Coronado Beach photos are the perfect way to capture your family vacation in Coronado! Whether you're staying at the Hotel Del Coronado, or anywhere in San Diego, this location is a picturesque slice of paradise. Surrounded by indigo water and sprinkled with historic charm, Coronado Island is truly the perfect place to document beautiful family portraits. 

I always get excited when I venture to the famous Hotel Del for Coronado Family Portraits. Coronado is a picturesque slice of San Diego surrounded almost entirely by deep indigo water and features one of the most iconic hotels in the world – Hotel Del Coronado. Coronado’s Hotel Del has been around for nearly 130 years and one of my favorite things about walking the paths of The Del is that most of the original architecture hasn’t changed a bit! This rich history makes The Del the perfect place to take your Coronado family photos.

Powder soft sand, cotton candy sunsets, and bright blue water paired together with historic Hotel Del as the background make Coronado the perfect place to experience a family portrait session. Coronado family photos are truly magical nestled within a peaceful slice of paradise. Scroll to learn more about Coronado photo sessions by Mandy Ford Photography.

Coronado Family Photography

Top Hotel Del Coronado PHotographer

Best Coronado, CA Photographer

“She will be my forever photographer!”

Mandy is the best there is! She’s so dedicated and passionate about her work and it shows. She’s a joy to work with and definitely makes the experience of a photoshoot fun, even for the babies and guys!! I wish I would have found her before my wedding day but I’ll never have a photo shoot without her ever again. She will be my forever photographer! I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Bailey family

“we're no strangers to professional photos, and this was hands-down the most fun we've ever had...”

Mandy is unbelievable with babies and dogs alike, and somehow managed to keep the attention of our 11 month old while also wrangling our spunky and excitable goldendoodle. ....Our photos truly captured the energy of our time in Coronado, while also showcasing Mandy's brilliant eye for light and angles. If you're looking for a San Diego-area photographer, Mandy is the clear choice!

Fort Family

Where should we meet for our Hotel Del Coronado Family Photos?

If you're staying at the Del, or considering a session to capture your family photos in front of the Island's iconic treasure, you've come to the right place. 

Consider hiring a Hotel Del Photographer with experience capturing your genuine memories while also showcasing the beauty of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. If you're interested in Beach Photos in Coronado, there are many options to choose from within a short walking distance. 

A few of our most frequently asked questions before Coronado Family PHotos.

Why should we hire Mandy Ford Photography to capture our vacation photos?

If you're staying at the Del, or considering a family photography session to capture your family photos in front of the Island's iconic hotel, you've come to the right place. Consider hiring a Hotel Del Photographer with experience capturing your  once in a lifetime memories, while also showcasing the beauty of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Inquire Here to learn more. 

What time is best for Coronado Family Photos?

Coronado Beach is most beautiful at Sunset. Most sessions begin about one hour to sunset. There are 4 locations to choose from near the Hotel Del Coronado (The Dunes, Shoreline, On Top Of The Dunes, And The Rocky Jetty if the tide allows.) It's best to reserve the water photos, so you don't mess up your clothing in the water. 

How can I prepare for my Coronado Family Portraits?

It's always best to bring a pair of shoes or flip flops that work with sand. A number of my clients choose to go barefoot. Bring a bag with touch up makeup, and a warm sweater as it gets chilly in the evening on Coronado Beach. If you have children, bring a towel as they'll be very sandy! I recommend not to bribe your children beforehand. If their expectation from the start is to play with a new friend, they won't expect candy or ice cream afterward. 

Do you have wardrobe tips for my Hotel Del Coronado family photos? 

Every photographer has a different aesthetic, and certain colors work better than others to accentuate skin tone and the overall appeal of your gallery. I recommend speaking with your photographer prior. Colors that work great with my film aesthetic on the beach are: whites, light blues, soft pastels, and muted tones. Flowy fabrics look phenomenal, and a family dressed a little more dapper than their typical casual look NEVER goes out of style! Don't be afraid to dress it up a notch! 

How long will our session last? 

Sessions begin just a little before sunset in Coronado and last about 45 minutes to an hour. Many factors play into this. Sometimes the sun sets faster with more cloud coverage. I recommend arriving early to your family photos so you are relaxed and can truly enjoy your Coronado family photo experience! 


Meet Mandy


I'm Mandy, and I believe how you feel when a photo is being taken is equally important to how you look. My priority is to make you feel comfortable, confident, and relaxed in front of the lens so that we can create genuine memories you and your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime. Because, at the end of the day, you deserve images as remarkable as your story.

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Whether you’re looking for Coronado family photos or someplace in San Diego (or beyond!), the best way to reach us is by either filling out the form or sending an e-mail to with your potential dates and the aesthetic you're looking for. If you’ve filled out the form and haven’t heard from us in a few days, please email us directly.


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