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My Photographic Roots (part 2)

As I was looking for a few photos to post  in the 2nd edition of My Photographic Roots I realized just how many great places there are in this beautiful country of ours. I think we are all tired at this point of our snarky politicians fighting on a daily basis so try this. Walk away from your TV and look outside. For those in the MidWest or East Coast it must be beautiful with all the snow falling and turning things into a winter wonderland. I know I know it will become messy but right now this moment it is beautiful, if you are lucky  you may even see a Cardinal sitting in the tree in your front yard. For those on the west coast we have high tides and warm weather as does Florida. Seagulls are flying over head and the sea lions are high on the rocks basking in the sunshine.   What does this have to do with my photographic roots you may ask? Well, plenty! When I decided Photography  was an avenue I wanted to pursue I borrowed a camera and learned how to use it. I learned how to choose exposures and while I always had a knack for composition I worked at improving it. I used that borrowed camera for my first field trip with an instructor to Canyon De Chelly which is in the northeast corner of Arizona. More about that in a future post.

Right now I want to talk about the beauty in our own back yards or neighborhood. I practiced in literally  my own backyard (Plumeria), in front of the library (Ca. Poppy), the local nursery (heart stake w/flowers) I went to the beach, the zoo and anywhere I could work on my skills.

Looking at family and pet photos I have taken you can probably see the influence from my nature photography days. I always tell my new clients that when I decided to shift my work to families and pets I knew I wanted to combine my love of nature with my love of families and pets. Any time and anywhere I aim my camera it always takes me back to my photographic roots!

If you have an interest in photography this is a great place to start. Just open your front door and start shooting!

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How Did They Get That Photo? Kids

How Did They Get That Photo?  Last time I talked about getting thee shot of your pets. This time I want to discuss how to get great shots of your kids. It’s really simple. Almost the same way I capture the inner spirit of your pets. Trust is the first order of business. Again, before I arrive I have given a great deal of thought as to how I am going to get that photo of your  child. You may not realize that when you are working with me but I always try to be  prepared. I try to find what they are into and then we chat about it while I am working with the family. I will snap some posed pics while we are chatting but usually the shots I like the best are the ones taken when they are just being themselves. Like your pets, parents, when viewing their proofs, will smile and laugh when they see their child’s image just as they see them in life.

Teenagers are another matter. I can tell a mile away when someone arrives with a teen that thinks this is all just lame! That happens often. I don’t make an issue of it but I do quietly let the parents know I get it.  From there I work with the family on their posed shots chatting with everyone including the teen trying to ascertain what they are into and trying to get their vibe. Sometimes they want to take a quirky photo or pose themselves and I oblige and sometimes they come out awesome and  sometimes it is thee shot! The end result is a smiling child being themselves!  I love working with kids, big or little. They are inspiring and beautiful and full of life. I learn from them every time.

Light is of utmost importance as light is one of the primary elements of any picture whether it be a painting or photograph, Landscape or  portrait, human or animal. Light is what makes the image.  Having said that I cannot predict the light so I may use a flash or reflector to help out and sometimes the light is just plain flat. I am one of those photographers who is willing to reschedule if the light is awful. I want my clients to be happy.  When you are taking photos be aware of the light and how you want to use it to get that shot!

Below are some shots I have taken of children. Some are with their families and some are not. See if you can figure out what each one of these kids is about. Some will be easy to figure out some not so much. They all posed themselves or were caught being them.

Have fun out there taking pics and if you take one you would like me to see, send it to me. I’d love to see it!IMG_40291

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thank you

As I sit here getting my desk and files organized for 2016, I find myself so very grateful for all my clients. Not only those from 2015 but all of you going back to the beginning.

I want you to know that I truly enjoyed working with you and I feel honored to be chosen as your family photographer!

I would appreciate it if you would please refer me to your friends whether it be for family photos, maternity, kids, kitties, or dogs, head shots, or company photos; it would be my pleasure to make beautiful and memorable photographs for them!

