Grace & Joy Photography: Blog https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Grace & Joy Photography (Grace & Joy Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u878464512-o90519381-50.jpg Grace & Joy Photography: Blog https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog 120 80 Seaside Beach Family Session https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/seaside-beach-family-session Seaside Beach in South Cardiff is so great. Not only is it the favorite break of local surfing legend, Rob Machado, but it offers exposed reefs, high cliffs, beautiful skylines, and a fun and easy environment for any family to have fun in! Love the colors this beautiful family chose to compliment the water and sky. This is also a prime example of the beauty in an early morning session.

 

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Family Session - San Dieguito Park https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/family-session---san-dieguito-park This is such a beautiful family - I give a huge hat's off to Heather, who has three (count 'em FOUR, if Dad is included) boys to rough and tumble with all day! I did a session with her youngest son a few years back, and it's awesome to see what a big boy he is today. He has certainly grown in to his once chubby baby legs!  What a blessing to be surrounded with so much love!

 

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Old Poway Train Park Photos - Garza Family....featuring, Santiago! https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/old-poway-train-park-photos---garza-family-featuring-santiago It seriously does NOT get cuter than this kid. He was so fun to be around, so funny and having so much fun. We cruised every inch of this place and he was delightful, every step of the way. Just a walk in the park! :)

 

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Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad - Family Portrait Photographer San Diego https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/batiquitos-lagoon-carlsbad---family-portrait-photographer-san-diego I've been lucky enough to work with Serena and Ed, Kyle & Owen for the past several years. One of the most rewarding things about being a photographer is developing these lasting relationships and watching the families grow over the years. Kyle and Owen have to be just about the cutest little boys...ever!!! They have such a cute relationship and I see them growing old and looking back and these photos with great joy and fondness.  

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Olivenhain Meeting Hall - Rustic & Classy Family Photos https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/olivenhain-meeting-hall---rustic-class-family-photos Olivenhain Meeting Hall, AKA the Old Town Hall, is a gorgeous spot for family portraits. It offers rugged beauty with a rustic edge! This is the second session I've done with this gorgeous family, and it was so fun to work with them and their beautiful daughters again!

 

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Kyle - 1 year Photos - Child Photographer Encinitas https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/5/kyle---1-year-photos---child-photographer-encinitas So Kyle is seriously adorbs. His Mama is quite crafty and made all kinds of neat things for our session. I love when parents get involved - here are some great suggestions she took, about bringing balloons to add some "pop" - and some things she brought and made all on her own! 

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Stella - Encinitas Family and Child Photographer - Olivenhain Old Town Hall Photos https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/5/stella---encinitas-family-and-child-photographer---olivenhain-old-town-hall-photos Stella is super sweet, and funny, and wore the cutest baby Ugg boots I've ever seen. Her parents had the opportunity to move here from the big city of Chi-Town - I hope they love our little North County coastal town, and that Stella has fun growing up by the beach. GO CHARGERS!

 

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Kelsey - Carlsbad High School Senior Portrait Photographer North County https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/kelsey---carlsbad-high-school-senior-portrait-photographer-north-county Kelsey is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. We had so much fun with our session, and I know that Kelsey will be successful at anything she does! One of my favorite things about Kelsey: I love that she has a deep love for Jesus, and is a witness to Him in this day and age! 

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Family Photographer Encinitas - Batiquitos Lagoon Carlsbad Photos https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/family-photographer-encinitas---batiquitos-lagoon-carlsbad-photos I just love this spot in Carlsbad. Such a natural setting, with bullrushes and lagoons in the background - but this bridge is to die for. Had so much fun with Isabella and her Mommy and Daddy. Boy, do they love this little munchkin! 

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Family Photographer - Encinitas, Olivenhain Old Town Hall https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/family-photographer-encinitas-olivenhain-old-town-hall What a gorgeous family. Totally go for it - dress to the nines and get the most out of the rustic feel - create a lovely contrast between your family's own sweetness and that of your surroundings. 

 

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First Birthday Photo Celebration with Jack! https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/10/first-birthday-photo-celebration-with-jack Loved spending the evening at this awesome farm with a rustic feel! My second time shooting this little fella, and he gets sweeter with every frame!! Pretty soon, you'll love cake! Happy Birthday big boy!! 

