Catalina, CA – A Vacation

It was time to get away from the heat in Arizona so my father, brother and best friend Troy headed out for a guys trip. We stayed at the small Coronado Inn on the island. It’s the perfect location to walk down to the bay, downtown Coronado and the brewery.

The homes are all so quaint.

We headed down to Balboa Park and saw part of the Body Worlds exhibit. It’s so crazy to see the human body in that form.

There was also this very interesting entertainment group on the pathway. They were a bit creepy. It sort of reminded me of the singing ghosts from the Haunted House in Disneyland.

My brother Darren



My brother and dad

Oh yeah!

San Diego and the bay

Sandra + Eric’s Guestbook

Sandra and Eric’s Guestbook just shipped out today. They’re going to love it!

The cover has an image from Imperial Beach on Coronado, CA.

Inside are pictures from their entire session in San Diego, CA. Some from Balboa park, others from downtown.

There is still plenty of room for wedding guests to leave their wishes on these beautiful pages.

Thick pages will help ensure that this book lasts a long time.

Here is a close shot of the textured paper which is easier to write on then the smooth paper that is typically used.

You can view the entire guestbook design HERE.

Fourth of July on Coronado

I spent the 4th of July on Coronado island in California with my dad and brother. There is a huge parade each year on the island that we were able to enjoy.

This cute dog was sitting by us.

With a base being on the island there was a large presence of military in the parade.

Including the girl scouts with their Operation Thin Mint car.

In the San Diego bay there was a ship with a huge flag on it

The sunset was beautiful

Then the fireworks began with the San Diego skyline behind.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Independence Day! What a great country we have!

Studio Diner

My friend Regis and I were really hungry one night so we searched around for a 24 hour diner in the San Diego area. I remembered watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network and they featured Studio Diner so we did some searching in Google Maps and headed out at 12:30am.

The food was perfect for a late night. I had the Monte Carlo sandwich because it sounded so interesting. It was a ham and cheese sandwich, battered and fried. It looked like battered fish when it arrived but it was so tasty! 😉

Jennifer + Travis Engagement on Coronado Island

While in San Diego I met up with Jennifer and Travis who also traveled out there from Arizona so I could photograph their engagement session in much nicer weather.
We met up on Coronado Island to walk around the city, grab a bite to eat and play at the beach.

Time to play on the beach

The water was definitely cold!

Hotel del Coronado in the background

Carrie + Brandon

Wednesday was another wonderful day in California. I met with Carrie and Brandon in the afternoon at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach and started off another fun engagement session. This was my first time meeting with them since they were both in California when they called to book me.

The first thing I asked was how they had met, and I had no clue how big of a question that was. I’m hoping that they’ll be willing to share their story by making a post below.

For now, check out some of their engagement pictures.

Ocean Beach Sunset Cliffs

Secret Road with Harbor View

Coronado Alleyway

Imperial Beach – Coronado Island, CA

Downtown Coronado

Here’s all three of us.

Carrie and Brandon, thanks for making the afternoon and evening so enjoyable!
I can’t wait for your wedding in January!

Alvin + Silvana Engagement Session

Yesterday was so much fun! I spent the afternoon and evening with my friends Alvin and Silvana shooting some engagement pictures in California.
Just a little background. Alvin had asked me to photograph him proposing to Silvana last december. He proposed to her in the same elevator that they met in. It’s was pretty sweet and you can check out those pictures HERE.

Since then I’ve been really excited to be able to spend more time with the two of them and to get some more pictures before their wedding in October.

They’re from Arizona and that’s where the wedding will take place, but they wanted to escape from the heat and spend time at the beach. So we drove up to Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach and then went to an amazing street that overlooks the whole San Diego bay area.

Then we headed over to where I’m staying on Coronado Island and had some pizza (Video of Alvin) before finishing up our session on Imperial Beach.

Then we finished up our night at Mootime.

Thanks so much for an amazing day! You two are so much fun and I’m totally blessed to be shooting your wedding!