San Diego Family Portrait Photographer | Natural Light Family Photography Session at Mission Trails Park in a golden field

Today I’m sharing a family portrait session I photographed a year ago last Fall in a beautiful field at Mission Trails.  I just photographed this family last weekend for the third time at Presidio Park.  I promise I won’t take an entire year to blog that session, I’m hoping to finally catch up.  It really is hard to fathom that I have watched this sweet little girl grow before my lens.  The first year I photographed them she was only a year old, for this Mission Trails session she was two years old, and last weekend for their third session she is now three years old.  Wow!  It’s such an amazing thing for me to experience this as a family photographer.  It’s a privilege which I do not take lightly.  I am so grateful that I have amazing clients like them who choose to come back to me year after year, and by doing so, we have gotten to know each other well and their little girl knows me and is comfortable with me too.  I did notice quite a difference in her from age 2 to 3.  Last year we were singing “A Whole New World” to get her to smile and dance, while this year she complimented me on my toe nail polish color and bargained with me on how many prizes she would get to choose out of my treasure chest.  Haha, I remember the “threes” with my own little ones.  It’s such a fun age, but three-year-olds sure do keep you on your toes!

I love photographing this sweet family each year.  It’s a joy to see them each Fall and see how much their beautiful daughter has grown.  She has recently begun her career as a child model and has started modelling for Target and Gymboree.  Clearly, the camera loves her sweet face, and she was made for this.  I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to see how far she goes.

Tis the season for Fall family portrait sessions.  This family was featured in my blog post “What to Wear and how to make the most of your session” for San Diego Family Photo Sessions.  Check out the guide I wrote here:

Looking for a San Diego family photographer to capture your family’s sweet connection and love in beautiful light?  Email me at  I would love to chat with you about creating art from your lives.  It’s what I love to do with all my heart!

  • Julie Clauss said:

    These photos are just exquisite! And it's not because I am Lucy's grandmother, they really are. You captured her beauty and the love this family have for one another so perfect. Thank you for making me such a proud grandma by bringing out Lucy's beauty, inside and out.

    • rachel said:

      Thank you so much, Julie. These are such sweet compliments! It truly made my morning. You must be a very proud Grandma. Lucy brings joy to everyone around her, and I'm so lucky her Mom and Dad choose to come back to me for family portraits year after year. I love getting to capture them in front of my lens each Fall.

  • Melissa Avey said:

    Oh these are precious! i am in love with the bottom photo of the little girl and her dad. so beautiful :)

  • Kaori Devine said:

    Rachel I love this family session at Mission Trail. Gorgeous family and gorgeous light! You captured their love and happiness!

  • Kathleen Sadler said:

    Wow, these are adorable! I Looove the second to last image especially. Beautiful.

  • Aly Collins said:

    Wow this family session is absolutely stunning!

    • rachel said:

      Thank you so much, Aly!

  • Claire Toney said:

    Gorgeous photos! I love that you have been able to see this sweet little girl grow before your eyes.

    • rachel said:

      Thank you, Claire! Watching her grow over the years has been incredibly fun and rewarding.

  • Jessica Doffing said:

    These photos are so pretty and that little girl is simply gorgeous!

    • rachel said:

      Thank you, Jessica! She really is beautiful and such a joy to photograph.

  • MICHELLE said:

    beautiful session. Love the light and the location!

    • rachel said:

      Thank you, Michelle! This location is one of my favorites because of that gorgeous golden backlighting.

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