Yearly Archives: 2011

Lemoore Family Photographer [The Corial Family]

And last, but not least in my hometown family sessions is Apple and her two sons. She was my closest friend in Junior High. Even as awkward as that time was, I have so many great memories hanging out with this girl. Whether we were playing basketball, track, volleyball or softball together, playing flute in...

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Lemoore Family Photographer [The Dutra Family]

Kristen was another one of my good friends from Junior High. She was one of the most genuine, happy girls that I knew…and still is! Before her family session, I hadn’t seen her in 10 years! As soon as we got out of our cars, we squealed with delight! It’s as if time hadn’t passed....

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Lemoore Family Photographer [The Kroll Family]

Last weekend, I traveled to my hometown in Central California to visit family and photograph old friends of mine and their brood. It was fun seeing Erica again…we go way back to Junior High. Erica and I played the same sports, shared the same friends…and even the same boyfriends. Hehe. Next year will be our...

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Coronado Photographer [The Day He Turned One]

A couple of weeks ago, I got the pleasure of photographing baby T’s first birthday. It was a mini celebration filled with colorful balloons, singing, bubbles and happy tots! Happy Birthday, Baby T! Daisy

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New Children’s Museum Photographs [TRASHED!]

I think one of the most valuable things you can expose your children to is art. Allowing them to think, create and play with their imaginations is important beyond belief. As a child, I was constantly creating in some form. As a wee little kindergartner, I won my first coloring contest. In the years that...

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She + Me

Last month, Sophia and I traveled to our first Girl Scouts camping trip at Whispering Oaks in Julian. We LOVE to camp so this weekend trip was a must.  Aside from the crafty activities and endless amounts of hot cocoa and s’mores…this was valuable time with my daughter. The raising and lowering of the flag...

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Spooktacular!

As a kid, you’re anxious for this time of year when you can pick out your costume for Halloween. You talk amongst friends and share your costume choices and talk about how much sugary goodness your going to collect while trick or treating. The sun has set. You walk and yell out “trick or treat!”...

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Walnut Grove. Tierra Rejada Ranch Wedding [Sam + Erica]

This wedding was amazing in every sense. From the location in the midst of a walnut grove to the fun details to the incredibly vibrant bridal party and guests! The moment I stepped into the Villa, where the girls were getting ready, I was blown away by Erica’s beauty. That girl is a stunner! And...

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[Prelude] Walnut Grove. Tierra Rejada Ranch Wedding [Sam + Erica]

This was an AMAZING Day! More to come soon… Daisy

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House of Blues San Diego [Hanson Concert]

September 12, 2011 In Junior High, I discovered this little band of brothers who inspired me to play music [among other things]. I remember that moment, sitting in my living room, watching MTV and “Where’s the Love” came on. I was smitten. It wasn’t just a hormonal pre-teen crush, but a real eye opener. Throughout...

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Children’s Photography in San Diego [Baby Gwenevere]

It was about 100 degrees in San Diego that day. That was also the day we had a power outage all over So Cal and parts of Arizona and across the Mexican border. Craziness! Thankfully, I had some fun visitors, including Baby Gwenevere. Isn’t she sweet? Much love, Daisy

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Camping in Yosemite [2011]

Last month, my family and I packed up our tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, bear spray [for me - I'm so paranoid], hiking boots and traveled back up to one of our favorite places in the world…Yosemite. It seems like every trip there is different and unexpected. This was our first time there in July. The...

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Darlington House Wedding [Karen + Matt]

Charming location, adorable couple, lovely details…all made for a beautiful day! I loved her dress! The girls got their dresses from Anthropologie. The maid of honor going over her speech on her iPad. The pretty, smiling lady above is Shelley, Karen’s mom. She was Sophia’s AMAZING kindergarten teacher! [[Wedding Vendors]] Location: Darlington House Caterer: Girard Gourmet...

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New York City [The Video]

I am excited to share this video with all of you! I had such a great time in NYC. This is my interpretation of how I saw this city. Enjoy! New York City [2011] from Daisy Varley on Vimeo. Thank you to: My beautiful friend, Cybil, for being my travel buddy/roomie Sylvia, for meeting me...

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NEW YORK CITY [DAY 3]

Let me preface this post by saying we had an amazing time the night before. We went to Greenwich Village [I believe] to a fun little jazz/blues club. I had a couple of mai tais and we danced and sang along to Miss Georgia Brown, the boisterous and soulful singer of the night. I felt...

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Natalia [a birth story]

9:30 p.m. on July 11, 2011, I received a call from my brother-in-law saying my sister, Christina, was in labor with my niece. Without hesitation, I raced to the hospital where I saw my sleeping nephew, Christian, in the corner and Jason beside Christina’s bed. I made it in time! This is not the first...

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New York City [Day 2]

“You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one” I have had these lyrics in my head since I left NYC. Our second day of our trip was memorable not only because we got to visit such popular sites...

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New York City [Day 1]

I had been eagerly anticipating the day I would see NYC in person. This was my first real vacation away from my family and work in a long time. Yes, I was a little uneasy about saying goodbye, but I think we all need a little break, ya know? A couple of weeks before my...

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Goodbye + Hello!

Today, I will be saying goodbye to San Diego and hopping on a plane to New York.  It’s my first trip to the Big Apple and I’m beyond excited! In other fun news, this past week, we said hello to the newest little baby girl of the Smith family, Gwenevere. She looks so much like...

