There are so many incredible locations for photos in San Diego, and some of them are quite popular. Every once in a while, I come upon a hidden gem that makes my photographer's heart so happy. We did this cactus garden family session in one such place, and I am so excited to share it with you today. 

This secret little spot is full of classic California charm, from the cactus to the rugged stone fireplace and chimney. You are sure to have unique photos when you book this location! Whether you are planning a family session, engagement session, or branding photos, this spot works for it all! It also has some really gorgeous light, and I just love all the pictures I take here. It is such a versatile location. I’m excited every time I get to come back to capture new memories!


It was extra special to bring this family to my hidden gem because I have been photographing their little family since the girls were just one! One of the best parts about clients returning every year is that I get to watch their kiddos and their families grow and change. Updating your pictures each year is a great way to watch all the changes and growth in your family over time. I love the way that you can look back and remember all the little things about your kids and that stage in life. From chubby toddler fingers to crooked grins as kids lose teeth, I just love it all!


We had lots of fun with the girls’ long skirts during this shoot. The colors of their outfits were so perfect for the location. During our session, we captured what it’s like to have a sister you are close with–whispering secrets, dancing and twirling, hugs, and laughter. It was so clear how strong the bond is between the girls and their parents!


I would love to help you capture your own memories at this hidden gem. Whether you want a cactus garden family session or you’re planning to update your branding photos, reach out! I can’t wait to see what we create together!

parents and kids stand together during cactus garden family session
kids run around parents and twirl at cactus garden family session
sisters hold hands in dresses at cactus garden family session
parents and girls gather on stone fireplace at cactus garden family session
loved ones walk in line holding hands by San Diego photographer
girls dance together on stones by San Diego photographer
couple holds each other close by San Diego photographer
girl wears black dress and grins by San Diego photographer
young girl wears bright dress and leans against stone wall by Danielle Miranda Photography
sisters hold hands by Danielle Miranda Photography
girls kiss dad's face by Danielle Miranda Photography
daughters hug parents legs by Danielle Miranda Photography
sisters hug each other and whisper in ears at cactus garden family session
girls twirl in long skirts at cactus garden family session
mom and dad hold children up in air by San Diego photographer
mom and dad hug daughters by San Diego photographer
child lays on a bench on her stomach by Danielle Miranda Photography
girl sits on table with legs crossed by Danielle Miranda Photography