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San Diego Family Photography {Moorjani Sneak Peek}

My heart does summersaults when I get to photograph the same sweet families over the years! I love seeing the kiddos grow up and building friendships with the family! The Moorjani’s are exactly that kind of family! ❤

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This gorgeous crew has been so much fun, at every single session we’ve had! We’ve been to the beach, to Old Poway Park, and now to Little Italy!

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The textures, backgrounds and colors in the urban landscape make my photographer heart quite happy! And I know the Moorjani’s loved it too! They are one of the most creative families I know – that’s one of the ways we first connected years ago! Mrs. M’s creativity is apparent in the companies she’s helped create, shape and grow: Rock Paper Steamers, specializing in party planning and DIY workshops; and Coach Hill Drive, making beautiful custom pieces using vinyl. Do yourself a favor, and check them out!

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I love what we captured and hope the Moorjani family enjoyed our time together!

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To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your next photo session!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

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San Diego Family Photography {Manning Sneak Peek}

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Holidays and celebrations are such a wonderful time for family to come together and I’m always thrilled when families reach out to schedule photo sessions to capture those special times! Especially nowadays, where families are spread out in various states, or even across various countries, it’s so nice to capture the love and memories when they’re together!

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That was exactly what we did when the Manning family met me in Little Italy for a fantastic photo session! This gorgeous family was so much fun to work with and spend an afternoon with. The giggles, love and bonds were truly awesome! And I’m so glad we made it happen…they were contemplating heading to a department store studio, but there’s no way they would’ve gotten these kind of family photographs there!

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I think I truly would’ve loved spending even more time with them… if only their early Christmas dinner wasn’t waiting for them in the oven! I hope they enjoyed the experience and love the images we captured – I think it truly reflects this fierce and fabulous family!

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We had so much fun walking around and exploring Little Italy, and there were so many fantastic spots for backgrounds, and they’re all so gorgeous, it was seriously nearly impossible to get a bad shot! They’re all stunning and I couldn’t help but love so many shots! Can you blame me?!

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Thanks for a lovely afternoon, Manning family! Hope you enjoyed our time together and had a lovely Christmas celebration!

To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your 2017 photo session!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

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San Diego Family Photography {Tosca Sneak Peek}

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Meet the Tosca family! Capturing the love, beauty, joy, laughter and absolute sweetness of this family was such a joy!

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the Tosca’s when our kiddos were in kindergarten together. Our girls became sweet friends, and although we were bummed they moved away, we’ve still kept in touch through Facebook, of course! I was absolutely tickled pink when we set up our first photo session last year and I’ve absolutely loved being able to capture so much love again this year!

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These kids, well really, the whole family, is so gorgeous and photogenic, that they truly made my job beyond delightful! We had a blast in Little Italy and I love how the colors, both in their outfits, and in the urban landscape, came together so beautifully!

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I truly had a fabulous time with the Tosca’s and hope they loved it too! To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your photo session!

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San Diego Family Photography {Islas-Pruitt Sneak Peek}

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Meet the Islas-Pruitt family! Many times I’ve said how much I love photographing families year after year, and this gorgeous family is definitely one of the reasons my heart feels full and thankful for our annual sessions! We’ve had so much fun over the years at Balboa Park and Old Poway Park, and this year was no exception!

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We headed to Little Italy, an urban area of San Diego, that I’ve loved visiting for amazing meals at many of the delicious restaurants, but I had never photographed there. Well, technically I have done a couple of fun Street Photography outings here and here, but not family photos 😀

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Talk about falling in love! The colors, the textures, the light…it was magical! And the little cutie did not disappoint with her sweet and sassy personality! I’m so blessed to get to capture these times and memories for families ❤  I loved spending time with the Islas-Pruitt family and hope they enjoyed our session as much as I did!

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To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your 2016 photo session!

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10 on 10 – July // Street Photography

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We just finished tackling the most challenging exercises I’ve been faced with in the Practice class with Katrina Kennedy at CY365… Street Photography! I love photographing at farmer’s market’s and street fairs, so I thought the four exercises in Street Photography would be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong!

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As challenging (in a good way, of course!) as the assignments were, I definitely enjoyed pushing beyond my comfort zone. I really hoped to nail the street portrait and was channeling my “Humans of New York” inspiration as much as possible, but let’s just say I’ll leave that niche of photography to the street photography pros like Brandon Stanton 🙂

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Do you enjoy street photography? Any tips you’d like to share that help you when capturing a good street portrait? I learned lots and would like to share my takeaway from the pedi-cab shots…

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Photo Tip: Engage with your subject – chat with them, give a little direction and be grateful for their assistance! Even if there’s a language barrier, use body language and your hands to drive the communication! {click to tweet!}

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share these street photos from my outing in Little Italy and the Embarcadero! You may have come to me from Megan Wright as part of the 10 on 10 circle, but even if you didn’t come from Megan’s blog, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – her images are always gorgeous and inspiring, and her blog is full of great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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Little Italy Mercato {Photo Fridays}

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I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t frequent local farmer’s markets nearly as often as I should. When I do make the time, I love being there. The fresh produce, the fresh air, the fresh faces; it’s all so fresh : ) And I haven’t even begun to point out the amazing hand-crafted goodies that local artisans create. Knits, jewelry, hair accessories, cheeses, breads, art – all this and so much more to love.

2013-02-09_9689_webAs part of the Environmental Portraiture class I took, we went on a couple of field trips. One was to Balboa Park, which I blogged about here. The other was to Little Italy Mercato, a wonderful weekly farmer’s market in a historic part of San Diego that underwent a huge and successful revitalization.

2013-02-09_9694_webOur assignment was to submit four portraits from the Mercato. Not surprising, I went a little overboard! Honestly, I was a bit nervous about this assignment, as I would never consider myself a “street photographer”. Everyone was really friendly, so that made it a much easier task. As such, I’d love to share my top three tips to help you next time you’re our getting photos in an open market area.

2013-02-09_9732_web1. Chat with your subject!
I had a great time walking through the market, checking out the merchant’s goods and chatting with them about their items. They were so friendly and really open. Before photographing them, I asked their permission, and I was lucky enough that all but one obliged. I guess we all have a bad day now and then when we really just don’t want our photo taken : )

2013-02-09_9837_webBesides asking if I could take their photo, I would ask them about the merchandise. If they crafted it, grew it, made it, what it was made from, etc. When you get someone to talk about themselves, especially something they love / made / have pride in, it really brings out natural, genuine smiles or expressions.

2013-02-09_9956_web2. Include merchandise!
Most of these photos have the merchandiser’s goods in the photo, particularly in the foreground. I used a really wide aperture (f/2.8 to f/3.5) on all of these photos, and adjusted my focal point to get a sharp focus on their eyes. Including the merchandise, and background components, really fills in the pieces and completes the story. Remember that old saying – a photo worth a thousand words? All those items you include help get you closer to that many words!

2013-02-09_9812_web3. Adjust your focal point
Most DSLRs have the capability to adjust your focal point – you know those little red dots that light up when you look through your view finder and you’re just about to snap that photo? Pull out your camera manual and find out how you can change that point. I adjust it for every different setting/composition when shooting portraits. You set your focal point and you gain so much more control on your photos! Whether you choose the eyes, the hands, the products – whatever it is, you’re now determining where your viewer’s eyes go.

2013-02-09_9709_webHope these tips help you on your next photo adventure!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
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PS. I just had to include these two cuties who were performing at the farmer’s market. Aren’t they just way too stinkin’ cute?! Total artisans, too. All their tips go to music lessons. Love it!

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