Balboa Park Family Photos

We’ve taken photos together for years now, and the outcome is always fresh and new. I love these crazy kids.

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A CURE FOR A CASE OF THE MONDAYS

If you’re having a case of the Mondays, and these kids don’t brighten your day, you may have more than a case of the Mondays.

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NORTH PARK FAMILY PHOTOS

What could be better for any photographer than non-stop smiling and little kids who like the camera? This family was a blast, and proof that all you need are some colorful alleyways and a good sunset doesn’t hurt either. Thanks for the good times and willingness to have shoes full of dirt for the sake of the shot.

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WEBSITE PHOTO SHOOT

I’m so very proud of my stalwart friend, Leeana. She’s currently in the final stretch of delivering her second book, Breathing Room (pre-order it from Powell’s Books here), and she asked if I would help her build a new website. As some of you may know, I’m not so much a “web designer”, but I know enough to get myself in trouble, and I can figure out just about anything if I put my mind to it (minus advanced math and rolling my R’s). Commence: web design career! We did a photo shoot early on in the process because she wanted the site to be very image driven, so below is a glimpse of our shoot, including family and head shot images. Obviously Leeana is gorgeous, so the photography part was pretty easy. With plans to add more bells and whistles over time, I’m pretty happy with the “final” product, which you can check out here.

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Solem Family

Let’s be honest: even when you’re taking multigenerational photos of a big family, the little kid is always going to steal the show. I had so much fun with this crew and we learned a valuable photo session lesson when it was all said and done: start, not end, with the craft beer.

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WISLEY PHOTO EXTRAVAGANZA

These crazy people are some of my favorite crazy people to have in front of my camera. We decided to risk photos on what was probably the rainiest day of the year so far (it’s San Diego, so it was what Portlanders call a “light mist”). Our photo journey took us from the living room, to the outdoors, where said rain eventually got the best of us, and then to the photo booth, where even their larger than life cat made an appearance.

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CUTE BABY ALERT!

If you have any weakness toward cute mini-humans, prepare to be swooned. I always thought I was immune to such antics, but during our entire session I found myself talking like one might talk to a cute puppy, or in this case, an overly-cute baby. I mean, come on with all the smiling and laughing! Thank you to Jake and Cristy for creating such cute offspring, and for allowing me to capture it on film last weekend.

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TRIPLE FAMILY FUN

Ten people. All on time. Über cooperative. Cute beyond words. Double rainbow.

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HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTO SESSIONS

This was the year of making it look like none of us live in San Diego: to the woods! Here are a few more of my favorites from some really fun family shoots done in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego recently.

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HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

These are a few of my favorites from some of the holiday mini-sessions I did recently. You might almost believe we’re not in San Diego by the sweet-baby-Jesus-autumnal backdrop Mission Trails provided.

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SOUTH PARK FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT

For three years now I’ve been able to get these little hams in front of my camera, and (shhh, this is my little secret) not much effort on my part aside from needing to know how to work a camera and tell kids where to stand in the bushes. :)  See them in progression here and here.

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Autumnal Greetings

A little snippet from last weekend where seven, yes SEVEN, photo shoots went down.

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BABY NASH FAMILY PHOTOS

If one was to say that they had ever seen a happier baby than Nash, THEY WOULD BE LYING. This is no surprise knowing the parents from which he was birthed. Through thick and thin, Kelly and Cam have been there for me, providing personalized encouragement, dinners, a shared birthday/wedding anniversary, cards for overseas trips, IT support, rides to the mountain, home brew beer . . . you name it, the Perrys have been there. This little guy will be ever-so-lucky to grow up under the same roof as these two [grown] crazy kids.

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TANKERSLEY – MILLER FAMILIES

Over five years ago, Leeana leaned over to me as we were doing pull ups (it was most likely the last time I had anything to do with real pull ups) and said in an emphatic whisper, “I’m pregnant! WITH TWINS.” During the last five years, I’ve gone from scooping the arsenal of avocado and sausage off the floor during Luke and Lane’s infancy, to witnessing an overseas move to Bahrain, to hearing of a new addition to the family, to getting the entire family in front of the camera once again after a move home. For Leeana’s mom’s (respectively: Melinda’s, or Moach’s) birthday we got all her kids, and the grandkids, together for some fun photos. And here you go . . .

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BACKYARD PHOTO SHOOT

Taking pictures of people just living their lives is the bestest.

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Children’s Hospital Mural

I’ve had the privilege of doing a number of shoots for Rady Children’s Hospital over the past few years. Each time I feel like I’ve been handed a gift as I am able to step into the intimate parts of these family’s stories, even if for just a brief moment. I can’t fathom the depth of emotion a family walking through these doors is experiencing, but the one thing I notice over and over again is the profound care they receive here. I’ve witnessed it in waiting rooms, surgeries, clinics, hallways, and exam rooms: nurses, doctors, and administration staff giving so much support to its village that I get a little choked up even writing about it.

When I originally took the image to be used for the mural project, I had no idea what the final product would entail. They ended up recreating my image using badge ID photos from every staff and volunteer who works for Rady’s, portraying the model of “it takes a village” or in the case of this image: everyone’s a part of the big picture. It’s humbling to see your work blown up to larger than life proportions, and even more so in an environment such as Children’s. We’re hoping to replace the mural with a new image next spring so check back!

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SAN DIEGO FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT

A fun little family shoot with friends on a weekday morning; it doesn’t get much better than this. Side note: should you find yourself in need of a kicka$$ florist, these two will fit the bill. Not only do they produce cute children, they also create perfect flowers for any occasion. HIRE THEM: Flowers ‘a la Carte!

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RANDOM ACTS OF CUTENESS

This guy. Eat your heart out, ladies (or he may do it for you).

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Brother and Sister.

Only one white backdrop could handle all this cuteness, and yes, this was mostly supposed to be a newborn shoot. Ha!
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BALBOA PARK PHOTO SHOOT

I love finding new spaces in familiar parts of town. Balboa Park has its standards, but if you hike far enough toward a canyon, you’ll find some new backdrops. I’m not sure what it says about me that I get my best pictures in back alleys and forgotten canyons . . .

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