San Diego Photographer

Maternity photoshoot at Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad

Josie and Dave were one of my first clients who have had me photograph some of the most important milestones of their new little family - baby announcement, baby gender reveal and of course, maternity.

We chose Leo Carrillo Ranch historic park in Carlsbad not just because it is a gorgeous property with peacock birds, woodsy rustic vibe and a super cute architecture (what a lovely venue overall!) but also because Josie was 38 weeks pregnant for this photoshoot and wasn’t feeling the most comfortable so we just picked the nearest park to their house and it was the best decision! I cannot believe how stunning this mama looked in her Mamabump dress. We had fun having Dave toss the gown train and run (according to Dave, he’d do anything to get out of being in pictures but this time it worked out for us), and even had a peacock photobomb one of the pictures.

Josie is an owner of San Diego mom blog , DIY Mom + Fashion + Lifestyle and she is all about good pictures, even in the middle of nausea, heartburn, insomnia and other fun experiences that come with pregnancy.

Looking for a San Diego Maternity and Newborn Photographer ? Contact me to talk about your dream shoot.

Don’t know what to wear to your maternity photoshoot? I am happy to tell you - you don’t need to worry about that! Choose a dress from Mamabump collection and rent it for your photoshoot FREE of charge if you book your maternity session with me.

Pregnancy announcement on the beach in San Diego

‼️Attention‼️ clients who are expecting an addition to their family! I have some fantastic news for you!

I teamed up with Mamabumprentals ,a maternity gown rental service and now you get to rent a maternity dress from their HUUUGE collection for ➡️FREE⬅️ if you schedule a maternity session with me! How cool is that! Go check Mamabumprentals and just imagine your beautiful self in a dress flowing in the wind and your partner admiring your curves as you get to carry your little one, isn’t that a sight you would like to document?

Shipping cost is the responsibility of the client.

Olia Luis Photography is family, couple, wedding, and newborn photographer based in San Diego, California. I capture stories from meeting your special someone to creating a family together to adding newest little humans to your family count. I am your photographer along your life journey.


Maternity photoshoot in Balboa park, San Diego

Ana from Brazil and Zak from Florida, US met all the way in Japan and moved continents to settle down in San Diego, and I am so glad they did because San Diego and Southern California in general including locations like Coronado island, Palm Springs, Orange County are truly photographer’s paradise and have so much to offer for any kind of a photoshoot.

Ana and Zak originally hired me for a pregnancy announcement photoshoot we did on Coronado island by the hotel Del last fall, and for the maternity session Ana chose San Diego’s cultural treasure, Balboa Park. Being the largest urban cultural park in North America, Balboa with it’s stunning architecture and picturesque scenery is one of the best spots for belly bump pictures in San Diego. Cactus garden, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Alcazar garden and of course my favorite - the famous park fig tree. I think that tree has some maternal energy because a lot of my mommies-to-be clients looove to take picture in those roots.


Special thank you to our maternity gown rental: Mamabumprentals


I have joined the group of talented photographers from all over the world for a blog circle challenge. We link to each other’s websites and this month I am linked to Annika Block, a Child Photographer in West London. Annika had not just a family but a family with a dog in her studio (my dog would be so jealous if I brought another dog here!) for this session and the pictures turned out so cute!


Olia Luis Photography is family, couple, wedding, and newborn photographer based in San Diego, California. I capture stories from meeting your special someone to creating a family together to adding newest little humans to your family count. I am your photographer along your life journey.

Coronado beach pregnancy announcement

Ana and Zak met while both of them were living in Japan and they couldn’t have found a better place than San Diego to raise their baby. I cannot wait to meet this couple again for Ana’s maternity session in January and then a newborn shoot in April, I am sure it is going to be a lot of fun with this couple!

Maternity session at Hospitals Point in La Jolla, CA

Dressed in a gorgeous red pregnancy gown, this mama-to-be looked stunning showing off her baby bump, and by the looks of it, her husband couldn’t agree more.

Briana contacted me for a maternity session and her and her husband Richard were a dream to work with because of how crazy they are about each other! Briana wore a stunning red dress as the breeze drifted through her hair, and Richard was the perfect partner who couldn’t keep his eyes off of her!

I cannot wait to see Briana and Richard as parents to their second child, a sister to Richard Jr.

Family photoshoot in La Jolla at the Hospitals Point

Kristina picked Hospital Point in La Jolla for her family photoshoot. Hospital Point, south of Children's Pool in La Jolla is not a typical sandy beach, it is a unique rocky bluff with small pockets of sand. The tide was low and the boys loved exploring tide pools and chasing tiny crabs. Hospital point is such a great place to photograph, and the rocks with potholes that look like moon craters create a great background for pictures. Some of those craters were filled with water reflecting the beautiful sunset and it was magical!

Hospitals Point: 274 Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037

Jessica, Rob and the kids on the beautiful beach in Coronado

Coronado Beach photography with Jessica, Rob and the kids was fun!

This family melts my heart. Just notice how Rob looks at Jessica like she is the only girl in the world, and then Royal and little Phoenix are a total cuteness overload.

We met by Hotel Del in Coronado, a major resort destination and a tourist attraction across the San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego for a little pre-sunset beach photoshoot. Coronado Beach has picture perfect sandy beaches, amazing for family, couples or kids to play along.

I love the matching outfits Jessica has picked for her family photoshoot, and what a fantastic job she did with her makeup (Jessica is a makeup artist and you should check her out!)

Family Photoshoot by Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA

I met with this adorable family in La Jolla.
The little girl was so sweet and had so much personality, while the older sister was the sweetest with her piercing green eyes and all that thick beautiful hair.

I absolutely loved working with this family when we shot in La Jolla, CA right by Scripps Pier. They picked great matching outfits and were genuinely having fun.

Here are few of my favorite pictures from this awesome shoot.

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Misty, Mike and the kids: photoshoot in Seaport Village, San Diego

Apart from being parents of four, my extremely good looking Canadian friends Misty and Mike are professional models (and so are their kids!). Misty and Mike hired me to take pictures of the whole family as well as some individual headshots they could share with their modeling agent.

We met in Seaport village, a pretty waterfront shopping and dining complex by the bay, full of fun boutiques, great dining and seasonal live music events, close enough to Downtown San Diego that you can go there easily, but far enough to be a great escape.

Misty has picked the navy, grey and white color palette for her family outfits and looked classy and elegant in her dress made by a local vendor. 

Candice and the kids at scenic Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA

Who needs superheroes when there are moms?

Windansea Beach in La Jolla is a great place for a stroll, to watch the sunset or the surfers, as it is consisted a surf break beach. But the San Diego Photogaphers love Windansea Beach for the sandstone bluffs and the water being several shades of blue.

I have known Candice for many years and she is definitely a superhero mom. 

Stefani, Sean and the kids: photoshoot in Petco Park, San Diego

Are you looking for a location for your family photoshoot? Petco Park in East Village Downtown San Diego is a great spot for family or any lifestyle photoshoot. Baseball fans love it!

We met with Stefani, her husband Sean and their kids in the park and then strolled the surrounding streets to capture some of these beautiful moments for this beautiful family.