I can't believe it's been a year since I've last seen Adriana + Darwin when I did a maternity shoot with them and now their daughter Madeline is almost one!
It's always exciting to see my client's families grow as I photograph them as time goes on. We had a relaxed time walking around Steel Canyon Bridge and letting Maddy play in the leaves. :)
Ashley and Kenneth were visiting San Diego for a week from Long Island, New York and Ashley knew it would be the perfect opportunity to do their engagement photos in sunny San Diego! Since they were from out of town, I was super excited to show them around La Jolla and we had an absolute blast hanging out at the beach! We started out near Scripps Pier, of course and then made our way to Cuvier Park in downtown La Jolla :)
Shireen, Arni, Tristan and I had an awesome family photoshoot together this past week! I just love when my clients are just simply having fun during their session, where I can just capture those genuine moments. Hanging out at Coronado Beach, while chasing the most adorable 2 year old, Tristan definitely made for a better Monday for me :)
Tristan, like any other toddler was way more interested in running around and exploring the beach. This was actually his first time at the beach and running toward the water without being scared and I was so glad I was there to capture it! After Shireen and Arni were chasing Tristan toward the water, naturally they just ended up in the water, which made for some great shots!
Do you ever have moments where you just sit there and ask yourself “How did I get here?” and “Why am I doing this?”
As I sit here at my desk, trying to think of an interesting blog post, I found myself asking these questions and I realized how important it is to remind myself why I started in the first place. Why did I start this journey of running my own photography business?
To try to answer this question as simply as I can -- I want the photos that I capture to bring more happiness to the people in my photos, as well as to those I reach by sharing them (thank you internet)!
I knew that the decision I made to start a photography business would challenge me in more ways than I could imagine. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I went for it and just started.
To give you a little insight on how I started this journey, let me back up for a second. It was February of 2015, my full time graphic design job suddenly became part time, I felt unmotivated to continue pursuing another design job at the time and I knew I was ready for a big change.
With more time on my hands, I made it a point to really think about what I really wanted. I was very honest with myself and listed the top 3 things I wanted to focus on at that very moment - traveling, photography and saving.
I was determined and ready. Six months later (August 2015), after a lot of research, self reflection and a plan in place, I was headed to South Korea to teach English for one year. This opportunity would allow me to focus on all the things I wanted - traveling, photography and saving.
I stayed true to my plan, which was to save money to not only travel but also to give myself the financial freedom to focus my time on my photography business once I returned home to San Diego after one year.
Now as I sit at my desk 2 years later, writing this blog post for my photography business, I can’t help but think about the beginning of my journey and how I got here today. I realize even more now how important is to remind myself why I started.
So, if you are just starting out your photography business (or even going through a major life change) and find yourself asking the questions “How did I get here?” and “Why am I doing this?”, just remember why you started in the first place.
I hope hearing a little bit about my story helps keep you focused on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve that’s important to you and that it doesn’t matter where you start as long as you make that decision to just start :)
I just love capturing those in between moments between a mother and her daughter.
Lysianne wanted to do a maternity session since this would be her last pregnancy after her baby boy comes along in July! Her daughter, Aiden was such a cutie and was more interested in exploring the area, while she picked some flowers for her Mama :)
I can't believe this is my third photo session with the Nguyen family! I've know Jen for years and shot her maternity photos, so it's been fun being able to see her go from a baby bump to a family of four :)
We wanted to do something a little different from our last sessions and go for something more playful and colorful, so Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park was the perfect location!
Sebastian is turning 1 soon so his Mom, Valerie got creative and created the cutest set up for him for a mini birthday session! I also got a chance to capture some sweet moments of the two of them :)
Congratulations again to my Valentine's Day giveaway winner, Caroline Vinas! She won a free 1 hour portrait session and we had a blast!
It was also perfect timing for Caroline and her hubby, Neil because they are expecting their baby girl in June! I am so happy I had the chance to do a maternity session for them and capture this beautiful moment in their lives :)
This was the first surprise proposal session I was asked to do and I was so nervous, yet excited at the same time! It was so much fun being able to plan every last detail with Brennen and I am so happy I got the chance to be part of such an important moment for him and his little family!
With help from my friend and photographer, Janis Foley we were able to blend into the beautiful surroundings at the Cabrillo National Monument and capture every moment of the surprise! Jenni had no idea and it was such a special moment because their son Carter was able to join them during this exciting time. He is such a cutie and was all smiles (mostly because he was excited after hearing the news about his parents getting married!)
Hello! I'm Amy, a San Diego based natural light photographer that loves capturing unique moments created by love + life!