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dad reading a book to his kids on the bed mom next to him by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“We are very happy with Diane’s photography. Our photo session took place in our house so we certainly had to feel comfortable welcoming Diane into our home. She was great! Very friendly and courteous. She didn’t “direct” us to do certain things, she just blended into our environment and captured the authentic interactions that our family was having. We like that approach. In the past we’ve worked with photographers that try to position us and create an artificial moment. That’s no fun. We are very satisfied with the portfolio of pictures she provided to us. Highly recommend.”

– Tyler F.
mom giving a kiss to her newborn baby laying on the changing table by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“The greatest gift in life?  Without a doubt, the birth of my daughter, Fleur.
In order to remember these magical moments, so beautiful, unique and precious, I called upon the services of a very talented photographer, Diane Hamacher.
Diane came to the house and took the time to explain to me how she envisioned the photo shoot.  She immediately put me at ease, and very quickly I forgot that she and her professional camera were there.  She was so discreet that I was able to remain natural as the young mother I had become even in front of the lens.  Very professional and brilliant with a highly developed artistic sense, Diane was able to capture the first days of my daughter’s life, her first emotions, her first smiles, her tiny hands and feet and especially all the complicity already emerging between a mother and her child.
Diane, a very big thank you for this unforgettable photo session that I regularly watch with such pleasure and that I can’t wait to make Fleur discover.”

– Gwénaëlle E.
family of four reading on the couch in their home by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane is an amazing family photographer!!! We’ve booked her for a family beach shooting before and were really happy with the pictures. This time we had a lifestyle session at our house with Diane. We planned a couple of family activities ahead with her and she captured them all in a very natural way. Nothing felt or looked posed. We all loved working with Diane again (especially the kids!) I can highly recommend Diane Hamacher Photography.”

– Paul M.
mom and dad with their two boys snuggling on a coach by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane came to our house for a family photo session. She immediately created a warm and confident atmosphere. She truly has a natural way of interacting with the kids. We felt like having a friend at home, she was able to capture the spontaneous gestures and authentic interactions of our family. She spends time talking with the kids about their current activity, with a sincere interest, generating mutual confidence and joy. Our kids created good memories from this photo session and ask about meeting with Diane again. Diane looks for the best shots, angles, configurations, in the various positions of the family members without forcing anything. She was very prompt to offer us an amazing selection of pictures from the photo session. Definitely the most beautiful family pictures since our wedding!”

– Lucie-Anne M.
mom doing craft with her kids and dad eating cookies in the back by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane has been our friend for almost 6 years, and we know her passion for photography. So we were thrilled when she came to our house to shoot some photos of our family. She is not only very talented in spotting the right moment and creating the perfect setup to take a picture; she is also extremely friendly with kids and capable of creating an environment where the person behave and interact completely naturally and spontaneously, which makes the final result absolutely amazing.
This truly represents Diane’s philosophy: avoid static poses, let the family members to be themselves in order to produce really great memories!
We definitively recommend Diane to anyone who is interested in taking family photos which are out of the ordinary. You won’t be disappointed. And of course, we look forward having Diane at our home again for another fun and friendly photo session!”

– Remo B.
siblings laughing laying on the floor while mom is tickling them by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane has been able to “disappear” and take some very “real” pictures of our family. Her photos reflect what we can see for ourselves when we watch our children play and live. We are amazed by the result and hope to repeat the experience in a few months/years. Thanks again Diane!”

– François L.
dad reading a book to his daughter mom and her newborn next to them by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“We were referred to Diane by a friend of ours and we contacted her to take some photos of our family. From the very beginning Diane was super sweet and made us feel very comfortable with the whole process. She stated that the session would be very natural more of like a documentary of our interactions as a family rather than posing us in specific postures, which we liked. When the day finally came Diane came to our home and immediately began interacting with our children who were 2.5 years and 6 months so that they were comfortable with her. They took to her immediately. Diane told us to act normal with our children so that is what we did during our shoot. We read to them and played with them and the entire shoot felt very natural…..just like if one of our friends was at our house hanging out with us. After we got the photos back both of us were very pleased with how the family shots turned out. Diane was able to capture our family perfectly and we absolutely loved the photos she took of our family. We will definitely use Diane again in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to take some family photos, she was so nice and sweet and amazing to work with!”

– Troy R.
fun siblings portrait with three sisters sitting on stairs by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Family photos were a huge success this year! Diane was able to capture all 3 of my daughters unique personalities. Easy scheduling and stress-free photo session!”

– Denise P.
family of four walking on the beach with reflection on the water by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“We highly recommend Diane as a photographer. She is such a great photographer and we all liked her at first sight. We did a family beach shooting with her and the pictures are amazing! Diane is so good with kids (ours are 3 and 6 years old) and the kids loved her and the shooting. Even my husband, who was at first not thrilled to do a professional photo shooting, really loved it. We really like that she took very authentic pictures of our family while we were having fun at the beach. While it felt all so natural and not “posed” to us, Diane was able to take so many beautiful pictures of us at the beach (which is not that easy with waves, sun, other people walking around etc.). We will definitely work with Diane in the future!”

– Inga M.
toddler boy playing with a green and yellow wood crocodile toy by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“She is an amazing photographer and works so well with children!! I highly recommend her, she is very friendly and professional. She got an adorable picture of our son playing peekaboo and was able to edit out the scab under his nose perfectly!

We had such a great time during our session with Diane! She is AMAZING with toddlers, which is something I was worried about with a shy 20mo. She did a variety of poses and brought fun props like toys and bubbles for our son. She even brought him a balloon to take home and play with! Her editing is amazing as well, our son had a big scab under his nose from a little fall and you can’t even tell the picture. I highly recommend her for family photos!!”

– Sarah B.
pregnant woman laying on the grass holding her belly by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane is a very talented photographer! I love my maternity pictures she took. First Diane tried to understand what I was expecting, then she gave me some suggestions. We took pictures indoor and outdoor. And they came out beautiful! She was creative on the spot! And she used great camera angles to shoot my belly. The session was comfortable and fun! No intimidation whatsoever… and she made me look better than I did in real life!!
Thank you, Diane!”

– Aya K.
group of friends partying at Shelter a bar in Encinitas by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane photographed my husband’s 50th Birthday Party at Shelter in Encinitas, and she was AMAZING. It was a party of about 120 guests, and she kept track of everything and everyone I wanted photographed. The photos turned out great – lighting, clarity, angles, candids, posed… all of it. She is so professional and genuinely great person. I would use her again in a heartbeat, and would refer her to friends, family, and business professionals!”

– Natalie P.
woman working on her computer in the Spanish village at balboa park by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“Diane’s photography skills perfectly captured what I was seeking for my blog and freelance portfolio. She made sure to understand in advance what types of images I wanted and took a variety of shots so I’d have plenty to select from. Diane has a great eye for backgrounds, composition, and lighting and I’m very happy that I chose Diane Hamacher Photography.”

– Krista C.
group of US submarine veterans by San Diego family lifestyle photographer Diane Hamacher

“I recently hired Diane to photograph my Submarine Reunion and banquet. Diane was awesome! Her personality and constant smile made everyone feel at ease as she positioned attendees for individual and couples photos. The pictures came out fantastic!! Actually better than expected. Her random shots of everyone milling about, at the banquet tables, and of the band were definitely a bonus! If you need a photographer it would be a mistake to look for anyone other than Diane. She’s the best!!!!!!!”

– Frank B.

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