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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. :)

Balboa Park Engagement Session by Christel Tran

Tomorrow is a big day for my family. My little brother is going to marry the love of his life (who I absolutely adore) and I’m beyond overjoyed for them. They are seriously a perfect match and I wish them all the love and happiness in their new life together. So many different emotions are running through my mind and I know that I need to be prepared with lots of tissue on hand! Such a big family event like this is making me realize how much I miss my dad (who passed away 2 years ago). But I have no doubt that he will be looking over all of us, so proudly, with a big smile on his face watching his only son walk down the aisle. :)

Congratulations to Ferdi & Kim, love them both so much! Here are a few photos from their engagement session. There’s no denying that these two have so much love for each other and I can’t wait to see them make it official tomorrow. So many blessings all around!



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.