!

Here are a few ideas for hot Summers and cooler Falls on individual outfits that coordinate well together!

First, I’ll start with Mama, as I recommend beginning by selecting a choice and color that feels the most comfortable and building the rest of the outfits from there.

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Here are a few What To Wear options for Dad too: I know it’s hot in the Summer and nice shorts and a button up will look perfect! Great Fitting Jeans and button up Dress Shirts in the Fall are what I recommend the most!

What To Wear for the masculine gender and non-genders in your Family Photos!

Next up, let’s take a look at how to dress your boys: You can go as easy or as complex as you like here, as toddlers look super cute in overalls or suspenders and bowties! If we are planning a Session on the Beach, barefoot is the way to go!

What To Wear for Family Photos for the Boys!

Last but not least, let’s consider the little girls in your life: Feel free to add fun stuff for them in layers. Such as a tutu and fairy wings over their main outfit!

What To Wear for girls in your family photos on the beach or inland!

These style can all be mixed and matched and colors can be nearly anything! They shouldn’t be matchy matchy, they just need to go together. I never suggest prints right away but they can be done if worn properly! You might be wondering, why no prints? Large prints actually make you look larger in your photos. Small prints can also cause too much distraction against the landscape if not planned properly on my end.

Apart from clashing with the landscape they can also distract from your faces and your emotions that come through when your interacting with one another. But what if I love prints and have my heart set on a floral dress? We can make it work! Text over the choices you’re considering and I will find a way to make sure you look the best you can!

Here are some Summer related tips to consider when planning your Session, here.

I hope this helps! And until next time….

With Love and Light,

Heather

10 Best Tips: Summer Family Portraits

San Diego Family Photographer

After relocating from 5 plus years in the Desert, I’m always prepared for Summer, but are you? Here are ten tips to help make sure your Summer Portrait Session goes off without a hitch.

1. Dress appropriately. Summer means hot and humid weather, which can lead to sticky hair, sticky clothes, and sticky bodies. Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics that don't weigh you down. Breezy dresses work well for any location. As for shoes, sandals are a great option.

2. Think about head to toe details. If you are planning to be on the beach, you will be barefoot most of the time. When showing your toes, you’ll want to have manicured feet. They don’t have to be perfect, but a little attention to your toes, goes a long way. If it's a windy day, a hat or scarf can really keep things under control.

3. Extra consideration for your hair. If you or a family member's hair reacts to humidity in a negative way, go for a hairstyle that doesn’t leave you feeling insecure throughout the shoot. A simple braid can help keep your curls intact until we begin shooting. You can wear a headscarf as well to help keep frizz away as well. As the Session progresses, hair will eventually become the last of your worries, and we will get great shots even if it’s super windy or your hair goes fro.

4. Pack necessities. When packing for your Session, I recommend bringing the following: Plenty of water (more water than you think you need), a healthy snack such as almonds, a scarf to cover your shoulders and face, an umbrella or hat if needed for shade, face powder and lipstick for touch up. Please avoid sunscreen and any SPF products as they reflect light and will affect your photos. You won’t want to burn during your Session either, so your scarf or umbrella will help with this and we will take as many breaks as we can in the shade.

5. Be creative. Summer has so many seasonal activities that lend themselves to create fun and interesting photo sessions. For example, there's the San Diego County Fair, Summer markets, San Diego Zoo, festivals, outdoor events, farmers markets, San Diego Night Market, and plenty more. I’m more than excited to create your photos in front of the ferris wheel, riding a carousel, or browsing the farmers market.

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6. I don’t want you to overheat. If this year is anything like last year, we are in for a heat wave. Sometimes it's hard to move a muscle when the sun is scorching outside, but no matter what mother nature throws our way, we're going to have an amazing shoot. We'll spend all the time we can in the shade, dash into some A/C when possible, and I will never push it. A hand spray bottle that has a fan can work miracles on a hot day. Throw some ice in it and it is truly amazing.

I once had a two hour Session near Palm Springs in 124 degree weather and that didn’t include humidity which was extremely high. We took breaks every two minutes and ice water was our best friend. I’ve been through extreme weather and will help you prepare for any condition.

