San Marcos Lifestyle Newborn Photography

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San Marcos Lifestyle Newborn Photography ⎮In-Home Mobile Newborn Photography

I just loved meeting this sweet little family! When I arrived at their home, I started with a tour of the areas we might use as a setting for our session and the FIRST thing I noticed was that Mom & Dad had prominently displayed canvas from their last lifestyle newborn photography session right over the master bed! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this! They did not live here when their first child was born and I was not their photographer then but I love knowing that a family is going to actually use and display their photos! Oh and by the way here’s an awesome take on why displaying photos of your children is so amazing! Also I thought those canvas just made a great backdrop for our photos celebrating baby girl #2!

This session is a great example of why I love lifestyle newborn photography. I love that big sister was able to stay in her comfort zone at home and Rio the dog was able to join the whole family for a few shots too! This is what in-home newborn photography sessions are all about…baby as part of the family and the home!

Scroll on down for a sampling of the images I took during this sweet session. I hope you enjoy all of the love and sweetness this family has to offer.

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By the way this month I’m participating in a blog circle with some super talented photographers and I have the honor of sharing St. Albans Family Photographer, Tori Deslauriers. All of you moms will enjoy her post about how to photograph a ghost! Let’s just say it’s not what you think!

Marisa specializes in lifestyle newborn photography in San Marcos and beyond. Marisa puts an emphasis on real, authentic images that remind you of YOU! SO snuggle up and let’s create some memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime!

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A 2020 book list from a photographer and not one of them is photography related! Both photography and reading bring so much joy in my life so I thought reading deserved a spot on the blog too! I love how both good photography and good writing can capture the essence of a moment in ways that surprise you and and move you because you know its true….even though you could never put it into words until you read it/saw it. Below is a list of almost every book I read in 2019 in no particular order.

Best for my Soul? Searching for Sunday, Inspired, Becoming Michelle Obama, and Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

Best Writing? Heavy, Fates & Furies

Worst Book Overall? The Library Book! So boring, haha!

Most Anticipated? The Testaments! I read the Handmaid’s Tale in College and am all up to date on the show so this was a must and it did not disappoint!

What’s on your list for 2020? I’m starting with delving into more C.S. Lewis (Becoming Mrs. Lewis inspired me) and also re-reading Toni Morrison’s the Bluest Eye. There are a few on my shelf that I never finished in 2019…Hold Still by Sally Mann (actually photography related!), The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr, The Rosie Project to name a few.

Marisa specializes in lifestyle newborn photography in San Marcos and beyond. Marisa puts an emphasis on real, authentic images that remind you of YOU! SO snuggle up and let’s create some memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime!

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Fun Family Photography Session

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This Fun Family Photography session took place on the day before Christmas Eve on Laguna Beach behind the Montage (definitely a front runner for most beautiful spots in Southern California). To my horror, we woke up that morning to a downpour but my client assured me they were a laid back family and they would be totally fine to proceed with the session rain or shine! This was going to be their only day all together and they just really wanted photos together as a family. You might think I was dreading shooting in the rain but really I was more excited than ever. Any family that is willing to have portraits in the rain knows how to have fun and doesn’t take themselves too seriously. This is a recipe for an amazing session!

Aside from being all together, there was another important reason for this photo session… Mom & Dad’s 30-year-anniversary!! In fact, Mom & Dad had taken a photo at this exact spot 30 years ago so we definitely had to re-create it.

Take a scroll through and enjoy all the fun and all the love! It was a beautiful rainy December day in Laguna (even if we were the only people who noticed)!

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Coronado Military Wedding Photographer: Island Club Coronado

This Coronado Military Wedding Photographer has Last Minute Availability! December 2019 Update: Looking for an elopement photographer or a wedding photographer with last minute availability in San Diego, Coronado, Oceanside, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, or Temecula? I am no longer taking bookings for Summer and Fall 2020 but I do have last minute availability for January-April 2020. I’m happy to customize my offerings for small weddings and elopements. Let’s chat!

This wedding at the Island Club on Naval Airstation North Island  in Coronado was everything. They started the day surrounded by family and friends as they got ready. The ceremony overlooked the Ocean. And the champagne flowed as they danced the afternoon away in the sun-light drenched ballroom! Possibly best of all? We finished the day with portraits on the beach followed by IN-N-OUT!! Planning an elopment or last minute wedding January-April 2020? I’ve got you covered! Email marisa@marisamcdonaldphotography.com and let’s get the conversation started!

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Last Minute Wedding Photography Availability: Photography by La Jolla Wedding Photographer, Marisa McDonald Photography

I have Last Minute Wedding Photography Availability! December 2019 update: I am no longer taking Wedding bookings for Summer/Fall 2020 but I do have availability for January – April 2020 weddings. Planning a last minute wedding in La Jolla, San Diego, Carlsbad, Temecula, Oceanside, Fallbrook, Laguna? I’ve got you covered! I’m happy to customize my offerings for small weddings. Let’s chat!

Jess & Bobby’s Torrey Pines Wedding was unbelievably perfect in its simplicity. With the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as our backdrop and surrounded by their closest family and friends, the beauty of their love took center stage. While they kept details simple, everything was meticulously planned thanks to the stellar coordination of Diana and Yvonne at At Your Side Wedding Planning. I arrived early because I wanted to be sure to capture the details of the bride and her girls getting ready at the gorgeous Hilton Torrey Pines. The Hilton also served as the backdrop for Jess & Bobby’s sweet first look that quickly included the precious moment of their son seeing his mom in her wedding gown! Gorgeous florals by Tess Fresh were soft, pretty, elegant and modern. As the wedding party moved to the beach, everyone was all smiles. Jess & Bobby said their vows while The SoCal Wedding Officiant spoke of love with the perfect balance of humor and inspiration.

Join me in walking through the precious memories of Jess & Bobby’s beautiful day! This was just the beginning…these two have a lifetime of happiness ahead!

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