 

 

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San Diego Child Photographer - Alexa https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/10/san-diego-child-photographer---alexa I can't believe this was Alexa's first photo session. Doing child portraits for a living, I can often encounter kids who want to do anything besides have their photo taken. Alexa was a born natural. I wouldn't be surprised if she gets snatched up by a national talent agency and you see her on the cover of Vogue in few years. She was sweet and refreshing to work with! Enjoy!!

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North County San Diego Newborn Photographer - Newborn photos baby Abigail https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/6/north-county-san-diego-newborn-photographer---newborn-photos-baby-abigail The best part of newborn photography is holding these precious, cooing babies. Rocking them, hushing them, loving them back to a sound sleep so I can set them in their sweet little set ups! Oh this girl was such a lover! Her Mom, Dad & doting Nana were nearby every moment with darling clothes and blankets, and a room so lavender it smelled like a lilac. Abby is going to be one lucky little lady!

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North County San Diego Photographer - Maternity Photos - Jeff & Nikkee https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/6/north-county-san-diego-photographer---maternity-photos---jeff-nikkee It was so great meeting Jeff & Nikkee. These two are so in love, and so perfect for each other! They love books and crime dramas, music and laughter - and most of all, they love each other. It was so evident. I love doing photo sessions where the natural love and chemistry shine through. Today's session was a winner! 

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Encinitas Senior Photo Photographer - Briana - La Costa Canyon High School https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/5/encinitas-senior-photo-photographer---briana---la-costa-canyon-high-school What a sweet girl I encountered in Briana. This was a great senior portrait session - her mother and I had become great pals by the time the session came around, and as I watched them engage, I couldn't help but think about my own girls, and how one day (sooner than I want it to come), I would be doing a senior session like this of my own! 

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Encinitas Family Photographer - Eynon Family - Old Poway Train Park Photos https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/5/encinitas-family-photographer---eynon-family---old-poway-train-park-photos Sibling Photos. Those are the best. Capturing those moments between brothers and sisters that we see everyday, and that are too priceless to miss. The only thing sweeter than that, are the individual personalities coming out. Cody, Hailey & Dillon had personality in spades! I enjoyed watching the older kids doting over their baby brother, who tried his best to keep up! Hailey is a natural model who just loved the camera and putting on a show! Cody is a boy with a pure heart - seeking adventure and being brought up as a respectful, loving person. Kudos!

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Encinitas Family Photographer - Swamis Beach Family Photos - Heyveld Family https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/5/encinitas-family-photographer---swamis-beach-family-photos---heyveld-family Double fun with this family of twins! Growing up and attending high school at San Dieguito Academy, Shelly wanted to bring her family back to her local roots for a fun photo session. What a great evening with these four! 

 

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North County San Diego Maternity Photographer - Coming Soon! Baby Austin https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/3/north-county-san-diego-maternity-photographer---coming-soon-baby-austin Simply Endearing. Lovely. Precious. These are the words that come to mind when I reflect on this lovely couple. They are so well suited - even in our short time together I could see their complimentary & cute funkiness, as well as the differences that make them work so well in their little fairy tale love. I can't wait to see their new addition, and all the new joy and hope he will add to their lives! Congratulations Alana & Darrell! 

 

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North County San Diego Newborn Photographer - Baby Oliver https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/3/north-county-san-diego-newborn-photographer---baby-oliver Baby Oliver is ADORABLE! Oh-em-geeee!!! What a blessing it was to photograph this baby. I know Oliver's Aunt, and was so excited that she passed my information along to her family for this wonderful session! He was such a good boy the entire time. He had incredibly doting parents, and equally doting grandparents. This kid will be blessed to grow up in a God loving household, and trained up in the way he should go, so he does not depart from it!! LOOK AT THIS FACE!!! 

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North County San Diego Child Photographer - Ronin https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/2/north-county-san-diego-child-photographer---ronin Taking pics at Olivenhain Old Town Hall in Encinitas is so much fun! This location is so rustic, and gives you such a great background! Today, I got to hang out with Ronin! Not quite a year old, he loved cruisin in the little red car, and had a tendency to try and eat the leaves and twigs that are so prevalent here. They don't taste very good, do they, buddy! He is just darling, such a sweet face and disposition. Be warned, he's a potential heartbreaker! But with a Mom as kind as his, he will be opening car doors and showing up with flowers! 

