Chantung 1st birthday

Another little monkey just turned 1 this month!  You might recognize this family from their gorgeous wedding and newborn images that I have done in the past years.  I love photographing couples’ weddings and then watching their family start and grow!

We had another ridiculously fun and lovely session with this little cherub with the many faces.  I just love love love all of her expressions!  Alana had so much fun playing with rocks, running around the park, and smashing her cupcake for us!  Dad pulled out his smart phone halfway through the session to show us how Alana LOVES to rock out to her favorite song “What I am” by Will I Am – Sesame Street (click the link! It is so catchy!). And how adorable is that pink teddy bear she was dancing with?

Happy First Birthday Alana!


What a fun, lively family this is!  Mom called me letting me know she needed a session right away because they were moving (after the session) to Oregon!  They made the big move to be closer to family, and although they said they would miss the beach I’m sure these boys are going to keep their relatives in stitches!  I’ve been getting a lot of monkeys lately, and these two were no exception :)

We did a lot of running around, jumping, climbing, splashing, and smiling with this session.  Thank you Klein family for the fun session! I really enjoyed meeting your two little monkeys and hope your move went well.  Enjoy!

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Vanetsky Family | San Diego Portrait Photographer

Meet the Vanetskys!

Marsha is a dear friend of mine from our biotech days at Amgen, and though we are practically neighbors in San Diego, I still don’t see her and her husband that often because of all their exotic traveling.We set out for a local golf course when her whole family was in town, and had a fun time driving golf carts around from spot to spot that evening!

I have photographed her grandson Sam, when I first started my business, as a 2-year-old who ran around a playground dodging eye contact. Now he is a grown up pro in front of the camera, and I almost didn’t recognize him! His younger brother, Max, brought back all the memories of that day in the playground, though. His dad had to be on Max chasing duty from the get-go, that little monkey!  With one son’s family from Albuquerque, Marsha’s gracious daughter Aly, and younger brother Jacob keeping us all laughing, I felt totally honored to be covered in Vanetsky charm!

It was such a pleasure meeting the whole clan finally!


Collins Family | San Diego Family Photographer

What fun!!  I knew this would be a great session when I saw these kiddos  jumping up and down on the beach wall waving to me at the start of their session.  (I think dad might have been doing the same-haha!)  My favorite sessions are non traditional. So when they told me that they wanted more candids and a few of the traditional poses thrown in, my heart soared!

Mom mentioned that there is just something about a little girl in a beautful dress on the beach – she was so right!  I think she saw that I was in love with little Jolie dancing around trying not to get her dress wet.

Zane was at the age where certain things were just not cool . . . I think smiling at the camera “might” be one of those things.  But with smart parents like these, they knew Zane . . . they prompted me with his love for soccer, flip flops, and his laid back style that just made HIM cool.

And lovely Erin – she started out posing fiercely for me.  But I think I love her natural poses and reactions to her silly brother even more!

Such a warm and friendly family!! I had a great time meeting all of you and enjoying your carefree attitude with your session.  Enjoy your sneak peek, Collins family!