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I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful, young family last month just before the holidays. I’ve known Christine and her hubby Ryan for quite a few years now, and their little guy Van is just the cutest! The perfect combination of mom and dad, and so handsome. This is one of my favorite locations to shoot at in San Diego, and right now it’s a gorgeous green with all of the rain we’ve had! I would love to do some more shoots out here soon, so if you’ve been considering some family photos – don’t wait until the fall! Plus, check out the special I have going on on Instagram right now (@acresofhopephotography). :)

Images photographed with a Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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We had such an awesome beginner dslr photography workshop this past weekend- thank you to all who attended! I’ll be hosting another workshop on Saturday, March 14th. If you own a DSLR camera and you do not know how to use it to it’s full potential, or you’d like to learn how to take better photos by shooting in manual mode, this workshop is for you! Location is TBD. Fill out a contact form or email me ( to sign up!

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It was such a joy to photograph Krystal and Jesse as they anticipate the arrival of their sweet baby boy at the end of this month. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful couple for a few years now, after photographing their engagement and wedding photos. I am always so honored when couples choose me to continue documenting their family’s story! Congrats, Krystal and Jesse! Can’t wait to meet him!

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What a wonderful year 2014 was. Our first full year with our sweet boy Colt, who is now almost 14 months old. We have had so much fun watching him grow and enter into each new phase of development. We introduced him to our love for camping, including trips to Lake Powell and Yosemite and our 4-week road trip through the Pacific Northwest. Deven and I celebrated six years of marriage in October and we were excited to find out that we’ll be adding another little one to our family in 2015. I’ve rounded up one favorite image from each month of 2014 and have shared them below. Enjoy!


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Deven and I have loved camping and being in the mountains since we first started dating. We have a clear view of El Cap, the Cuyamacas and Mt Laguna from our home in Lakeside, and whenever we see thunderheads or winter weather out east, we are always itching to head out there for an adventure. We saw last week that snow was forecasted for the NYE holiday and talked about spending the night up there in a cabin but they were all booked up. Tuesday morning the storm was starting to roll in and we wanted to head up there for the snow so bad! We called the ranger station and there was one cabin open so we packed up as fast as we could and drove up to Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca. It rained for most of the afternoon, on and off, but come dark the rain slowly turned to sleet and then snow. These little cabins (more like sheds) are equipped with one plywood bunk bed and one wood burning stove and that’s it – but we were toasty warm once that fire got going! It dropped below 20 degrees that night and we woke up to about 3-4 inches of beautiful snow and the most serene, peaceful scene. It was gorgeous. The clouds broke and we went for a walk through the campground, in awe of the scenery change – everything was white and so beautiful. Not Colt’s first time in the snow, and he still wasn’t too thrilled. I don’t blame him, it was definitely cold for this California family! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day with your loved ones – can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015!

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