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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 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 Photography ~ Fall Mini-Session at Marian Bear Nature Park

San Diego Family Photography ~ Fall Mini-Session at Marian Bear Nature Park
This family was so much fun to photograph!  When they showed up with their baby dressed in a bow tie, suspenders, and a beret I was in heaven!  We had so much fun singing nursery rhymes to get him to smile, and it worked.  My job was made too easy for this session.  It's easy to see why this Mom and Dad are smitten with their baby boy.  Thank you, Murray Family for co[...]

San Diego Portrait Photographer – Hawaiian Vow Renewal – Part II

San Diego Portrait Photographer - Hawaiian Vow Renewal - Part II
Here is Part II of my sister's Hawaiian vow renewal photos taken last June in Oahu.  We had about 15 minutes after their ceremony to capture a few more family portraits,  some photos of just the two of them, and some solo photos of my sister.  After that, we hurried on to the Polynesian Cultural Center to attend a Luau together and watch  my sister and brother-in-law [...]

San Diego Portrait Photographer – Antuna Hawaiian Vow Renewal on Oahu

San Diego Portrait Photographer - Antuna Hawaiian Vow Renewal on Oahu
Last June my family and I went on an amazing trip to Hawaii together.  We met my Mom, Stepdad, brother, sister, their spouses, and their kids out there and all stayed in a beautiful house on the North Shore of Oahu for one week.  We all spent quality family time together going to the beach, swimming in the pool, and sharing meals together.  My little ones absolutely l[...]

San Diego Family Photographer – Personal Work: Joshua Tree Cabin Getaway

San Diego Family Photographer - Personal Work:  Joshua Tree Cabin Getaway
  I wanted to share these photos from our Spring getaway at a cabin in Joshua Tree.  At the time, we were all recovering from bad colds.  My littlest actually had walking pneumonia and was on antibiotics.  So, this was a much-needed relaxing getaway for us.  We stocked up on food at the store and we never left the cabin for three days.  With gorgeous views of [...]

Wizard of Oz Halloween Styled Photo Session – San Diego Family Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Wizard of Oz Halloween Styled Photo Session - San Diego Family Lifestyle Portrait Photographer
Presenting my Littles as Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion.  This was earlier this month when I decided on a whim to photograph them while visiting the pumpkin patch.  I had picked up Eva's costume on clearance last year and I found Asher's lion costume at Target.  It's actually a dog costume (only $6.99) so the bonus is our dog can wear it too.  Asher is now 7 years old [...]

Project Ten: Hair

Project Ten: Hair
With only one day left to submit my entry for this month's theme, I stayed up very late last night to finish processing these photos.  It's been such a hectic summer so far that I almost didn't have enough time.  I managed to squeeze in a mini-session when we had some family time at the park on the 4th of July.  I focused on just my daughter Evangeline since she has t[...]

Project Ten: Books

Project Ten: Books
Lately I've been a little obsessed with fairy tales and fairy wings, so when this theme was announced I jumped at the chance to combine the two.  I decided to photograph a set of old Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale books that my husband inherited.  I found an enchanting field of flowers near my house and I took my Littles over there for our session. We had a lot of[...]

Couples Portraits: Katie + Ed / San Diego Family and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer / Rachel Manning Photography

Couples Portraits: Katie + Ed  / San Diego Family and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer / Rachel Manning Photography
My dear friend Katie wanted romantic portraits taken with her husband.  The last time they had professional photos taken together was for their engagement and wedding photos some five years ago. It got me thinking, why not commemorate your love together in photos again (separate from your children) just because or for an anniversary?  It's been eight years since my[...]

Josie + Deb: Lifestyle Session

Josie + Deb:  Lifestyle Session
This recent lifestyle session was about the joy of play and the fun of discovering the curiosities that exist in the natural world--Mommy showing her one-year-old a little beetle on the ground, a bird flying through the air, or the wildflowers growing along the trails.  It was fun to see how these little curiosities become new again for a Mommy seeing them through her[...]

Welcome!

I just realized I never wrote an introduction.  I just dove right in and started blogging.  :)  Welcome to my new photography blog where I will post details about my recent photo sessions as well as some of my favorites. My hubby is helping me design and create my photography website and online portfolio.  It is taking a bit more time but please stay tuned.  I hope to[...]

Wanford Family Photo Session

Wanford Family Photo Session
We visited with our dear friends The Wanford's for the day at their posh little rental in Palm Springs.  It's turning out to be an annual tradition that we meet them out there in the Springtime so they can get some sun and escape from rainy Portland.  I was thrilled to finally get to meet baby Leuca and all his baby fat cuteness. Kasey and I became friends when we wer[...]
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