Family holiday photos at Balboa Pier, California

For the past few years I’ve worked with the same photographer for our family holiday photos and have been extremely happy. I was pretty disappointed this year when I realized my very favorite family photographer that my family had grown to love so much moved out of state. Sarah Grace was wonderful to work with for our family photos 2012 and 2013. Sarah took the time to get to know our family and provided us with so much more than just pretty pictures. This year I was on a mission for a new photographer and decided to do something completely different. Instead of taking our pictures at home in Arizona, I arranged a session at Balboa Pier in California with Michelle from The Suitcase Studio at the suggestion of many different Southern California friends. Being out of state, she made it very easy to arrange the session and figure out the location details. We planned around one of our frequent visits to SeaWorld and made sure we had plenty of time to get to know Michelle while capturing some great shots of family. My daughter loves the ocean and has learned so much this year as SeaWorld’s guest kid blogger. Family photos at Balboa Pier perfectly captured our year. Being pregnant was a fun addition to this year’s holiday photos and we ended up with some pretty pictures of my daughter loving on her baby sister in my belly.


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I previously believed family photos at the beach should be done wearing white. After talking with Michelle she suggested adding some color so we decided on a mauve and green color scheme.

What we wore at the beach:

Me: jeans by Ariya, top by Old Navy maternity (similar), necklace by Lia Sophia (similar), maternity belly band from Target

Him: jeans by Seven, shirt by Lands End

My daughter: jeans by Cherokee at Target, top by Cherokee at Target (similar), necklace by DownEast Basics

I love our photos and am so happy we decided to try something different. Did you do anything different for your family holiday photos this year?

Learn more about Michelle at The Suitcase Studio by connecting with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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