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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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!!!
Here's to an amazing week!! 






















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! 

  
Two.
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!!


Culver Family-Extended Family Session

Goodmorning!!! I can't believe its been so long since I blogged last, time flies when your having fun! 
I'm sitting here in my dining room, sipping my coffee, writing this blog post as my two littles sit next to me drawing and talking about what they are drawing/ coloring to eachother. This right here is my happy place, its not always easy and I could complain about how much they don't get along, are sometimes super defiant or how many chores I have to do and things that are on my to do list. Instead I'm sitting here content because I am so incredibly blessed and I don't want to take that for granted.


I had the best experience with this extended family at their session and it ended 2017 leaving me feeling so happy that I get to do this!! Capturing the connection, the love, the special lifelong bond that families share is something I still and will always cherish.

Here is the Culver family, most of them live in Hawaii (rough life huh?!) they came out to california for Christmas and reached out about a family session in my mountains!! 
We had such a fun time laughing, everyone was just super easy going and really just enjoyed their time together, even with all three little ones! 
Culver family thank you again for having me document your beautiful family and capture some pretty special memories.  

























Kleinertz Family - in home newborn session

Shooting in home newborn family sessions (whew, thats a mouthfull) gives me allll the feels!  The Kleinertz family invited me into their sweet home and introduced me to their brand new baby boy, Remy. How cute is that name!?! Keep scrolling to see more of this adorable family plus I wrote a few tips when planning your in home newborn session.

Thank you again Kleinertz family for having me in your home to capture this special time for your beautiful family. 



I wanted to share a few tips when planning an in home newborn session that might help prepare and give you ideas when planning for yours!
When to plan your session? I recommend within the first, at least, three weeks after baby is born. You want to wait until after you have been home and settled for a few days from the hospital but don't wait too long, babies tend to stop sleeping all day long and will get into routines and begin to be more fussy on a daily basis, sorry new mamas! I have shot plenty of one month old babies in their homes and it goes well so please don't let this detour you, its only my recommendation. 





Make sure baby is fed and has a clean diaper before your photographer arrives. Have any other family members dressed and ready before this as well. It's a good idea, if you have other littles to make sure their bellies are full before your session. 








What to wear for an in home session? I always recommend some comfy clothes when doing an in home session! It's typically not the session to pick out those fancy dresses or have your guy in slacks. I recommend starting with Mom, when you are comfortable and feeling good in what your wearing it shines through in the photos. Pick colors and patterns that would compliment your homes decor! I prefer a neutral palette but if you like bright bold colors than you do you! Remember when dressing a family, matchy matchy doesn't work and is a little old fashioned. Think coordinating, choose 2-3 colors and work with what you have. You can mix patterns as long as they compliment eachother. 









You don't need to have a gorgeous designer home to do an in home session. All a photographer needs is a space next to a door, window with good lighting and we will work our magic. I've even moved peoples furniture around to get just the right angle or wall I want to use. So please don't let this stop you from doing an in home session. Nothing beats the comfort and cozy of your own home and to have that captured in photos with the ones you love will be something you will cherish forever. 













Aurora's first birthday

I was so happy when my girl Jenn reached out to me about shooting her daughter's first birthday!! Little one's grow up so fast and its such a priveledge to be able to capture it for others!  We did a cake smash session in the studio with the most beautiful and tasiest cakes I've ever had, made by one of my neighbors!! She does cakes on the side, let me know if you want her info!
I set this all up with all things pink, of course, and it turned out so cute!!











A couple weeks later was birthday girls unicorn party. Props to her mama for putting this together!! Planning parties is no joke! 

Finley family, I hope these photos bring you joy and fond memories looking back as she grows each year. Congrats on making it through the first year with your beautiful daughter!










Thomason Family

Thomason Family, thank you so much for trusting me with capturing some beautiful, special photos for you to cherish. Nichole has quickly become one of my close friends since meeting her about a year ago, bonus; we're pretty much neighbors!! Ok, well not that close but they too live in our little mountain town of Pine Valley so we took advantage of our gorgeous surroundings and shot up the hill from their house! I absolutely love capturing the connection between a family and feel so blessed to be able to do so for friends. 























Tom & Jackie - Maternity

It was such a pleasure to meet and capture a special time in Tom and Jackie's life, getting ready to welcome their little baby girl soon. We had so much fun shooting around Coronado at the Hotel Del, Jackie looked absolutely stunning in her two dresses that complimented her baby bump so well. I made the flower crown to go with both looks. 
One of my favorite parts about shooting them was how much they laughed together, they radiate love and affection for eachother and I know that baby girl is going to have some awesome parents. 

Flower Crown made by me
Hair by Holly instagram
Pink gown by Pink Blush Maternity




























Boudoir Styled Shoot

I put together my very first styled boudoir shoot with the help of Sarah of beauty bespoken, who is a fabulous makeup artist. Boudoir photography has quickly become one of my favorite things to shoot, I can't get enough and I love showing women how beautiful they are! 
If you are interested in a session at my studio or even your home, I would love to chat more with you. 
You can email me at boudoirbychristy@gmail.com

Please follow all of the vendors that helped with this beautiful shoot!
Makeup by Sarah beautybespoken

Hair by Holly instagram

Jewelry by Jennifer housgoods

Models Devon and Melanie Devon Melanie

If you would like to see more of my work please follow my instagram page, sorry guys, ladies only!! Boudoir by Christy

We had a florist lined up but unfortunately at the last minute couldn't deliver the flowers. I love putting together arrangements, although I am not a professional, I had fun putting the bouquets together. All photos were done in my home studio, located in Pine Valley CA. 


























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 ;)