Archive for January, 2008

Now this is the kind of photography that got me hooked on shooting pictures many moons ago. I always enjoy the slow time of the year, because it allows me to get out and do what I really enjoy – this kind of photography. Too bad there isn’t much money in it. =(

Honoring a True Hero

January 30, 2008

Every year during Memorial Day weekend, the Boy Scouts place US flags at every one of the more than 90,000 graves. I love photographing the cemetery but always make it a point to go each year to shoot the flags.

Tonight I was looking at the photos from last year and came across this photograph.

I photographed this particular tombstone because this young man was in the Navy and died on December 7th, 1941 – the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Tonight, for no apparent reason, I decided to Google his name – figuring that I wouldn’t find anything. Was I ever wrong!

Yes, Herbert Jones died at Pearl Harbor, aboard the Battleship California. But all of the details of his fight against the Japanese, as well as how he lost his life. He was honored with the Medal of Honor, which is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Military.

On top of that, in 1943 the USS Herbert C. Jones (DE-137) was named after him!

It really amazes me some times what you can find out from a simple Google search. Mr. Herbert C. Jones is truly a hero in US history – and he’s right here in San Diego.

Winter at the Beach?

January 28, 2008

Winter is always our slowest time of the year, mainly because people just don’t think about doing beach photos in the Winter. Everyone wants to do them in the Summer because that’s when you go to the beach – when it’s warmer outside.

However, if you are familiar with the weather patterns in San Diego, you’ll know that from about March – November we have two types of weather at the beach: 1. Clear blue skies and 2. Completely overcast skies.

Clear blue skies are pretty, and actually overcast skies are the best for photography believe it or not…..but the Winter months are the only time when we actually get any weather, and therefore beautiful clouds and amazing sunsets here in San Diego.

95% of the beach sessions that we do from March – November end up with pretty boring sunsets, if any at all (overcast). But from December – February, we have many amazing, colorful sunsets.

It’s a little chilly some times, but if you can stand wind chill factors of say 58 degrees, then it’s well worth your while.

I posted this article on our website about two weeks ago. It got out to the photography community, and the response has been overwhelming. This article is now posted on numerous Photographer websites and blogs all over the world (thank you to those of you who took the time to ask us if you could repost it, and gave us credit for writing it).

This is a message that Photographers struggle getting out to their customers every single day. The next time someone wants to compare a mall or chain store “photography studio” to a Professional Photographer, send them to this article:

Why are Professional Photographers so Expensive?

We had two senior photo shoots this weekend, one at the Hotel Del Coronado and the other in Laguna Beach. Here are some composite images put together from some of the photos from both sessions.

San Diego Laguna Beach high school senior portraits.

San Diego Destination Wedding Photos | San Diego Family Photos | San Diego Maternity Photos | San Diego Newborn Photos | San Diego Children's Photos | San Diego Senior Photos
Tucson / Phoenix Arizona HS Senior Photography


Shawn and Pamela Richter are Professional Photographers located near downtown San Diego California. We offer all kinds of photography including
wedding photography, newborn photography, children photography, maternity photography, artistic nude photography, boudoir photography and high school senior portraits.
Outdoor portrait photography is typically done at Balboa Park, Hotel Del Coronado Beach, La Jolla Beach, Windansea, Pacific Beach or Ocean Beach or downtown San Diego.
Customers from Laguna Beach, Dana Point Orange County, Los Angeles, Temecula, Murrieta, Riverside, Arizona, Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona
and other out of state locations are welcome to contact us for their photography needs.
We happily support our local military families, and are proud to offer a Military discount with valid Military ID.

We are also available from time to time in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Tucson Arizona for on-location photography.

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