Lucena & Giampaoli Family : San Diego : Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

I am completely and truly blessed, thankful, and so very lucky…

I have the opportunity to meet such amazing families, couples and kids. Almost immediately, I feel like I am a part of your family.

I am so very thankful to receive the love and referrals that have been coming in each month. Michelle, thank you. Maribelle, your family, your father, your mother – oh my gosh, I just want to hug all of you. I am so lucky to have met all of you.

Happy 45th Aniversary Maxie and Ted Lucena!  And happy happy 70th birthday Mom.


Hmmm…. I am noticing a pattern here. Teddy has his hands in his pocket while Mirabelle and Mary were more than happy lean in and just give big hugs!!!!!

And Sam here is doing the same thing.

I get to ask Dad to give Mom a few birthday kisses in front of their grown children and hear the awwws around me. We all get to witness his Rico Suave side.

When I get home, I have to decide which of the 5 images I am keeping. They are exactly the same except for the expressions on the children’s faces.

Mirabelle, just so you know, I am a fan of your family. You all are so cute, thanks for being silly with me 🙂

Family/Friends: You may copy and paste the images above to share the images with others.

The Mack Family : Maui, Hawaii : Destination

It was such a smart idea, why not? We are in Maui for goodness sakes! The island of happiness, it is not disneyland. It is Maui. An absolutely beautiful island with so much to see, do and EAT! Gemini sent me an email to set up a family session since we were both there for a wedding for a special couple, I was very excited to be given such a wonderful opportunity!

Upon meeting them, Dominic had just woken up from his nap, and Liana was like me, “Island of paradise, come to me!!!!” She just couldn’t wait to get in the water. Neither could I. I don’t blame you for being a kid at a candy store.

So the goal was to get everyone to look at me, I just needed a second of their time, maybe even 2. It was fun, but we all know what my favorite images are: Just the way they are. Moments captured. Not picture perfect but picture worthy – full of personality and life.

Gemini, John: Thank you. Thank you so much.

Here is a look at your session with me.

Liana amuses me. Ha!

One out of 4. Getting so close.


Just because Gemini looks great. =)

See.. Liana loves Maui. I love Maui too. Liana, you can hold my hand anytime and we can run up and down the beach kicking sand and water.


This is my fav.


Last, this is just funny. I wanted her to do whatever she wanted.
This picture is for you Liana. This is one you will share with your friends, Lil’ Miss Independent.

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Linda + Hiep Hoang : San Diego : Wedding

When I first met Linda & Hiep, it was an instant connection. It felt like we were old friends getting together once again but it was the first time we had just met. They lit up the room with their presence and their welcoming big SMILES; Hiep has a permanent smile and Linda has that million dollar one. We talked wedding and non wedding topics, the conversation just flowed. They were just happy, happy to settle down and one day call each husband and wife. It is when you know you found your perfect match and I was lucky enough to be a part of their special day… and new found friends of mine.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a series of photos worth a million, in fact, it tells a story. A love story. You can almost hear Colbie Callait singing in the background.

Our plan was to find a place, and set the scene. We were on a very tight schedule and we needed to find a secluded spot for them to see each other for the “first time.” The wedding party watched and waited below as she slowly came up on the escalator and he was waiting…

Here is a look at their first look.












I cried. And to make it worse, I had Faith Hill “Love is a Sweet Thing” playing in the background.

Again, many congrats to you two. Lots of love… Love is a sweeet thing.

Family, friends, vendors:  Please free to copy and use the images above to share with others.

*Many many THANKS to Nicole Rork for being by my side and assisting me with this wedding. Everyone needs a sweet Ninja in their life. You were mine and theirs. Thank you so MUCH!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! Take a moment to share this holiday with someone special or the friends and/or family in your life. It’s another day to celebrate LOVE. Make a date with friends. Cook dinner with your kids. Bring your mother flowers. Wait in line at Sprinkles with your husband. Love & Pay it forward to those around you. (This is my love face.)

I also wanted to share this with everyone:

So there was an ad in the Poway News Cheiftan and it asked readers to submit your love story in 300 words or less on how you met and your secrets to a successful relationship. They also asked for a high resolution photo. I, of course chose one you took from our engagement session which all came out sooo perfect. I picked up a copy of the magazine today and they not only chose to run my article, but they chose your photo to be on the February 2011 issue of Rancho North Inland Lifestyle Magazine!!! I was so excited to see it because I had no idea they would chose my article let alone put our photo on the cover! Thank you so much Sina for being my photographer, you are the best!

Love,
Serena

Thank you Serena, I am very happy to see the both of you on the cover of the magazine!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

If you want to know how they met, check it out on the Knot or their blog here.

An extremely fun and cute couple.   Love the both of you!

If you have stories to share, email me and we can post your stories here, along with any special photos you have.

The Harris Family

We were looking forward to a little bit of sun setting over at Sunset Cliffs, but nonetheless, you can never go wrong with the backdrop in Ocean Beach even on a cloudy day and having a little spunky JJ by your side.

The art behind getting a child to smile back… I have no problem getting the parents to look at me and smile. Libby, you loook adorable!

But when you do, it was very much worth it. I just want to hug him so tight!!!



Gorgeous eyes Libby. Work it woman!


Libby and Brian, thank you for allowing me to be part of the club.  

The Parris Family

Can I just say how nice it is to be able to grow with your family?

The news of your first child, meeting little Savannah, having baby # 2 and now, here we are together again.  I feel like a part of your family.  As Savannah would say, where’s Thina?  I am very much enjoying my Auntie Thina moment.

I know you think I say this to all my friends and clients.. well… maybe one, two, or three other.  But I do mean it.  I love your family.  LOVE!

Here is your sneak peek.





Shella saw these: Wow, what a perfect looking family!

Of course, please feel free to copy and paste the these photos to your online albums, facebook and/or myspace to share and enjoy with your family and friends. More to come, I promise.

Weekday Sessions

With the holiday approaching just around the corner, the calendar is close to being booked til mid December. I have decided to adjust the prices to entice families to schedule a session during the week (Monday through Thursday). It is an On-Location shoot, so I can come to you or we meet at a local park/beach nearby.

*Limit of 4 Person(s) Per Family
*On-Location is limited to areas in San Diego County.