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St. Malo Beach, Oceanside Wedding [Nicole + Dan]

06.18.11 These two are incredible. I have such a great amount of respect and adoration for Nicole and Dan.  Hearing their story made me realize that good things come from bad experiences. They met during a dark time in their lives and are now stronger than ever. Their ceremony was a testament to their love for...

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[prelude] St. Malo Beach, Oceanside Wedding [Nicole + Dan]

Ever come across two people you just know were meant for each other? Who challenge, comfort and make each other want to be a better person? Meeting Nicole and Dan, you just know… Much love, Daisy

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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RANCH WEDDING [GEMMA + LAKE]

06.04.11 Where do I begin? I got an email from a girl, wondering if I could photograph her wedding, which happened to land on my birthday. Initially, I said no, but her following email really struck a cord with me. Her warmth and kind-hearted nature had shown right through her words. I knew I had...

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San Diego Children’s Photographer [The Ghoeller Girls]

We’ve known the Ghoellers for a couple of years now. They’ve become good friends of ours. When they told me they were expecting their 3rd child, I was ecstatic! Three adorable girls…they are truly blessed. Meet the Ghoeller girls —–> Gracie [one month] Sophie [Four] Kaley [Six] Much love, Daisy

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[PRELUDE] A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RANCH WEDDING [GEMMA + LAKE]

These two are unique and special in so many ways….and their wedding was a total reflection of who they are. Can’t wait to share more images from this beautiful wedding… Much love, Daisy

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Navajo Girls Softball [Video]

I loved playing sports growing up. In junior high, I got to play first base in softball. My nickname back then was “Legs” – go figure! As soon as we heard they were having sign-ups for softball, I asked Sophia if she wanted to give it a shot and she said yes! Woot! I was...

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a california adventure

Last Sunday, the family and I headed to California Adventure [our first time] for a little pre-birthday celebration for moi. I took all of the images with my iPhone, which really allowed me to relax and have a good time. And we totally had a good time! Much love, Daisy

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A Dora + Diego Birthday Fiesta!

Gianna turned 2 last week so we decided to throw her a party with her 2 favorite characters, Dora and Diego. And well, because we love Mexican food and we all love a good time, we decided to make it a Fiesta! We had banners, maracas, fun latin music, a pinata, sombreros and mini mustaches! Okay…maybe...

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Custom burlap cd sleeves

I love anything handmade. And so, I was on the hunt for some cool cd sleeves. Then the thought came to me, “why not make them myself?” So I did. I chose to use one my favorite material, burlap. Each disc(s) will be packaged with love, attention and detail.  It does take a bit of...

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The Royal Wedding Video [the vows]

What an amazing experience to watch Prince William and Kate say their vows in front of their family, friends and many people across the globe. Their wedding ceremony was at the Westminster Abbey, a beautiful church in London, England. On a sentimental note, I remember watching Prince William and Prince Henry with their mother Princess...

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Easter [2011]

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, whether it was attending church, decorating eggs and hunting for them, eating peeps and other chocolate goodness or just hanging out with friends and loved ones. Hope your day was joyous! This was a fun Easter because Gianna was finally old enough to go egg hunting.  I love...

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Ocean Beach Engagement Session [Gemma + Lake]

To say that I’m a lucky girl is an understatement. Gem + Lake are a great reminder of why I love my job. Two individuals in love, who make each other laugh til their bellies ache, are both passionate about life and who truly care about each other. We had SO much fun during their...

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Downtown San Diego Engagement Session [Nicole + Dan]

I learned a lot about these two including they both love romantic comedies, he loves to cook and she likes to eat what he cooks AND he massages her feet. I was a little distracted during the session because we laughed a lot. Now looking through these images, I noticed how lovingly Dan looks at...

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Reminiscent

I look back on my childhood with fond memories. Growing up in a primarily rural area, I spent ninety-percent of my time outdoors. Wading in the rivers, climbing trees, playing cowboys and indians, walking through fields, building forts and so on. My best friend was my imagination. The series of images below reminds me so...

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Sisters

A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip up to our family cabin in Big Bear. This was a special trip because this was the first time that the girls truly bonded. They were inseparable the whole weekend. Running, laughing, playing games. It was so so wonderful to watch. Having two sisters, I know...

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San Diego Engagement Photography [Karen + Matt]

I love the fact that these two drove all the way from Tempe, Arizona for their engagement session, a perfect time to get to know each other before their big day. I am excited for their wedding at the Darlington House this Summer! This dog was really cool. Much love, Daisy

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Playful

She is very playful…among many things. Much love, Daisy

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San Diego Engagement Session [Erica + Sam]

One of the best parts of my “job” is getting to meet incredible people, such as these two. I am naturally curious about people, so getting this opportunity to get to know them was wonderful. We talked about their love of writing, comedies and life. I chimed in with my love for Jack Black [the...

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Christina

Last Sunday, my sister, Christina and I traveled up to one of my favorite wedding venues in Southern California, The Condor’s Nest Ranch [Thank you Lisa + Bob for being great hosts!]. We ate, we mingled, we wandered around and ate some more! So much fun! We have fun whenever I bring my camera, so...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am not afraid to admit that I’m not a huge fan of V-day. I’m not into the flowers, although the chocolates aren’t bad…I think love should be celebrated everyday! There are many things I claim to “love,” but here are two things I truly love —-> Much love, Daisy

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Aloha, Hawai’i [part III] THE VIDEO!

I think I filmed more footage from our trip than I photographed. I’m falling more and more in love with my camera and it’s video capabilities…so much fun! I hope you enjoy! Oahu, Hawaii [2011] from Daisy Varley on Vimeo. [some of the footage was filmed with an olympus point + shoot] Mahalo! Daisy

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