The “W” Family – San Diego Family Photography

Meet The W Family! We had a great morning last weekend in Del Mar, CA! Mom wanted some photos showing “how their family is now”. Little Paxton is 18 months old and a baby due next week! (click the photos to see them larger)

This was the first and last moment Paxton stood still! He’s only 18 months old, so we understand! I had to be super fast to catch him looking at the camera. He was so fascinated by all the fun things in the park (trees, birds, trains!)

This is one of my favorites! Paxton had his (whole!) hand in his mouth, but kindly looked at the camera for a moment while perched on Daddy’s shoulders. Like Mom requested, this is how their family is now : )Paxton getting a little Mommy time…

Those eyes…

Including this last photo because I think it really shows how hard Mom’s and Dad’s work to keep their kids happy! And like Mom wanted, THIS is really what their family looks like now…chasing down an ever-curious 18 month old!

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!

Cousins! – San Diego Family Photographer

Meet cousins Lilly and Joe! (click on the photos to see them larger)

Joe’s Daddy and Mommy were having a family BBQ and invited me along to take photos of their fun day!  Joe climbed into a cute little tree in the backyard. He climbed pretty high for a 4 year old (about 4 feet)! He was perched in the tree for this photo.

Lilly got in the tree too!  Actually she was gently placed there by her mom :) How cute are her sparkly shoes?!

Her little smile kills me…

So does her personality! HA! Love her!

Quick family photo…

Love the next two photos of the adorable cousins playing in the yard!

See that smile again!

…and the curls…

Finally, what would a BBQ be without the BBQ!?





BeBop! – San Diego Pet Photography

Meet BeBop! (Click on the photos to see them bigger!)

He’s an ANIMAL! (See his collar?) BeBop is a Corgi puppy! A friend of mine recently got him, and she is doing a great job with his training.

Although he does like to chew on things…

And chew…  :)

But how can you resist that sweet face?!

Look how low to the ground he is! So tiny!

BeBop was a great doggie for his shoot! If  your canine best friend is ready for their close up…give Parker’s Pictures a call!



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!

Joe-Joe’s Birthday! – San Diego Birthday Party Photographer

You may remember little Joe-Joe from the last time I posted pictures of him. At the time I took those photos, he was a year younger. Now, he’s FOUR years old! Joe-Joe’s parents contacted me to photograph his 4th birthday party and before the party we grabbed a few family photos as well. (You can see the photos larger by clicking on them.)

I promise you, he was turning 4, but old habits die hard and he put up 3 fingers : )

They got a Spiderman bounce house for the party!

I had to throw this one in here. Joe-Joe and Dad are demonstrating how Spiderman shoots out his webs (not how to make devil horns for a rock concert)!

They also had a Slip ‘n Slide set up! The kids went nuts for this! Here is Joe-Joe on his take-off!

Ahhh, to be a kid again…

These two photos cracked me up. They were taken a fraction of a second apart and look vastly different! He was trying to get the attention of an arriving party guest by yelling and then sweetly waved…too cute.

I snapped this photo just in time to catch Joe-Joe sticking out his tongue. Looking at it now, I realize he has always done this. Check out this photo from a past shoot.

This little angel reminded me of Mad Med! She looked so ’60s and her hair was an amazing color.

Pizza or watermelon, pizza or watermelon, pizza or watermelon…

Slip ‘n Sliding is serious business…

Dad was very brave, making his way down with a rider on his back!

I love this one, I think it’s my favorite from the whole day.

As you can see, all the young ones were really fascinated by the water squirting from the Slip ‘n Slide.

I’m not going to lie. I had myself a little giggle every time a wet child tried to get in the bounce house. The water make the plastic REALLY slippery…

Four year’s old today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE-JOE!

I’ll leave you with this last series of photos where Joe-Joe was trying to enjoy his birthday cake and all the doggies wanted some to…so badly, one even licked his feet (that’s the giggle photo)!

Thanks to Joe-Joe’s parents for asking me to be photograph the  party and to their friends and family for letting me be part of the day! If you have a kids birthday party coming up and don’t want to worry about making sure to take photos AND host, let me know and I can help!

Madeline – Personal Trainer Headshots

Meet Madeline! She is an AWESOME personal trainer in San Diego.

Seriously, how cute (and buff!) is she? And I can tell you from personal experience, she is GREAT at what she does!

Stay on the lookout because Madeline has a new fitness DVD coming out soon! How exciting is that?

Madeline, I had a great time at our shoot! Wishing you much success with your business!

Sherry & Joel – Engagement Shoot San Diego

Meet Sherry and  Joel! They are dear friends of mine and I was SO very excited when they announced their engagement. They were made for each other, for real! I know I sound sappy, but I don’t care! I love these two crazy kids! Especially when they offered to LEAP off a bench for me. Be-still my heart!

I wish I had brought a higher step stool. Joel is VERY tall, and me? Well, not so much.

Seriously, how cute are they? I can’t even get over it.

I love how Joel is touching Sherry’s face, so sweet. Sherry, you have the most amazing skin in the HISTORY of skin!

I leave you with a little fun in the parking lot after our shoot was “over”. But not to worry, we were actually putting the misplaced cart back in it’s rightful place!

Scott & Gretchen – Del Mar Engagement Photography

Meet Scott and Gretchen! They are friends of mine and I was happy to take their photos! Scott proposed to Gretchen in Hawaii, lucky girl! They live in Del Mar, so we headed to the lovely coast for their engagement session. (Click on the photos to see them larger.)

Look at those blue eyes!

After a wardrobe change, we headed down to the water. I love how she is looking at him here!

Stay tuned for a few photos from Scott and Gretchen’s wedding (where I was a guest). Thanks guys, I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon! Thanks for trusting me with your engagement photos!