Family Photography in San Diego | Mayer Family

family of four in field smiling

Family Photography in San Diego

This gorgeous family session was taken at one of my favorite fields in North County San Diego. Fields offer such a gorgeous backdrop to your portraits, especially during the later afternoon hours where the light fades into hazy pink and reflects the natural beauty of our city! mom holding son in fieldmom sitting in field with two childrendad and daughter in field smiling dad snuggling son in armsfamily of four sitting on blanket in fieldlittle girl hugging moms legs

dad throwing son in air and laughing mom holding two kids in field smilingdaughter looking up at camera and smiling with momdad holding two kids in field and smiling

Capturing Memories on Film

I have been so excited to be shooting more and more sessions in film this year, and I actually shot this whole family portrait session in only film! Branching out into film photography after shooting mainly digital was something I wanted to accomplish this year as a photographer. After attending a film workshop over the summer in Seattle, I left feeling empowered and encouraged to photograph in film as much as I could. Now whenever I get my scans back, the excitement is like Christmas morning!
There’s something so timeless and organic about having your session shot in film – it is very special and dear to my heart to offer this type of photography my clients so I am now including film as well as digital in all of my sessions.
family in a group hug in fieldmom and dad kissing while son and daughter kisslittle girl in white dress hugging little boy in blue trousersfamily of four walking in a fieldmom snuggling baby boy in armschildren running away from the camera in a fielddad holding baby boy in arms in fieldfamily of four snuggling close on a blanket

Elegant Family Portraits of my Best Friend

This session means so much to me, since it’s of one of my very best friends!! I’m so happy that I get to experience this journey of motherhood with my her by side – there is nothing that parallels the sisterhood we share together.

We met 6 years ago when we moved into our homes at the same time and became next door neighbors, got pregnant at the same time, ventured into this beautiful journey of motherhood at the same time, have raised our babies next door to each other for the past 5 years (and right up the road for the past 8 months), and are now on the homeschooling journey together. Her oldest daughter and my oldest boy are the best of friends, and only 6 weeks apart. It’s amazing how God puts people in your life at just the right times. I love this family as if they were my own, and am so honored to have captured their family photos.

mom snuggling baby girl in fieldmom holding daughter and kissing herfamily of 4 smiling looking at cameramom holding daughter while daughter looks at cameramom and son smiling at cameragirl in white dress smiling at camera

Clothing borrowed from Client Wardrobe Collection.

Candid Moments Captured on Camera

Sighing into his arms, with nothing but love and excitement between you for where you’ve come and where you’re going – now that is a moment you’ll want to remember the feeling of forever. Those sweet candid moments are what makes a photograph so meaningful, and what better way to remember them than have them on camera! Many couples might think it’s next to impossible to take candid photos that look effortless and natural during their portrait sessions.
But the best way to capture that raw and authentic love and vibrant personalities of everyone in your fam on camera is to forget about everything else around you, and just be. Let the kids giggle and get silly, because that is when their best natural smiles come out. Lean into him as if you would watching the sunset after a romantic date night. Kiss her forehead the way you did when you welcomed your first baby into the world. Wrap your arms around your children and snuggle them close like you did on your very first Mother’s Day.
Fill your heart and spirit with these memories, and let that sweetness take hold of you during your session! Your images will be filled with candid laughter, ear to ear smiles, and timeless memories of your children’s innocence and vibrant spirits. couple kissing in fieldmom and son holding hands and kissing in fieldcouple snuggling close with eyes closed
little girl holding her face and smilingfamily sitting in field and laughing
man and woman holding each other close in fieldfamily of four sitting on a blanket in fieldmom and dad kissing baby boy on cheeksdad and daughter laughing togethermom and son in a field

Michelle Popp Photography

My ultimate goal as photographer is to not only produce stunning and love-filled images, but to also provide a luxurious and stress-free experience for family photography in San Diego. The experience includes a pre-session consultation to discuss your vision for the session, exclusive access to my curated client wardrobe collection for both mothers and babies, personalized wardrobe/framing/album styling so that we can create the perfect look that matches your family vibe, and an optional add-on for professional hair & make-up services to make you look and feel gorgeous the day of your session. Contact me for more details and to begin planning your family portrait session experience!

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    michelle's photography style is composed of capturing emotion-filled images in soft & neutral tones. her use of natural light with simple, authentic beauty allows your family love and bond to capture the focus.

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