Liberator Family/San Diego Family Photographer/Balboa Park

I am still obsessing over this family’s session back from summer at the beautiful Balboa Park here in San Diego! I’ll be honest Balboa Park isn’t necessarily my to go place for photos, mostly because everyone and their Mom shoots there but I have grown to love it and all of the little “hidden spots” I’ve found.

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Also, can we talk about wardrobe for a second?! It is hard finding outfits for the whole fam that coordinate well and look good in photos!!!

This family nailed it, I love how they aren’t matching but everything just flows. Speaking of flowing, Ladies, dresses with bounce, movement look the best in photos.

I hope you all are having a wonderfully fabulous day!

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Tessman Family//San Diego Family Photography

Shooting with families is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. Watching the interaction, connection and love flow through each person and the whole group is pretty special. Of course we all have our issues and quirks, no family is perfect but isn’t that what makes it so beautiful!?

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Luke's First Birthday Session//Cake Smash//San Diego Children's Photographer

Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE shooting first birthday cake smashes!?!? All of my little birthday client’s come to the studio and I custom order the yummiest and cutest cakes from Donalee. We start with some portraits in their nice clothes then move onto the fun, messy part!! I keep these sessions simple and easy for the littles, typically shoot them playing with a toy or capture them crawling or walking around.

Luke Copeland turned ONE in april and his mama picked the cutest farmer/cowboy theme! I was pretty excited that he LOVED his cake, not all little ones know what to do with a massive cake in front of them!!

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Ok Mom, I’m all done!!!  Interested in a birthday/cake smash session for your little one!? Click the link below to inquire about booking!

Ok Mom, I’m all done!!!

Interested in a birthday/cake smash session for your little one!? Click the link below to inquire about booking!

Evan//Lifestyle Newborn session//San Diego Newborn Photographer

This Newborn session is so near and dear to my heart, I’m so thankful I get the opportunity to photograph family and all their seasons of life! These two have been waiting a long time to grow their family and I am so happy Evan has come into their lives forever.

In home Lifestyle Newborn sessions are , in my opinion, one of the most authentic ways to capture this precious time. What better place to shoot in than in your own home!? Its the best environment for mama, baby and the rest of the family.

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Evan Stowell

For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.

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Are you expecting a new baby and interested in a Newborn Session? I’d love to help answer any questions and get you in front of my camera to capture this special time in your life! Click below to learn more!

365 project-March 2019/San Diego Portrait Photography/personal

So out of 30 days I only have 10 images for the month of March, I’m thinking I should put a reminder in my phone to take a photo a day. I’ve noticed doing this project has made me pay attention to details and thinking outside of the box or my norm of shooting.

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March 1st 2019- a visit to the plant store to pick out some new plant babies. River named one “Charlie”

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March 3rd-Smiley boy

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March 4th-”I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be”

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March 7th-Always dancing

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March 8th-Details I don’t ever want to forget. I can’t wait to recreate this photo when they are older.

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March 15th- Watching her do these simple things that she loves, like painting or drawing, makes me so happy.

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March 18th- Morning cartoons

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March 20th-Visits from Nonnie are always fun.

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March 24th- Warm days

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March 25th- Spending the day with cousins, playing at the park

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March 30th- Visiting grandma and grandpa in Redding, making new memories over spring break.

Sophia and Aria //San Diego Maternity Photography //Mommy and Me

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”

Becoming a Mom 6 years ago has been the biggest blessing and most rewarding jobs ever. This lovely mama is about to have not one, not two, but three beautiful girls to mother. I’m so happy I was able to capture such a special time for Sophia with her oldest daughter, Aria. I remember wanting to soak up every minute with my first before my second was born.

This beautiful, intimate mother daughter session has inspired me to do so many more sessions like this in the studio. I have an opportunity for these on May 4th, I’m hosting Mother’s Day mini sessions. Spots are filling up quick and I would love to be able to give this beautiful gift to as many mamas as possible. There is a button at the bottom of this post to inquire about booking.

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Click this button to inquire about booking for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions!

Click this button to inquire about booking for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions!

Chloe- San Diego, California Senior graduate 2019/Christy Golder Photography

I’m so happy Chloe reached out to me about shooting her Senior photos!! I’ve known this girl for years, I worked with her mom and watched her grow into this beautiful, confident, strong woman. When I asked about her session and what places bring her joy, she said some where in the mountains with the sun shining on me. We started in the studio then went outside with a little snow on the ground and a winter chill in the air. This session was magic! I stretched my creativity and had a blast with posing and directing my first shoot for 2019!

