candid family portrait at San Diego's Balboa Park


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playful fun moment captured with little girl hopping in Balboa Park family

sisters having fun during a family portrait session in Balboa park Spanish Village Art Center

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father mother moment with their newborn son at the park in San Diego

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Balboa Park family photographer Dennis Mock

Explore the jewel of San Diego to find the perfect backgrounds of gardens, fountains, brightly colored doors.

Candid, relaxed portrait session with the immediate family, bring the dog, add the grandparents, everyone gets a new headshot!

If you want to know more about family beach sessions, click here 

**Got questions, call us at 858-722-5573

formal family portrait with grandparents in San Diego iconic Balboa Park

'Tis Holiday portrait time,

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We would love to capture your family portraits this holiday season. Where would you like to go? Kindly contact us as soon as possible to secure your preferred session date. Don't delay; the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, and dates fill up quickly!

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Get excited, your images will be ready to view 7 days after!

Download + order professional prints thru your Gallery.

Document all the laughter that makes your family uniquely beautiful through fun-filled sessions.

Are you ready to get started?

You can now book your session online using our calendar. The

retainer is $300.

Whether it's at the beach, the park, your home, or your favorite place to go, let's remember this special time together.


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The full-filled Session includes your

beautiful hand-edited digitals (all the best)

via a downloadable Gallery.

FULL STORY: 60 MIN incl 80+ digitals $600.

MINI STORY: 30 MIN incl 40+ digitals $400.

*Extended Family - add $150



*Gorgeous professionally retouched prints are available to order directly from your Gallery.


Our dates are first come, first serve. Payment reserves your date and time on our calendar. Have questions? Call us at 858-722-5573

We can send you an online payment invoice thru Square, which all major credit cards accept. California sales tax applies. All payments are non-refundable, but you can try another date if you are sick or the weather is terrible.

We are serving nearby communities Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Coronado, 4S Ranch, Poway, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and beyond!






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 aim to capture the true personality of your family, so your clothing choice must speak to who you are and make you happy in the process. Best tip select clothing to coordinate with each other but not to match.

*Stick to a color palette of three or four complementary colors.

*Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories.

*Clothes that are fitted and wrinkle-free photograph best.

*Your nails will be in the pictures, so make sure they look nice.

Dennis mock San Diego photographer



I began my journey as a sport and architectural photographer in San Diego, but when I discovered a draw to wedding and family photography, I decided to switch lanes. Today, I enjoy telling each unique story -- highlighting all the personality and joy that comes with it -- that comes my way.

My spontaneity and documentary spirit have earned dozens of local and national awards from professional photographers associations, including PPA, WPPI, PPC, PPSDC, and national camera companies like Kodak and Fuji.

Dennis Mock has been recognized as a Master Photographer and a Photographic Craftsmen by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and awarded "San Diego Photographer of the Year" many times by the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC).

Megan R

family portrait session kids exploring Balboa park in San Diego

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

San Diego family protract session drawing in the sand

"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".

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13715 Sparren Ave
San Diego, CA. 92129

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About the Park

Balboa Park was originally called "City Park" but was renamed after Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, in honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, held in the Park that year. Balboa Park was declared a National Park Landmark, and it is also on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the Great Places in America. So many colorful unique backgrounds 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.

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.