0001  San Diego athletic portrait photographerRick and I are so fortunate to get to work with this incredibly talented and knowledgeable personal trainer/movement guru, Daniel Chavez with Roots Strength and Conditioning.  Here are some of our favorite images from a recent shoot with Dan.

Dan has a unique, inspiring and revolutionarily simple philosophy to movement. You can’t pin him to any specific category of “fitness” because what he has developed is a truly unique and seamless approach that combines movement from many different genres, including but not limited to: gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, yoga, strength and mobility training. Workouts with Dan don’t rely on fancy gym equipment.  We do work out in the gym, but mostly on the floor and in the park…kids play structures and trees are often our equipment.  Check out Dan’s Instagram page @rootsfit and his Facebook page Roots Strength and Conditioning.  He works with people at all levels.  You just need to come with an open mind, and if you schedule some sessions with Dan, just be prepared to squat!

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  • Christian Rodriguez - This is an awesome article! Daniel is GREAT! I have watched him for years and He really knows his stuff!June 11, 2015 – 9:15 pm

0001 San Diego natural wedding photographyHere are some of our favorite moments from Natalie and Matt’s Wedding Day.  They tied the knot at Founder’s Chapel at USD and the wedding trolley took us downtown near Petco Park.  The streets were blocked off for a game, but it worked in our favor. We were able to take over the street without stopping traffic or endangering anyone, which is always a plus.   The reception was at the Bali Hai where the music was pumping, the drinks were flowing, the view was incredible and love was all around.  What an awesome wedding!0002 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe dress.0003 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe shoes.0004 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe (gorgeous) bride.0005 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe (gorgeous) bouquet.0006 San Diego natural wedding photographyShe’s stunning.0007 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe groom.0008 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe groom’s gift from the bride.0009 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe guys.0010 San Diego natural wedding photographyMatt, looking dapper.0011 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather of the bride. He loved his Go Pro!0012 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather of Groom embraces his son before the bride walks down the aisle.0013 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe ring bearer entertains himself during the ceremony.0014 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe look after the kiss.0015 San Diego natural wedding photographyWedding party group selfie.0016 San Diego natural wedding photographyNatalie and Matt steal a kiss while in transit.0017 San Diego natural wedding photographyHomemade Polish Moonshine. Best favor ever!0018 San Diego natural wedding photography0019 San Diego natural wedding photographyFirst dance.0020 San Diego natural wedding photographyGuestbook.0021 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather daughter dance. This one really pulls at your heart strings.0022 San Diego natural wedding photographyDJs Natalie and Matt (above).  Snapshot Studios, our open air photo booth, was a big hit (below).0023 San Diego natural wedding photography

The professionals that helped make this day happen were all top notch.  Great work, everyone!

Ceremony Venue  |  Founder Chapel, USD

Reception Venue  |  Bali Hai

Coordination  |  Swann Soirees

Florist  |  Organic Flora

Live Music  |  Thomas Giglio Events

DJ  |  JMC Events

Baker  |  Nothing Bundt Cake

Transportation  |  Old Town Trolley

Open Air Photo Booth  |  Snapshot Studios

  • tiffany - Wow, these are perfection and Natalie you are stunning!!!June 9, 2015 – 8:55 pm

  • Pam Reibert - Beautiful and fun pictures. Great memories for the bride and groom!!! Love them all!!!!!June 9, 2015 – 9:00 pm

  • The Andersons - Great pics of a great wedding! Hard to choose a favorite!June 9, 2015 – 10:01 pm

  • Ashley - Such a special day! Loved being a part of it. The photos are stunning!!June 10, 2015 – 12:49 am

  • Mona & Gary - An incredible look into a gorgeous Wedding Day! We were so happy to be a part of this awesome couple’s beginnings, as Mr. & Mrs. ~ we had a blast! Love, Mona/BearJune 13, 2015 – 10:04 pm

  • Carlos Nieto - Amazing pictures, loved being apart of this wonderful day!June 15, 2015 – 3:49 am

0001  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosElise and Mike have a great story, and I just love how they picked a venue that reflects this story.  Since they met through their children’s Little League, they chose to get married with Petco Park as their backdrop.  Of course, this also comes with almost a 360 view of Downtown San Diego, the Coronado Bridge and the Pacific Ocean…. not too bad!  I’d say this wedding was a home run.  (sorry, I couldn’t help myself)

This wedding was especially special to me because I have known Elise since First Grade.  It’s a really cool to see how happy she is with Mike, and getting to document their wedding day was truly an honor. Congratulations Elise and Mike!0004  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosBeautiful choice of flowers, Elise!0003  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosMike’s son helping his Dad with his tie.0002  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosLook at those gorgeous eyes!0006  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosThe Ladies.0005  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosMike and the little guy headed to see their beautiful bride and Mom.0007  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosRooftop ceremony.0011  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosHey Batter Batter!  This is too clever.0010  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosElise and Mike at the Fire Station.0009  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosThe ring bearers got invited to hop on the truck. They were pretty stoked.0008  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosThe reception can’t come soon enough for this little guy.0014  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosLove. Yum.0012  Downtown San Diego Wedding PhotosWhat a treat for the guests, to get to celebrate with Elise and Mike with this view.0015  Downtown San Diego Wedding Photos