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North County San Diego Maternity Photographer - Sylvie & Clark https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/2/north-county-san-diego-maternity-photographer---sylvie-clark What a sweet, kindhearted, tender, loving couple Sylvie and Clark are! Baby Abigail is going to be super blessed to join this family! From the baby Uggs that could be too warm for spring, but too precious not to wear - to the hand knit sweater made by her recently passed Grandmother, this little girl is already so loved! Can't wait to welcome you into this world, Abigail!

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North County San Diego Child Photographer - Baby Beckett https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/2/north-county-san-diego---child-photographer---baby-beckett Every once in awhile, with the right mix of props, happy babies and fun and interactive family members who are fully invested in getting smiles and giggles - you get a picture perfect photo session! Baby Beckett - you are sweet as snakes and snails and puppy dog tails, have legs that are just good enough to eat - and you were just a pleasure! 

 

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North County San Diego Maternity Photographer - Baby Gummy https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/2/north-county-san-diego-maternity-photographer---kuhl-family What a great session with Christine, Robert & Tenzin. I had the pleasure of working with them before, when this belly was just a "baby gummy" and barely showing! How amazing to capture Christine with her gorgeous glow, her loving husband and big brother patiently waiting for his little sister!! 

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San Diego Child Photographer - Cara's first birthday https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/2/san-diego-child-photographer---caras-first-birthday What a sweetheart girl. Cara, Cara, there's no one fairer.... SO thankful to share in this special moment and capture this darling baby girl on her first birthday! I even got to see her try her first lolipop!! Now, up, up and away!!  

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North County San Diego Family Photographer - Batiquitos Lagoon Images https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/1/north-county-san-diego-family-photographer---sarah Gorgeous. Meet my sister in law, Sarah! She married my brother in law, and comes from Brazil. While I usually am focusing on families and kiddos, it was a nice change of pace to work do a more "model-esque" session with her! 

This one reminds me of a vintage type, 1950's beach shot!

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North County San Diego Maternity Photographer - Old Poway Park Maternity Session https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/1/north-county-san-diego-maternity-photographer---cristina-david Love and Laughter. That is what comes to mind when I think of these two. Actually, these three! Baby Emilio will be here before they know it! What a great maternity session with Cristina & David. They were so much fun on this FREEZING January afternoon. But the warmth between them was evident. Cristina, just constantly throwing her head back in laughter and the wit and jokes of her loving husband. Such a natural and easy love. They actually have inspired me to start a new offering through Grace & Joy Photography. Details to follow. For now, just enjoy these two....

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North County San Diego Photographer - Commercial Work - The Seed School, Encinitas https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/1/north-san-diego-county-photographer---commercial-work My husband's friend from high school is an awesome lady. Jeannine has dedicated years of her life as a Social Worker in the school district, and now has further devoted herself to children by facilitating an in home day care. The Seed School does more than care for your children, but inspires and invites them to be involved with the environment, with a hands on approach! Her parent manual even encourages you to send your kids in clothes that are okay to get messy, because these kids are going to have fun!!! 

Her in home playschool has the most magical scene - the "Pirate Ship" hosts swings and slides that would make Jake and The Neverland Pirates envious!

The yard also hosts planters galore, with veggies that start as seeds and end as budding, yummy snacks for the kids. Each zone of the yard is a different theme for the kids. There is a super fun sand table with every dinosaur you can think of - they are not extinct here! ROOOAAAR! 

When the nature time is done, she boasts environmentally friendly toys for play, still hosting the theme of fruits and veggies and cooking.

I was so jealous walking around her area. My girls did not want to leave. Once the toy time was over, there were trampolines, painting, water toys! Wow, what a kids paradise!

If you need a great place for your kids to get engaged in a great environment, The Seed School is the place!

