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San Diego Family Photography

San Diego Beach Family Photographer

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!

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

San Diego Family Photographer at the Beach Photography
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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
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

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.

Engagement Photographer | San Diego

San Diego Outdoor Engagement Photography

LA JOLLA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

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 pictures 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.

With Lots of Love and Good Vibes,

Heather XOXO

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