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Long Family | San Simeon Family Photographer

May 7, 2019

I get asked all the time – “Do you have any favorite beaches you recommend for our session?”

Yes! William Hearst Memorial Beach in San Simeon. And my reasons are three fold.


  1. It’s not super touristy. We will not be fighting crowds and I won’t be spending hours editing people out of the background of your photos.
  2. It has insanely magical sunsets. The eucalyptus grove at the north end of the cove filters the light from the sun in the most serene way.
  3. Being that the trees sit much higher than the beach, the sun sets behind them about 30 – 40 minutes beforeĀ  actual sunset. Why is this exciting? Because in the summer time – when the sun is setting at 8:45 at night – we won’t have to try to keep your toddler awake way past bedtime. Win win!


In all seriousness, I have never had a session at this location that I wasn’t absolutely head over heels for. And this family was no exception! I was so excited when Danica contacted me to schedule a family session to document the beauty of the Central Coast before they moved to Colorado this summer. And the icing on the cake (no pun intended) – was this little man’s cake smash to end the evening. He rocked the balloons, the sugar and all of the above. Thank you Long Family for joining me during such a special time!


Happy 1st Birthday Little Dude!



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