If you are ready for new photos of your loved ones, please give me a call. I would love to see you again as I have the best clients in the world!


Let’s make beautiful memorable photographs together!

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Let Kids be Kids!

I work with children all the time with or without their parents in the photos.  I’ve found that parents, as they head out for their session tell their kids to be good and smile and  do what the photographer tells you to do. For many kids that puts too much pressure on them to “perform”. My theory is to make it fun, who wants to sit still and smile! With small children I am able to get the most amazing shots while they are just being themselves. No expectations other than fun fun fun.

Parents are encouraged to bring along some props. Maybe a favorite doll or book. Sometimes we play with bubbles. A favorite dump truck for a little guy at the beach makes for great pics.  I like to play with the kids and if they are really shy I encourage them to come over and check out my camera. It’s funny but sometimes that can be the ice breaker we need. When I’m photographing kids I make a total idiot of myself. I make funny noises, I sing songs (I’m really bad but they don’t care), I make fish faces, I play peek-a-boo behind the camera.  After all that playing and getting awesome shots of them they will usually cooperate and settle down allowing me to get beautiful photographs of the family.

The most important thing for parents to remember is to relax. It’s all going to turn out great. You just have to trust me. Because when it’s the parents turn to join in a tense irritated face is not going to work so just go with it and have fun fun fun. Kids are the ones that have life the right way around, it’s us adults that ruin it. Let them be kids, let them have fun. I will be ready to capture it when it happens.

Now teenagers is a another thing! Often they think this family portrait thing is “lame”! They too have probably been told to shape up and smile, darn it!

I like to find out what they are interested in and work from that angle. By talking to them and letting them know I am interested in them as people really helps a lot. I will play along take a shot of them dancing on the sand or jumping off the cliff (make that a short short cliff) whatever floats their boat and in that way I gain their trust. Trust is what it is all about with a tween or teen. Sometimes I have to ignore them and work with another family member until they do something that gets me to turn my camera on them and then they are mine as we have made that connection. Sometimes I will have a stubborn one help me out by holding a reflector for me.They usually get interested in what I am doing and then I have them! I never ever want to force someone to pose because it will fail every time. So let’s get out there, have fun and make some magic!

I know some of these photos look posed but I assure you that all of these children featured here were just doing their thing when I took the shot! Their parents were thrilled and so was I. 
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Maternity, Newborn and Toddler Photographer



I love to help folks and with my specials and I hope I do just that. This time I am offering a special to help parents having a baby or already raising one. Babies cost a lot of money so I am hoping my specials here give you those much desired photos while not becoming a huge burden on the ol wallet. Referrals are greatly appreciated so if you know of someone who would love either maternity photos or newborn photos or both please pass this along.

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Valentine Photography Special

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope your holidays were fantastic and that you are all geared up for a wonderful 2015, may it be a stunning one for you! Now we dust ourselves off and look at our calendars only to see Valentines day swiftly approaching. What to do, what to do, for those special people in your life. Well I think I have the answer so check out the flyer below. It fits the bill for everyone. I am offering a Valentine Photography Special. The pre special value is $230 but you will only pay $90. Read on to see the details and what it includes.

Photography by Audrey  Rose

Enjoy a romantic and fun filled photo session with your love. Make a date out of it!  Ladies, it’s ok to give hints, big hints!  

Guys that special woman in your life will love this way more than candy and flowers. And wouldn’t this be a great opportunity to pop the question!

Valentines Day is about all kinds of love so this special is great for families, or kids, or grandparents too! You decide!

Here are the details:

A normal 1 hour photo session is $150 which does not include photos.

For this Valentine Special your price is $90 and includes 1 8×10 (value $45) and 1 5×7 (value $35)

Book before the end of February and you may use it anytime in 2015.

Pay the $90 with credit card  by phone to hold your reservation.


