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Balboa Park family photographer Dennis Mock

Looking for the perfect place to take your family photos in San Diego? Look no further than Balboa Park!

This stunning park is the jewel of the city, with beautiful gardens, fountains, and architecture that provide the perfect

backdrop for your family portraits. And with Dennis Mock as your photographer, you can be sure that your photos

will capture the spontaneity and good vibes that you and your family bring to any occasion.

With his background in sports and architectural photography, Dennis has a knack for capturing split-second moments

and creating natural compositions that tell the authentic story of your family. So why wait?

Book your session with Dennis today and make this Summer one to remember!



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Your Family.

Your Stories.

Capture your family's unique story with Dennis Mock, the preferred Balboa Park Family photographer. His signature style brings vibrant moments to life, from exploring the park with your kids to capturing the love and joy in your family's life. Don't let precious moments slip away as kids grow up - make time to play and document your days with your loved ones. Contact Dennis Mock today to schedule your photo session and create photo stories that will last a lifetime. Let's gooooo!

San Diego

Fall 2023

Session Details

Dennis loves documenting all the connections, personalities, and most of all, the laughter that makes your family uniquely beautiful through fun-filled sessions.


75 min session includes 125+ digitals.

All for $650


45 min session includes 75+ digitals.

All for $450

And if you're bringing along extended family members, there's an additional $150 fee.

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Beach session

Are you planning a get-together in San Diego?

If you are, I wanted to suggest something that could make your time together even more special. Dennis is a fantastic photographer who can capture beautiful memories of your family during this wild phase of life. With families spread out across the country, it's rare to get everyone together, so why not make the most of it?

Here's a sample shot list that Dennis can work with for extended families: group shot, grandparents with grandkids, just the grandkids (the cousins), grandparents portrait, siblings, siblings with their families, individual shots of the grandkids, parents' couples portrait, and individual shots of the parents with their kids. I hope this helps you make the most of your time together!


Megan R

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We’ve been working with Dennis since 2007 and are continuously impressed. He has taken our engagement shots (one of which was featured in the NY Times), our wedding photos (featured in San Diego Wedding magazine), and has done five family portrait sessions.

As a former sports photographer, he is a master at capturing spontaneous moments and true emotions. He’s professional, easy to work with, good with kids, and above all supremely talented. There’s a reason he’s in such high demand and we feel so fortunate to have found him. You will not be disappointed”.

Kristen C

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"I hired Dennis to do family photos while we were on vacation in San Diego. He was incredibly easy to work with— even from 1,000 miles away. My family had more fun on this photo-shoot than any other, so much so that my 7-year-old didn’t want to leave.

And the photos... my goodness, the photos... he sent us well over 80 beautiful images, at least 20 made me gasp when I saw them. And I’m very picky! :) Some posed shots, and many ‘lifestyle’ shots that showed love, fun, and happiness. Simply priceless pictures that I will cherish. Could not recommend more highly".

What to wear:

the planning

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Before our session together, we will schedule a phone consult. This will allow us to discuss the overall style of your shoot - wardrobe, location, and color scheme. We want to capture the true personality of your family, so it's important that the clothing you choose speaks to who you are and makes you happy.

A great tip is to select clothing that coordinates with each other but doesn't necessarily match. It's best to stick to a color palette of three or four complementary colors. Before the session, arrange your outfits and accessories on a big bed so that you can get a good sense of how everything looks together. Remember, clothes that are fitted and wrinkle-free will photograph best.

And don't forget about your nails - they'll be in the pictures, so make sure they look nice! We want you to feel confident and comfortable during your session, so please don't hesitate to ask any questions or share any concerns you may have.


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"Dennis is an amazing photographer! We've used him continuously to document our life events . His talent and personality make him a joy to be around. " - Aaron

Meet your


Dennis Mock has been on quite the journey as a photographer. Originally, Dennis focused on sports and architecture photography while living in San Diego. However, he eventually realized my true passion was family photography. "I love capturing the unique story of each family I work with - showcasing their personalities and the joy they share".

Through my spontaneous and documentary style, Dennis Mock has received numerous awards from professional photographer's associations like PPA, WPPI, PPC, PPSDC, as well as recognition from camera companies like Kodak and Fuji.

He is proud to have earned the title of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsmen from PPA. And, honored to have been named "San Diego Photographer of the Year" nine times by PPSDC.

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About the Park

One of the most fascinating places in San Diego is Balboa Park. Did you know that this park was originally called "City Park"

but was later renamed after Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa? This was done in honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which was held in the park that year. Balboa Park is not only a National Park Landmark but also on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the Great Places in America.

There are so many colorful and unique backgrounds to choose from when taking photos here, including the Botanical Building, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Spanish Village Art Center, El Prado, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Cabrillo Bridge, Alcazar Gardens, Australian Garden, the Casa del Rey Moro Garden, Desert Cactus Garden, Marston House Garden Japanese Friendship Garden, and the Lily Pond. As a photographer, I would love to capture the beauty of Balboa Park through my lens and tell its unique story.

Get In Touch

13715 Sparren Ave
San Diego, CA. 92129

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What to do after your session

things to see and do.

Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet.  Lush grounds, from gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern span the heart of the Park.  More than 17 museums are filled with everything from dinosaurs to space travel, science to the study of humankind, photographs to old masters, and automobiles to orchids.  Plays, musicals, orchestras, ballet, heritage dancing, song, and the World Famous San Diego Zoo, round out a vast array of things to see and do.