Ugly Location Challenge – San Diego Family Photographer

There is a trend that is growing in popularity among photographers in recent months. The challenge is to take an “ugly” or every day location and turn it into the backdrop for artistic portraits. I have seen photographers go to Ikea, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot and Lowes to create works of art. My daughter’s seventh birthday was this last month and it seemed like the perfect time to take on the challenge and see what we could create for her yearly birthday portraits. We went to our local craft store, which is hardly an “ugly” location if you ask me. The lighting wasn’t ideal, but we made it work. I am really happy with how these portraits turned out. The best part, we had a lot of fun together! Although, I did have to bribe my daughter with a toy from the store. She has a small case of photographer’s daughter syndrome and doesn’t love to have her photo taken. But, looking at her portraits, you would never know. With the success of this photo shoot, I’m considering taking on another “ugly location”. Where should I go?

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Fall Family Photos in North County San Diego – The Gallups


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I always have a great time with the Gallup family! How could I not? I was lucky enough to do miss Kailei’s senior pictures a couple of months ago, and now the entire family joined in for their holiday photos. They are so fun and energetic, and they are so stylish too! They definitely win my top award for best dressed family session to date! They do so well with coordinating without being too matchy matchy. Every last detail in the styling is right on point, all the way down to their amazing shoes. I am so green with envy over those boots that their daughters are wearing! I always have so much fun with this family and feel more like I am just hanging out with friends during their sessions. I am looking forward to capturing their family photos again in the future.

Here’s a little peek at their session:


A Fall Photo Session in San Marcos, CA – The Baumgart Family

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There are certain moments as a photographer that completely take my breath away. I feel the emotion of the moment, click my shutter, and know that emotion will be captured forever. THIS was one of those moments. All of the stars aligned. The location, the family, the light, and the connection – it all came together to create a photograph that will be one of my favorites of all time. Thank you so much to the Baumgart family for giving me this moment. Every time I see this photo, I feel that connection between this beautiful mother and her child, it makes me feel the connection that I have with my children, and it brings tears to my eyes.

Little Sierra just turned one and she is quite the charmer. My husband came along to assist me with sessions that day, and she had him wrapped around her little finger. She was throwing him all of her smiles and even blowing kisses. It was such a joy to create memories with this beautiful family. I am so looking forward to creating memories with them for years to come.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session:



San Diego County Family Photographer – The Petree Pups

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Pets make everything more fun, including family photos! When Nicole mentioned including their pups in their family photos, I jumped at the chance. I had such a great time chasing them around and capturing them in their element. Nicole and Kale adopted Trapper and Bud as a bonded pair less than a year ago. Bonded pair is right! These two dogs are inseparable and so adorable. I loved watching them be on the look out for bunnies and other dogs. I also loved all of the natural smiles and laughs we captured during the couple’s photos because Trapper and Bud were barking up a storm. I’m so glad that I met this wonderful family and I am looking forward to seeing them next time. Here are a few of my favorites from their session.


Rotten to the Core – San Diego County Photographer

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This is my all time favorite session ever! My daughter has become slightly obsessed with the Disney Descendants movies (ok, ok… so have I. I catch myself singing “What’s my Name” and “Rotten to the Core” more often than I care to admit). She begged me to let her be Evie for Halloween (this is the character that is the evil queen’s daughter). When her cute friend Kamren decided to be Mal (Malificent’s daughter) for Halloween, I had an idea. Kam’s mom Brianna is a make up artist (@beautybybreezy_) and I am a photographer. Why not go ALL OUT and do a Descendants themed shoot of them in their costumes?

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I wanted a location that would look like the Isle of the Lost from the movies. We searched for hours and found the best locations with graffiti murals by Zane Kingcade right here in Escondido.

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We played our favorite songs from the movies to help the girls get into character. We all had so much fun and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out! When I was 6, I would have flipped out if I had professional make up and a photo shoot as my favorite character. I hope that I will be winning some mom awards in my daughter’s eyes.


Gannon House Grand Opening

On June 22, 2017, Redwood Terrace in Escondido, California had the grand opening for their memory care facility, the Gannon House. It was such a special event to be a part of. Many representatives from the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, the Escondido Court, representatives from the mayor and senator’s offices, board members, the press, Redwood Terrace residents, and friends from neighboring retirement facilities were there to celebrate. Members of the Gannon family, the Kattus family, and the Burson family were also there to see the areas of the Gannon House that are dedicated to their family members. It was very touching to see their family members being honored. It was a beautiful event with a ribbon cutting ceremony, delicious food, and a wonderful celebration. It was an honor to capture this special time.