A few nights ago I met Sarah, Julio and Sebastian at their home in Imperial Beach. With Sebatian about to turn 1 it felt like the perfect time to take some portraits and celebrate their first year as a family of 3.
At the end of the evening, as I drove away from their home, I knew this was a session I wanted to share. It was simple in the best possible way...they wore clothes they typically wear, we explored the beach by their home, I didn't pose them and we didn't rush. Sarah and Julio let Sebastian play in the sand and splash in the water. Not once did they seem stressed that he wasn't smiling at the camera or that he was geting his clothes dirty. They trusted me to take the photos while they focused on spending time together as a family. The result is some of the most authentic images I've created in a long time. I feel overwhelming gratitude for this beautiful family...it is no small thing to invite someone into your home and life the way they did.
Living in San Diego we are spoiled with incredible light and scenery almost daily. But when it comes to beautiful family photos, who you are is so much more important than where you are. The light in your heart, the love you have for your family...that is where the true magic lives. That is what I am most interested in. This was, without a doubt, a gorgeous evening at the beach. But these photos stir my soul because I look at them and I can feel the love in this family. The support and connection and friendship and adoration that flows between these three people is completely evident. It was pure magic to witness. That's the best way I can describe it...Magic.