San Diego Portraits: My family

July was a super busy month and not just in terms of work. My mother-in-law and father-in-law flew in from Texas to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday; my brother and his wife and their son flew in from Portland for a few days, and my parents were here from Georgia for another few days. There was some overlap in each of the visits, which was great because both sets of parents and my brother and sister-in-law were able to see one another. I was also able to get each of the groups out for some family portraits in the park. familyIsiorhos Esan



San Diego Engagement Session with Mesha & David

I had the pleasure of working with one of the cutest, most upbeat couples last month. I met Mesha and David at a coffee shop a few weeks before their San Diego engagement session to discuss their vision for the shoot. I learned that, like me, the couple are Mid-West transplants, and Mesha also has a journalism degree from a Michigan college! Small world.

Here’s to a happy married life Mesha and David!



San Diego Realtor headshots with Carolina

One of my favorite types of portraits are headshots. I love the challenge of showing the personality and profession of the subject.

Earlier this month, I did a few headshots for a local commercial realtor named Carolina who brought along her friend Maria, a local designer. We meet early on a Saturday at Balboa Park where we had some gorgeous views of downtown San Diego.

I had so much fun on this job and know that I will be working with these two again!



San Diego Portraits with the Bhatanagers

In November, I got a call from Pallavi wanting to do portraits of her six-month-old son. A few months went by before we nailed down a time and date, and let me say, seeing this little man was worth the wait. The Bhatanager’s son was so laid-back. He smiled so easily — until I pointed the camera at him that is!

He wore a little vest and hat and had the longest eyelashes and cutest curls. I can’t wait to see this guy for his first birthday photos later this year!



Head shot portraits in Carlsbad with Victor

My weekdays are typically filled with photo sessions of preschool and daycare-aged children, but a few weeks ago, I got a change of pace when Victor said he needed some head shots. I drove out to Carlsbad, but arrived about 30 minutes early. To kill time, I walked around the cul-du-sac and discovered a burned-out area that was affected by last summer’s fires in North San Diego County. It turns out, Victor was home when the wildfires were lapping at his backyard. Luckily, his house was spared, though he did lose some of his yard.

It was a pleasure meeting you Victor, and I can’t wait for you to schedule your family session!


San Diego Engagement photos with Mohammad and Dalia

I spent a beautiful January morning on the beach with Mohammad and Dalia, who was visiting the United States from Egypt for the first time with her family. Mohammad, who is also from Egypt, moved to San Diego about seven months ago for work, but will be making the day-long trip back to Egypt to marry Dalia.

I’m wishing you both lots of love and happiness as you prepare to spend  your lives together!

Headshots with Lorelei: A San Diego realty expert

On Saturday I had the opportunity to take portraits of Lorelei, a San Diego realty photographer, designer and realtor. When she contacted me to take her headshots, we learned that we have met previously during a photography Meetup.  Just goes to show you that it really is a small world!

Headshots with Gwen: A certified San Diego business and personal coach

Like me, Gwen is a Mid-West transplant. She gave up Ohio living for San Diego a year and a half ago and hasn’t looked back since. When not providing coaching services through ANISA, she can usually be found working out. Our session, while short, was filled with laughter and more smiles than I could capture. I immediately felt a connection with the Gwen and can’t wait to work with her again.

Portraits with Davida: A San Diego yoga instructor

Last Sunday, Davida braved a cool, drizzling morning for our portrait session together. The San Diego resident works as a music therapist and certified yoga instructor and is the founder of YogaDrum. I got the opportunity to see her flexibility first hand as she ran through a yoga routine. Towards the end of our session, Davida created some soothing music using a singing bowl.