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Hope Session – Matthew’s Family | San Diego & Austin Family Photographer

What can I tell you about the Austin’s? Other than the fact that they’re named after my favorite city in the whole entire world, the Austin family is one of the sweetest, most genuinely kind families I have ever met. I was contacted by Nikki’s friend, Heather, back in April and I knew right away this was a family I was destined to meet.

Nikki and Heather met when they were in 6th grade and have remained friends over the past (we won’t say how many) years. Their boys were born 4 months apart and they remained in close contact even though Nikki lived in Washington and Heather was here in San Diego. In September 2012, Nikki received the devastating news that her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with DIPG, an incurable brain tumor. Matthew fought a hard fight until he passed away on November 5, 2013. In the words of Heather,”This amazing family- a dad who is a firefighter, an amazing baseball coach, and a compassionate father; a mom who is an amazing cancer advocate, an outstanding friend, and a loving mom; and a little sister who is amazingly charming and witty, and will always remember her brother- are forever changed.”

Nikki and her family were going to be in San Diego in May for a few days and I was so thrilled when they agreed to meet with me for a photosession. Nikki wasn’t sure at first if she wanted to do the session, but then she read the About Me page on my website and saw that we have a basset hound named Charlie. Matthew used to love watching the Pioneer Woman (who also has a basset hound with the same name) and told his mom he wanted to have a basset hound and name it Charlie someday. That was the sign Nikki needed to know that this was meant to be. So, we exchanged several emails, and arranged a time to meet up one morning during their stay here in San Diego. Before I even met the Austin family in person, I already knew that they were amazing. We welcomed each other with giant hugs and it just felt right. I’ve often been told before by families that they feel comfortable working with me because my own son had cancer and I’m part of the “cancer mom” club. Definitely not a club you really want to be part of, but God has used that to comfort and bless other families, and for that I’m grateful.

Here’s a peak at our Hope Session. Austin Family, it was a joy to work with you and I hope our paths cross again soon. You’re an amazing family filled with love and Matthew was one very blessed little boy to have been part of your awesome crew. Much love to you all!
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This is Heather and Nikki … friends for life!
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And the whole crew together … what a fun bunch of goofballs. : )
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Austin Photography Projects – Family, Lifestyle, Maternity, Engagement/Couple

Hey Austin Families! In the month of April, I will be working on a handful of portfolio building projects and I could use your help. If you (or someone you know) fits one of the categories below, please let me know. All sessions will take place during the dates of April 9-April 13.

Lifestyle – this session will take place in your home and will focus on capturing your family’s every day candid moments. A home with ample natural light is required. Seeking a family with 1-3 children. Session will be 1-2 hours in length and will be held in the morning.

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Maternity – calling all moms-to-be! Looking for an expectant mother who will be 28-32 weeks pregnant at the time of the shoot. This session will take place in a nature/field setting in the late afternoon or early evening and will last approximately one hour. Solo images will be captured as well as with your husband/significant other. Siblings are welcome.

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Engagement/Couple – the ideal couple will be in their 20′s or 30′s, head over heels in love, and comfortable in front of the camera. This session will take place in a nature/field setting in the late afternoon or early evening and will last approximately one hour.

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Family – this session will take place at either a field/nature location or an urban location. Family should include 1-3 children between the ages of 6 months to teen. This session will take place in the late afternoon or early evening and will last approximately one hour.
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All participants will receive a $400 gift certificate that can be used on any digital or print collection. For more information, please contact sarah@sarahjaynephotography.com.

Love at La Valencia | San Diego Beach Photographer

Oh man, I had such a great time with these two. Johanna and George came down to San Diego for a little getaway without the kids a couple months ago and had a fantastic time at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. We had a blast during their session just walking around the hotel grounds and we found a ton of cool little nooks for photos. These two crazy lovebirds had so much fun they decided to bring the whole family back to San Diego at the end of this month for another session. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the family!

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mini-sessions | san diego photographer

Last month I held a day of mini-sessions and loved seeing several of my favorite repeat clients as well as meeting quite a few awesome new families. I tried something new this time and offered a variety of both morning and evening sessions and I really loved the results. Morning sessions and evening sessions have two very different feels to them and it was fun to be able to play around with both. Here are just a few images from the day I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

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This sweet baby is Miss Bridget from this san diego newborn session I posted. She has grown SO much in such a short period of time!

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hope | giving back | san diego family photographer

Just one for now … this is an image from a Hope Session I shot yesterday. Seriously one of the sweetest families I have ever met. Keep an eye out for a full blog post soon!san diego couple photographer

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