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Family Portrait Photography in San Diego

We had so much fun with this extended Family Portrait Session in La Jolla. We started just before Sunset and finished just as the sun fell below the Horizon. One of my favorite places to take photos and a location that never fails to impress, is La Jolla Scripps Pier. There are so many looks in one location and there’s plenty of room to run around and have a great time!

It’s really important to me to get those great formals you’ll always want on your wall but I love getting as much raw emotion that I can in each shot. There were about a million insanely good photos from this Family Portrait Session but only grabbed a few to show you the spirit of the day.

There is so much love here, I’m truly honored to have been a part of this family’s day!

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San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Portraits in La Jolla
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San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography

This location is great any time of the year. Sunsets are amazing and the lighting can’t be matched but even during midday, plenty of beautiful pictures can be captured! For best natural results, I would definitely suggest Sunset as the best time of day for a Session here at the beach and also inland in San Diego. The great thing about midday though, is that I’m able to go into Photoshop and add some spectacular colors to the sky, so even though the sun won’t be on the horizon, we still get beautiful family portraits for your walls and your family albums.

This incredible family was very open and didn’t have many requirements, so we got the formals out of the way, and the rest of the time the kiddos and adults had a blast running around on the beach and splashing around.

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San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography

If you’re interested in a Family Portrait Session in the Desert, take a look at this link, here.

I hope this La Jolla Family Portrait Session, helps you to see all of the possibilities with natural lighting beginning one hour before Sunset. If needed, flash lighting is always an option but I don’t think anything can compare to these natural images.

Top 5 Family Photography Venues in San Diego

Best San Diego Family Photography Locations

San Diego is home to many beautiful photoshoot locations. There are however, even more incredible options, if you are willing to travel just outside of the city! Here are my top 5 outdoor photography locations (in no particular order) for Family Photography Near San Diego.

 

1. Forever And Always Farm | Located nestled in the hills alongside Murrieta, this wonderful family-owned and operated Farm is an amazing choice for Family Portraits, Intimate Weddings, and small to medium Weddings. They have more than one beautiful backdrop for your I-do’s and the coziest reception area.. that I could live in and be happy forever. In the Spring, hundreds of white roses explode and the lavender field is nothing less than a perfect fairytale. The real bonus here is that they have animals. Real live animals. Alpacas, lambs, and chickens, just waiting to be loved on. Last but not least, the best swing I’ve tested out as an adult sits on the hillside and has a beautiful view of the hills. Foreverandalwaysfarm.com

Forever and Always Farm Murrietta California

2. Keys Creek Lavender Farm | Located a little closer to San Diego in Valley Center is the best lavender farm in Southern California. They also create their own lavender products that you can purchase on site. It is perfect for Family Portraits, tours, workshops, retreats, and events. At sunset, the view is spectacular as the rolling Sierra Nevadas light up the landscape and the view of the valley makes you question your decision to live in the city.

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3. Mission Trails | Located a little inland in San Diego is a beautiful area for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors in the middle of a big city! This location is easily accessed and available for family Portrait sessions and is one of my absolute favorite areas in San Diego.

here you have the options of rolling hills, green and lush protected areas, bridges, canyons, mountain tops, and waterfalls! Depending on your physical fitness level and willingness to get an epic shot, there are several options to fit every family. 

Mission Trails San Diego by Heather Broomhall Photography Copyright 2019

 

4. Carlsbad |  Located a few miles North of San Diego along I-5, is a wonderful city known as Carlsbad. In the Spring, the Flower Fields literally implode with colorful blooms that are perfect for any Family Portrait Session. During the rest of the year, the beach is an excellent location for Family Photos. The mushroom caves are a great location and only require a short hike. 

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are best visited in April and May and as of this year (2019), the permits have risen in costs. To capture a Family Session in this epic garden, you’ll have to request a permit in advance and pay the fee of $400 for your allotted time plus general admission.

Carlsbad Flower Field Photo

 

5. Mt. Laguna | driving East of San Diego you will pass by one of the best photo opportunities in Southern California. Mt. Laguna is spectacular in both the Winter and the Summer. From Spring through Fall you have beautiful views from an elevation of 6300 feet. In the Winter, you have snow that is perfect for snowball fights, weddings and elopements, and family sessions.

Not only do you get excellent views and amazing sunsets, but during the Summer you get to escape the heat of the desert and enjoy yourself in and around Julian, along Sunrise Highway. 

Don’t forget that most of these locations require a permit or booking fee. But that’s okay! I’m here to navigate all of the legalities for you and recommend areas that don’t require permitting as well. Also, all of the photography requirements can be found on their website or by calling them directly.

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i hope this has helped you plan your next Photography Session, whether it’s for Family Portraits, your Engagement Session, or your next Wedding!

For a list of recommended locations inside San Diego, check out this link here.

With lots of love and good vibes,

xoxo

heather

Top Photography Locations | 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 outdoor family and engagement locations in San Diego I would recommend for a Family Portrait Session and some others for an Engagement Photography 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, private and 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 enter and photograph at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

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

Here are some videos of great locations inside Balboa Park.. Video #1 and Video #2 ( Small Cactus Garden).

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.

There are a few more locations that didn’t quite make the top 5 list but are still beautiful and great choices.

If you’re interested in something a bit more unique such as Lavender or Flower fields take a look here.

With lots of love and good vibes,

Heather

XOXO

Family Photography Session

San Diego Family Photographer

Family Portrait Session

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!

What To Wear: San Diego Family Portraits

San Diego Portrait and Family Photographer

Summer + Fall Family Photography

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.

What To Wear Ideas for Mom | San Diego, CA

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 styles can all be mixed and matched and your color pallette can be nearly anything! They shouldn’t be too 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

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.

6. Don't 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.

And last but not least…

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 wear, let's look at coordinating suggestions here.

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I hope this helps with your next Photography Session here in San Diego or anywhere in the heat for that matter!

With lots of love and good vibes,

Heather

XOXO

Outdoor Family Photography | San Diego

San Diego Outdoor Family Photographer

Family Photography in San Diego is best taken advantage of in the beautiful outdoors! 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 great 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 add 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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Lifestyle Child Portrait with two baby lambs in San Diego

The cutest baby boy with rosy little cheeks!

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Baby Lamb at Forever and Always Farm near San Diego
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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!  

 
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!