Olivia-Artist Session

"I'm an artist and when you buy from me you are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying a piece of my heart and soul, a moment of my life."

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Pablo Picasso

A jeweler, calligrapher and beautiful person on the inside and out. I first "met" Olivia through San Diego's Tuesdays Together group on facebook. When we planned a shoot that focused on her I was excited to watch and capture an artist at work. I myself used to make and sell jewelry, not as gorgeous or labor intensive as hers but I have an appreciation for her work. This girl is so talented and has a sweet soul, give her a follow and support her art.

When thinking of a location for the shoot I wanted a relaxed environment, obliviously someplace with a trendy eye catching vibe and with tables. So what better place than a coffee shop! Communal Coffee shop has such a beautiful, simplistic design feel to it. Its a great place to meet up with friends or work with your favorite drink. 

Olivia, I can't wait to meet up and work together again! 

Lake Tahoe

Well I can finally check Lake Tahoe off my bucket list! I can't wait to go back again, maybe next year?! There was so much to see and do and great for families. We explored Cascade lake waterfall, Popes and Sand Harbor beaches, Truckee River, the local farmers market, plus had a gorgeous/huge mansion for all 20 plus of my hubby's extended family. 

On our last day there we learned there was a black bear just hanging out all day in our neighbors tree!! Its hard to see but its in the middle tree.

My favorite spot on our trip was east Lake Tahoe in Sand Harbor beach. The water there was unbelievably clear blue, I just had to jump in, climb some rocks and explore.
Be adventurous ;)

Daniel & Abby - Engaged

This engagement session was such a dream to photograph, I was pretty excited when Abby said she wanted to shoot their photos at Balboa Park. There's soooo many spots there to choose from it can actually be a little overwhelming! Plus I didn't want to capture photos focused on the location but rather this gorgeous couple and their sweet connection, I think the photos tell a beautiful story of their relationship. Daniel and Abby thank you so much for the privilege of capturing your love story. 

I also loved that they wanted to include their two fur babies! Incorporating your personality and life into your session is something that I encourage all my clients to do!

Flower crown was made by me

Foltz Family-family/anniversary session

I just adore capturing families, those real and raw moments that you can't pose or make up just bring big warm fuzzies to my heart. I'm pretty sure after this session I was a little sore from chasing these two busy kids around (I really need to workout more), Vanessa I give you props girl for keeping up with them, you are a rockstar mama!
Vanessa and Tyler (my cuz "cousin") were also getting ready to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary and wanted some photos of just the two of them. I absolutely, like 100%, think that getting photos together shouldn't stop after the wedding. Celebrate your relationship, the love and strength that it takes to make a marriage work and last. Its beautiful and should always be recognized. 

I'll stop jabbering so you can look at all these sweet shots from this session. 
Thanks again Foltz fam for giving me the privilege to capture these precious memories for you.  

Lilah - newborn lifestyle session

My heart is just bursting with happiness for this family right here! Little Lilah Penelope (cutest name right?!) is such a beautiful mix of both Levi and Samantha. 

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. -Winnie the Pooh

The joy a newborn brings to the home is a feeling that can only be described or understood if you've experienced it for yourself. It is also a time that goes by far too quickly and you want to soak up every minute as much as possible (except for maybe all those sleepless nights and fussing). 
Congratulations Kottas family and thank you again for having me in your home for such a special session.

Three FAQ about photography sessions

Hi! Happy almost friday! I absolutely love the weekends because it always means family time and usually a photography session or event. I've had some beautiful sessions all around San Diego recently with perfect weather, right now is the best time (before it gets too hot) to have photos taken. Then again we always seem to have the perfect weather here!
This post it meant to help answer a few questions I get regularly, in hopes to make it easier for you to schedule your desired session with me! Again, if you have any questions about a session please don't hesitate to ask! I'm even happy to take you out for coffee to meet in person!