7. Incorporate props. The outdoors during the Summer is not only the time to soak up that Vitamin D, it also works for enjoying a few Summertime props into your shoot. Visually striking treats and goodies such as lollipops, ice cream cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice pops, sparklers, and, well you get the picture. These delicious treats can be used towards the end of the shoot, so that are more free to mess up your makeup and wardrobe a little bit.

8. Consider the Crowds. Summertime, especially in San Diego, lends to large Summer crowds at the beach and around town. More remote beaches work wonderfully to avoid a huge crowd. Also some neighborhoods and parks have markets and festivals, that draw in huge crowds. Don’t worry too much though because your photographer will be able to help you navigate and find your best options to consider.

9. Book Early. Personally, I get many families who book their Summer Sessions 3-6 or even 12 months in advance. Weekends go first and so do Sunset Sessions. If you plan early enough, you can get your ideal location and time and even have time to plan out more fun and adventurous sessions. More and more National Parks are requiring permit lotteries and longer wait times. So, with proper planning, you won’t be let down when a permit can no longer be attained.

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10. Try to avoid Weekends. Weekends are the busiest. It usually isn’t as fun doing a Session on the weekend because parking can be a pain in the you know what and the crowds are at their peak. Even inland, people are out and about everywhere. Last year, the lines never seemed to let up! Now, while Summer is great for Mojitos on the rooftop patio, it isn’t ideal for carrying a heavy child on your hip and keeping your eyeliner in place while fighting the crowds. Weekdays are ideal for your Session and more areas will be accessible as opposed to special events on the weekends. What if it can’t be avoided? That’s okay, we’ll make it work!

Now that you know what to consider, let’s look at coordinating suggestions here.

Choosing a Family Portrait Location

San Diego Family Photographer

I’m constantly changing from one scene to the next to get those perfect portraits with my clients. So I know that in a city like San Diego it can be pretty overwhelming to decide on that “perfect” location. Well, here comes the best news, you’ve heard in awhile, well, at least in the last 5 minutes… It’s actually so much easier to narrow down that perfect portrait location than you think!

Imagine this...It’s almost time for your session. You’re trying to decide on a location. Beach, park, mountains, desert, urban spaces, indoor studio? What do you do? Luckily, I’m here to help you narrow down your choices pretty quickly. I do this every day, so I’m able to help you pick a location you won’t regret, and we go from there. But what if you don’t have me to help guide you? This quick post, should help give you some insight on how to find that perfect option.

My personal photography style follows natural light, during the day its bright and light. During that time, we can get those bright and airy photos, some of you are looking for. Closer to Sunset, I Iet that beautiful golden color melt all over you, like a chocolate-dipped strawberry (yumm). And just after Sunset, I take advantage of the lingering light to tell a story that feels like we’re letting everyone in on a little secret.

There are so many options in Southern California. Here are some things you’ll want to think about:

1. Keep in mind the décor of your home.

Your home is sacred space. It’s where you feel comfortable and safe. In the end, it represents you. Your style. Your tastes. You would probably never get dressed, let alone have a photoshoot, in colors or style that you hate. The same goes for location and wardrobe.

Ask yourself, in the end, would you want a canvas on your wall of a family you barely recognize? Probably not. So you’ll want to make sure your outfits and locations match the décor/style of your home because, and here’s the thing, you want your portraits to represent you but you will also need to coordinate the colors with the walls and style of your house so that they don’t clash.

Concerned as to what the heck I’m talking about here? That’s ok! I help break down your options and steer you in the right direction!

2. Don’t forget about Studio Portraits.

They typically look better in modern homes unless you put them in vintage style frames to make them fit in more. More often than not, Studios are passed over for outdoor portraits as we are located in a beautiful city with great weather all year-round. But the takeaway here is, if you have a more modern home, studio photos may be your best option.

3. Having a Lifestyle Session done inside your home.

Lifestyle Sessions with Newborns in particular, tend to be the ideal situation for most new Mothers. I mean, you just had a baby for crying out loud and I’m betting you haven’t washed your hair in a week. Am I right? Travelling with a Newborn is hard enough, let alone getting yourself to the car. So what if you don’t have a Newborn? This Session is still extremely popular not only for the convenience, but also because when you look back on your photos, the story it tells is about this time in your life - which includes your beautiful home.