 

 

 

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North County San Diego Maternity Photographer - Kevin, Kat & Kai https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2013/1/kevin-kat-kai What a wonderful evening with the most adorable, loving, tender couple I have had the pleasure of

photographing in a long time! Little Kai will absolutely grow up in a home where love, sincerity, laughter and

respect abound! That is so evident after being with these two. I wish them all the happiness in the world, and can't

wait to see their beautiful son!! 

 

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OJ and Champ https://www.graceandjoyphotography.com/blog/2012/5/oj-and-champ I thought I would just write blogs about my photography on here, sweet little tid-bits about each of the families and children that I photographed. But today, I am writing just to write. There is a girl I know, named Octavia. I met her many years ago at The Rock Church. She worked in the office there and I ran into her again when I went on a 4 day Wilderness trip with the church. I call her a friend, because she was a joy and a light and a friend to everyone. She wasn't a friend I chatted with on the phone, or met up and hung out with, but she was someone I was inspired by and someone I wanted to be more like. She just has a Kingdom heart, always seeking after the things of the Father, always striving to walk the walk, and be a doer of the Word. I say striving, but she really made it look effortless. She just really is in love with Jesus.

I knew she went to India to do missionary work there, and she was married while she was there to her husband. They wore gorgeous, vibrant, traditional Indian clothing for the ceremony, and it was beautiful, just like she was. So fast forward a few years, and she has two amazing daughters and is now pregnant with her third child. Only, he has been diagnosed with Trisomy 18, which is nothing I've ever heard of, but it isn't good. She asked us all to pray with her, in faith, for the miraculous healing of her child. Her faith was incredible. Her desire, to be a witness to her doctors and nurses and all who prayed with her, about the amazing power of our God. That He. COULD. DO IT! If only He WOULD do it. And if He did not, they resolved that He would use it for His glory, and the purpose would eventually be made evident. I thought, "Wow. If God is going to answer this prayer, it would definitely be for OJ. And if God doesn't answer this prayer, it will be because He knows that OJ could handle it." Handle it? Who can handle losing their child? That is not what we consider the normal way of things. A parent should not outlive their children. But sadly, OJ went into labor prematurely, and Champ did not survive.

They chose to spend as much time with their son, Champ, as possible. The pictures they took with him were both heartbreaking and endearing. Precious and excruciating. But throughout their sorrow, they PRAISED HIM!!! I have two beautiful daughters, and I cannot say that I would praise Him for taking one of them from me. My heart trembles in my chest even now at the thought of it. It is only through His graciousness that I have them today, to love and to hold. That I can watch them grow and hear their laughter....  Selah.

In the end, I realized that OJ's sorrow is only lessened by her connection to the Vine. Every post she shared, updating us on Champ and her family's healing process was just an inspiration to me. I was convicted over my own lack of faith. My own separation from my Father - how I am not abiding, daily, in the Vine, and gathering His strength, His comfort, His love, His wisdom - and therefore, I am denying myself all that I am promised by Christ. He said He would be near to us, comfort us, lead us, carry our burdens, be our ever present help and best of all possible friends. But we have to SEEK HIM! We have to ABIDE in Him. We have to actually receive this love and this gift, or we are lost. We are lost in this world of emptiness, loneliness, abandonment, hopelessness, chaos, war, death, hostility. The world apart from Christ is all of these things. The world tries to satisfy us with material possessions, lies to us that other relationships (outside of Christ) will fulfill us, that the power of ME is all you need to succeed. Well, I am sorry, but I need Jesus. I need to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is only when I deny my own stubborn willfulness, and submit to Jesus, that I can love as He loves. With gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, mercy. It is only if I am abiding in Him that I can feel His loving arms of comfort on those hard and hopeless nights. And I need Him. I need His comfort. His love. His salvation. Thank you, God, my sweet Abba Father, for being my Daddy. For showing me the way, through the life and death of this sweet boy, and through the life and faith of his amazing mother. My feeble prayers are with you, Octavia. I know that God will continue to comfort you and just love on you somethin fierce! Thank you, for always being true to Him, for living the life in a way that will undoubtedly end in a beautiful crown of glory, our Father's hand wiping away every last tear from your eyes, and a "well done, My good and faithful servant."

May I join you, sweet sister, in pleasing Him. 

 

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