• Gina & Adam + Route + Kezzie

    Gina contacted me recently and asked me to take photos of her, her boyfriend and their two dogs. Sometimes I am skeptical of bringing pets to a photo shoot, because you never know what they are going to do, and a lot of pets are not so well-behaved. But, I was really impressed by how awesome these puppies were! Route and Kezzie were both named by Adam after some members of a couple of heavy rock bands he follows. Boys are funny, but I mean, those are great dog names, right?

    Anyway, what a great photo session! All four of these guys were really mellow and up for anything. 

    I asked them to place their beloved pets upon their shoulders and walk to the edge of a cliff, and they were like, "Sweet, no problem."

    I said, "Hey guys, this would be really cool to climb down." They were like, "No problem."

    I asked them to jump off of things. After a lot of laughter, I got a "No problem!"

    Gina and Adam, thanks for not looking at me like I was out of my mind when I asked you to do crazy things like a rocker stance at the top of a hill. HA!

    If you are wondering just why Gina is standing this way, it's because she's wearing her friend's band's T-shirt, and she wanted a few photos in it to show her groupiness. If that is not a word, it is now. Oh! And Gina, I checked out your friend's band (Pleasure Fix). Girls rocking out with loud instruments? AWE-some!

    Seriously guys, this was one of my favorite photo sessions of all time. Thank you for being so flexible and awesome. When you finally get engaged, you know who to call. *hint hint!

  • Marissa & Leota + Casey + Even

    And the cutest family award goes to..... these guys. Ok, ok, I think a lot of families are cute. So what? I can do what I want; this is my blog. Anyway, this is Marissa & Leota and their twin boys, Casey and Even. These moms have been together for seven years. 

    Obviously, they all like to skateboard. "A family that skates together, stays together," I always say...starting just now. 

    Anyway, more photos:

    They were all in San Diego on an annual vacation, by the way... all the way from Las Vegas. 

    The boys are both five and not very shy. I thought about stealing Casey, but since Marissa is a cop, I thought it would be better to leave him alone. I've never been arrested before, but I imagine it would happen if I decided to kidnap.

    Ladies, it was my pleasure taking your family photos. I wish your family prosperity and happiness. Thanks for putting up with my crazy ideas and letting me interupt the last day of your vacation.

  • Edith

    Edith

    Meet my friend, Edith. She is probably the most spirited individual I have ever met. She's got the best sense of humor, coupled with a thick Mexican accent, since she was raised partly in Tijuana. The first time I hung out with Edith, she took me to her friend's mother's piñata store in downtown San Diego, where she raided the baskets of candy and insisted we try the spicy, crunchy chains dipped in an even spicier sauce. Who else would go for the "spicy" in a candy store? Probably just Edith. 

    She then discovered/insisted I had never had a "real" taco, which she swore could only be bought in Mexico and on the street corner in her part of town. So, as a result, we went to the taco cart and proceeded to try "real" tacos. I ate chitlins (chitterlings: pig instestines) that day, something I had always managed to avoid while I was living in the South. To be honest, they weren't half bad.

    I ran into her yesterday, and she looked like she had just crashed a 90s party, so of course I insisted she let me take photos of her. She was not a fan of being photographed, but I think the photos ended up really capturing her sarcastic and feisty personality. Yeah, I said feisty... so what?

  • Divya & Anish + baby bump

    Divya & Anish + baby bump

    Take the cutest couple you have ever met, and think about that... Divya and Anish are THAT cute couple, times 10! Oh, and it's a boy in there in case you are wondering. But before you ask, they have not yet picked a name. I love mysteries. Well, most mysteries. Not like mystery meat or anything weird like that.

    ANYWAY...

    These two carried a magical vibe throughout their entire photo session in Balboa Park. Either they are just two really happy people, or I am just that ridiculous, because I feel like they never stopped laughing. Well, whatever the cause of the laughter, it made the photos AWE-some!

    I told you they smiled the whole time. =)

    Divya will be such an awesome mom. I have a sixth sense about these things.