I will come to your house and take photos of your family in your own natural environment. These are beautiful and will look great in your house because, well, they match perfectly! I get to capture your family being themselves in the comfort of your home. How easy is that? Naturally you’re able to show your personalities much easier and we will choose locations that you spend the most time in.


Courthouse Wedding

Sarah + Anthony Wedding

This Courthouse Marriage turned Intimate Wedding is definitely the way to go to celebrate an easy and fun Wedding Day!

All you need is love is so true! I’m constantly reminded how important Love is with each and every couple that I meet. Somehow I have managed to meet the most beautiful and loving couples that are truly the best people. You know, those people you are referring to whenever you say there are still good people out there? Not only did this couple show me what true love is but so did their amazing group of close family and friends!

These newlyweds met me over coffee and that’s when their story unfolded for me. Having been through so much in their lives, the found each other and knew pretty quickly it was the real deal.

There are so many different ways to celebrate non-traditional marriages these days. How do you know which is right for you? The main thing that I believe it comes down to, is asking yourself, what is the most important to you on your Wedding Day? I’ll go more into that here.

Just because you may be having a quick wedding, doesn’t mean that you have to go solo at it, or should i say as a duet. An outdoor marriage for your San Diego Civil Marriage Ceremony at the San Diego County Administration Center with a Harbor front view is a beautiful location that is perfect for your family and friends to join in on. You have two options: indoor or outdoor wedding. If I can stress one thing, do the outdoor ceremony. I don’t care if there is rain, June Gloom, snow, wind, or white walkers are on their way. The indoor location is so sad, there is no question that crazy weather would be worth it. Your friends and family can stand together and watch the two of you start your lives together, the photographer is able to get some beautiful photos, and then you have time to have your first photoshoot together as a married couple in a beautiful and historical location!

One bit of advice: Don’t forget your marriage license!

Check out the photo story of their intimate elopement here:

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We had a nothing less than a perfect first look and portrait session at this beautiful location!

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We had planned out this amazing photo op of the rest of their family running to join them after their first look but as you can see here one of the dogs decided to mark a column on the way..

Finally, they are on their way!

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Wedding Photography in San Diego

Here are some beautiful feet haha

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The County Building is a pretty shade of pink and couldn’t feel any less mid-century.

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You can’t be next to the Harbor without getting some beautiful pictures along the water!

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beautiful cocktails and a wonderful atmosphere at Coasterra furthered the celebration just after saying “i do”..

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Fine Art Weddings in San Diego

He finally got cheeky and decided to run off with his bride!

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Warmest Wishes and keep your wonderful fire alive!

To find out more information about how to obtain a Marriage License in San Diego head over to the San Diego County Clerk Administration.

For Marriage License Info in English go here. And in Espanol you’ll go here. And download an application here.

To make direct Appointment for your ceremony and/or marriage license, you can head here. You have the option to make an Appointment online for Marriage Licenses, Indoor or Outdoor Ceremonies.

For more information on the different locations, options, and hours you’ll need this link.

If you would like to request a Marriage License Keepsake issued by the County, here is where you will do it.

You can even have a friend or family member apply to be a Deputy Marriage Commissioner For A Day!

And, last but not least, here is what the city offers: Public Marriage Licenses, Confidential Marriage Licenses (does not require a witness), and Civil Marriage Ceremonies.

You can call or email the San Diego County County Clerk Office: Phone: (619) 236-3771 and E-mail: arcc.fgg@sdcounty.ca.gov

The address to the main office is: 1600 Pacific Highway, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92101

Outdoor Family Portraits

San Diego Outdoor Family Photographer

One of my favorite things that having so many years of experience behind the lens allows me to do, is go back and forth during the week between Weddings and Portraits. It’s so special to me to be able to follow my family’s from their engagement portraits to their wedding day on to their maternity, then their newborn lifestyle sessions, and then I get to see the families grow and the children get bigger and bigger. We become a sort of family and I learn exactly how to make their experience better and get them what I know they will want. This wasn’t something I was able to do when I first started out all those years ago.

