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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.

Lavender Farm

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.

Best Wedding Photography in San Diego

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

Courthouse Wedding in San Diego

San Diego Courthouse Weddings

Courthouse Wedding Photographer

This Small Courthouse Wedding turned into an Intimate Wedding with a few friends and family there to witness the joining of these love birds in holy matrimony! It’s definitely the way to go to celebrate an easy and fun Courthouse Wedding Day in Downtown San Diego!

“All you need is love” is so true! I’m constantly reminded, how important Love truly is, with each and every couple that I have the pleasure to 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 soon-to-be newlyweds met me over coffee and that’s when their story unfolded for the first time. Having been through so much in their lives, they found each other and knew pretty quickly that 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 thing 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). And it definitely doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some beautiful wedding photography to remember your day by. It’s just as special as big wedding with 300 on the guest list! In fact, I believe it’s even the more special because it’s a day that’s literally just about the two of you!

An outdoor wedding 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 Doesn’t compare to the outdoor one, there is no question that crazy weather would be worth it. Your friends and family can stand together and watch the two of you officially start your lives together, the photographer is able to get some beautiful photos, and then you have time to have your first portraits 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:

Wedding Day Photography in San Diego by Heather Broomhall Photography
Wedding Photographer captures bride in San Diego Harbor
Bridal Portraits in San Diego Harbor
Wedding Photographer captures a bouquet in San Diego
Fine Art Wedding Photographer in San Diego

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

Wedding Photography in San Diego
Wedding Photographer captures a couple in San Diego
San Diego Wedding Photographer Fine Art
Civil Wedding in San Diego

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!

Wedding Photography in San Diego
Wedding Photography in San Diego

Here are some beautiful feet haha

Wedding Photographer captures details in San Diego

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

Courthouse Wedding in San Diego
San Diego Courthouse Weddings outdoors
San Diego Courthouse Wedding

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

San Diego Fine Art Photographer Weddings
San Diego Fine Art Photography

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

Fine Art Weddings in San Diego California
Fine Art Weddings in San Diego

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

Fine Art Weddings in San Diego
Fine Art Wedding Photographer in San Diego

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

San Diego Dance Photographer

San Diego Portrait Photographer

Dance Photography Session in San Diego

When I was growing up, all I wanted to do was dance. Ballet was where it was at for me and I spent hours by myself twirling in a dress. At that time, I remember I was three and was sure that I was going to be a Dancer and an Olympic Gymnast. Fast forward a few years and here I am smiling and clicking my camera away as I get to watch dancers with perfect form, perform just for me and my camera.

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 mountain top 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 laid eyes on it, 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? 

With Lots of Love and Good Vibes,

Heather

XOXO

Engagement Photography | San Diego

San Diego Engagement Photographer

Engagement Session

Magic doesn’t even begin to describe this Fairytale Engagement Photography Session. We took in this Sunrise above the cloud line about 45 minutes from Downtown San Diego

 

Let me start from the beginning..

I met the beautiful bride for coffee (mostly for the coffee ;) ) 2 months prior to this Engagement Session. She wanted engagement pictures for Save The Date and her Wedding Website but wasn’t quite ready. She was just at the beginning of her wedding planning journey and the venue had barely been booked. Adding another Photography Session to the experience may seem like a lot but it’s actually way more fun than stressful!

When we planned the Session, I actually already had a vision in mind. I wanted something outdoors in nature and something over the top beautiful. I didn’t want to have a long night of hiking in advance so I wanted something that we could easily drive to. The Groom loves hiking so I knew this outdoor environment would be perfect for everyone as I want Engagement Sessions to reflect the couples personality.

We woke up in the middle of the night to get ready, brew some coffee, hit the dry shampoo, and jump on the road. Luckily it was around 3am when I jumped, (or more like dragged myself to the car half asleep) and since it had been raining for the past two days, there were literally no other cars on the road! I made the drive up the mountain in the fog and complete dark, racing to beat the sunrise. The weather had just passed through earlier that night and we didn’t know it yet, but we were left with the most beautiful cloud coverage and fog.

As a photographer, my main concern was that I hadn’t visited the outdoor locations prior and since it was still dark, I wasn’t really able to plan the exact locations and therefore I couldn’t visually plan each photo out before arriving and meeting the couple. I was somewhat winging it and rushing against the Sunrise which changes by the second -which was an adventure in itself! I am a visual person so I definitely know what I want out of the Session before I start shooting. Sometimes, I have imagined a vague outline of the Portrait Session and sometimes it is extremely specific...honestly it just really depends on the clients’ personalities as some prefer to plan out details and make sure everything they want is captured, and others just leave it entirely up to me. If I think I will get more out of the Session by letting them be themselves, then that’s what I do! It feels so natural to me to not only get some important posed photos that the couple will value but I also want to document your natural raw relationship, so I’m often very go-with-the-flow.

Here are a few of the first photos above the cloud line: 

It turned out to be an amazing Engagement Session and overall the most fun and beautiful experience ever! I did definitely re-learn the value of having some familiarity with the location whenever you are on a time crunch, such as the lighting during sunset or sunrise. In addition to that, if everyone goes into the adventure knowing that you have no plan and are just hiking around looking for rad trees and views, then you will definitely be in the same head space and will be able to capture amazing photos. So that’s definitely something to discuss with your photographer!

 I always recommend Engagement Photos for a few reasons: 

  1. Why not? It’s fun! You will remember this day long after your wedding day and will have photos and albums to sit down to show your children and tell them about mom and dad and how they met! And you will be able to show them that yes, Mom and Dad were once super fun :)

  2. You can trial your makeup, hair, wardrobe, and learn how they work and look being photographed.

  3. It’s fun and getting married is a Journey. This is a great time to have fun with your Fiancé with less pressure as you will have on your Wedding Day.

  4. Many times this is the first Photography Session with your partner and getting comfortable in front of the camera doesn’t happen overnight. If you feel like you need to work on anything before your Wedding Day, this is your chance!

  5. Save The Dates and Wedding Website photos are the best way to announce your beautiful relationship to the world!

  6. For many, your Wedding Day can be stressful and this allows you to be fully present at your session and get those natural lifestyle pictures that truly show your personalities.

  7. It allows you to get comfortable with your photographer and see how your photos turn out!

  8. It lets your photographer learn how to best work with you for future Photography Sessions so that we can make it much easier for you and give you a better experience.

 

Here we moved down the mountain and got right into the cloud line! 

Below the cloud line we were able to capture some wonderful photos with less artistic lighting

I hope reading about this engagement has helped you learn a little more about Engagement Sessions and insights into what your photographer is thinking and how important it is for me to curate your entire experience for an amazing wedding journey. 

The whole day and location was a complete adventure for me and a San Diego engagement that I will always remember!

xoxo

heather