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botkin family a day in the life session | la jolla, san diego

Day in the life session shows family playing lawn gamesThe family that plays together, stays together! 😉
I was so stoked when the Botkins reached out to me last month and described what they had in mind for their session. They really wanted to celebrate and capture the fun they have hanging out together in their backyard playing games, chatting, and laughing while enjoying some good wine and food, surrounded by all the dogs. Sounds perfect to me! So that was where this Day in the Life session began…documentary-style sessions are my favorite way to photograph, especially with a fun and real crowd!

Day in the life session family members laugh & play lawn gamesDay in the life session mom throws arms up in air for game victoryVICTORY!!!!
As you can tell, they clearly have NO fun at all together at all.
Not only are they fun, but they are seriously the sweetest group of people! When we photographed Kristina and Brady’s wedding three years ago, we instantly felt right at home with everyone. They’re all so warm and welcoming, and even more than that, they just made us feel like we were part of the family and had been for years. Doing this Day in the Life session with them was just as awesome.Day in the life session grandpa sits with dog on lapAnd puppies galore!!!! I think we all know this also makes me very very happy. Day in the life session mom scratches dogThat was probably a mistake letting Mike hold your glass for a moment, Nancy! Teehee!Day in the life session dad steals a sip of momAwwwwwww, come ON!!! Day in the life session grandma throws up arms in defeatAir pumps were in high gear here. Not that ANY of us are competitive, of course… Day in the life session shows family playing lawn games togetherDoggie light test. PERFECT. Thanks, little buddy! dog sits in portait spot for Day in the life session familyOne big happy family, two-legged and four-legged members alike! full family portrait at a Day in the life session in san diegoBrady showing off his mad dog Jedi mind tricks. Color me impressed!well-behaved dogs perform at Day in the life session in home in la jollacouple portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego Mike and Nancy—love seeing how schmoopy you are! Such an adorable couple! couple portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego And Helen and Glenn have shared a lifetime together and there’s a beautiful, softness in that. Love this sweet little moment I snuck in without them seeing <3 couple portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego Love the way he looks over at her. So sweet!couple portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego family portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego HA! That look that Helen is giving me above is pretty great. I’m sure I was being hilarious and she just didn’t want to let me know. *snort*

family laughs together at Day in the life session san diegoAnd the Gents! family portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego I’ve always loved photographing these Kristina and Brady! They are just totes adorbs and have so much fun together which makes me HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY. And now they have their little fur baby, Emma, in the mix, so extra happy dance for that! family portraits with dog mixed in with Day in the life session san diego family portraits with dog mixed in with Day in the life session san diego couple portraits mixed in with Day in the life session san diego Mandy is such a patient, snuggly puppy mama! Her little furballs were lovin’ it! family portraits with dog mixed in with Day in the life session san diego DAWWWWWW!family portraits with dog mixed in with Day in the life session san diego Massive dog family. YES. My kind of people 🙂 family portraits with dog mixed in with Day in the life session san diego Everyone decided a mid-game break from Molkky (lawn game) for beverages and cigars was a good idea. 100% agreed! CHEERS to that!!! toasting with martinis at Day in the life session san diego dad and son share cigar at Day in the life session san diego They definitely had to bust out the cigars and martinis, as Brady and Mike love to enjoy those together on the patio in front of the fire having some quality bro time. dad and son share cigar at Day in the life session san diego Good times!toasting with martinis at Day in the life session san diego couple laughs together at Day in the life session san diego I WILL NOT THROW KRISTINA UNDER THE BUS ON THE BLOG. I WILL NOT THROW KRISTINA UNDER THE BUS ON THE BLOG.
BUUUUUUUT, I will say that this was an incredibly hilarious and somewhat inappropriate conversation that kind of made my day. family laughs together at Day in the life session san diego family laughs together at Day in the life session san diego NOOOOOOOOOOOOO… I can explain! I was trying to say. *sigh*couple laughs together at Day in the life session san diego Oh, I give up. Emma understands. *snicker*couple snuggles with dogs hanging out at Day in the life session san diego family laughs together at Day in the life session san diego And how can you not adore a big lovable lab falling asleep on your foot at the end of a session?!
Thank you, Botkin crew, for being the lovely, life-lovin’, warm, and amazing family I remember you being and openingly sharing your life with me for the afternoon. I just loved being there with you and documenting the joy in your Vida. And next time, I’m definitely taking you up on drinks and dinner in the backyard! 🙂

Wishing you all the most beautiful times ahead and lots of good fun and even more memories in that oasis of a backyard! dog snuggles dadFriends and family of the Botkins—be sure to sign their gallery guestbook to be kept up to date on the release of the collection of images as well as print specials! 

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