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San Diego Portrait Photography: SDFD Fire Station 26

My adorable hubs asked me to stop by his station to snag some quick shots of his crew, commemorating his Captain’s retirement this month. Captain Valenzuela is an amazing man, teacher, husband, father and Fire Captain who has been loyally serving San Diego for 26 years. Prior to being hired on with SDFD at the age of 30, he was a teacher and rock star (Seriously!…okay, you may not have heard of him, but he WAS in a rock band anyway.). Quite a life story, Steve has….and quite a legacy he’s leaving behind.

All the rest of the crew grew out a mustache in honor of Steve’s retirement… It’s rumored Steve’s only been without his signature ‘stach twice in his life. πŸ™‚ His wife’s a saint…Mark only had his for a few weeks and it was driving me NUTS!

Mark, Steve, Will & Mark…aka Tommy T, Cap, Big Willy & Goose. You’d think they were fighter pilots or something, right? πŸ˜‰

Love this of them all…

…such a GREAT Captain. πŸ™‚

And OF COURSE there has to be at least one shot of my sweet Photographer’s Assistant, right? Β πŸ™‚ I just can’t resist!

CAPTAIN VALENZUELA: Β Thank you for all your dedicated years of service and for being such an amazing leader for your crew and all those who have learned from you. Your departure leaves such a void on the department and you will be sorely missed. (Now try not to drive sweet Yvonne crazy!)

  • Betsy - Danielle: I shoot with 5D Mark II’s all the time and love them. And I used my 50 1.2 and 24 1.4 lenses for these. Thanks for the love! πŸ™‚

    Courtney: Umm…you…are AMAZING! THANK YOU for such kind words, seriously! You always make me feel like I could conquer the world (with a camera, that is)! πŸ˜‰

  • Courtney Christensen Renard - Honestly Betsy, thank God somebody, at some point in your life, introduced you to a camera. It would be a crime for you to do anything else. LOVE these. LOVE them.

  • Danielle - Love these photos Betsy! Would love to know what your shooting with? Canon 5D? Lens? They’re so bright and colorful!!!

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