South Ponto Beach Family Session by Christel Tran

Beach sessions are some of my faves. And when they include an amazing family, I’m in my happy place! I grew up with this pretty mama and always love spending time with her adorable fam. This was my second time photographing them and I was so excited when they chose the beach as their location. Since they live in Carlsbad, it was only fitting that we ended up at South Ponto Beach (and especially since it’s a beach that they frequent as a family). We had a blast to say the least, it felt like we played the entire time. My kind of session! I couldn’t have asked for anything more. :)

Lifestyle Newborn Session by Christel Tran

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It truly is my favorite time of year! I got to catch up with my wonderful clients / friends and meet new families as well. Once the busy holiday season of shooting subsided, I enjoyed lots of family time and even a fun desert road trip to the Grand Canyon (wow!)

One of my favorite sessions from 2018 was this lifestyle newborn session. It almost gave me baby fever…almost. ;) I just adore this gorgeous family and when they contacted me to photograph their newborn baby boy, I was beyond thrilled! I first met them a year ago when they were just a party of 3 and I couldn’t wait to capture their first moments at home as a party of 4. Thank you G family for inviting me into your beautiful home and allowing me to spend time with you all. It was such a joy to meet Baby C, he was a dream! And big sister was already taking her role seriously by helping out with diaper changes, so sweet! It just warms my heart watching their adorable family grow!

SD Voyager Feature! by Christel Tran

SD Voyager Feature

It’s been an exciting & busy past few months, full of family sessions and love. During this busy holiday season, I was humbled and honored to be featured in SDVoyager in their Inspriring Stories section. It’s a candid article about me and starting my photography business. Thank you SDVoyager for the feature, I’m forever grateful and blessed!

Check it out!

Mother's Day Mini Sessions 2018 by Christel Tran

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions 2018

Oh boy, I have been so bad about posting on my blog! We had a fun and busy summer full of beach days, pool days, museum days, a short trip to Palm Springs and lots of time with family & friends. With the kids now back in school (& #3 starting preschool), I can finally catch my breath and hopefully catch up on some blog posts.

Mother’s Day sessions are so special to me and one of my favorite sessions to photograph. Mamas are mostly the ones behind the camera so I love to dedicate these sessions to them. It gives them the opportunity to just put the camera down, relax and have fun with their little darlings. After all, there’s nothing quite like the bond of a mama & child. And usually what it captured from these sessions is pure magic, so natural and organic. This was my second time offering these sessions and I fall more in love every time. Here are a few glimpses of the beautiful mamas and kiddos I had the honor of spending time with.