The first question/concern I'm going to address (also the most uncomfortable topic to talk about, so we'll get it out of the way first) that might be holding you back from a session is 

"I don't have the extra money to book a session!"

I totally understand not always having extra money for things that aren't in our budget. My best piece of advice for this is to plan ahead! So we're in the month of June, lets say you want to book a session for sometime in September, this gives you 3 months of setting aside some money. I require a deposit to book any session, typically $50-100, and that deposit will hold your date and time for you, so when I recommend booking your session now this doesn't mean you need to come up with all the money right now. I also accept credit cards now through honeybook.com which has helped tremendously with my workflow, contracts, and even other contacts in the creative industry.

The second question/concern I want to address is

"I don't have the time to set aside for a session"

Life gets busy, things come up and before we know it we haven't gotten around to doing all the things we wanted to! Again, plan ahead, this way we have something on the calendar and can plan life around this. Planning ahead can also set your mind at ease about saving money, finding outfits and sitting down with me to plan your perfect session!

The final question/concern I want to talk about has to do with our body image, not wanting to be in photos because we "need to lose a few more pounds", "hate the way my body, hair, face, mind is after having babies", "not liking my smile", "my double chin", "I'm not tan enough, skinny enough, pretty enough" 


I have said all these things at some point, I'm still a work in progress, but learning to love myself the way I am, double chin and all ;)
Please don't let this be the reason that's holding you back from getting photos done. I've had several of my clients tell me after a session, even boudoir, that they are so happy I captured this time in their lives and were happy they didn't let these issues or concerns hold them back. 
You won't get this time of your life back, time passes, kids grow, people change and your photos are such a beautiful, tangible way of remembering. I've gotten so much joy looking through old and recent photos of me with my loved ones that those concerns don't even matter at this point. 

Studio Session - Adkins Family

Well this family was such a delight to meet! They were the winner's of my mothers day studio session giveaway and we had such a fun time at their session! Little Colby was such a cutie in front of the camera and the connection this family has was the sweetest to witness. Check out the blog that Mom, Elisabeth, helps write for http://sandiego.citymomsblog.com/
It was such a pleasure to meet you Adkins family and to be able to capture some beautiful memories for your family. 

Gorgeous handmade paper flower crown made by Donna-Paperave

Little farmer - first birthday party

I love planning my kiddos birthday parties, besides the cleanup, details and DIY are my thing. So is capturing them! We just had my daughter's third birthday this past weekend and she requested everything pink! 
This little guys farmer first birthday party was the cutest! His mama did such a great job with all the details, we made sure to get some cute photos of the birthday boy before he got dirty or was completely over it. 
Need photos of your little's birthday parties!?! You know where to find me!

fill out the FORM HERE to inquire



Mommy and Me sessions-Melissa and Sonny

I'm finally getting around to blogging the rest of this adorable mommy and me session with my friend Melissa and her son Sonny! I had so much fun planning and styling this session this special session. I found the skirt on Amazon, the floral arrangements were made by Rebecca Barney:Barney Designs and we shot the outdoor photos in my neighborhood of Pine Valley!

One of my goals for this session was to give Mom her time to shine. I was going for kind of an ethereal forest princess feel and my good friend and amazing tattoo artist Jenna helped with the direction. 

The Studio

I'm happy to now offer my in home studio for your session! This space is perfect for a small family session, boudoir session, maternity session, newborn, or couples cuddle session!
Located in beautiful Pine Valley CA about 45 minutes from Downtown San Diego and surrounding cities. 

Mommy and Me Studio Session

I met this sweet mama who also happens to be a very talented photographer at my MOPs group about a year ago. I had the privledge of working along side her as a second shooter last year.

Photography has opened up so many opportunities for me, its been such a blessing to have met new people, give the gift of memories, have an outlet/job that I'm truly passionate about. It makes me incredibly happy that I could provide this mama with some special photos of just her and her boys. 