I think it’s pretty rad that I’m able to experience everything from a first kiss as a married couple to baby’s first steps and before you know it, the babies are running around and I’m chasing them getting in some fun candid photos.  

Recently, I was able to find not only an amazing family that had so much love bursting at the seams but one that shared with me a wonderful experience in so many ways. Mama was raising some happy and truly awesome kids and we decided that their Family Portraits would be perfect on a farm. Not any farm...this farm had animals. It’s called Forever and Always Farm. Tucked away in the hills outside of Murrieta is a wonderful family that runs a wonderful farm. There were several new baby lambs due at the end of January and so we scheduled our day and crossed our fingers! There were six baby lambs that were just a couple of days old when we arrived and we were lucky enough to get a short break from the rain! Thank You sun Gods!

Not only were the baby lambs as precious as you can imagine, but there were some awesome Alpacas, plenty of chickens, mama lambs, and a loyal dog to keep them all in order. The kids had never met these animals before and it was so exciting to be able to pet them and watch them play together. Check out the Venue here.

Take a look at some of the fun we had at this farm outside of San Diego! 

I wanted to play around a little with this first portrait and ad some film scratches. I think it turned out great! It reminds me of being back in the 90’s growing up.

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It turns out one of the baby lambs had white eyes which is rare!  You can see it pretty clearly in the first and second pictures - and in the following photo its the lamb on the right.

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The cutest baby boy with rosy little cheeks!

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Definitely the cutest kids ever! Make sure to include suspenders if you can ;)

For Animal and Flower Farm Family Portrait Sessions, Spring is best but there are plenty of great opportunities to take advantage of year round. 

Check out Forever & Always Farm for Wedding and Family Portrait Bookings if you’re in Southern California!  

 
Blue Hour Photography

San Diego Portrait Photographer

Blue Hour Photography for weddings, Engagements, and Family Portraits in San Diego

Somedays, I get to feel like Picasso and although, I wouldn’t compare myself to him and his Blue Period, I do love painting my subjects with the tiny sliver of time that begins just after Sunset. Blue Hour has been a favorite of mine for quite sometime. Right after the sun sets, nature instantly responds and the whole environment changes. The breeze picks up, trees start to whisper goodnight, birds seem to stop singing, and the tide lashes the shore a little harder. During this time, the bright reds and oranges begin to reverse on the spectrum and beautiful purples and blues begin to develop. This blue color, which isn’t visible to the human eye at any other time of the day, will begin to brighten up and glow across your skin. If taken properly with the camera, the results can be spectacular and a wonderful addition to your Sunset Portraits.

Do you remember watching the eclipse back in 2017? Blue Hour Photography is not quite as that dramatic but it does have a unique feel that can only be experienced once per day.

Two of my favorite places to do this is on the beach in La Jolla, Ca and also out in the desert. Blue Hour Photography is beginning to gain popularity and I have been seeing increased inquiries asking for some of this beautiful color to add to their wall art.

Here are a few pictures for you to look at and see what you think! Maybe you would like to add Blue Hour to your Sunset Session here in San Diego with me?! 

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Blue Hour Portrait of a woman in the desert standing in water
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Okay…last one I promise…

Have you taken pictures in a remote place? What’s the craziest location, you have been in?

Wreck The Dress Photography

San Diego Wreck The Dress Photographer

My San Diego Wreck The Dress Sessions have come to be my favorite part as a Wedding Photographer!

They take place well after all the stress of the Wedding Day is over but just before the Honeymoon Glow has faded. It gives you, the still excited former bride, the chance to throw that beautiful dress back on and have some fun with it! These Wreck The Dress Sessions are pure fun and excitement. By now, you are a pro in front of the lens and you are fully enjoying the moment, feeling silly in your wedding gown and dancing around like one of those music box ballerinas you had as a little child.

Being a photographer on the Coast in San Diego, tends to attract former brides to beach locations where we can slowly get that dress wet and jump around in the water like a 4 year-old! As the sun sets, we get some more creative shots and are able to roll around in the shallow water. During the Spring, we get lots of flowers in the area and during the Winter, we are able to head out to Mt. Laguna and get some fun pictures in the snow. 