Chloe, thank you again for trusting me with your senior photos!! I can’t wait to see where you will go in this life!

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365 project- February 2019, Christy Golder Photography

February is one of those months that seems to always fly by! We had our first real snow fall and then at the end of the month we visited one of our favorite family’s in Idaho to attend a wedding. I love being able to capture the little things that happen in each day.

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February 1st Just a slow morning watching my girl do crafts by the fire.

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February 4th Building forts on a rainy day

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February 5th On a drive up in the Laguna Mountains in the fog.

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February 6th Our first dusting of snow this year!

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February 7th Morning routines. Sitting on the couch texting good morning messages to Papa.

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February 10th Making Valentines Day cookies

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February 11th Spider-man filling in for Papa.

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February 13th One of those days I slowed down and just snuggled with my girl in her bed, the lighting in her room was catching all of her beauty.

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February 15th goofy kiddos, this girl is always dancing.

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February 17th Watching the rain, awaiting the snow

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February 18th This boy gets soooo excited for snow, he’s obsessed

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February 20th Airport hangs. Getting ready to take off for Idaho.

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February 21st “Mama, I want to eat all the snow, but don’t ever eat the yellow snow!”

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February 24th I love photographing horses any chance I get, they are just so beautiful and majestic!

Stowell Maternity- San Diego, California Maternity session//Christy Golder Photography

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Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is

I still remember the excitement, joy and pure happiness I felt when I first found out I was pregnant with my first baby. Pregnancy however, was not my thing, don’t get me wrong its a beautiful miracle but I wasn’t a happy camper. My second time around wasn’t as difficult as the first but I have a special appreciation and love for preggo ladies because I know it isn’t always easy.

Oh boy is it soooo worth alllll those difficulties, pain and sacrifice. Once you lay your eyes on that precious baby, your life will never be the same again.

Stephanie and Zach, I cannot begin to express my joy for you both. Be prepared to have your lives change forever, in the best way possible.

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Pregnant or just had a baby and interested in a session, click the link below to inquire about booking!

Carly-Cake Smash

Oh how quickly that first year goes by! I love capturing first birthday photos, especially when cake is involved. This session was shot in the studio using a few different setups, I always recommend shooting some in a cute outfit before cake is put in front of your little, this way we get more than one look for the session!

I love to capture this special birthday, click the link down below to get more information!

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Copeland Family

Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; its defined by commitment and love. It means showing up when they need it most. It means having each other’s backs. It means choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other!
— Dave Willis

I have been photographing the Copeland family since their oldest was just a little newborn. I am so honored to be trusted with each and every family I capture. I adore shooting families and realize how incredibly important it is to capture each stage. I strive for my photos to tell more than words can. My goal at each session is to capture you just as you are, come as you are.

These images will be cherished when your littles have littles of their own. Often times looking back at my own family photos has brought so much appreciation and I am reminded what is the most important thing in my life when my eyes gets blurry and I lose focus.

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365 Project

One of my goals this year was to take more photos of our everyday life as a family. Not only to document such a precious year as my littles grow up but to stretch and grow my photography skills. Best decision, I can’t tell you how precious these photos are to me. I haven’t put too much pressure on myself, I only took 14 out of the first 31 days of 2019…….grace. I also need to jot down a little note for each image so I don’t forget why I took a particular frame and what it means to me.

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JANUARY 1st We drove up to Laguna Mountain to find snow.

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JANUARY 3rd FOCUSED. Some rare alone time with my boy while sister was at preschool, playing a new favorite game.

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JANUARY 4th A big milestone for our 6 year old, first tooth lost!

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JANUARY 5th nightly routine of getting ready for bed, brushing teeth and hair.

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JANUARY 6th Rain

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JANUARY 7th self portrait

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JANUARY 9th hike with friends after the rain.

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JANUARY 16th working on homework.

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JANUARY 20th Legos on a a Sunday morning.

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JANUARY 23rd My girl, my muse. Doing some creative photos.

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JANUARY 24th morning cuddles before school.

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JANUARY 26th dancing before ballet class

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JANUARY 28th not a fan of electronics but at least they are together….

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JANUARY 29th Evening walk after school, one of my favorite things about where we live.

Boudoir FAQ

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Preparing for a boudoir session

Answering all your FAQ

I get so any questions concerning boudoir sessions, so I put together this FAQ blogpost to answer them for you!

