One more family photo shoot at the beach. This one we had to re-schedule three times due to bad weather,but it was well worth the wait. I love the skies in the images.
Carlsbad beach photographer images of a family photoshoot on the beach. Greater San Diego beach photoshoot

  • Melissa M - What beautiful photos! This family must be thrilled! The weather looked perfect too!

  • Christianne Dowd - Indeed. Perfect sky. We never have these beautiful clouds here in SD, I love when they come in. Well worth the wait. Looks so SoCal!

That was the plan at least. My seemingly innocent proposal was, “If you catch one, of course you can keep it.”   I was pretty sure they would not be able to catch a lizard, Mateo was 6, Lucas was 5 and the lizards in our backyard in Arizona were pretty darn fast. It was just about dark, when they scurried out of house, flashlight and mason jar in hand.

I remember having that glorious parenting feeling of winning an argument without arguing and thinking I was pretty smart too.  Actually, I felt that way for the better part of an hour, until my sweet little boys came back running into the house with (brace yourselves) a lizard in a jar! Yep, there it was, a real, live lizard. They were already talking about what to call it and what to feed it, there was no “Can we keep it?” question,  I pretty much dug that hole all by myself. Who knew, some lizards are nocturnal.

The next day a trip to the pet store was in order. The guy at the store said the boys somehow managed to capture a leopard gecko, it was a cute little one. We bought all the supplies that go with a pet lizard and named it Spots. Over the course of a week, I convinced the boys to let Spots go since he was wild and probably was miserable inside a cage not being able to run free; the boys agreed, but only if we went back to the pet store and got one of their leopard geckos that was never wild.  It was close to Mateo’s birthday and he chose the new leopard gecko and named him Anchor.

For a while all was well at the Reeves’ household. The boys took turns having the lizard tank in their room until the week of Lucas’ birthday, when he thought that he could also go to the pet store and pick another lizard. He articulated his case very well and we ended up giving in. He pleaded desperately for a snake, knowing full well that was impossible for me, so when he “settled” for just a lizard, it felt like another victory. Lucas named his lizard Hooky.  And once again, peace was restored to the Reeves’ household.

One day Mateo and Greg were letting Anchor run around our bathroom floor, closely watched, when he disappeared through the trim, into the tiniest of cracks between the vanity and wall. Poor Mateo was in tears. So, we called a plumber with one of those tiny cameras they can poke into all kinds of places, but instead of looking for a leak, we instructed him to look for a lizard, which he did, with Mateo over his shoulder the entire time. He even went into the attic and tried looking down into the walls. It was to no avail. Anchor had been with us for nine months. He was so tame and loved hanging out on Mateo’s shirt while he did homework or read. And now he was gone.

Needless to say, we went back to the pet store. Tiny came home with us that day.  We hoped Anchor would not die inside our walls and stink up the whole bathroom. At some unknown point, late at night, one or possibly two little boys would release crickets and/or mealworms in the bathroom, hoping to coax little Anchor out of hiding. That was fun (not!).

Six months later, on a night when Greg is out of town and the kids are already in bed, I come face to face with Anchor. He scared me so bad I jumped and screamed, after I recovered I gently put him in a portable cage. He was so skinny, pale and not moving much at all.  I thought Anchor was definitely going to die but with much nursing he made a full recovery. It wasn’t much longer after that Lucas pointed out that Mateo had two lizards and he only had one. And that’s how we got Stripes.

I definitely learned my lesson, just keep it simple:  “No Lucas, you cannot have a pet snake, even if you catch one!”

So without anymore delay, I present you Anchor, Hooky, Tiny and Stripes!

Cute pet Lizard Anchor, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Hooky, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Stripes, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Tiny, photographed in Carlsbad California

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This sweet baby girl’s images are ready, there are so many beautiful poses, it was hard to pick the ones to share on the blog. Lakelyn was just 10 days old.
Congratulations Kelli and Chris on your beautiful baby girl.

Carlsbad newborn baby photographer, newborn baby girl in different poses

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  • Kellian Destefano - Thank u Andrea! We are in love with all the pictures of Lakelyn. U are so talented! Can’t wait to work with u again 🙂

  • Sophie - Aww, adorable expressions you captured!

  • Jasmine - All the adorableness is overwhelming. Such a sweet little gem!

  • Ariel - Adorable! What a sweet smile she has already.

  • Hillary - Such a beautiful baby!! Great job

  • Cindy - What a sweet baby!

  • Sheri - What a precious face. Great job!

  • Janis Foley - Oh my goodness! I love how she has a smile on her face as she sleeps! She is SO cute! What a little angel…

  • Ashley - Baby, not only are you beautiful but your name is great, too!

  • Christianne - What a sweet session. Beautiful baby and great pictures.

A visit from my friend Ira is not complete without a photoshoot. They were able to stay a whole week but somehow it did not feel like a week was enough. We miss you guys so very much!
Family photoshoot on the beach in carlsbad with beautiful color coordinated outfits orange and blue. Carlsbad family photographer
Family photoshoot on the beach in carlsbad with beautiful color coordinated outfits orange and blue images of the parents and two small kids. Carlsbad family photographer
Family photoshoot on the beach in carlsbad with beautiful color coordinated outfits orange and blue images of the parents and two small kids.  Kids playing in the ocean.Carlsbad family photographer

  • Janis Foley - These are so beautiful… I bet they loved them! <3

  • Sophie - Gorgeous! I love the pop of color. Beautiful beach session!

  • Melanie - I absolutely love the colors they wore! Beautiful photos!

  • Melissa M - How gorgeous! What classic, beautiful beach portraits!

  • Sarah - Beautiful!

  • Tessa - These are so gorgeous. Looks like the family had a blast during their session too!

  • Laura - These are beautiful, dreamy, and FUN! I love the colors and your editing style. Wonderful work!

  • Amy Gray - LOVE the red! Pops so beautifully on the beach. What a gorgeous family and such special moments!

  • Kristen - LOVE these! They are going to love these. You captured family fun at the beach beautifully. 🙂

  • Christianne Dowd - This is such a beautiful family session. Lovely!

  • Ira - I love my photos!!!! Happy dance over here!

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