Baby Isabella – San Diego Newborn Photographer

Meet Isabella! She was about a week and a half old in these photos and so sweet. She had to spend a few extra days in the hospital, so she was still getting used to being at home on the day we took her photos. Because her schedule was different, it took us some serious time to get her to finally konk out and sleep. This is perfectly normal for a newborn shoot and that is why I only schedule one shoot per day. Just in case! Once we got her sleeping, I snapped away! I love her little sleeping smile plus the sweet bow in the first image. Melt my heart!

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!?





Welcome Plum District!

Welcome Plum District in San Diego!

You may have found yourself here because you just purchased the deal with Plum District for Parker*s Pictures OR you are thinking about purchasing and are trying to find out more information. Either way, WELCOME! Happy to have you here! If I can answer any questions for you, please feel free to contact me by either commenting below, send me an e-mail at erica@parkerspictures or give me a call at 619.540.7046.

Here is what you get with your deal purchase:

On Location Photoshoot – I specialize in kids and families, so this would be a great time to schedule that family portrait you have been putting off! Or maybe one of your little ones has a birthday coming up and they need special photos just for them! Think about events you might want photos for like: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, Grandparent’s Day or even the HOLIDAYS!

Password Protected Online Proofing Gallery – After your photos are edited I will send you login information for you to view all of your finished photos in a gallery online. Feel free to share this information with friends and family so they can see your photos too!

Two High-Resolution Images – From your Online Gallery you will choose which two (2) images you would like as high-resolution images. You can take these  files to virtually any place you already get your photos printed and print as many times as you like. I will send you these final files on a CD. If you would like to purchase more images, just let me know when you are placing your order! As a special deal to my new Plum District customers, each extra image is only $15 (normally $25) or ALL images from your Online Gallery for $99 (normally $400).

All Low-Resolution Images – You will also receive ALL of  the images from your Online Gallery as low resolution, watermarked files. These files are not large enough to print, but can be easily shared via e-mail and social networking (like Facebook) so you can show off your new photos! They will look like the below 2 examples:

I am so excited to speak with and meet all of my new clients!



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!


DVD Cover Photo – Fitness Roots & Madeline Romeo

Meet Madeline! You may remember her from a shoot we did awhile back. She is an amazing personal trainer, speaking from experience, and she is going to be putting out a DVD! How exciting is THAT?! I swear she is the next Jillian Michaels!

This is the shot she is going to use for the DVD cover and her website. For more information on the Fitness Roots DVD release click here. Madeline, I had a great time at our shoot and I wish you success on your DVD launch!

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!

Sweet Baby Jane – San Diego Newborn Photography

Meet Jane. She is only 7 days old in these photos! I took a liking to calling her Sweet Baby Jane because even though her mom said she had been an angel up until this day, she was being quite difficult at the start! Of course, this is not her fault as she is new to the world! It takes a lot of patience working with children, but it is SO worth it! A few days later, we also did a shoot with her whole family.

This first photo is by far my favorite of the session, even though her little brow is furrowed. She looks sort of concerned, doesn’t she?

Once Jane’s Mom and I saw her face all scrunched up like that, we thought Baby Jane might be uncomfortable, so Mom picked her to to comfort her. She still looks a tad confused…but I love how it looks like her hands are in yoga prayer pose!

Baby Jane’s Mom, rocked her, fed her, rocked her, fed her, burped her, changed her diaper, fed her and then finally…Sweet Baby Jane appeared…sound asleep…

How cute is that hat? Jane’s Mom made it! She learned to knit while she was pregnant, how awesome!

She made the booties too!

I heart baby toes…

Bear hat courtesy of Mom also!

At one point Mom came back in the room while I was working with Sweet Baby Jane and kissed her on the head. I LOVE that the baby looks like she is smiling!

I love how Mom looks so happy!

Sweet Baby Jane, I can’t wait to meet you when you are older! Hopefully sometime soon!


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!

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!

“Suit in the City” – San Diego Business Headshots

Meet Ian, owner of Mission Partners, a marketing and advertising firm in San Diego. He needed business portraits, so we headed downtown near his office to work with the great atmosphere. This first shot is my absolute favorite!

I like both of these photos and it is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how just a small move can change the look of a photo. Because these shots were for business, we wanted to get both “smiling” and “serious” shots so Ian could have a choice. He was a GREAT client because he took direction from me perfectly, making the small adjustments I asked him to make like “turn your head this way”, “put your chin down”, “look this way”, etc. It’s hard to be a model and I understand! Sometimes my directions might sound crazy, but it’s all to get the best shot!

This last one had me cracking up when I came home and went through the photos! As we were looking for locations to shoot downtown, I found this awesome doorway. Ian stepped near the door and I knew something was wrong! This doorway was somehow smaller then a standard doorway. Strange? Yes! On top of this, Ian is quite tall and has a large wingspan…which ended in this “super hero-ish” image! Love It!

If you own a business or need professional portraits for your job, give me a ring! I’d love to discuss what you need!