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San Diego Family Photographer

Here are some of  the wonderful families this San Diego Family Photographer has worked with over the past few weeks. As a family photographer I have had a great time working with these terrific folks and their children. We have such breathtaking places to shoot here in San Diego. Since almost all of my sessions are held outdoors and since I am a San Diego Family Photographer I am grateful for the beauty that surrounds us.






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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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Take better photos of your children

Taking photos of children can be easy or tricky depending on the child. Best advice….go with it. We all have ideas in our heads of the perfect photograph of our child or in my case my clients child or children. But, it doesn’t always go as planned.
For instance I recently did a photo session with my grandchildren and my little two year old granddaughter wanted nothing to do with it. There I was with these amazing shots in my head but oh well, time to wing it.  So I just started shooting at whatever she and her brother were doing. With  a little editing or not I got some really great photos! So when you head out to get some great shots of your children and they don’t want to behave, instead of forcing the issue or resorting to bribes go with it. Forcing never works anyway you just get defiant fussy kids.  Then everyone is frustrated and a good time can be ruined.

If you are lucky enough to have a child who loves the camera then blessings to you as you are very fortunate, but again, once in a while you might just go for the candid. The one where he or she is not even aware you are there. These are the photographs that really make the  memories, the ones where kids are just being themselves.

Some extra tips:Watch the light, where is it and is it causing harsh shadows on their faces or is it highlighting their hair or are you in the shade which usually works great as long as the background is not to bright. If you do have a bright background use a  flash. Most cameras on automatic will adjust the exposure for the brightest light in the scene so  if the background is really bright the child or person in the foreground  will be in shadow. I am sure you have had that happen before as we all have. Just remember the flash on your camera and use it to fill in light when you need it.

Watch the background in your photos is it cluttered and distracting to what you see in the viewfinder? If so it will be distracting in the actual photo. You can always move and change the angle that you are shooting from. Most cameras have a portrait setting which will be a great help if you have no choice and must get the shot, crazy background, or not.

These are just a couple of tips to help you take better photos of your children. If this seems like to much work, call me, I would be happy to take those memorable photos for you. I have included  some of the shots I took with my grand kids while they played so you can see what I mean.

If you look at the first photo here it is a really cute picture of my granddaughter holding a plumeria. It was cropped out of the 2nd picture with my grandson, which while cute really doesn’t work. Individually they do work.

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Preparing for your Child’s Smash Cake Photo Session

I always speak with  the parents in advance of a session to see if they have a particular vision for their babies smash cake session. Together we coordinate backdrops and outfits. I have some headbands, tutus’ and bloomers if the parents just couldn’t find the right thing.   It is important to know the outfit ahead of time so that backdrops/props/location can coordinate with the look that the parent is going after.  If the parents decide to go for diaper only, a diaper cover is something to consider.It is best for the parents to make or purchase the cake as it will help keep costs down. I like a white cake ( please use whip cream as it makes a better mess and is easier to clean up)  with some colorful accents. A number candle is a great addition and something for the baby to play with and use while smashing.

I like to start with a clean baby and a different backdrop then the one we will be using for smash cake. It gives the baby a chance to get used to the camera and me. I make it fun so the baby thinks this is a great game. I have this big orange orangutan that hangs with velcro around my neck and works nicely to get the babies attention.

Finally we get to the main event, the smash cake! Some babies will dig in and smash with great enthusiasm  while others will daintily with one finger dip into the cake and gently lick their finger. If that is the case a little encouragement is offered up. I will even have Mom smear some of the frosting on the baby to get things going. Some babies think this is hysterical others get a quzzical look on their faces. Patience. Patience Patience and I have lots of it.

I have quite a selection of backdrops to choose from but for the floor I use a white plastic tablecloth that way at the end I simply roll it all up in the table cloth and into the trash it goes.
I am lucky enough to have a full bathroom close to the studio so at the end we scoop the baby up in a towel and into the bath they go. This is also another chance to get some amazing head shots.

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