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A Barefoot Memories experience is quite different than a typical portrait session. Rather than being told how to pose or where to stand, expect to be told to "Just go PLAY! Enjoy each other! Have FUN!" Carey will help you with minimal posing to create a flattering portrait and some direction to ensure variety in your portrait collection. Carey will, however, spend most of our time either quietly observing and capturing your family interactions or playfully engaging you and your children with antics, funny faces, and some good old fashioned FUN to capture smiles, laughter, and personality. These unposed moments of family togetherness result in portraits that will melt your heart with their pure emotion and personality -- those images don't happen when you tell people to smile and "Say Cheese!".

Before your session, we will work together to pick the perfect location for your family portraits. Our favorite spots are La Jolla, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista parks, and Balboa Park, and Central Park in New York City. Each location has different elements that result in very different photographs. La Jolla has a more jagged shoreline with a coastline similar to Central California and Monterey. Coronado has a long sweeping beach and a more gentle shore break for less pounding waves. On Coronado, you also have the option of having pictures taken on the large break rocks or with the Hotel Del in the background. We could also meet on the Bay side of Coronado with the downtown San Diego skyline in the background. Imperial Beach has a coastline and shore break similar to Coronado, but you can also have the pier in the background to add some great artistic interest to some of your portraits.

A few days after your session, we will email you the link and password to your private online gallery. A gallery typically includes 40-50 images from your session with selected images also presented in black and white or with other artistic finishes. You can send that link to family and friends so they can see your images. They can order digital or printed copies conveniently, without having to worry about getting copies of the images from you. One or two days later, your Barefoot Memories CD will arrive in the mail, including tips for printing images and the reproduction license.