Coronado Island Film Festival 2017

The stars were shining bright in Coronado last weekend as Emerald C Gallery was the scene of the Filmmakers Bash for the Coronado Island Film Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The gallery was the perfect backdrop as producers, filmmakers, directors, jurors, volunteers, board members, patrons and guests gathered to enjoy a night of music and celebration. Mariah Gillespie tickled the ivories, entertaining guests on the Emerald C's grand piano. Local artists were in attendance and included Jorge D'Soria painting a black and white rendition of a famous Marilyn Monroe portrait.  Among the attendees were CIFF President and CEO Mary Sikes, Founder and Executive Director Doug St. Denis, and Producer and Co-Executive Director Andrew Friedenberg, of the Coronado Island Film Festival, and Coronado City Manager Blair King and his wife Nancy Adams. CIFF saluted Award winning Director Raymond De Felitta, whose short film "Bronx Cheers" was an Academy Award nominee. De Felitta's movie "City Island" was one of the Festival's featured films. Guests mingled with screenwriter Rob Ramsey and Academy Award winning Director Ira Wohl (Best Documentary Oscar for "Best Boy") who served as Festival jurors; Catherine Tambini, Best Documentary for “Perfectly Normal for Me”, Emmy winner Amber Edwards, Mitra Sen, who won the Dale St. Denis Best Woman Filmmaker Award for "Under the Same Sun"; and one of Hollywood's most prolific cinematographers, Oscar-nominated ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit") Dean Cundey, of the "Back to the Future" series and "Apollo 13". 

Photography by Randy Dickson

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Go Big: A Destination Wedding in Venice, Italy - Part II

Here's a hidden benefit about a destination wedding in Venice: If you've ever been to Venice on a tour or cruise, you know one thing: you can't see it all. Tour groups are great if you want to see the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs...and then leave. But Venice, the real Venice, is found in the small passageways you've never heard of. It's in the unused canals that only gondolas can fit through, and the churches that tourists pass by and Venetians love. Having a destination wedding in Venice makes you a Venetian for as long as you're there. It gives you the chance to live Venice and see it through the eyes of a local. You'll get to see and experience more about the city than any tourist. And best of all, your friends and family will be there (most of the time!) to take it all in with you. 

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Go Big: A Destination Wedding in Venice, Italy - Part I

A destination wedding is a big undertaking. A destination wedding in Venice? That's pulling out all the stops for a wedding that will be held up as the gold standard. 

First, let's be honest: it's all about the scenery. What better backdrop for your wedding photo shoot than a romantic Venetian gondola on the Grand Canal? Most people have their wedding photos in front of churches. You'll have yours in front of churches that have stood for hundreds of years and seen countless weddings. Some people arrive in a limo. You can arrive in a gondola. Some get married in a church around the corner. You can have St. Mark's Basilica. 

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Book Your Valentine's Day Photo Shoot Now to Capture Time With Your Loved One

Book your Valentine's Day photo shoot now to capture time with your loved one. Valentine's Day is a day when people in love spend time together and enjoy a night out. Whether it's dinner with your spouse or a movie with your special someone, those are special times but they are not captured in time other than in your memory. With photos, you not only get something you can keep forever but it can be fun as well.

Every photo doesn't have to be a portrait in a studio. For instance, why not showcase something you and your loved one enjoy doing? Whether it's walking along the beach with him or her or a special spot in town, you get photos that will last forever and showcase that time in your life when the two of you are in love.

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Its time to book your Valentine's Day photo session for that Special Day for Lovers!

As winter lingers on, stretching from the holidays, settling across much of the world with snow and chill, a special, warm day is drawing near that is dedicated to lovers, young and old. That means that its time to book your Valentine's Day photo session!

It has been the custom of lovers since the time of the Middle Ages to exchange small tokens of affection, including written messages and poems. The custom of pre-printed Valentine's Day cards began about 1900. Currently, it is estimated that 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged every year. But with the advent of photography, a newer option has come to pass for displaying one's deep affection toward one's loved one, a special Valentine's Day portrait.


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Dreamkeeper Photography Celebrates Spring 2014 Fashion Week

We're celebrating the 8th and final day of 2014 Fashion Week with a look-back at some of our favorite Styled Fashion shoots and a re-post of our blog on fashion photography. These photographs were taken during WPPI in Las Vegas last year. These were from the Thirst Relief Benefit Shoot in the surrounding desert areas. Needless to say, it is always fun photographing models and I couldn't pick a favorite. They were all so beautiful and professional and a joy to work with. Hope to see some of you back next year! Thanks to David Beckstead, Mike Colon, Jerry Ghionis, Kevin Kubota, and so many more. But most of all, thanks to Thirst for "Changing lives through safe, clean drinking water". Please visit and donate! 

Please keep Dreamkeeper Photography in mind when booking your Engagement Session, Wedding, or Family Portraits

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Show Off Your Bundle of Joy With Newborn Photography in San Diego

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your family's lives and one way to show off your new bundle of joy is with newborn photos from Dreamkeeper Photography.

