Emma + Ein Mount Laguna

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Snowy Session in Mount Laguna, California

This snowy session in the mountain trails of Mount Laguna in San Diego with Emma the rescue mix and Ein the corgi was shot in January 2023. Jasmina reached out to me in November thanks to a referral from Sam of SUP Pups! Come to find out, Jasmina is originally from Germany, which is where my dad grew up. (Her dad was visiting San Diego in January and was able to tag along on our session, which was super special). Right away we realized we had a lot in common including our love for hiking, stand up paddle-boarding and DOGS of course! We decided to wait until after the holiday craziness for our session, and let me tell you, it was worth the wait because we had the perfect conditions!

Jasmina said she wanted more of a mountain/forest feel to the photos, so I mentioned Mount Laguna and knew the perfect trail. She trusted my judgement and was game to meet at a new (to her) spot! It had snowed a few days prior to our session, so when we got there, there were still some snow patches and it was a little bit chilly out. This location is great because it’s a trail that is wide, never too crowded and there are tons of opportunities for different shots and perspectives.

We started at the beginning of the trail with some family photos. I tend to start with family portraits because this is when my noise makers are novel to dogs and I can guarantee they will look at the camera with awesome expressions!

We began to walk up the trail and I spotted a huge puddle right in the middle. I knew right away it would make for a perfect reflection photo, and my models were totally up for my idea! Initially I thought I would edit out the human legs, but I liked keeping them in there for a little different take on a family photo.

Next we ventured over to a rock in the meadow for some fun wide angle shots! Emma and Ein look like they were born to pose here ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun fact: they were on leash for all of these photos, but with a little editing magic in Photoshop you’d never know!

We grabbed a few more family portraits at the same spot. Ein was Nate’s dog first and Emma is Jasmina’s hiking buddy, so we made sure to get some individual shots of them together! What an adorable family they are.

The patchy snow in the meadow made for the perfect background for some “puppy-dog-eye” shots as I like to call them. Who can resist a dog looking longingly up at the camera?! Love that Ein is sticking his tongue out in the photo with his sister ๐Ÿ™‚

After all that posing, it was finally time to have some fun! Emma and Ein got to let loose and run around for some action shots. This was definitely the most fun part of the session for them!

We ended with a few simple “sibling” shots in the middle of the trail. These two were pros by this time! I was happy with all the shots we had gotten and couldn’t think of any other ones, so I asked if they wanted to hike around for a bit together so I could show them the trail I always take. The 5 of us hiked out the the beautiful Big Laguna Trail meadow and had a blast! Our session together could not have been more ideal ๐Ÿ™‚ A week later we had our ordering appointment and Jasmina and Nate loved the images so much, they decided to invest in a beautiful album and all of the photos from our session. Check out my other blog post to see how their album turned out!

Thank you for trusting me to capture these memories!