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San Diego Mommy and Me Portrait Session in the Fall Setting of Rancho Penasquitos Canyon – Rachel Manning PhotographyRancho Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Family Photography Session in San Diego

San Diego Mommy and Me Portrait Session in the Fall Setting of Rancho Penasquitos Canyon - Rachel Manning Photography
I loved photographing this sweet mommy and me session in Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego.  We lucked out with the most beautiful golden light filtering through the trees during our portrait session.  This is the kind of light that makes my heart sing!  Mommy and me sessions are my favorite kinds of sessions to capture because the bond between a mother and her c[...]

Beautiful La Jolla Beach Family Portrait Session featuring the happiest baby boy by Rachel Manning | San Diego Family Photographer

Beautiful La Jolla Beach Family Portrait Session featuring the happiest baby boy by Rachel Manning | San Diego Family Photographer
I'm really excited to share this La Jolla Beach Family Session because it features the smiliest baby boy I've ever photographed.  Could he be any cuter?  I lucked out that Grandma came along during our session and she had a way of making him smile and laugh.  Thank you, Grandma for making my job easy!  We were concerned with the overcast skies this day and we were wor[...]

Fun & Colorful Portraits at Leo Carrillo Ranch by San Diego Family Photographer

Fun & Colorful Portraits at Leo Carrillo Ranch by San Diego Family Photographer
I met Kim when our daughters were just little toddlers and I joined the playgroup she started.   Five years later that playgroup no longer exists, but our friendship continued and we thankfully kept in touch.  Now that our daughters are in elementary school, we don't see each other as much as we would like, but we have the kind of friendship that if we don't talk for [...]

San Diego Beach Photographer | Golden hour Coronado Beach family session with beautiful sand dunes, reeds & magic moments

San Diego Beach Photographer | Golden hour Coronado Beach family session with beautiful sand dunes, reeds & magic moments
This session was a favorite of mine from last Fall.  This location has so much to offer and is a favorite of mine for beach sessions because there is so much versatility, from the reeds, sand dunes, ice plant and wildflowers to the beautiful light on the seashore with Cabrillo Point in the background.  This spot has an "East Coast" look to it and high tide is never an[...]

San Diego Dog and Family Photography | Labs and More Rescue Organization Volunteer Work by Rachel Manning Photography

San Diego Dog and Family Photography | Labs and More Rescue Organization Volunteer Work by Rachel Manning Photography
Last weekend I had the honor of volunteering my time by photographing these sweet rescue dogs for Labs and More Rescue, an organization that is very close to my heart.  My family adopted our two rescue pups Skipper and Scout from this organization.  Working with these puppies was the best kind of therapy.  Spending the afternoon photographing them, meeting their foste[...]

San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Dog Photographer | San Diego Natural Light Photography | Gorgeous back-lit Family Photo Session at Mission Trails in the San Diego sunshine

San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Dog Photographer | San Diego Natural Light Photography | Gorgeous back-lit Family Photo Session at Mission Trails in the San Diego sunshine
Finally getting around to sharing this amazing session from last Fall at Mission Trails.  These clients of mine are what I call my dreamies.  They come back to see me year after year with their adorable girls and their SWEET visla dog named Guy.  They're always perfectly dressed and no matter what they are all smiles and ready to have some fun.  What if I told you tha[...]

San Diego Family Portraits | Mommy and Me Limited Edition Sessions | Celebrating Motherhood

San Diego Family Portraits | Mommy and Me Limited Edition Sessions | Celebrating Motherhood
Announcing NEW Mommy and Me Limited Edition Photography Sessions for San Diego Families!  Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Gift a session to a Mom that you love or gift it to yourself!  I thrive on capturing the remarkable connections that exist between mothers and their children.  Let me help you freeze time and create some beautiful art for your walls.  Excl[...]

San Diego Family Photographer | Client outdoor nature session guide: What to wear and how to make the most of your family session

San Diego Family Photographer | Client outdoor nature session guide:  What to wear and how to make the most of your family session
Many clients feel overwhelmed with choosing what to wear for their sessions.  I have been there before.  It's a common concern.  Working with me means that I am with my clients from beginning to end.  Not only do I help you with choosing the perfect location for your session, I am also here to help you choose what to wear.  Together we work to create a plan for captur[...]

San Diego Family Photographer | Fun, Joyful & Light-filled Coronado Beach Session

San Diego Family Photographer | Fun, Joyful & Light-filled Coronado Beach Session
Capturing this family at Coronado Beach was incredibly rewarding, not only because these boys were so adorable to photograph, but also because they truly had fun.  In fact, this Mom gave me one of the nicest compliments I've ever received.  After we were done with our session, she said that this was the most relaxed her family has ever been and the most fun her family[...]

San Diego Photographer | Tam + Joel’s Vietnamese Tea Ceremony & Wedding at San Dieguito Park

San Diego Photographer | Tam + Joel's Vietnamese Tea Ceremony & Wedding at San Dieguito Park
It was such an honor to spend this special day with Tam & Joel as they exchanged wedding vows before their loved ones.  The warm, gorgeous day began in the morning with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony where their families exchanged gifts and Tam and Joel each served their future in-laws tea.  I loved that they wore traditional Vietnamese costumes for this.  [...]