This San Diego Wedding / Wreck The Dress was the very first one I did upon moving to San Diego. Actually, it was my very first professional beach session ever. I was slightly nervous at first but realized, its one of the easiest locations and best spent not using an on camera flash. Natural lighting in these following portraits, along with her rad-self of course, is what made each and every part of this golden hour magical! This is now my favorite shoot of all time! Have a look! 

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Wreck The Dress Portraits are a great addition to your Wedding Albums and at least one Print should end up on your wall! 

What’s your dream location for your Wreck The Dress...anywhere in the World?  Let me know in the comments!

Love and Good Vibes,

Heather

 

 

Newborn Photography Questions

San Diego Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photography Sessions are a beautiful thing. Especially from a newborn lifestyle photographer.

Having a newborn baby is such a life-changing moment that it will make you realize your true capacity for love. Time is fleeting and they grow up so quickly. Naturally, recording those first few days entering this world is something you want, but how do you go about finding a photographer? How do you prepare for a Portrait Session with your newborn & family when the last thing you feel yourself, is pretty? Many of you have found this post because you are trying to find answers to some of the common and not so common questions you may have about your Newborn Picture needs. Here is some useful information that will hopefully answer most of your questions when you are considering hiring a photographer!

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Newborn Photography Sessions should be scheduled within the first 10 days of life. There are several reasons for this, so it’s important that unless you have unplanned circumstances involving the baby’s health that you schedule your Newborn Photos within that 10 day window. Newborn Sessions can be done after 10 days but many photographers may decline booking a Session after those 10 days, so if this is a possibility, you should definitely ask your photographer what their policy is.

Typically, there are two options for the actual photos. One option is a Studio Session where your baby will be posed. You can travel to a studio or many photographers will come to you and setup everything in your home. Babies are usually placed in an arranged setup that more often than not include a basket of some kind. You will also get shots of them posed on pillows. They may be wrapped or naked, but usually both. (Think Anne Geddes). The next option you have is a Lifestyle Session. This will be a Session held in your home and will include your family interacting with your new baby. 

One of the biggest concerns I hear from new Mama’s is that they are worried about someone coming over after their newborn has just come home and while their home is a mess and they aren’t feeling confident or pretty. If that is something that has crossed your mind, I want you to know that your photographer is not judging you. We have all been there and guess what? You just had a baby! You literally pushed a new human being into this world a few days ago. You are going to be tired, sleep deprived, you may have not even had a shower in days, your home might even smell like days-old trash! I promise you, these things are nothing to stress over and totally normal. No one expects you to be Super Woman at all times! No respectable photographer is going to go around telling stories about your messy home. You should be proud of your family and feel beautiful because I promise, you are beautiful, and you’re the only one that may not see that right now. Years down the road you will be so grateful you stopped worrying and took the photos.

Some photographers offer Portrait Packages that include Newborn Sessions. They may also offer Fresh 48 Sessions and Maternity Photography

Here are a few photos from a recent Newborn Photography Session here in San Diego in my preferred method - Lifestyle Photography!

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Details and skin imperfections can be fixed in Photoshop or be kept natural with minimal fixes to preserve the authentic story. One of my favorite things about Lifestyle Sessions is that they are raw and authentic. It portrays your family as you are and in a way that shows your love and careful attention to your new baby.

If you have any additional questions you would like to ask, leave them in the comment section below! 

“Feel Beautiful” Portrait Session

San Diego Portrait Photographer

Portrait Session in San Diego

I am writing today because I want to share a little secret with everyone. You are beautiful. Yes, you. We may not always feel like we are, but we are a dang miracle of beauty. For all of you adults out there, think about a newborn baby, (maybe even your baby) and how precious each little finger and toe is. Each part made up of tiny cells of carbon-based molecules. - those smiles, and those cute little sounds they make. *Sigh*. Then we grow up and our idea of beautiful changes, as does our bodies and skin, but here’s the secret, “We are still beautiful”.

