I'm Mary Jo Falvey, a San Diego beach photographer, and I have a confession to make:
When my children were small, I wanted to have family pictures taken, but never made the time. When I did photograph my children, I usually was the one taking the pictures, so there are very few memories of all of us together. Does this happen to you too? Mom, you need to be in the photos! Your family needs to remember you, as much as you need to remember them.
Looking back, I wish I had made time for professional photos so that I could just show up and have everything be handled by someone who knew what they were doing. This is why now I'm on a mission to help special people capture special moments with people who matter the most.
As a mom of three and grandmother of five, I've learned over the years that family time is precious and that family photos matter. Even if you don't choose me as your photographer, find someone else who will take these photos for you.
When I'm not making photographs or visiting my grandkids, I travel with my husband in our RV, discovering the beauty of this great country. I'm also a long distance triathlete, currently training for several Ironman 70.3 races later in the year.
I completed a three-year Professional Photography Certificate Program at UCSD in December, 2020 and continue to take classes to hone my artistic vision. I'd love to meet you and get to know more about you and your family.
And now I make time for family photos whenever most of the crew is in one place. The photo at the top of the page was taken in July 2022 at a family vacation to Hilton Head, SC. The one below was taken in December, 2021 by Alisha Stamper, in Alexandria, VA. ❤️
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Mary Jo was great from start to finish! She provided detailed instructions and tips for a successful photo shoot. She helped choose our wardrobe, and I even texted her from the store with photos of options for my husband and she told me what would go best with the other items already chosen. My teen daughters aren't too excited about getting close to each other or us--but Mary Jo was so patient and calm in getting them to pose and close the gaps for great photos. She did a wonderful job of capturing our family in this season and I am so appreciative.