Category Archives: Family Photography

Kids Photography


I am so excited to announce my first  annual Christmas Mini Session. Start thinking about what super adorable outfit your kids are going to wear!  These fun sessions are going to be filled with music, laughter  and possibly a candy cane…or two.

I will be holding these session at my studio in Carlsbad, Ca. 

Mini Sessions are ONE DAY ONLY on Sunday November 23rd.  Spots are very limited and at ONLY $99 these sessions are going to fill up fast.





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Santa will not be making an appearance and no dogs please!

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How To Take Better Photographs


When you pick up your camera to take family photos do you think about what you are doing or do you just point and shoot? Here are some ideas on how to take better photographs of friends and family. These are things I do as your family photographer along with a host of other things as well as having an awesome camera. Hope this helps you improve your photo taking skills.

 1. Rule of thirds-imagine dividing your frame into thirds like a tic tac toe  game. Positioning your subject at the intersection of those lines will  break up symmetry and result in a more artful and compelling photo

2.choose the right background-simple backgrounds are best for subjects with busy patterns. Or use your “portrait” setting on your camera to blur the background. This will focus attention on your subject.

Make sure the background in your photo doesn’t interfere with your subject and take attention away. Always watch for trees and poles etc that protrude from your subjects head.

3.Showing perspective such as things in the distance always looks better when you include something in the foreground. Horizontal vs Vertical-my pet peeve!!! Use your camera in the vertical

position when photographing subjects that are vertical. Use it on the diagonal to create interest!! The best time to shoot a vertical is right  after you shoot the horizontal!!!

4.What is the story you are telling? Exclude extraneous stuff either when you shoot or in your computer by cropping. Bringing the subject up close adds intimacy and emotion to your story.

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Fun Portrait Photography

I was playing around the other day with fun facts about portrait photography. It was one of those afternoons when I just went brain dead. Anyway, I ran across lots of technical fun facts but the ones that really caught my eye were those dealing with human behavior and photography. Since I photograph a lot of humans it peaked my interest. Below are 4 portrait photography fun facts that I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any other fun facts you would like to share.

Human behaviour and photography

Today we snap as many photos every two minutes as humanity as a whole did in the 1800s.

In a survey undertaken last year, 76 per cent of people from Britain were seen to be drunk in photos in which they were tagged. (Perhaps many of those people were celebrating winning a pub quiz on photography.)

Which is your best side? Your left? A study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schriillo from Wake Forest University found that the left side of peoples’ faces are perceived and rates as more aesthetically pleasing than the right. They theorise that this is due to the fact that we perhaps present a greater intensity of emotion on the left side of our faces. Perhaps this is something you should consider when you take your portrait photographs!
People in the 19th century didn’t like being photographed, which is why they are all so serious in those old photographs. Actually, those images were Daguerreotypes, and it took 10-20 minutes to expose a plate—try holding a smile for that long!. – See more at: Science Daily

 Lately I have been working farther south than usual and have been having such a great time. La Jolla Cove and the grounds of Paradise Point Resort are a couple of my new locations. This coming weekend I will be shooting at both those sites again. Today I am sharing a couple of recent shots from La Jolla Cove showing that while I capture beautiful portraits in beautiful settings  we can all be silly too!

Call Photography by Audrey Rose and schedule your fun portrait photography session!



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Family Reunions and Birthday Celebrations Photographed

Summer time is the perfect time of year for Family Reunions! It is also the perfect time to get those hard to get family portraits. I have already booked several for this summer so if you are  reading this and the light bulb just went off in your head. Give me a call and lets get you booked!

Some awesome ideas are to have everyone wear the same color shirt. Going a step farther you could have those shirts printed with the title of the  folks to be photographed, such as Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, daughter, son, grand kid etc. It could make for a very original photo. Or have everyone wear a different color shirt. Your group shot will look like a box of crayons! You are also welcome to dress up. Whatever you wear just keep it simple as we want the viewer of your photographs to be drawn to your faces not what you are necessarily wearing.

When I work with large families I also break then down into smaller groups so that everyone walks away with that treasured photograph.

You can hire your photographer to come in just for the posed shots or why not have them for the day to capture all those amazing candids.

One of the products I offer is a 12×12 custom designed, printed and bound photo album. Each album I design is an original I do not use templates.  Just imagine everyone having the opportunity to purchase a book with all the memories of your Family Reunion.

Not having a Family Reunion? That’s ok I’ll bet you are celebrating a family birthday! Whatever I can do for a Family Reunion I can do for a Birthday Party plus it adds lots of fun to the event. I am a pretty silly girl so I am told I double as a clown 🙂

So let’s make a deal, you all make the memories and I will capture them for a lifetime!

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Tips for Hairstyle and Makeup for Your Portrait Session

Hair Style and Makeup

Everyone wants to look their best when having a portrait done but sometimes we are just not sure how to make that happen. In my previous blog I talked about dress but hair and make up are just as important as clothing. Above all you want to look like you but with today’s hairstyles it is not always that easy.  Try to wear your hair as simple as possible and as  off the face as possible. I know when someone has their hair covering one eye I am in there trying to move the hair away so we can see the persons eyes which are the window to the sp. The same goes for long hair worn close to the face.   Hair falling down onto the sides of the face (currently very much in style) create distracting shadows. Bangs that come down too low onto the soul and a very most important part of the face.

