Maternity Workout Video Cover – San Diego Photographer

Meet Madeline! You may remember her from our last shoot together, for the cover of her workout video: Fitness Roots DVD. She is a total rock-star personal trainer and in a few short weeks, she is going to have a new job…Mommy! She recently shot new footage for a “soon-to-be Mom workout”! We shot the below photo which is going to be used as the cover image of the new workout. (click the image to see it larger and sharper!)

This image was an extra one we shot and it turned out so nice, I figured I’d share :)

Madeline, I had a great time on our shoot! I am so excited to meet the new little one AND spread the work about the new workout video!

La Jolla Engagement Shoot – Amanda & Hans

Meet Amanda and Hans! We took their engagement shots in La Jolla, CA. Click on the photos to see them larger!

These cutie lovebirds hail from Chicago, but are currently living in San Diego.

Their “San Diego” themed wedding is going to be in Chicago, so for their “Save The Date”  they wanted to have some San Diego beach pictures! It was terribly sunny the evening we had their shoot. First we thought it was going to be pouring rain, and suddenly there was not a cloud in the sky. So first, we headed for some shade.

Their future’s so bright, they had to wear shades! One of my favorites!

I love their natural reactions here. They almost got soaked by a wave!

I knew it was going to be a chilly day at the beach, so I told Amanda and Hans to bring a favorite blanket if they had one. They brought along a Chicago Bears blanket and figured everyone back home would love it! Super cute!

This was one of the last photos I took of the day. The sun was JUST about to set and these poor kids were soaking wet. (More on that below.) I had them turn towards me and I shot right into the sun. Not something I traditionally do, but in this case, it turned out so sweet!

Typically I would have ended my post with the photo above, but just had to share a little more. As we were shooting the tide was coming in FAST. Amanda and Hans were doing a great job of warning me before I was going to get wet. Unfortunately I did not do a great job at warning them. Oops! I blame my camera! I couldn’t see that the water was coming until it was too late! Sorry you guys! But, it did end up in some fun photos!

Amanda and Hans, I had fun with you both that afternoon despite the blinding bright sun, chilly breeze a wedding smack in the middle of the beach! I hope you did too! Have an amazing wedding in 2012!


Kolbe & Heidi – La Jolla Engagement Photography

Meet Kolbe and Heidi! I’ve been friends with Kolbe for several years and when he was single, he would say, “I just want a girl to somehow fall from the sky and into my life.” I told him, “Kolbe, that’s just not going to happen!” And, you know what? I was wrong! Heidi quite literally fell from the sky and into his life! OK, not literally…but close enough!

Their story is not mine to tell, but all you need to know is that they are so terribly in love ♥.

You could just see the sparks between them! From the second I met Heidi, I knew she was perfect for my friend. If there had been a catalog of women, I would have picked Heidi for Kolbe in a second!

(And isn’t it cute that both of their names end in the “ie” sound?!)

PS – These photos look way awesome when you look at them full size by clicking on them.

Kolbe, you are a lucky man ; ) Look at her eyes!

Heidi is a designer and her requests for their engagement shoot was to have an “old building” look and some beach shots. I think we pulled it off pretty well by heading to La Jolla for the shoot. Some of the textures on the buildings were great and Heidi was happy, which is what I care about!

How sweet are they?

They just laughed and laughed…so in love…

I think this one is my favorite!

I had to throw this one in there, JUST to tell you the story about how freaked out I was when the happy couple suggestion climbing OVER the wall to get the best shot. I was terrified they were going to fall. Kolbe, being the eternal joke-ster, thought it was hilarious that I kept telling them to “PLEASE BE CAREFUL!”, and “clung” to Heidi as if he was going to fall. At the time I wanted to kill him for scaring me, but now…the picture is kind of funny. Thanks Kolbs!

Do you feel it? Do you feel the love?

I absolutely love these two photos! They both already have great natural smiles, but the smiles here are super genuine. What you don’t see is that literally 10 second before I took the photos, icy-cold ocean water came up MUCH higher then expected and we all got wet. Yikes! Sorry about your pants guys! But you have to admit, it was worth getting the awesome shots, right? : )

These next two shots are very similar, but I couldn’t decide which one to post. Don’t buy into the myth that you need a clear day for a photo shoot. Clouds are awesome!Love you guys! Congrats on your marriage! I know it will be amazing. Thanks for trusting me to take your special engagement/announcement photos!

The “B” Family – Pacific Beach Family Photography

Meet the “B” family! Due to a new addition to the family, we headed to the beach to take some new family photos. (Stay tuned for the newborn shoot we did of Baby Jane).  Cloudy days are surprisingly the BEST days for portraits outside because it makes for awesome lighting! We had a fun time out there at the beach and I was so excited to get them new photos of their growing family!

Baby Jane seemed not to please with getting kissed on the forehead, but how sweet is her older brother Jack?

Her outfit says “little sister”…love it!

Baby Jane is about 10 days old here I think, and we were remarking at how small she was in her dad’s hands!

…and lap…

This is just about where I lost Jack. He did so awesome, but a 4 year old’s attention span can only go for so long.

About 2 seconds later, I completely lost him…

…then I lost Mom…

…and finally, I lost Dad…(sorry, it was too funny not to post!)

One more for good measure!

I think this is an awesome dichotomy to see how HUGE Jack looks next to his Dad, versus Baby Jane. And I also love Jacks sweet smile ; )

Baby Jane getting some comfort in Mom’s arms as we wrapped up the family shoot. See Baby Jane’s little furrowed brow? Precious…

So cute, it kills me. He already loves his little sister!

Threw this one in for laughs because of Jack. For some reason he thought laying next to his sister was the silliest thing ever! I have no idea why, but there was no way he was going to let me try! Kids…

At the end of the shoot, I got Jack to give me a little more of his attention. Man, did he turn on the charm or WHAT? I swear he looks like he is modeling clothes for a magazine in this first shot. See how is “oh so casually” leaned up against the pillar? He posed that way himself!

“Cute Kid of the Year Award” goes to….JACK!

At the end of the shoot, we were just goofing with Jack and put my assistant’s sunglasses on him. Didn’t realize at the time how mirrored the sunglasses were!

I can’t put my finger on why, but I LOVE this photo!

Total GQ…chillin’!

Thanks “B” family for asking me to capture these special moments of your life. It really was my pleasure and honor!

Kimberly & Beau – Engagement Session, La Jolla

Meet Kimberly and Beau! We did their engagement session in La Jolla, CA. It was a windy day, which made it hard on Kimberly’s hair! It was also a pretty cloudy, which contrary to popular belief, usually makes BETTER photos : )

We had a fun session exploring around La Jolla Cove and taking in the awesome scenery!

How cute are they?

Beau did this move all on his own. You go Beau! Kimberly is a lucky woman ; )

Thanks for being such sports in the chilly weather!

Jen at the Beach – San Diego Portrait Photography

Meet Jen! Jen has been a friend of mine for many years and I was happy to come to the rescue when she wanted her pictures taken at the beach. We decided to use her stomping grounds, Ocean Beach, CA, for our backdrop. And what a great backdrop it was! We had a great time looking for places to shoot! She was a great sport and a great model! Thanks Jen, enjoy!

Jen was a champ that day, the sun was super bright!

Vroom Vroom! Go girl!

I just love how the grass made a nice backdrop! Look at those eyes! Green on green!

She’s the queen of the wooooorld!

Jen is #1…at #1 lifeguard tower in Ocean Beach, CA!

The OB Pier had lots of places to work with!

I love how the sun is hitting her here.

Thanks Jen! I had an awesome time! I hope you did too!