There are many different reasons for wanting newborn photos. You may want to share announcements that include a photo or simply portraits for your wall. No matter what the reason, Dreamkeeper Photography can capture that perfect moment of your baby's life.

There are different ideas you may want to consider when having photos of your baby done professionally. Do you want a simple photo that focuses on your sleeping baby or something whimsical that is funny and cute? It really all depends on your personal preference and no matter what you decide there are no wrong ideas.

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It's Not Too Late for Holiday Photo Sessions

Christmas is the perfect time for family photos but even if Christmas is about to pass you by, it's not too late for holiday photo sessions. In fact, what about celebrating the New Year with a photo session that shows you and your loved one or family in your best formal wear or something casual that is the start of a family tradition?

Think of the parties and events you usually attend during the New Year. Sure, you might get your photo taken at a party but those are usually on the spur of the moment and they never seem to catch you at your best. While you're planning your best outfit and making a night of it, why not schedule a photo session so that you can capture that special evening and keep the memories forever?

As far as casual family photo sessions you may want to start the New Year with a tradition that includes taking a family portrait every year so you can look back at how your family has grown. Besides, if you make it a tradition then the holiday becomes even more special and the family has something to look forward to each year.

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High Fashion Photo Shoot with Dreamkeeper Photography

Fashion is everywhere – in newspapers, magazines, on billboards, and television advertisements. Fashion models get decked out and will strike a pose to help sell products for businesses vested in the fashion and beauty industry. Fashion photography will always be in demand as models need images to build their portfolios and companies need all components to sell their products.  High Fashion Photography is now becoming more popular as the competition for a better ‘look’ becomes more and more competitive. Think of Vogue and Allure magazines – their images are first rate and these are not your average quality photos. While several elements are vital to a high fashion look - care, precision, patience, color, lighting, composition and purpose are all important to consider – the image uniqueness or quality would not be captured without a suitable photographer.

Here are a few tips Dreamkeeper Photography came up with for both novice and skilled  models to get better quality high fashion images for a high-fashion photography shoot:

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Dream Photo Shoot in Venice, Italy

Dreams do come true! Beautiful models, designer gowns, idyllic locations…who could ask for more? We were lucky enough to enjoy this experience in Venice, Italy recently and here are the photographs to prove it! If you're thinking of a destination wedding, renewal of vows, a second honeymoon or an anniversary trip you should consider Venice. It doesn't get much better. 

When you choose your destination ceremony to Venice, choose a photographer who can take advantage of all it has to offer. The gondolas, the canals, bridges, cathedrals and incredible atmosphere. Let us help you remember every detail of the biggest day of your life. Contact us at Dreamkeeper Photography today, and we'll see you in Venezia!

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Fall is Here! It's Time to Book Your Holiday Photo Session

In many places the weather is getting cooler which is a sure sign that the holidays are approaching. Whether you want to show off your family with photo Christmas cards or simply want a cherished memory by having a session done with everyone (including the pets), it's time to book your holiday photo session.

Holiday photos are a tradition for many families and what better way to embrace the season than with a photo session that showcases everyone being together? However, don't think that holiday photos have to show everyone in a Santa hat or wearing an ugly sweater; they can simply show your family together. Keep in mind that you can even have beach photos done and then share them in cards saying how you miss the summer or that you want to share your fondest memories of the months past.

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Venice - A Most Romantic City

Venice is one of the few cities in the world that can be truly described as simply stunning and completely unique. Over an extraordinarily long period, the city was embellished with monuments of rare splendor that today make it a tourist attraction like none other in the entire world. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been tagged with many names as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals". Also known as a magnetic point for sweethearts, lovers, artists and poets, Venice is a magic city, which stretches across numerous small islands. It is often referred to as the city of "gondole", which are the means of transportation used to cross the numerous canals passing through the city. Gondolas, in fact, are the most famous and romantic means of transportation for experiencing the city.

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Eight Nights in Venice

Venice. Have you been? This was our first visit. It’s unlike anywhere we’ve ever been! A mix of fairytale beauty, crowded squares, cooing pigeons and magically still canals. A romantic city to the core!

The Grand Canal is the main street of Venice. Lined with beautiful, aging palaces (palazzo) you can hop aboard a gondola and imagine a time when these boats were the main means of transport. The impressive pallazo, homes to all of the wealthy families, once had highly decorated exteriors with colorful paintings and mosaics. These days they have faded into one color but many still have the ornate, oriental facades influenced by merchant trading with the East which made Venice rich.

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It's Time To Book Your Holiday Photo Session

There are things you can put off until the last minute. Homework, cleaning, chores. Booking your holiday photo photo session is definitely not one of them. Here's why.

It's you and all your friends

You're not the only one looking for a photographer. It's you, your friends, your parents, your neighbors, and pretty much everyone else in the San Diego area. And the early bird not only gets the worm, it also gets the best and most ideal session time. So unless you want to be scrambling at the last minute to find ways for your family to be in one place at 2 pm on a Wednesday, book early. You won't be worried about scheduling or rushed for time and you can focus on what matters: relaxing and looking your best for your photos. 

