Will this finally be the year you walk away from vacation with the family photos of your dreams? Learn more about our unique, effortless process below!

Coronado Photographer

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Don't let your memories go to waste!

You put a ton of effort into planning your coronado family vacation...

Don't let your memories
go to waste!

Are these thoughts holding you back from your dream photos?

Maybe you've invested in a session in the past, but when the gallery came back, it was a sad mix of stiff, awkward poses and  "mom-face" photos (you know the one) — but not a single family group shot you loved.
You felt like you were on the back burner, acting more as the photographer's jester than part of the family. Meanwhile, your partner walked away with a few snaps so touching, they'd move a stranger to tears.  
Or maybe, your children are at that really fun, but highly unpredictable age when you don't know which personality is going to show up to the session, or if you'll even make it through without a meltdown

Let's ease your concerns...

Awkward, uncomfortable photo sessions do not exist in my world. I believe how you feel while your images are taken matters just as much as the end result. The belly laughs you see in these images? They're real. 
We've all seen the funny TikToks. Mom's taking photos of kids with dad: amazing. Dad's taking photos of mom with kids: not. so. much. And while they may be giving it their all, you spend most of the year on the back burner. 

I know how important those images are to you, so in my sessions, those once in a lifetime photos of you looking and feeling great are my top priority. 
Worried your kids (or even significant other) will be less than enthused for photos? I have a signature system I'll prep you with that will ensure I can deliver amazing photos! You'll walk away with heirloom quality photos - even if you're bringing a teething baby who is up past bedtime, or a hangry husband who would rather be back at the pool bar enjoying a cold one. 


core memories,




Coronado Family Portraits

Historic and serene, Coronado is the perfect place for your once-in-a-lifetime family photos at the Hotel Del & Coronado Beach!

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 a magical experience, nestled within a peaceful slice of paradise. Scroll to learn more about Coronado photo sessions with Mandy Ford Photography. 

You and your loved ones are on the beach. Everyone is happy. The sun feels warm on your skin. You're surrounded by the sound of laughter mixed with crashing waves.

The light is golden, the air is salty, and you're watching your children play together in front of the Historic Hotel Del Coronado Hotel.

You almost forget you're having your photos taken, because you're too busy creating core memories with your family. You look beautiful, and feel truly amazing... because, with me, your session will be effortless. 

Envison This:

Warm Words

The Baileys

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!

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The Forts

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!

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The Emmons

Mandy was amazing! Her work is beautiful, light and airy and she was so easy and professional to work with. Her patience and fun personality made all the difference in our session with our 2 year old and we felt comfortable and were able to enjoy ourselves, and the moments she captured were incredible! She was also fast in getting edited images returned to us even around a short timeline with the holidays. I would recommend her highly to anyone. Thank you, Mandy! We are forever grateful!

Once you're ready to book, inquire to receive further information and confirm your requested dates. Your session fee is due in full prior to your session. Payment plans are available. 

Our Process

01.  inquire

Once you're on the calendar, I will guide you through the preparations with planning emails, logistics, and even styling assistance! We'll touch base again the day of your session to go over details.

02.  Planning

When you arrive at your session, I'll start by warming up the little ones to build trust. Once we have everyone on board, we'll begin to create the genuine memories you've dreamt of.

03.  your session

04.  Sneak Peeks

05. Gallery Delivery

We're just as excited to share your images as you are to see them! That's why you'll be receiving a few sneak peeks in your gallery within a week of your session! 

Within 6 weeks of your session, we'll deliver your entire session to an online gallery. You'll have 30 days to download your pre-purchased amount of digital images. 

06. Upgrades & Extensions

If you wish to upgrade to a higher amount of digital images, please reach out to directly to upgrade. Need more time to choose your images? Reach out and we can upgrade you to our added storage plan!

Build Your Collection

We offer buildable collections to ensure you receive the perfect coverage for you and your family's needs. Please choose the experience and level of coverage that works best for your family. 

Collection Coverage For Every family

Signature Session

3 Payments of

You know you won't be able to narrow down to 5 images, but you aren't quite sure you want to commit to a full hour of photos. 

40 Minute session
Choose 15 high resolution images
Immediate Family (or) Up to 6
Available every day
30-Day gallery cloud storage




A short family film showcasing the in-between moments in motion, in a way still photographs cannot touch. Whether it's a dimpled baby feet experiencing the sand or the perfect salty spin and kiss, these short films capture the magic of Coronado. 

A la carte family video   /   $850

+ $75  Add 1 image to your collection

+ $450  Add 10 images to your collection  

+ $900 Upgrade to purchase full gallery

*Payment plans available for all upgrades

Add digital images to your Collection at a later date:
PEtite Session

2 Payments of

Perfect for families who frequent the Island each year, and only need a few images. We work swiftly during these sessions - great for little ones!

20 minute mini-session
Choose 5 high resolution images
*Monday - Thursday sessions only
30-Day gallery cloud storage
Immediate Family (or) Up to 6


the essentials



4 Payments of

Your dream is to have a gallery wall of those heartfelt images you find all over Pinterest. A slow-paced experience full of curated posing and candid moments.

1-hour session
All digital files included
Highlight family video
As many members as you wish
Available every day
30-Day gallery cloud storage


Best Value


About Mandy

the artist

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.

Best Coronado Photographer

Book Your Family Photos

Historic  and serene, Coronado is the perfect place for your once-in-a lifetime family photos at the Hotel Del and Coronado Beach. Inquire now for further information!