Julie and Zach - A Dos Picos County Park Wedding

Every wedding day is special to us, but this wedding was especially important to us since we've known the bride, Julie, since Jenny and Julie were in Junior High together. Somewhere, we're sure, there is evidence of the two of them from an impromptu photoshoot in front of twelve year old Jenny's orange bedroom wall. Julie and Zach planned their dream wedding, only to have their plans interrupted by the best of news: Julie was expecting a miracle baby. So, they married each other in a quiet ceremony and agreed to have the wedding this June instead. What a blessing it was to have their sweet baby girl there with them on their wedding day. 

And with new priorities and responsibilities as parents, they changed their wedding plans and moved it to the gorgeous Dos Picos County Park. When Julie brought us to see the park and show us the areas that were important to her, we could tell how excited she was to be getting married amidst the oak trees, in front of the lake, in a park where their closest friends and families could not only gather to celebrate, but also stay the night. We were equally thrilled to be included in a wedding anticipated with so much joy. 

In fact, we were extra excited because Julie was actually the first person to ask us to photograph a wedding. We initially said no because we didn't have enough experience and wanted her to have a strong photographic team to capture the fun loving day we knew she would share with Zach. After spending the year getting the experience we felt we needed to do their wedding day justice, it was such a privilege to be able to photograph their wedding, since they had faith in us as wedding photographers before we did.   

Just like we are sure the rest of their lives will be, their wedding say was filled with love, laughter, and a few well timed tears. Julie and Zach’s fun loving nature shined through the entire wedding. The dance floor was packed all afternoon as their family and friends shared in the fun. 

Julie and Zach, thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding. We love you both. Congratulation to the Krafts!

Kunal and Jason- A San Diego Backyard Baby Shower

Today, Kunal and Jason's friends and family gathered to help these two dads to be prepare for fatherhood, and showered them with gifts, love, and advice. From the Doctor Seuss "the places you will go" themed party decorations to the elephant themed nursery, it was obvious that this dad and baba duo are preparing to take their little "super girl" on all the best adventures in life-whether they are near or far. And when things get difficult, because parenthood always has those moments, they have the best support network to lean in to, both in the friends and family present, and in those from across the country that found a way to be a part of this special day. Congratulations Kunal & Jason! 

San Diego Baby Shower Photography by Goss & Hermeyer Photography2.jpg


Best San Diego Photography Locations-Beaches

Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting some of our favorite areas to photograph both couples and families. We hope these posts will help you select the location that best suits your family because, ultimately, our goal is to find the best fit for YOU. Here are our top two beach locations.

Scripps Pier-With a Bonus

Scripps Piere Family Photography

Why we love it:

No discussion of the best San Diego photography locations would be complete without Scripps Pier. You actually get two locations in one here, without any added travel! We’ve got a secret little bonus area at Scripps Pier that we like to photograph in first to get some of the “safe” shots that you want out of any family photo session. That way, if your little ones go wild down on the beach, you won’t feel as stressed about it. In fact, it might even make for a better session if we get the safe shots first and then let the littles be little and rush head first into the ocean or cover themselves up to their waists in sand. We love those sessions, too!

Scripps Pier Family Photographer
Scripps Pier Family Photography

And as much as we would share the “secret” with any photographer who asked because community and collaboration over competition-we really try to both live AND preach this concept- we’d rather not post it online and find it as swarmed as the pier is next November.

After our secret spot, we walk down a set of stairs to the beach and embrace all that the environment has to offer. Sandy toes, windswept hair, crashing waves are all part of the vibe here. Which, as San Diego natives, we love.

The pier is iconic for family photos, and your friends and family outside of town will love seeing a little slice of our local heaven. We normally get a few key shots here and then move to the beach just north of the pier.

Scripps Pier Family Photographer

This beach is backed by gorgeous, pink-ish sand cliffs that make a stunning backdrop for more relaxed photos of your family walking down the beach or playing in the water.

Scripps Pier Family Photography
Scripps Pier Family Photography
Scripps Pier Family Photography

And, if we wrap up your session at sunset, there is a good chance that we can get some stand-out silhouettes. The kind that you have printed on metal to use as wall art in your home. When the weather cooperates and we get a colorful sunset, we love the silhouettes from the end of a session so much that they’ll be the first photos we seek out to edit when we start processing your session.

Scripps Pier Family Photography

What to be aware of:

There is a good chance that we will have to wait for our turn to use the area under the pier. Your kids may get dirty. You may get dirty. This beach just invites playtime like no other beach we know, so be prepared for that instinct. We say, go with it. And bring a change of clothes for the way home.

Parking can be tricky. There is a UCSD lot that you can sometimes pay to park in, but otherwise it is street parking and endless laps to find your spot. Plan to get there early. You can always hang out right outside that lot and people watch from above the beach.

Like most beaches, this spot is best in the 60 minutes before sunset or after sunrise. 

The Beach Behind Hotel Del Coronado

coronado family photography

Why we love it:

You can have beach photographs with the Hotel del Coronado in the background. Those red roof lines are as iconic as it gets.

Coronado Engagement Session

If you are from out of town, the recognizable nature of this landmark makes it one of the best San Diego photography locations. If you are a San Diego local, you probably have fond memories of this place that make it a necessary part of this list as well.

Coronado Engagement Photorpahy

Beyond the iconic factor, we love that there are beachy plants, a rock jetty, and, of course, white sand for miles. I’d venture to say it is the best white sand beach San Diego has to offer. There is so much variety without traveling to a second location, all while boasting of a clean, family friendly vibe.

Coronado Family Photographer

And, you can always hang out afterwards and watch the last minutes of sunset with your sweetheart at one of the Hotel Del’s outdoor bars or hunt stroll the beach with your family.


What to be aware of:

Like a lot of locations, this one is best in the 90 minutes or so before sunset. The closer you get to an actual sunset session, the more likely you are to have lovely color in the sky behind you.

Parking can be difficult here, so plan to arrive early. There is street parking on both the North and South sides of the hotel, but we often have better luck on the South side.







Mission Trails Family Photo Session-Getelman Family

When Dayna contacted us for their annual family photos, I was super excited because I know that little Ellie is just so much fun to work with. Her parents happen to be lovely people and good sports too! 


When I asked Ellie who gives the best kisses, she whispered "Dad" much to mom's dismay! She was quick to show me how much she loves both mom and dad though, and spent a little extra time snuggling mom to make it up to her. 

Mission Trails Family Photography

Dad and mom each took a turn racing Ellie up the trail, we danced, we snuggled, and then we took a little extra time to look for the bee that Ellie says flew up my sleeve. Lucky me, I think that was just imaginary. 

Mission Trails Family Photo
Mission Trails Family Photography
Mission Trails Family Photography
Mission Trails Family Photos

Just as we were getting ready to leave this Mission Trails family photo session before we got locked in by the rangers, we snuck in one last pose as the sun dropped to that perfect golden light position. I asked Kevin to lean in and give mom a kiss on the forehead, and clearly not one to be left out, Ellie joined in on the action. 

Mission Trails Family Photography
Mission Trails Family Photos