Cards take time

If you're looking to send out photo cards or even just include a photo in a card, you need time to put it all together. Printers need time to process and print those cards and ship them. And you need time to address them, write notes, include your end of the year update letter, whatever. Don't forget about the labor involved in making sure those fantastic holiday photos get seen!

What to wear?

It's probably the most important question in your mind: what am I going to wear for my session? There's nothing worse than scrambling to your closet and realizing the only thing you have to the same thing you wore last year. Fashion choices are not a last minute decision and booking your appointment early gives you time to plan out exactly how you want to show yourself and your family off this holiday season. 

Its time to book your holiday photo session, so contact us at Dreamkeeper Photography for you session now!

Dreamkeeper Beach Photography is Perfect For Remembering Your Summer

The end of summer brings to mind that last trip to the beach for the year or even thoughts of the upcoming holidays. No matter how your family likes to enjoy those last moments of summer, a Dreamkeeper beach photography shoot is the perfect opportunity for stunning family photos.

Think about it, some of your best memories of family time may be of the summer - especially where many people have cookouts, visit parks or spend the day at the beach. Imagine capturing those moments in time with a unique perspective on family photos instead of the usual portrait session.

With the beautiful beaches of San Diego you can get your family photos with a stunning backdrop provided by a natural setting. Whether it's a playful, fun shoot or something more traditional, your photos will last a lifetime and allow you to share your best memories of the summer.

At Dreamkeeper Photography you can act as natural as you want while we capture your special moments. Whether it's a subtle smile or laughing while your children play near the ocean, we like to ensure that your photos are as unique and special as your own family.

So before the fall turns into winter, why not take advantage of the last days of summer by having a unique perspective on the usual family photo session? If you want to learn more about having your photos done at the beach or anywhere else for that matter, contact us and find out what we can do to help you keep those precious memories alive forever!

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Dreamkeeper Photography Allows You to Cherish Your Special Day Forever

Weddings are a time of excitement and joy but all of the little details can get overwhelming. You have to have the perfect cake, the perfect dress or ring and get everyone in order for your special day. Even the location is something that makes your wedding day unique and joyous. If there's one thing that is crucial when it comes to preparing for a wedding it's the photography. Not only is it important to get the right photographer but the poses and captures of your wedding can make the difference in having simply beautiful photos or getting the photos of a lifetime. If you are planning a wedding, wedding photography by Dreamkeeper is your best bet for those perfect photos.

You see, anyone can snap a photo of your wedding but you need a photographer that cares about your special day and wants to make you and your wedding look as stunning as possible. With so many themes and looks that are possible, everything has to look exactly how you want it. Even candid shots can make for some of the best looks because they capture the moments that are special; the moments when no one is posing and everyone is acting natural.

At Dreamkeeper Photography, we know how important your wedding day is and the photography is your chance to have it all captured for a lifetime. We not only allow you to be yourself and enjoy the freedom of your wedding day but capture each moment in time so that you can relive those precious memories.

If you are planning a wedding and need more information on our photography services simply contact us so we can help you get started on your new journey in life.

National Teddy Bear Day

The nicest dreams that will ever be

Are the dreams shared by my teddy and me...



Happy National Teddy Bear Day! How will you celebrate?

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San Diego Wedding Photography

You are doing everything you can to make your wedding day absolutely perfect. From the dress to the departure, you’ve put in a lot of hours on this very important day, and finding the perfect photographer is an important part of that portfolio. When you’re looking for San Diego wedding photography, you want someone who will capture all the angles.

  • Wardrobe is a critical component of a colorful wedding. Your dress will be sumptuous and vibrant, or understated and elegant, and capturing all those elegant details will help set the scene with style and grace. A good wedding photographer will know just how to capture the essence of your beauty, and how to use the colors in your bridal party’s clothing to complement your own. Photographers also know how to help make you the centerpiece in the midst of a sea of family and friends.
  • Flowers add another colorful touch to your wedding day, and incorporating them into your photos adds a touch of nature and of grace. An experienced wedding photographer will know just how to arrange that colorful wedding bouquet, or single red rose, to send a message of love and beauty through the photograph.
  • Your wedding location is also full of opportunities to add color to your wedding photography. If your wedding is outdoors, there will be other colorful plants available to add to the stunning variety of colors in your bridal party. If your wedding is indoors, the building’s décor and your decorations provide a suitable backdrop for the celebratory occasion.
  • Excellent and experienced wedding photographers also know how to help add the personal touch to your wedding photos. In the process of going through the wedding, he or she will get to know you pretty well, and can help stage the unusual, fun-loving, or downright quirky photos that will tell all viewers, loud and clear, about the personalities of this perfect couple who have just tied the knot.

So if you're ready to book your wedding, contact us to help create those perfect wedding day memories.