Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot | My Little Valentine’s

My Little Valentine’s

If I loved these two anymore my heart would literally burst. Our impromptu Valentine’s Day photo shoot to get a few cute images turned into a gallery of 50 images. Oops!

Valentines day brothers kissing

Luckily for me, they think it’s fun to play  “at mom’s work” aka our guest bedroom turned home studio.  Get ready for some serious CUTENESS. Their bond and the way they love on each other is beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I am so lucky to have these little guys as my Valentine’s.

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6 Month Milestone Session in the Studio | Caroline

6 Month Milestone Session

6 month milestone sessions are one of my absolute favorite milestones to capture! At this age, baby is typically sitting up on their own, full of smiles, and their little personalities are really starting to shine through. It’s the perfect age to document.

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Seriously, how cute is this baby girl?? That little toothy grin and beautiful big round blue eyes?  I could just squeeze her! And the way she looks at her mama just melts me. Mom brought along a gorgeous lace vintage bonnet that was hers as a baby. Not only does it look ridiculously cute on her baby girl; I just adore that it also has meaning to it! I hope this beautiful heirloom is passed on to Caroline’s children someday. 
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Mom & Baby’s clothing borrowed from studio wardrobe.

I would love to work with you to begin planning your organic  family or baby portrait session!

My ultimate goal as a San Diego baby photographer is to not only produce stunning images, but to also provide a luxurious, and stress-free experience.



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Outdoor Field Maternity Photography in San Diego | The Mangin Family

sequin & tulle maternity The Mangin’s Gorgeous Outdoor Maternity Session

Mom was expecting a little girl in just a few short weeks, and can you say glowing?! She has since had her beautiful baby girl, Olivia, and I can’t wait to share their beautiful newborn session soon! I am way late in the game blogging her beautiful maternity session, but couldn’t resist sharing because it’s one of my favorites!

This gorgeous lady had on an ASOS pink flowy dress that hugged her baby bump in such an elegant way. I call this dress in my wardrobe collection the princess dress because I just love how feminine it is. I am a sucker for sequins and tulle! I love it so much I wore it for our family photos this past Fall. This mama is seriously stunning, and was grinning ear to ear the whole time. I love how much she loves her family!

We decided on using the gorgeous outdoors for this session, and I’m so glad we did! It was truly the perfect day. The weather was perfect, and the scenery was breath taking. I loved the contrast between the light grasses and dark trees in the background. The field framed these three in such a beautiful way.

Snuggles with their First Born Baby

The Mangin’s first born, William, is as cute as can be! As a maternity photographer, I always encourage my clients to be relax, be present, and connect with each other during our time together to produce candid and emotion filled images. William had a blast during the session as he played with his mommy and daddy and explored the outdoors. I was able to capture some of the cutest laughs and smiles! Mom and dad are just smitten with William, and thrilled about their precious baby girl on the way.
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Capturing this Outdoor Field Maternity Photography in San Diego for the Mangin family was nothing short of an absolute joy! How cute is this growing family!?
Hair & Make-up: Style & Gloss
Clothing borrowed from client wardrobe which is available to all clients.

Ready to book? If you would like to book your portrait session, inquire about availability, or have any questions at, please contact me here.

My ultimate goal as a San Diego maternity photographer is to not only produce stunning images, but to also provide a luxurious, and stress-free experience. The experience includes a pre session consultation to discuss your hopes for the session, access to an exclusive client wardrobe collection for both mothers and babies,  complimentary personalized styling so that we can create the perfect look for you, and optional professional hair & make-up services to make you look and feel gorgeous the day of your session. Click here for more details on the experience.

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Wedding at The Wood Shed in Vista | Brenna and Will

Brenna and Will recently got married at The Wood Shed in Vista and it was absolutely perfect. A wedding is one of the best parties you’ll ever throw. Whether you have a small, intimate gathering, or a big, blowout event, it’s sure to be one of your greatest memories. I absolutely love being able to capture the sweet moments that make weddings so special.

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A Gorgeous Day with an Even More Gorgeous Couple.

They had an intimate ceremony at Brenna’s parents house attended by their closest family in Fallbrook and the reception at The Wood Shed in Vista. I loved the simple set up, with muted fall colors, and pumpkin decor throughout. I’m obsessed with white pumpkins! Will is actually a farmer and grew all of the pumpkins, which is pretty rad!

Brenna and Will had the sweetest first look, and their eyes lit up with pure joy when they first saw each other. Brenna looked stunning in her strapless white gown, and Will couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear when she approached. Let’s be honest, who could blame him!?

The Booze Brother’s Brewery

After saying their vows in front of family, and getting some photos with the whole crew, we headed to the party where they were joined by even more loved ones. The Wood Shed is a beautiful venue at Booze Brother’s Brewery in the gorgeous Vista, CA.

The theme of simplistic, rustic, fall decor continued at the reception, and the set up was simply stunning! All the guests had a wonderful time. It was such a blast watching them take over the dance floor. True to a traditional Jewish wedding the bride, groom, and several others were lifted in the air on chairs in celebration.

The Best of Both Worlds

Brenna and Will’s wedding joined together the best of both worlds. They kept it intimate, sharing their vows in front of immediate family, then joining up with the rest of their loved ones at their following reception to really get the party going. It was a truly magical day, and one I know they will treasure forever.

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Capturing these memories for Brenna and Will as their San Diego Wedding Photographer was such an incredible honor. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two!

Venue: The Woodshed

Wedding Coordinator: Roni Opeka

Photographer: Michelle Popp Photography

Make-up: The Beauty Bar

Hair: Cheeky Shiki Salon

Caterer: The Flavor Chef

Rentals: Anar Party Rentals 

Engaged or planning a weddingContact me to set up a consult or inquire about pricing.

This is such an incredibly exciting time as you prepare for one of the most magical days of your life! As your wedding photographer, I strive to capture all the magic of your special day exactly the way you live it.

My style is modern, fun, beautiful, and romantic. This day is the beginning of the rest of your lives together. Often these moments fade in your memory over time, but your photos will last for an eternity. My goal is to capture these details forever, and provide you with a timeless, tangible way to experience the love, emotion, and excitement of your special day over and over again for generations to come.

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Best Santa Photos in San Diego | Part 1

Best Santa Photos in San Diego

If you are looking for the best Santa photos in San Diego, look no further because this Santa is the real deal! He made a special visit straight from the North Pole to our studio here in San Elijo Hills to meet with the little ones. As always, it was a magical day! The day was filled with excitement, wonder, lots of love, and lots of tears!
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one of the best Santa photos in San Diego of a little girl with SantaThree children with surprise Santa visit

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True to my photography style, I photograph Santa with a very simple and neutral background to keep the main focus on your little ones and the magic with Santa. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Santa Meetings.

We had a record breaking year selling out in less than 24 hours after it was announced to everyone! The Santa Meeting is an annual event. So if you missed out last year, be sure to sign up here to be notified when Santa sessions open to everyone this year! Registration opens early Fall. As always, current clients get priority booking first. This is a very popular event and sells out quickly. Hope to capture the magic of your little ones with Santa!

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The quality of Michelle’s work has been widely recognized by clients and top publications