San Diego Family Photographer | La Jolla Wildflowers Session with family dog | Rachel Manning Photography

San Diego Family Photographer | La Jolla Wildflowers Session with family dog | Rachel Manning Photography
I met this sweet family through our mutual friend.  This is the third time I have photographed them, the first time was last Fall and second time for Evan's first birthday party.  Each time I photograph them it's always a pleasure to work with them and their little boy is just so cute.  I am really happy they decided to bring their French Bull Dog Maggie along for pho[...]

San Diego Lifestyle Photography – Sweet & Playful Engagement Session at Cedros Design District & Fletcher Cove Beach, Solana Beach

San Diego Lifestyle Photography - Sweet & Playful Engagement Session at Cedros Design District & Fletcher Cove Beach, Solana Beach
I am so excited to share this fun engagement session from last month.  Tam & Joel wanted a playful vibe to their session and they wanted to incorporate their bikes since they both run triathlons.  So, I suggested Solana Beach as our location, so that we could start out in the Cedros Design District with their bikes, then move on to nearby Fletcher Cove Park for so[...]

San Diego Family Portrait Photographer | Outdoor on-location wildflowers family lifestyle session at Lake Murray | Rachel Manning Photography

San Diego Family Portrait Photographer | Outdoor on-location wildflowers family lifestyle session at Lake Murray | Rachel Manning Photography
This gorgeous family showed up for their session dressed in the most stylish outfits.  I was ecstatic to photograph them!  I loved following them around as they played in the wildflowers.  The love and strong bond this family shares is very apparent.  I always send out a questionnaire to my clients before their photo sessions because it helps me get to know them bette[...]

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer | Rachel Manning Photography | Mission Trails Photo Session

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer | Rachel Manning Photography | Mission Trails Photo Session
It's time to share some personal work of my favorite subjects.  My Littles helped me scout Mission Trails for a session last month and I captured a few images.  The foliage is so lush right now.  My daughter has fallen in love with the Springtime the way I am enamored with it.  She loves all the wildflowers.  After I explained to her what a bouquet of flowers is, it's[...]

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer | Fun Family Photo Session at Presidio Park

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer | Fun Family Photo Session at Presidio Park
I love it when some of the first words I hear from a client after their session is, "we had so much fun!"  This sweet family had a great time during their photo session, and so did I!  This session turned out to be the perfect mix of traditional posed portraits followed by fun lifestyle photos where I let them play, have fun, and just be their beautiful selves togethe[...]

San Diego Family & Lifestyle Photographer – Dreamy Maternity Session at Mission Trails

San Diego Family & Lifestyle Photographer - Dreamy Maternity Session at Mission Trails
It's funny how the universe works sometimes.  A few weeks ago I had been thinking that I really wanted to photograph a dreamy maternity session in a pretty field with gorgeous light.  Kaori and I had been admiring each other's work on each other's blogs for many months in a FB group we are both members of.  She is a very talented photographer!  When I read on her blog[...]

San Diego Wedding Photographer – Light, Airy & Ethereal Styled Bridal Session at Barnett Ranch Preserve, Ramona, CA

San Diego Wedding Photographer - Light, Airy & Ethereal Styled Bridal Session at Barnett Ranch Preserve, Ramona, CA
Last month I had the opportunity to photograph a styled bridal session alongside a photographer I greatly admire, Acres of Hope Photography. Words cannot express how excited I was to create these images when I saw the gorgeous model, the amazing setting, and the beautiful florals and styling.  The light in this grassy field was just stunning.  I was swooning behind my[...]

San Diego Family Photographer – Family Session with Visla dog during golden hour

San Diego Family Photographer - Family Session with Visla dog during golden hour
I'm so happy this family came to me for their family portraits last Fall.  These two little girls have the bluest eyes and the sweetest smiles.  When they walked up with their beautiful red visla dog named Mr. Guy, I was in love.  I've always wanted a visla, so I got to live vicariously through my clients.  I was so impressed with how well-behaved and obedient he was.[...]

San Diego Family Photographer – Children’s Siblings Session in La Jolla

San Diego Family Photographer - Children's Siblings Session in La Jolla
I've known these girls since they were born and they have grown up with my kids.  I have shared a friendship with their Mom for 13 years now.  Photographing close friends is so much fun because it's just like hanging out together and we can all be ourselves.  This is how it should be with every session, but with these girls there was no "warm up" period.  They just kn[...]

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photography Session with Standard Poodle Dog at Marian Bear

San Diego Family Lifestyle Photography Session with Standard Poodle Dog at Marian Bear
I felt so honored when this amazing couple asked me to help them document the happiness and love they share in their lives together after a very challenging  time in their lives.  They had been through many tough times in dealing with a traumatic brain injury and healing from it.  They arrived with huge smiles and so much happiness inside that it was impossible not to[...]
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