Flower Crown handmade by the insanely talented: Donna of Paperave
Photos taken in my home studio

Northern California Roadtrip - Wanderlust Photography

The World is too big to stay in just one place and life is too short to do just one thing.

We decided the week before to just hit the road and go someplace. As a family we haven't done a vacation together since River was born so I was pretty excited to have this time together. We drove up North all the way to Redding California where my little sis and her hubby live. We visited Shasta Dam then up a little more to Whiskeytown Lake.

It was so good to visit my sissy again while she was on her spring break, the kids couldn't get enough of Auntie Shell. 

Hunter's face when we had to leave Auntie's :( 
After a few days we left Redding CA and headed to the coast to see the gorgeous Redwoods, made it to Paul Bunyan and his blue OX at the Trees of Mystery. We enjoyed a yummy lunch at the Forest Cafe drove back down the 101 and stopped a few other places on the way back to our campground.

Driftwood for days! This was one of my favorite things about this beautiful beach we stumbled upon. Gosh I love exploring new places and making new memories with this bunch. 

Despite a little bit of rain and alot of driving, the kids did sooooo good in the car and really enjoyed our trip together. 

I call this driveby shooting (harhar)

The Stylish Housewife-Blogger Shoot

Besides having the two blogger shoots at the workshop I attended I have never shot with a blogger before! I met Jenn through instagram, she is the stylish housewife and blogs about fashion. We had such a great time walking around Westfield UTC mall and got some really great shots. It was so nice to meet you Jenn and look forward to working with you again in the future!

Daydreamer Workshop

One of my big goals for 2017 was to attend a workshop. Education is an ongoing important part of not only business but in our everyday life. I knew that attending a workshop was something I needed and wanted to do in order to keep learning, improving my skills and gaining knowledge that would benefit my photography business. 
I found the DAYDREAMERS WORKSHOP on one of the facebook groups I'm in. Sam and Erica, husband and wife photography team, were the ones behind putting on this workshop that approximately 12 photographers attended. What intrigued me about this particular workshop, besides the fact that its pretty much the only local one for me, was the description. 


So glad you asked! Adventure photography is just that, an adventure! We learn best by stepping out of our comfort zones and "go-to" locations for photography. In this workshop, we are going to venture out into places not usually traveled to explore and create some epic pictures. 

One of the many aspects I LOVE about photography is the adventure in it! Each session, environment, clients, experience is different and an exciting unexpected adventure for me! 
I had such an amazing time getting to know other photographers, shooting with them, networking, learning how they do things and creating new friendships! 
All the vendors that participated with their goods/services killed it too! Thank you all for the experience and good time!


Florals  Leah-bespoke occasions
Makeup Ariel
Felt Florals created by coco
Jewelry wild cloud
Cake Rachel

Mother's Day Studio Sessions

I am so excited to put together this special event to celebrate Mamas! I can't think of anything I could want more, besides maybe a nap or spa day, then beautiful photos of my family. Our kiddos grow and change so quickly, having images of them is such a special way to remember. 


Date - Saturday April 22nd 

Time slots - 10:00am
              11:00 am

Price - $200 

45 minute session both inside the Christy Golder Photography Studio, located in Pine Valley California, as well as outside of studio surrounded by tall trees.

Mama's, You will also be treated to yummy snacks 
(I'll have snacks for your kiddos too because we all know that food makes them happier and we want happy kiddos for pictures), mimosas and a little gift from me to.


I've put together a little Q&A to hopefully answer any questions you might have about this special event.

WHO is this event/special for?
I'm opening up my home studio for one day only to offer a special gift of beautiful images for Mother's Day. Families of 4 (maximum, maybe 5, due to limited space) Mommy and me (if Dad can't or doesn't feel like being in photos because lets face it most of them don't ;)
Grandma's want some sweet images with your grandbabies?! Expecting parents, you deserve to celebrate Mother's Day too! 

