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10 Favorite Photo Shoots of 2018

Memorable shoots from the past year, including favorite spaces, dinner parties with chefs, and dogs.


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March 2018

Favorite spaces

Photos by Robert Benson

Robert managed to capture a sense of intimacy, and at the same time made these spaces feel like a projection of each person’s psyche. Plus, there’s a certain voyeuristic itch scratched by seeing the inside of someone else’s home.

May 2018

People and Places: On the Job with beekeeper Hilary Kearney 

Photos by Paul Body

The best photographers we work with with have a sense of adventure. No exception, Paul Body donned a beesuit and climbed to a rooftop with his gear to get the shot.

June 2018

Chefs’ Entertaining Guide

Photos by Robert Benson

A lot of times, our job at the magazine is to make you want to be there. Who wouldn’t want to go to a dinner party in a chef’s house?! The hitch: food photography and portrait photography can be mutually exclusive specialties. Photographer Robert Benson does both. And here, he carried both out with ease.    

July 2018

Inside a Florist's Historic Point Loma Home

Photos by Lou Mora

We waited to photograph this home so that Bridget McKenna’s garden would be in bloom, and boy did it (did you catch the bathtub filled with flowers?). Her adorable family, and inspired color palette made this home we ALL want to live in!

July 2018

ThePet-Lover’s Guide to San Diego

Photos by Becca Batista

Because dogs. 

September 2018

'80s Remix fashion special

Photos by Becca Batista

Art Director Sydnie Goodwin and photographer Becca Batista scouted skate parks across the county to find the perfect backdrop for cool ‘80s threads. On the day of the shoot it was so hot that the model and team slid down the concrete on blankets to get in the skate bowl.

September 2018  

What Women Want

Photos by Flavio Scorsato

Photographer Flavio Scorsato has a knack for capturing natural, telling micro-expressions. On location, his direction to the subject seems minimal, but combined with his expert lighting the result is something cinematic.

October 2018

Top Doctors

Photos by Priscilla Iezzi

These doctors had to look serious—and of course, smart—but for a story examining tough decision-making, we also wanted to show a tender side. Kudos to photographer Priscilla Iezzi who got these docs talking and comfortable in front of the camera.

November 2018

73 Must-Try Desserts

Photos by Justin McChesney-Wachs, Paula Watts and Madison Parker

It was a bit of a feat to organize ALL of these desserts for photos. But we love how unified it makes the story look, and how the white background allows each dessert to be the star of the frame. Did we mention that several of these were delivered to the SDM offices for photos? We love our jobs!

November 2018

The Women Who Revolutionized San Diego's Food Scene

Photos by Madison Parker

A handful of restaurant bosses gathered in one room is a lot of personality. But these chefs were gracious—and so entertaining to be around. We loved how facial expressions and hand gestures popped against the wealth of textures in the dark clothing and the industrial backdrop. 

 

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