Feeling beautiful can be quite a Journey for some and relatively easy for others. No matter where you are in life, there is something special about being pampered with a makeover, styling, and a having a fun day - just celebrating the beautiful, you.

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Here are a few photos from a recent Feel Beautiful Portrait Session. We decided on a new location in the San Diego Area as I am constantly on the lookout for something different and inspiring. We settled at a Park just East of Del Mar and La Jolla. It was beautiful and green due to the recent rains. It still had a bit of a Fall look though -we are after all still in the desert. I am working on some Portrait and Engagement Sessions around San Diego in the mountains and at the beach that I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks but for now, here are some beautiful pictures to look at. 

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It turned out to be the perfect Valentines Day Gift! And a special thank you to @trace_sea for letting me share some of her beautiful pictures to hopefully inspire you to let go and find yourself in your own Portrait Session!

It turned out to be the perfect Valentines Day Gift! And a special thank you to @trace_sea for letting me share some of her beautiful pictures to hopefully inspire you to let go and find yourself in your own Portrait Session!

If you could have a portrait session anywhere, where would it be? Tell me in the comments tab!

*Please keep in mind that all photos are copyrighted and need proper attributions for any sharing.*

San Diego Wedding

San Diego Wedding Photographer

Recently, I was overjoyed to have been found by a wonderful couple from out of town. I knew as soon as I heard their voices over the phone that they would be awesome to work with! Destination Weddings are becoming more and more popular, especially here in San Diego and Southern California. For several years, soon-to-be newlyweds have been upping the game. Elopements are taking couples and wedding photographers to new locations and requiring adventurous journeys to get there.

The first time we met we both traveled to Palm Springs where we took beautiful engagement photos. A few months later, their wedding brought us back to the same location! Palm Springs is such an amazing place to be married and capture both engagement and wedding photos. Within a small area, you have desert, sand dunes, mountains, and meadows.

We started at a wonderful venue in a Catholic Church that was extremely accommodating. From there, I piled on some warm clothes, grabbed the Photography Permit for the top of Mt. San Jacinto and we headed towards the Aerial Tramway. We had quite a bit of snow and the largest crowd ever to deal with so we only managed to grab a few photos in our time frame, but I will say, they were perfection and I can’t wait to get back to the mountain! Here are some photos from their wonderful, blessed day!

...and as you’ll learn, I’m definitely obsessed with wedding cake! Tell me your favorite kind of cake in the comments section!? Mine is this vanilla soaked cake from Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas!

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San Diego Dance Portraits

San Diego Portrait Photographer

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a beautiful young woman who wasn’t afraid to be herself and revisit a part of her childhood that she hadn’t visited in years. This is exactly what I want for my “Feel Beautiful” Portrait Sessions. I was determined to do something different for this Portrait Session and rather than have a typical portrait session for dancers on the beach here in San Diego, I wanted a unique location that required a bit of a travel journey and could provide a gorgeous backdrop! Styling was fairly simple as Valentine’s Day was coming up and since it involved ballet, a tutu of some sort seemed mandatory. Hair and makeup was natural and easy to accomplish. Here are a few dance pictures from the afternoon.

Initially, I had a vision of a beautiful mountaintop location with peaks and an amazing sunset in the background but after walking upon this field I knew that a hike to the top wasn’t going to be needed. When i first saw this field, I knew the dead bushes and grass would be a fascinating paradox to a beautiful, bold, and lively ballerina. The brown tones were the backdrop that I knew would enhance her outfit and not distract from her beautiful ballet moves. I was lucky enough to be able to use this location just northeast of San Diego in Poway, California. 

It was amazing that she hadn’t practiced or done any of these ballet moves in quite sometime and yet she managed to look like a pro and reconnect with that part of her past. It was so inspiring to see and imagine this grown young woman as a child dancing around on a stage with all the confidence and strength a young girl can have.

 

What other locations would you like to see me take ballet portraits at? 

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MAKEUP Tips To Be Photo Ready

Makeup Tips From a Photographer

With so many Youtube Tutorials these days, many are opting to do their own makeup for their Photography Session. For some, hair and makeup can be easy. While for others, you may be currently suffering from anxiety at even the thought of this kind of responsibility. The following lists and advice will help you to be photo ready for any Type of Photography Session.

