Category archives: lifestyle

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

San Diego Family Photographer | Golden hour Coronado Beach 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 Photographer | Gorgeous back-lit Golden Hour Photo Session at Mission Trails in the San Diego sunshine

San Diego Dog and Family Photographer | Gorgeous back-lit Golden Hour 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[...]
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