Kami, Mike, & Kelen at the Balboa Park Pepper Grove

lately we’ve been like kids sitting at the window staring through the rain drizzled glass waiting for the storm to break so we could go outside. the sun finally peeked out from behind the clouds and gave us an open invite to come out and play, so kami, mike, and kelen joined us at the Balboa Park Pepper Grove, aka the Balboa Park Playground, for a fun little session with their ohana.

kami was feeling like a kid again as soon as she hit the playground.

kelen hit the ground running, but i was able to contain him just long enough to get a couple shots in.

kami and mike were a little easier to contain. :)

kelen climbed up to the clouds. he was just a ball of energy and so fun to chase around.

kelen was caged in, but only for a moment.

mike and i got a front row seat to catch kami and kelen doing a little spiral sliding. soooo fun.

with a little sugar from mama, kelen was ready to hit the slide all on his own.

again and again and again. i’m not sure if he just really liked that slide, or if he just loved cheesing in front of the camera.

either way, he had a sweet view of the Balboa Bell Tower.

we were lucky enough to pull everyone away from the playground long enough to utilize some of the magnificent color and architecture that Balboa Park is famous for.

with everbody starving, we decided to fly on out of there, but not before one last shot. :) thank you kami, mike, and kelen for running around with us and being so easy to work with. we need to get out to playgrounds more often. take care. Merry Christmas!


Love, love, love the pics! I especially like the slide pictures and the way you captured the clouds in the background and the architecture and the coloring and…and…and… :)

These are sooo awesome! What a cute family. I love all the shots on the playset. My favorite is the mama and son on the slide. Such incredible perspectives, so creative and fun. Beautiful job. Merry Christmas!

Again, AMAZING. My favs are the sugar kiss, the tower, and the last one.
But they don’t look like surfing pics ;)
haha I say that, but I haven’t updated my blog in a couple weeks. :)

dawn ~ haha! i know, the surf was really choppy that day and there wasn’t a lot of “pics” that you would appreciate ;) i’ll get some as soon as you blog something new!!! haha.

Oh my goodness I love these! The second and third are my favorites but they’re all lovely! Is the lighting off camera flash? It’s absolutely delightful. Nicely done … you just keep getting better and better :)

What a beautiful family!! I just love the way you all capture your subjects, so happy and candid. Your pictures are always interesting to look at and that’s why I keep coming back =] You inspire me to be better. Oh and Merry Christmas!

I really love the pictures of mother and son going down the slide and of them kissing. Too sweet. Good looking family :)

Good Morning!

OMGOSH!! You are truly amazing David, Kim and April Baxter. How absolutely beautiful, thank you for taking the time to do this for me, I don’t often like myself in pictures but I LOVE these. I can’t wait to see the rest, you big tease! HAHAHA =)

Thank you again!

I love the last picture!! The colors and movement are amazing! :)

Love the sun flare ones! Did you use off camera flash for any of those?

thank you so much everyone!!

katy & amy ~ yes, i busted out the ocf on those. thanks for your kind words girls!

i love the slide ones!

balboa park can be so trite, but you guys made it cool!

Love the Bell Tower Photo! I cna see that super big on canvas! You do awesome work!

Awwww, I’m loving the “sugar” image and the last image has such wonderful color. They’re all gorgeous!

You guys just keep getting better and better.
I love them all :) You guys coming to lunch tomorrow?

I’m out doing my blog rounds and got exactly what I expected from you guys…another refreshing shoot to add a boost to my day. Mahalo!

Such cool lighting, post processing, and sun flare images. I’m so impressed with your work these days, keep on rockin’ it David!
By the way, were these all shot with primes?

Hi, just found your blog via Justin Marantz. Awesome work, I love your use of lighting! Any special techniques to share? Love your style too!

What a great, fun family!!! You got some great shots! I love the one of Kami and Mike together on the play equipment, and the one of Kellen giving his mommy a kiss! Those are just a couple of my favorites, but they were all great! Whenever I see pictures like these, I always wish I was closer so I could have you take some more pictures for me!

man, never a dull moment here on the ohana blog. LOVE so many things about these pics – colors, composition, off camera flash, all dat. oh, and the pics of the two of you on the christmas tree post – too cute. (this is ashley, by the way, so I can say that stuff cause I’m a chick)

Love this set, especially the shot with the tower in the background.

Nice seeing y’all yesterday. I can’t believe I blogged either!!!

Awesome images! I love your lighting in the playground.

These are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love this session you did, I love all the different shots and angles and of course all the different actions on the images! Quite a great collection here!!!
-Melissa E Earle

Love these captures. They look like they’re having so much fun.