For your typical Portrait, Wedding, Family, or Engagement Session, you will want to have a natural look. Save the glitter, gloss, and special colors for Fashion Sessions. Even a smoky eye can be a bit too much for most Portrait Sessions, however, your photographer is there to help advise you. Here are a few tips that I wanted to share to help put you at ease to do your own makeup or make the decision to hire a MakeUp Artist, aka MUA. 

First of all, I’ll begin with the biggest things that could go wrong and how you can avoid it:

1. Your Foundation doesn’t match your skin color. This can be easily discovered by asking a friend. Have your friend take a look outside in the daylight. If you need advanced help, go into a friendly place like Sephora or MAC and ask for their advice. You can even get a foundation sample to make sure you like it. If you decide to hire an experienced MUA they will be able to match your skin perfectly but this is also something that you may be already doing well or can easily fix with a little effort.

2. Not being prepared for Flash Photography. When your photographer may be using artificial light, there are a couple things that you want to be prepared for. Avoid using light reflecting products such as SPF products, including moisturizers, highlighters, and other products with glitter. These products reflect light and in the case of using moisturizer and foundations with SPF, it can and will make your face appear shades lighter than the rest of your body. 

3. Contouring. Kim Kardashian made this famous for a reason. It does make you look better in photos. When done properly, this will definitely enhance your natural beauty and the look of your photos. If you don’t feel comfortable with this technique, there are many tutorials on YouTube that will assist you in the technique that best fits your face shape. There isn’t a particular way for this to particularly go wrong when it comes to editing, post-session, except when it isn’t applied to enhance your natural features properly. If you need one-on-one help with this, there are free makeup lessons available at Sephora on contouring. You can also get makeup lessons from MakeUp Artists, if you would like to learn how to do this for the long-term. 

Now that you know a few of the most important things to be aware of, let’s discuss general information and options to have your makeup perfect for your typical photography session.  

1. Your makeup should be HEAVY. Natural but HEAVY. If you think it’s heavy enough, it’s probably not. Despite, popular belief, it takes a lot of time post-session to Photoshop out imperfections on your skin. One single photo can typically take up to an hour. So, to have your makeup heavy (thick) is actually at the top of my list of importance. Think about how heavy makeup is on stage for plays or on TV sets. *Keep it natural but heavy*

2. Bold lips. If you decide on a bold lip and you should definitely bring this up to your photographer, make sure that it is lined perfectly. If it doesn’t have a sharp edge, it will be noticeable in your pictures.  

3. Have your makeup fit your wardrobe. If you have a bold wardrobe then you’ll want a more simple look and the same goes for a bold makeup look. You’ll want a wardrobe that fits and doesn’t look like it was “too much”.  

When you break it down, these tips are actually pretty easy to follow but are also important so that you have the best results during your Portrait Session. If this seems to be too much for you and you have the budget to hire a MUA, then you have a couple options for that as well.

1. Ask your photographer for recommendations. Typically an experienced photographer knows how to spot an experienced MUA and can provide you the best options for your particular style and the style of your Session.  

2. You can book a MakeUp Artist at a department store, Sephora, or MAC. This will give you free options as well as options for free with a makeup purchase.

3. Book a Makeup Artist from a Salon or a Freelance Artist. They may do hair as well or work closely with someone who does.  

4. Your photographer may include the service with certain sessions, so make sure to ask.  

Well, there you have it! These are the biggest makeup tips that I think you should consider before your Session. If you have ever booked a Photography Session with me here in San Diego or Las Vegas, then you will have received my Style Guide which outlines all of these tips and more. In all honesty, you can roll out of bed with no makeup and hair and I can still make you look good, so don’t stress over this. When I began in the fashion industry, hours and hours were invested into photo shoots before the camera was even turned on. Now, while your Session isn’t quite as involved as a huge marketing campaign, the more effort you put into your shoot, the better the outcome!