    Ok, serious question: Why do pregnant people glow?

  • Kelley & Tony + Claire

    Kelley & Tony + Claire

    This baby! This family! I have NEVER met such a chill new mom and dad. Kelley and Tony were so patient and up for anything, and little Claire was so happy and full of smiles during our shoot at Sunset Cliffs. I really enjoyed this photo session, capturing Claire's one-year-old character.

    Also, they brought Props! Any photographer will tell you props make the shoot way smooth (like butter). Compliments to Kelley for all of her creative ideas. I am in LOVE with these images.

    This little girl LOVES sand. If I had to guess, I would say she ate a small amount during the shoot, along with a couple of flowers. She is eating a flower here. Flower Power!

    Tony is standing behind me in this shot singing to Claire to get her attention. I attempted to sing to her also. It turns out, he is a better singer than I am.

    Doesn't this scream Love?! And corn (those are corn stalks behind them), if you want to get all literal on me.

    After a few more shots on top of the cliffs, we drove to Ocean Beach for our last silhouette photo.

    A sweet family at sunset with surfers' silhouettes in the sea. I know, I know, I'm poetic.

  • Andrea & Monty + Jacob + Matthew + Alexess + Lucas

    Andrea & Monty + Jacob + Matthew + Alexess + Lucas

    It is my personal opinion that the BIGGER the family, the happier the family. My theory has been a pretty good one so far. Take this family of six, for example. Don't they look SO happy? It might be because that wave, just moments ago, sneak-attacked them, but who am I to say?

    These guys are from Idaho! I have not been there yet, but now I officially have a place to stay when I visit one day. Score!

    Above: These boys look way fierce, right?

    Below: Commencing fierce face melt. And, go.

    Four kids later, Monty and Andrea are still in love. Ah!

    He was hesistant to let me see his teeth. Then, he just dove in and big cheesed. I'm glad, because this is my favorite photo.

    And then, this happened. Melt my heart guys, geez.

    We decided to do the classic "jump shot" before we finished up. I have never seen anyone, much less six people, jump so high simultaneously. Mind blown.

    Seriously guys, big families are tough to photograph. Thanks for making it easy and fun.

  • 4th of July!

    4th of July!

    My favorite holiday. I did not really make plans for Independence Day. Instead, I people-watched, sun-bathed, grilled-out, and experimented with fireworks (night) photography. 

  • OB Pier

    OB Pier

    I have been frequenting different surf spots around San Diego. The OB Pier seems to be one of the most popular spots, so it is usually pretty crowded with wave-snatchers. Today, it was a great place to surf, but I wouldn't say it is one of the best surfing spots. Call me a snob.

  • Surf's Up?

    Surf's Up?

    Surfing is so fun!

    Yeah, so I don't know how to surf...yet. But, I took a few photos yesterday of some guys who do. They were competing in the Pi Beta Phi Surf Classic, which raises money for First Book, a literacy program. Right on!

  • Waves of Silhouettes

    Waves of Silhouettes

    How can a place be so beautiful? Living in San Diego so far has been a bit of an uphill battle (and that's a long story, and the story is not even really over, so I will blog about that in the future). But anyway, while I am having this uphill battle, the view is just great. It is breathtaking.

    I am amazed on the daily by how captivating this place is. My former favorite place to explore was Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, but now, after having spent some time in Windensea in La Jolla, I just cannot decide. Windensea is a somewhat secluded beach in San Diego with sandy spots for lying in the sun, but also with a rocky coastline. There are stairs built into the hills that lead you down to the giant rocks lining the Pacific. It is a great surf spot for the more advanced bros, and it is an awesome place to go when you are trying to ditch the San Diego beach crowd. 

    Yesterday, I took this shot with my iPhone of a bunch of teenage girls jumping into a dangerous spot next to where Rome and I were sunbathing. I took several images, and then I spotted these two little boys helping each other climb up some nearby structures.

    Not to toot my own horn, but this is one of the best photos I believe I have ever taken.