Venue  |  The Ultimate Skybox

Coordinator  |   Chauncey with Creative Affairs, Inc

Hair  |  Jaime Lake

Makeup  |  Vanessa Garlough

Officiant and DJ  |   Thomas Giglio Music

Florist  |  J Design Joyce

Cake  |  Extraordinary Desserts

Catering  |  Authentic Flavors

0001 San Diego natrural newborn photographyMeet Colin.  He’s a super chill little munchkin who makes parenting a newborn look easy!  This little guy pretty much slept throughout the entire shoot, except for a few breaks to yawn or scrunch up his face.  We couldn’t be happier for Sean and Leslie, whose wedding we photographed over 6 years ago.  As you can see below, they are both in awe of this beautiful little human being.  Hopefully Colin wasn’t up all night with energy after his relaxing and rejuvenating photo shoot!0002 San Diego natrural newborn photography0003 San Diego natrural newborn photographyShe is in love.0004 San Diego natrural newborn photographyHe is in awe.0005 San Diego natrural newborn photographyBeing adorable is exhausting.0006 San Diego natrural newborn photographyI see a smile!0007 San Diego natrural newborn photographyOne of the few glimpses we got of those beautiful eyes.0008 San Diego natrural newborn photographyThis is where Sean and Leslie probably spend many a night!

0001  Estancia Hotel Wedding Photos

Here are some of our favorite images from this gorgeous garden wedding at the Estancia Hotel and Spa.  Jaime and Jared were glowing, and the day before brought just enough rain to saturate the greens in the trees and the terra cotta tiles at Estancia.  This made for some perfect conditions for us, which is especially lucky, since the lighting was also epic for their engagement session in La Jolla and at Scripps Pier.  What a gorgeous day for a wedding.  We feel so fortunate to have been there to document the start of Jaime and Jared’s life together.0002  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJaime is just as beautiful as a person as she is as a bride.0003  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJared looking like a million dollars. He’s also got a heart of gold.  Love this portrait of him.0004  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJaime’s vows.0005  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosPortrait of Jaime before the ceremony.0006  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosThe guys looking dapper.0007  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosThe sweet flower girl.0008  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJaime’s ‘first look’ with her father.0009  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJared seeing his bride for the first time, as she walks down the aisle.0010  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosPaparazzi.0011  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosSuch a lovely setting for a ceremony.0012  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJaime’s look says it all.0013  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosThe knot is tied.0014  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosTime to celebrate.0015  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosJaime and Jared on the balcony overlooking the gardens.0016  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosMuch dancing was had at this reception. 0017  Estancia Hotel Wedding PhotosSnapshot Studios, our open air photo booth was a huge hit.  The image below is one of our favorites.0018  Estancia Hotel Wedding Photos

Everyone who worked on this wedding was top notch.  Great team!

Venue  |  Estancia La Jolla

Coordination  |  Kettle Steam Events

Makeup  |  The Hair and Makeup Box 

Hair  |  Grissel Esparza

Florist  |  Penny Blooms Floral and Event Design

Musician  |   Andy Mauser Music

DJ  |  Hit It Music

Bakery  |  Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Open Air Photo Booth  |  Snapshot Studios

Chair Rentals  |  Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent

  • melissa - could these two BE any more perfect?May 23, 2015 – 4:32 pm

  • Jim Gant - Beautiful photos beautifully executed! Thanks for a great jobMay 23, 2015 – 7:19 pm

  • claudia - You captured the joy at this wedding ! Great job!May 23, 2015 – 7:25 pm

  • Margo - I am so totally impressed with the emotions you captured, the love Jared and Jaime have for each other…it is beautiful. I also commend the posting of all the other vendors, very professional. Fantastic job!May 24, 2015 – 4:27 am

  • Jaime - There are too many amazing photos to choose just one!!! I think though the one in the photo booth with the wind blowing is my favorite!! Guests are still talking about how much fun they had in the photo booth.May 24, 2015 – 8:17 pm

  • Sherryl Humpert - Amazing photos but I had a feeling they would be just by the way you became a part of the wedding party as you took photos. It seemed effortles and relaxed. These photos definitely set a high standard but then, just look at the wonderful subjects you had in Jared and Jaime!May 26, 2015 – 2:01 pm

  • Jessica - Great photos… you really captured the joy of the day!May 26, 2015 – 10:07 pm

  • Brian - What amazing photos! The second one here is amazing but the first look with Dad is my favorite. Brilliant work!May 26, 2015 – 10:14 pm

  • Jen - Absolutely stunning. I have I say the father daughter first look is my favorite. Such a special moment and captured so beautifully.May 26, 2015 – 10:17 pm

  • Kari Parker - A wonderful job was done of capturing the day. There is no way I can pick a favorite photo. Everyone looks natural and the joy of the day is highlighted in all of the photos.May 26, 2015 – 11:07 pm

  • Justine - I don’t know when my little Beb turned into Malibu Dream Barbie, but I live for it! Saw you glowing when I met you in a little San Diego Marriott with Jared 2.5 years ago, and you’ve never stopped! So happy to be there. Could not have been better (unless maybe I hadn’t cut Kate eyelashes off :/), but it was an amazing weekend! So happy to be there. Love you guys. XoMay 27, 2015 – 2:23 am

  • Jared - Love all the photos! It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I really enjoyed seeing how you captured all the emotions and all the details from the day. Thank you both for doing such an amazing job.May 27, 2015 – 3:57 am

  • Karen Chappler - As everyone has said you did a beautiful job of capturing this special wedding day.What a wonderful couple .
    Auntie KKMay 27, 2015 – 11:18 pm

  • Kate Finlayson - Each picture captures the love, fun, and spirit of this wedding. Beautiful pictures, beautiful wedding, beautiful couple… I could go on and on.May 31, 2015 – 9:09 pm