Make up is equally important. What you think is great for every day might not work in photography. Eye makeup should be blended no sharp demarcation lines between colors. AVOID WHITE above or below the eyes. It does not photograph well at all. Too much color above and below the eyes attracts attention to itself. It actually takes attention AWAY from the eyes, rather than attracting the viewer to the eyes. Foundation makeup should be blended at the jawline, so that there is no demarcation between the face and the neck.

I run into a lot of women who do not wear make up which really doesn’t work for photographs If you are one of those people who thinks to wear make up makes you feel like a clown I am here to tell you in your photographs you will just look natural. I suggest at the very least you wear some foundation and blush, then take the shine down with some finishing powder. Wear some mascara and a soft color lip gloss and your features will look great in your photograph. If you literally have never worked with make up before be sure to practice days ahead and don’t wait till the day of the shoot to figure it out, you will just end up frustrated. I actually had to put a gals make up on for her once and due to light issues I really don’t have time to be a make up artist as we need to get busy taking those amazing photos of you.        

Of course if you have questions I am always happy to help just give me a call and I will help you as much as possible. Another option, if you are so inclined, is to have a professional do your makeup the day of the shoot. Just let her know whether you are a glamour girl or someone who prefers a more natural look. 

If this is a family session and you are a glamour girl you might want to tone it down a bit so  you fit in with the rest of the family, I’ m just sayin!  

Follow these tips and you will be thrilled with the way you look in your photos! Oh, and don’t worry if you have fine lines, blemishes or  wrinkles I have my trusty photo shop as I do standard touchups with my compliments!   See you at your photo shoot! 




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There is more to a successful photo session then just showing up with a smile. I first want to say this is all for YOUR benefit!

Grooming is first and foremost very important. Men should have a hair cut about a week before the session so that they don’t have that just cut look. Same goes for women. Plan the timing of your hair cut and or color so that you look your very best. Wear a bit more make up then normal as we tend to wash out in photographs. If you don’t wear make up then I suggest you at least wear some mascara and a soft color lip gloss. I promise you won’t look like a clown it ‘s just to show of your features in their best light.

The selection of proper clothing for your session is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful photo session. If the clothing is noticeable in a portrait, it could easily become distracting. Your beautiful faces are the focus so it could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture.

Dark clothing tends to slenderize, darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. Dark colors tend to slenderize and light colors seem to add weight to the bodies. Colors should be toned down as bright colors attract attention away from the face.  Colors should be dark and not bright. When choosing lighter colors please avoid pink tones and yellow tones.

Prints or patterns as well as logos  no matter how small become a big distraction. Wear long sleeves if possible.  dark socks and shoes are very important. I won’t say long sleeves are a must especially for the women but it does help. Lay your entire wardrobe out on the bed from top to shoes.   I know it sounds hard to figure out what to wear so I have included a couple of examples.   4665pp see attached notes If you notice this photograph is beautiful but look at the two with short or sleeveless and then look at those with long sleeves.You will notice whose faces  immediately pop.  Again this is a beautiful photograph of this family I am just showing you the difference between long sleeves and not. The choice is yours in the end.

Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting. White tops with khakis or jeans can look very nice and casual, but if anyone in your family is super pale, white can make pale skin look paler.

Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering and don’t show wrinkles or panty lines.

See the example below then compare it to the one above. This shows you exactly what I am talking about in regard to prints and continuity of colors. Again this is a beautiful family photograph but there are some distracting elements. I recognize that sometimes we have children who aren’t really happy to sit for a photo much less wear what we as parents want them too, you might consider yourself lucky they even show up  so don’t stress if they refuse to conform. We will work with what we have and I will strive to give you the most beautiful of family photographs.

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Greetings from Photography by Audrey Rose

  • Hello, there! Thank you for visiting. I’m a photographer based in Carlsbad, California . I’m available for any type of portrait session: engagement, maternity, newborn, child, senior, family,  pet or headshots. Please take a look around to get an idea of my work. I’m here to capture your story. It’s your life, up-close.
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Caution: Rattle Snake Season

Rattle Snake Season

Rattle snake season is in full swing.  Our furry friends will naturally be very inquisitive and a wet nose inches away from a rattle snake is sure to get bit.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to rush your pet to the vet ASAP.  Keep your vet’s address in your car’s navigation system or glove box as well as information on a 24 hr. facility.  Keep the phone numbers handy so you can phone on the way to advise the vet what is going on. The Doctor will ask you what type of snake it was so be prepared to give a description.

What does a rattle snake sound like you ask?  It sounds like a hissing noise or a locust. You can go to this link to see and hear one…

Snakes are not usually aggressive unless threatened. They prefer to stay away from you but when a dog runs up to see what it is, it will more than likely get bit.

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Family and Pets

Thought I would take a break from photo editing and touch base with my blog followers. First of all Photography by Audrey Rose is now on Yelp which is something I have been meaning to take care of for some time. If you have worked with me in the past I hope you will visit Yelp and leave a review, hope it’s a good one 🙂  Been having so much fun with my clients which is nothing new as I have the greatest clients around. Here are some of the families 2 legged and 4 legged  that I have worked with  recently

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Looks like I will be working with a newborn this week  also an older dog and I hope to see you Sat at the Encinitas Street Fair. I will be in the Dog Zone taking photos at the Drake Center booth so stop by and have your pets photo taken. You can be in it too!

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