Out of the Ordinary Location – San Diego Family Photographer
Let’s be honest. When you think of getting photos done anywhere in Southern California or San Diego you automatically think of the beach. Yes, we have GORGEOUS beach locations all up and down the coast and I shoot there very, very often. However, we have some really great spots that don’t include sand (but probably include a lot of dirt!). I love shooting at both. After doing lots of beach shoots it’s always a bit refreshing, albeit challenging, to shoot at a more inland spot. Challenging because it gets to be rote memory about timing and lighting at the beach. Even 1/2 mile inland makes a big difference, but I love it.
For Lisa’s family session she wanted to head down to Annie’s Canyon, which is a gorgeous spot that I’ve used before as well. I love the versatility of this spot. The actual canyon itself doesn’t lend to a more lifestyle shots, but it’s such a cool spot to start in for those card and “grandma” photos as I call them! There’s a lot of pausing with the hikers coming through so flexibility is key!
Moving on from the canyon there is a great trail that leads out to some greenery and trees that also lend to some great family photos. They also provide a lot more space to interact, run around and just have fun together.
Unfortunately for Lisa and her family we had the gloomiest of June glooms this year and we even did their shoot on one of the “sunniest” days in San Diego!! Their sweet family were getting ready to head off on their new adventure into life after the military so we only had a brief window to get this shoot done. And I’m so glad we forged ahead despite sunny SoCal not being so sunny that day! Which gets me to the point of this. Although not at the beach, this spot is only 1/2 mile from the beach which means the epic sunsets that take place on the sand also take place here. You know, when the sun is shining!
All this to say that doing a session in San Diego doesn’t mean it MUST be at the beach. There are so many great spots all throughout the county to choose from for a family shoot!