C. Family Portrait Photography Session at Cardiff-by-the-Sea, San Diego, California

When I start planning a photography session, I like to come up with a couple of words that describe the feelings I want to evoke–words like joy, surprise or gratitude. For this family, which includes an energetic nine-year-old and two super-active and fun parents, the words playful and laughter were the first to come to mind. Looking through this collection, I’m pretty sure I was spot on–these three have so much fun together and there is no shortage of laughter. The only word I would add now would probably be adoration, which is so evident in each of them when they look at each other. And, given their love of the ocean and surfing, the beach was the perfect setting.