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I'm Mandy - A San Diego wedding photographer specializing in fine-art wedding photography. When I'm not photographing my amazing clients, I'm busy as an overly obsessive dog mom, capturing life’s beautiful moments with my husband, Chris, and reveling in Teddy antics. 

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San Diego Engagement Photos

Since most of my work features mountainous Lake Tahoe and Truckee, I really wanted to take some San Diego Engagement Photos to put into my portfolio. I asked my friends Jaclyn and Justin to help out, and I’m so thankful they said yes!  They chose the beautiful Imperial Beach Pier and Tijuana Estuary located in San Diego, California. With the SoCal sun illuminating the white sands and lush waters, the couple’s San Diego engagement photos were a success!

 

Deployment

These photos are so much more than a married couple pretending to be engaged again. Shortly after these photos were taken Justin was deployed, and guess what –  Deployment stinks. We see so many beautiful military homecomings full of hugs and tears, but we don’t ever hear about the build up.

There’s an entire emotional cycle leading up to a deployment. If you know someone in the military, you know nothing is for certain. “Babe, we’re leaving on the 10th…. just kidding… now the 12th… now the 3rd…” Military families have to emotionally prep for a variable, ever-changing date! This can take an serious emotional toll on a couple, but Jaclyn and Justin remained SO positive throughout the process! Guys – they literally said goodbye 3 times that day after his departure pushed back 2-3 hours each time! Can you imagine saying “goodbye for the next 6-ish but maybe longer months” THREE times in one day? She’s so tough!

I am so thankful for these sweet friends in my life, and I’m looking forward to capturing (and also probably bawling my eyes out) their reunion! Please help send Justin, Jaclyn, and the rest of the team overseas some good vibes for the coming months. In the meantime, check out their amazing “San Diego Engagement Photos” at the Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach California!

 

The Estuary

At the point where the river meets the sea, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserve has been named a “wetland of international importance.” The Estuary includes beach, dune, mudflat, sand marsh, and several other types of landscapes. In addition, the Reserve houses several species of endangered and threatened bird species. These include the California least tern, the Western snowy plover, and the Light-footed clapper rail. Consisting of 1,569 acres of land, the estuary contains numerous gorgeous backdrops, perfect for photo shoots.

 

 

Imperial Beach

Furthermore, the well-maintained Imperial Beach pier is also a highly photogenic location. So, it’s perfect for engaged couples to create important mementos to cherish forever. From the pier, visitors are able to see downtown San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico clearly all at once. Gracefully curved lamps adorn the pier all the way to the Tin Fish restaurant at the end of the walk. And small picnic tables wait at the pier’s entrance for visitors to sit and rest awhile after a rigorous walk.

Imperial Beach is the closest beach to the border between the United States and Mexico. Also, it’s the beach to go to when you are trying to avoid crowds of pushy tourists. Visitors to Imperial Beach are able to take a nice stroll, go fishing, and watch surfers. Or perhaps they’ll want to browse through the small businesses and cafes that pepper the area at this beautiful beach with gorgeous views.

Consider the scene: majestic palm trees standing sentinel by streets and walkways, the soothing roar of the ocean in the background, and the refreshing cool breeze blowing across the pier. Therefore, Imperial Beach qualifies as one of San Diego’s most precious hidden gems, which creates a lovely and unique backdrop for engagement photography sessions.

 

San Diego Wedding Photographer – Mandy Ford Photography

If you’re interested in booking a San Diego Photographer to capture your Sunset Cliffs engagement photos, or next life milestone, please contact me here to learn more  I specialize in fine-art film hybrid photography. I create genuine moments that will turn into tangible memories for you and your loved ones to cherish for a lifetime

 

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View Ashley and Matt’s engagement session by clicking the image below or here for Engagement Photos by Mandy Ford Photography! 

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I'm Mandy - A San Diego wedding photographer specializing in fine-art wedding photography. When I'm not photographing my amazing clients, I'm busy as an overly obsessive dog mom, capturing life’s beautiful moments with my husband, Chris, and reveling in Teddy antics. 

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