WHAT is the event for? WHAT should I wear? 
This event, being hosted by yours truly, Christy Golder is for me to offer a special day and time just for you Mama's. Photos make the perfect gift to yourself, your parents (grandparents) and family. I personally understand how stressful it can be to put together outfits for not only yourself but whole family! My best advice is to look at what's already in your closet, why spend extra money if you don't have to! Coordinate, don't match, look for complimenting colors and patterns. Start with yourself (Mom) then move on to the rest. Find clothes that you will be comfortable in, you will be sitting, laying on the bed and snuggling those babies of yours :)
For ideas check out PINTEREST 

WHEN is the session?
This special Mother's Day session will only be held on one day, take advantage! I will only have 5 time slots available so be quick to snatch up one for you!

WHERE is the session?
I've set up my home studio just for you and this Mother's Day session! My home is in Pine Valley California (address will be given at time of booking session) surrounded by beautiful mountains, trees and outdoor fresh air! My studio has a comfy bed for you and your family to snuggle on during your session. I'll have books for you to read to your kiddos as an activity to keep them interested. If you have a special blanket, book or anything you want to incorporate in your session please bring it along!

WHY are you hosting/offering this special session? Why should I take part in this event?
I'm glad you asked! ;) Being a mama myself I hold tight to the memories I have with my babies, especially the photos!
I wanted to do something special for all you other mamas because you deserve it!
Talking money is not my favorite part of this photography gig but I am offering a big savings for these sessions. I typically charge $300 for an outdoor family session. Having two locations for these sessions gives you more!

Hope that can answer some questions! And I hope it gets you excited for this Mother's Day Event I'm hosting because I am! On to the photos of a mommy and me session I did in the studio!

Blueberry crumble muffins

I am not a baker. However, I do enjoy baked goods. I found this recipe for blueberry crumble muffins the other day on PINTEREST that the kids and I whipped together in about 30 minutes. I will not disclose how many I indulged in but lets just say they are pretty amazing. The perfect blend of flavors, not dry at all! 
P.S. I had them in the oven for about 20 minutes, it recommended 20-25 minutes and I used half and half instead of buttermilk because that is what I had on hand.

you can find the RECIPE HERE on my Pinterest Board.

Lopez family-Newborn Photography

Little Andres Alfonso Lopez was born on February 8th 2017 to Alfonso and Joanna Lopez. This cutie was so calm and good for his newborn session and his big sister's were so helpful and loving! I absolutely love and feel so privileged to document this time in family's lives, I know how quickly the newborn phase comes and goes. 

James & Brianna-Engagement

This couple, all the heart eyes for them. It was such a joy and pleasure to shoot their engagement photos! It helps that they are both good looking and so in love, makes my job easy ;)I've known James for a very long time, he is a good friend of my hubby, and turns out I knew Brianna from my past, she was good friends with my little sister back in junior high!
One thing stood out to me while hanging out with them, was how attentive and caring James was toward Brianna. They have such a sweet, genuine and tender love that started out with a friendship, I'm so happy they found each other. Congratulations on your happy ever after!
I was so happy to work with another creative who provided the gorgeous flower crown Brianna is wearing, Ashley is currently building her portfolio so please let me know if you need any floral work and I can provide you with her info! 
Prepare for photo overload!! These were too good not to share. 


Being outside with your kiddos can give you life again. It's all those little unplanned moments and days that make up some of my most fondest memories. Showing my kiddos the world around them makes my heart happy and fulfilled. 
This day wasn't anything super special but I loved getting out with my kiddos and mama to enjoy a beautiful San Diego day. If you haven't been to this park yet, you must go. I wouldn't recommend it for little ones, even River can't get up this hill by herself to get up to the slide, Its right outside of the San Diego County Administration Center. Tomorrow we are hitting up the zoo with my mama in law! Where are some of your favorite places to visit/explore with your littles? I'd love some new ideas, insp, etc. Enjoy the rest of this week!!

Love that I found this!!! Yeah I don't get out much, The Rising Tide Society is a community built to inspire creatives and this is their moto! Love it!