[Happy New Year!!] 2014 recap

January 6, 2015
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On behalf of all of us here at Christina O’Brien Photography, we would love to wish you and your loves a Happy New Year!  2014 was such an amazing and busy year and I look forward to all the new memories that 2015 promises.  Thank you to all of our clients for making our job so much fun!  I can’t wait to see everyone grow as the years continue!  Here are some of my favorite shots from our sessions this past year.  Enjoy!



matt + dana’s beautiful wedding at scripps seaside forum.  i love that she planted the succulents from her bouquet and is still growing them!  is that the modern twist on a love fern?Scripps seaside forum san diego wedding photography

jason + arya’s photo shoot in east village was so fab of course!  so happy these two are married now!  marriage equality spread like wildfire in 2014.. yay for love!Downtown engagement portrait session candid shots san diego

yoshi + mari moved to temecula from japan and it was so much fun showing them the beautiful dixon lake during their engagement portrait session!  they are the cutest happiest couple!Dixon lake engagement portraits san diego candid photography

andrea + evan were such a blast during their engagement portrait session.  we walked around little italy, one of my favorite places to shoot.  i love all the opportunities for candid shots and the urban feel.  that’s the chicago girl in me!Little Italy urban engagement portraits san diego

shannon + danny had their modern downtown wedding on a rare rainy day at the el cortez hotel.  luckily the showers stopped long enough for us to get a couple pictures in little italy [again… what can I say? I love it!]  love these two and so happy for them and their adorable son!  el cortez wedding photography san diego

here is a great shot from their photo booth at the reception…. the umbrella props came in very handy that night!san diego wedding photography

i had the chance to travel to palm springs to do pictures for the painter family.  what an adorable little girl! candid modern family portraits san diego

alyssa + michael are so in love even in spite of michael being overseas in the service a lot of the year.  it was so great to head to mission trails with them, another of my favorite places, and get some romantic pictures of the two of them during one of his visits home!pink couch in field candid engagement portraits san diego

annabelle + ralph were so creative when putting together their ideas for their engagement portraits.  all the setup was totally worth it!modern rustic engagement portraits san diego bunting old trunk vintage cameras


cianna + ian were married on the bay on a beautiful afternoon.  we walked around seaport village and got some hilarious photos with the parrots.  Talk about unique wedding photos!san diego wedding photography seaport village

the largo family was so much fun on the beach and the boys had such a great time climbing and jumping all over the rocks!san diego candid beach family portraits


this is my second shoot with the neiman family.  this great big family gets together once a year in san diego from all over the US and it’s always great to see them when they are in town!oceanside beach pier family portraits

jay + gina are close frineds of mine and it was so amazing to be able to capture them becoming a family.  I couldn’t be happier to have been included in their beautiful wedding at pine ridge estate in julian.  pine ridge estate julian wedding photography

ashleigh + sam had their first date at small bar in university heights so they had the great idea to do their engagement shoot there.  what a cool neighborhood with so many funky crevices.  i somehow talked them into taking photos in a construction site!  Such a cool shoot!urban candid modern engagement portraits university heights san diego

i was able to get some family portraits done during a visit to my good friend katie.  her daughter is the cutest ever!family portraits san diego

kate + dawson were gracious enough to have me to michigan to shoot their beautiful woodland wedding.  i’m still obsessed with the deer antler wedding arch they made themselves!  such a creative couple!rustic unique wedding photography san diego

melissa + mike had a very rainy day for their wedding.  thank god the rain stopped just in time for their outdoor ceremony at tom hamm’s lighthouse.  it was a wet one but so amazing to see two people who love each other so much start their lives together!candid wedding party photography san diego

john + christina got married on the same rainy day but we were able to get some beautiful shots under the awning at the rancho bernardo inn!rancho bernardo inn wedding photography

it was great to meet and get to know amanda + ryan during our engagement portrait session at torrey pines.  they were great sports and even got a little rowdy splashing around on the beach during sunset!candid beach sunset engagement portraits san diego

lindsey + morgan had the cutest diy baseball themed wedding!  these two sporty lovebirds were a blast to work with from beginning to end!san diego skyline wedding photography

adrienne + spencer were rock stars during their engagement portrait shoot at torrey pines and there were so many great shots from the day it was hard to pick just one!torrey pines engagement portraits san diego

i was so blessed to be able to shoot the birth of my niece, evelyn.  it was such an amazing experience and i am so in love!basonet newborn portraits newborn baby headband

the powell family was so much fun at pacific beach pier during their vacation here from ohio.  it’s always great to take people visiting here to new locations around our beautiful city they may not have found on their own!pacific beach peir family portraits

ashleigh + sam’s wedding was a beautiful vintage glam backyard wedding.  these two are so in love and they are surrounded by amazing friends and family, and oh what a fun party!bride and groom at altar recetional


I have been wanting to do a photo shoot at stone brewery ever since i saw their beautiful beer garden.  luckily meg + nick chose this amazing spot for their engagement portraits!stone brewery san diego candid engagement portraits

ben + adriana had such a beautiful wedding at the prado in balboa park.  there were so many traditions from her chinese and vietnamese heritage and his jewish heritage.  it was so great to see the two cultures celebrated during the union of these two amazing people!san diego candid lifestyle wedding photography balboa park

family portraits came in with a force this year and we kicked off the season with the cook family.  such cute little girls that started off the shoot so shy but because of how fun and candid we make the shoot they were having a blast by the end and didn’t want to stop!candid fun family portraits

i was lucky enough to be able to meet the mak family’s newest addition in their home.  it’s always great to feel the love in a home with a new baby!in home newborn portraits

annabelle + ralph were married in a beautiful church in chula vista with their reception at the dana in mission bay.  there were so many great photo opportunities i can’t wait for our next wedding here!wedding photography san diego modern candid

the johnson family have been favorites of mine for several years now!  it is so great to see them for our annual family portraits and they always have great ideas of fun stuff to do!encinitas family portraits giant joy letters candid family portraits san diego

the reynolds family and i first met when their son, gabriel, was born 3 years ago.  it was so great to reconnect with them and see how their son has grown!  we had their session at old poway park which always delivers a good time and a good shoot!old poway park family portraits san diego

divina and braden are such a cute couple and their shoot at mission trails had so many great images!  they had their wedding at the amazing san diego temple and there are some great shots coming soon!candid lifestyle engagement portraits san diego

atalanta runs an adorable flower shop in ocean beach where i met her several years ago.  it has been great getting to know her over time and finally be able to take family portraits of her and her beautiful daughter camile.  candid family portraits san diego beach


the joslins have been fantastic clients of mine for years and i have truly enjoyed capturing their family grow!  this is officially the first year their oldest daughter didn’t cry the whole shoot!  things are looking up for the future!!!!san diego candid funny family portraits

i met lauren and bob when we worked their wedding and now we have the pleasure to capture their maternity portraits in anticipation of their growing family!  she was such a trooper hiking around torrey pines 8 months pregnant!torrey pines newborn portraits san diego

jackie has been of friend of ours for years and it was so much fun to do her maternity portraits at mission trails.  i can’t wait to meet harper very soon!!!!maternity portraits mission trails san diego

and we finish off the year with brad’s surprise engagement on sunset cliffs in ocean beach!  i have always wanted to do a proposal shoot and had a blast sneaking around in the bushes so she didn’t see me!  Congrats you two!proposal photography san diego



Thank you to everyone that made 2014 so special!  We hope to see you all again in 2015!!! Cheers!