 

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How To: Best Wedding Photos

Wedding Photo Tips From A Photographer

Yesterday, I was on the search for a specific photo in my archives. As I was navigating through my hard drive (I need to seriously clean it up btw), I couldn’t help but go through and see some of my photos that I took at a lovely wedding from almost a year ago.

As with most weddings, there’s usually one person in the wedding party that just can’t seem to keep their eyes open or look at the camera while everyone else is, despite all of the photographer tricks you pull out. This wedding in particular, happened to have a particular bridesmaid that was literally off in la la land the entire time (take me with you next time please). As I’m scrolling through each, one (forehead smack) by one (forehead smack) by one (ow that hurt) I realize that she literally has zero clue where to look. I understand that this can be quite confusing to people - as a photographer is getting the important photos, so is everyone else, which can lead to confusion. That’s when I decided I should write a post about how to up your Wedding Photo Game. Wedding pictures aren’t just for the bride (mostly though), but their wedding party and guests should be to create some great photos for them and look good while doing it (:

Here’s a list of tips to be the raddest wedding guest or wedding party member and to get the best photos possible throughout the day: 

1. I know it’s all about the bride, but make sure your outfit, makeup, and hair look great. It’s not everyday you get all dressed up and have a professional photographer around. Take advantage of it -and also, it’s fun!

2. If you can, try to get some decent video for the bride and groom so that they can share it right away on social media. Having some snaps and stories to see of themselves the next morning is half the fun! (Make sure they look good before you post!) The official camera crew has their hands full with the expensive cameras that yield the best results, so don’t be afraid to get some epic footage to send to the Couple right away!

3. When the photographer is in front of you snapping photos, give them your best looks that you’ve been practicing with all those selfies you’ve been taking. Practicing in the mirror (guilty here) is nothing to be ashamed of. Turning an ordinary moment into a fashion shoot is never looked down upon by a photographer - We love it! and you’re going to love the results!

4. If it’s super important for Uncle Joe -the designated family photographer (you know who I’m talking about) to get a photo with everyone looking at his camera, he will say “hold up” whenever the photographer finishes up, so don’t worry too much about it and focus on the expensive camera for the first few moments and then someone will let you know when to turn to Uncle Joe.

5. Sip at the open bar. If you want to go full on Burning Man, wait until after the newly-wedded couples first dance. Buzzed eyes will definitely show in photos and you’ll want to look your best for the bulk of the formal photos. So, wait to go heavy on the booze until later in the night!

6. Last but not least, don’t be afraid to go big when the photographer is around. You won’t look like an idiot taking the electric slide to the next level, you will look like you were having fun! Epic shots show how much fun everyone had during the reception. Don’t worry about what other people might think. As long as you’re not photo-bombing every single picture, just go for it!

Well, there you have it. These are a few of my best tips on how to be an awesome wedding guest! If you have any more thoughts or tips from a wedding you’ve attended, leave them in the comments section!

Best Photography Locations in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Photography Locations

I put together a short video of beautiful photography locations in San Diego’s Amazing Balboa Park. There are several factors to consider when scheduling an Engagement or Family Portrait Session there, so re-moisten those contacts and start the video. afterwards, read on to learn more about it!

(Shot entirely on my iPhone 6S)

I wanted to share this with my clients and friends in order to help you make a better decision when considering locations throughout San Diego, as visuals are A much better way to showcase its’ beauty.

I happened to visit the park on one of the very few days of rain here in San Diego in 2018. It was actually nice because I was able to get some great footage without having to worry about the bustle of the Popular “December Nights” that lead up to Christmas.

There are a few locations that I was not able to get to this particular day but I will add them soon as I can! There is a wonderful cactus garden that is absolutely amazing and some off-the-beaten-path trails that are spectacular. There are plenty of open grassy areas with pepper trees and the San Diego Zoo is just a short walk away. The locations featured in the video are easily accessible to everyone. The Japanese Friendship Garden requires a $12 entrance fee (General Adult Admission) and a $50 photography fee. This fee is used to help maintain the gardens and should definitely be considered when deciding on a location.

I hope this has helped you to make a decision and if you have any favorite areas around San Diego or Southern California, let me know by sharing it in the comments and I will work on making a video!