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR GAINING CONFIDENCE TO DO A SHOOT?

Every single woman comes into a shoot with nerves, period. We all have our self doubt, insecurities, and reasons (excuses) we come up with to say no to doing something like this for ourselves.

The first hurdle to tackle is actually booking. Just do it, don’t put it off. Schedule the shoot.

My second piece of advice is words of affirmation, praise your great qualities and learn to fall in love with exactly who you are today! Tell yourself everyday you deserve this form of self love, you are worthy, you are beautiful!

Put on your favorite music that gets you pumped up and feeling sexy and practice some posing!! It may sound and feel weird but it works! Dance, take some cute selfies, put on clothes that make you feel great.

The day of, please put your trust in me. I’m your friend, I’m here to guide you, pose you to look your absolute best. Let yourself have fun, let loose and step outside of your comfort zone a little, you will not regret it.

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You will never be left alone to figure out how to pose…. I guide you through every step.

DO YOU CHARGE EXTRA TO WEAR OUTFITS FROM YOUR CLIENT CLOSET?

I do not charge extra to use items from my client closet. I have purchased over 30 options ranging in sizes small to large. Bras and pantie sets, high waisted, thongs, bodysuits, tanks, lace, velvet, even some jewelry pieces!

This is just one of the ways that allows me to offer each one of my clients a luxury one of a kind boudoir experience.

Here’s just a few pieces from the client closet.

Will you crop out my belly, fix my blemishes, brusies and “problem areas”?

Here’s my game plan from start to finish:

  1. I help you decide what to wear that will best compliment your body, taste and specific style that you want to achieve.

  2. I ask what your favorite features are about you and do my best to highlight those.

  3. Each pose you will be doing will be done, to put it in simple words, to make you look your absolute best. Using certain angles and the most appealing lighting.

  4. Post processing I will typically smooth things out and remove anything (within reason) that you were not born with. I pride myself in keeping the images I take true to life while also making you glow and look your absolute best.

No I will not remove moles, take away rolls, tighten your stomach or make you look any smaller or larger than you already are.

Here’s a before and after for an example.

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DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

I totally understand that a Boudoir session is an investment, although totally worth it, something that needs to be planned ahead and I try my very best to make it possible for every one to do it!

If booked far enough in advance I do offer your package total to be broken up into 3 payments!

Please email or fill out the form on my contact page to learn more and see how YOU can afford a boudoir experience!

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR BOUDOIR SESSIONS AND PACKAGES?

I have three different packages to choose from when booking a session.

All including digital images and product credit to purchase additional digitals, prints, and albums! I highly encourage my clients to get their photos off the computer and displayed in frames or albums, this is why all my packages include a credit towards purchasing products.

Each babe that books a session is treated with hair and makeup done by a professional artist right in the studio, champagne, access to the client closet and a client prep guide to best prepare for their session!

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If you have any other questions that I did not answer please don’t hesitate to reach out and make sure your following my pages for any promotions and giveaways!!

XOXO babes




Stephanie and Lochlan

When Stephanie first contacted me about scheduling a session with her and her boy Lochlan, I got really excited and had some amazing ideas come to mind! These two are not only adorable with a great sense of style but I loved watching them and their special bond as mom and son. We started out at one of their favorite San Diego coffee shops, darkhorse coffee roasters in North Park, then walked around and stumbled upon the coolest book store and my favorite shop, Pigment.

These are hands down some of my favorite images from 2018. Thank you again Stephanie for the privilege to document such a special part of your life.

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Christmas Minis

Christmas Minis are here!! Bring your littles into the studio for some adorable pictures to get in the Christmas spirit! We'll have some yummy Christmas cookies, music and the cutest setup. 

Price $165

 (up to 4 littles per time slot)

What you get

30 minute session

15 images on digital file

1 5x7 of your favorite print

(other prints sold separately) 

Studio is located in Pine Valley CA. Must be paid at time of booking to reserve time slot, non-refundable but can be put towards a future shoot date. 

How to book

Fill out form below and check desired time slot, contract will then be emailed to you to pay and sign. Once that is taken care of your all set!!!

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Ghazi and Viri-Wedding

I had the pleasure of capturing THEE most insanely beautifully styled wedding I've seen back in April. Not only was this couple beautiful but every detail was perfect. The location was something out of a dream and the florals were over the top amazing!
I'm so honored to be apart of one of the most important day of someones lives! I absolutely LOVE my job. 


















reading letters they wrote to each other before the ceremony, I love that they decided to not see each other beforehand but to read a special note. There were tears. 



















If I could do any other job I would be a florist, except for the fact that it takes SKILLLZZ to do that job!! Like florists are sooo talented!




















Second shooting for Katherine Beth Photography

Corrao Family

It's been a minute since I've blogged, this family session was one that I wanted to get up on the blog asap! We had so much fun shooting, mama was super prepared with some adorable props for her girl and I'm so happy they chose to do photos in my neighborhood!
My fam is getting ready to wake up at 2am and drive to Idaho for a vaca!! I'm pretty excited to have more time with my people, visiting framily plus I'm getting my photos done!!!
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I can't get enough of this cuteness! 

If your wanting to get your family photos done, please reach out! The fall season is almost here and I'm filling up with sessions already!
I'd love to capture some beautiful memories for you. 

5 tips on how to plan for photos with kids

As a Mom, you try to be prepared as possible with your littles everyday. You can anticipate their needs and be ready with things such as snacks, diapers, activities, the list can go on and on. 
When booking and planning for photos with your kids you may not know what to expect. 
I've put together my top five list of tips on how to prepare and go through a session with kids smoothly and as stress free as possible. 

ONE.
Pick a session time that is ideal for your kids. Most photographers will suggest and say they recommend sunset hour (golden hour) and while I prefer that time of day for lighting I also understand that it may be too close to bedtime for your littles. If that's the case they will probably not be in their best moods that time of day, then I would recommend an early morning or sometime after nap time and we can still get some beautifully lite photos. 
This photo was taken in the middle of the day, the light is a little more harsh but its still a great shot! 

  
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choose outfits that are comfortable and easy for kids to move around in. Both of my kids are sensitive to tags and certain fabrics. Therefore I know they will complain if there is a itchy tag in their shirts or an uncomfortable waist band on pants. I'm obsessed with flower crowns but I also know that not every little girl is going to be ok with wearing one. It's always worth a try but don't force something otherwise there might be lots of tears in photos. 

Three.
Plan to bring something fun to play with or an activity that your kids will enjoy! Bubbles, a picnic, a favorite stuffed animal, a fun game such as ring around the rosie or dancing are always a fun way to get kids distracted if they are over it or starting to throw a fit. During a session I will always suggest a fun game like peek a boo or dancing to get some giggles.



Four.
SNACKS! Kids can eat none stop, sometimes I like to take a break in the middle of a session for a quick snack! Remember to bring something that won't stain faces or clothes. I also suggest bringing or offering some kind of treat at the end of the session. I'm not against bribing kids for great photos, sometimes it works like a charm!!

FIVE.
Go with the flow.
At the end of the day kids will be kids. We can't always predict their mood changes and even though it can be frustrating we can't flip a switch and turn it off, even though that would be awesome! Of course we all want "the perfect shot" with everyone smiling and looking at the camera. I'd say most if not all of my sessions I can at least get one of those in your gallery.





Some of my favorite images are the in between moments, the candids, everything may not be going exactly the way you pictured it but the moment, together, is being captured and honestly as a mom I'm so grateful for every image of me with my kiddos.



If you are interested in a session I'd love to chat more!!


Life Lately-personal post

Hi!! Hope your having a fabulous thursday! Mine is going great except for the fact that I have a cold, but I'm sitting on the couch all morning with coffee in hand working, so I can't complain too much ;) 
It's been so long since I've done a personal post, I love being able to look back at these to see how much has changed and how much my babies have grown. 
Hunter had his spring break about a week ago and got 2 whole weeks off from school! We had a few days out and about doing fun things but mostly stayed home. We had fun Easter morning going through the kids baskets and getting ready for Easter at my mother in laws.





I was feeling inspired by a Pinterest find and decided to make these dirt cupcakes with chocolate covered strawberries, they were delish and super cute right!?! 










Went to visit my big bro in Temecula one day! How adorable is my niece?!





Hunter has been doing soccer for the spring season and so far likes it, here's some photos at one of his saturday games.
Its pretty cute watching all these 4-6 year olds chasing after this ball, there's basically no white lines when your this little. 







River has been loving her ballet classes and is getting really good! 




She has also become quite the chicken whisperer, which is major progress from when we first brought these girls home. She asks me a couple times a day "Mama, can we go check on the baby chicks?" its pretty cute. We finished the coop this past weekend, except for a few minor things that need to be done in the future. I will post more pictures of that soon because it turned out super adorable!!