To Top

Meet Morgan Liberatore of Morning Owl Fine Art in Chula Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Liberatore.

Morgan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
At the age of 10, I started photographing flowers and landscapes — just as any young photographer may. I explored my artistic side down various avenues: ceramics, watercolor, quilting, modeling etc. My passion for photography grew when I realized that my skills behind the camera (lighting, posing, etc) were immensely important for capturing reference photos of my “other” artwork.

Soon, I started studying other photographers and artists such as Anne Geddies, Michael Parks, and Thomas Kinkade. I also had the opportunity to work with some of my local photography idols while I attended Arizona State University; all of whom continue to influence me today.

School quickly became my focus and all of my arts went on the back burner and, sadly, stayed there. I always thought about taking a photography class, but never got to. Then, in 2014, I joined the United States Navy and, nonetheless, I did not have time for my arts. After joining the USN Reserves in 2016, completing school for Logistics, getting married, and moving to San Diego in 2017, I am finally able to go full force with my arts.

Aannnnddd here we are today! Photography is OFF of the back burner and is currently my main focus.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The largest roadblock I have had to face was very recent.

In October, at 13 weeks in pregnancy, I found out I had a missed miscarriage… but, I had to wait for my body to deliver him naturally. A month later, my son entered this world peacefully asleep. During that time, it was VERY difficult to want to book clients, (especially my usual maternity or toddler session), or even shoot at all for that matter. My 22+ year battle with Trichlotimania also became very active at this time.

I was able to change my perspective after realizing how much of a blessing it was that I had the skills and capability to take beautiful, detailed, photos of my son after his birth. After all, that was all I would get to keep of him other than his very small urn. This turned into a beautiful blessing for me and has driven me to expand my photography goals, which you will read about later on.

Soon, I was able to push myself to book clients for Christmas toddler minis and even maternity sessions. I made it a point to talk about my son and how he helped drive me to be passionate and confident in my talent. Knowing my skills have helped others by capturing moments they can never get back is cathartic. During my time of initial healing, it was my goal to be engulfed in the love and joy my clients were experiencing in their special moments.

Morning Owl Fine Art – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in portraiture of toddlers, expecting mothers, and newborns. I also provide services for Military homecomings, births, and weddings here in San Diego. I set out to capture portraits in a very clear, organic way.

Morning Owl Fine Art is more than just a photography business. Although, I am known for my clean-detailed portraiture of children; I also sew, paint, sculpt and create other arts – most of which I incorporate into my photography sessions.

I set myself apart from other local artists because of what I can bring to the table such as sewing unique clothing and prop items for clients to use during their sessions. Also, my overall photography style is unique from other local artists. I capture clean, low-key portraits that remain crisp and vivid.

I am big on “community over competition”. As an example, If I know a client’s request is not my ‘cup of tea’, I am never afraid to – gladly – suggest another local artist that can rock their request and capture it in the way I know they want it to be.

I also don’t stop after images have been delivered: I ask for feedback about clients’ sessions and strive to keep a relationship going and ensuring they are always taken care of. But I know, these are all just words; I invite you to come see for yourself.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have had so many modest milestones that have greatly affected me: getting a published website, creating a watermark that I love, pouring my soul into my artwork, having repeat clients… All have and continue to mean the world to me.

I am currently proud and excited to say, I am creating a local nonprofit to help grieving families that have lost children. It is still in the works, but I am setting out to provide free photography services to San Diego families that have lost a child. Miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, toddler loss: ALL are important to me and I want to provide this beautiful and sensitive service to our community. I want to help others feel empowered to talk about their loss and be able to receive comfort in it. If I can help them do this by capturing their loved one on camera, you bet your bottom I will.


  • Sessions start at $250 for 1 hour
  • 20% Military + Teacher discount

Contact Info:

Family Photographer San Diego Morning OWl Fine Art

Image Credit:
David Apeji
Morning Owl Fine Art

Getting in touch: SDVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Hidden Gems: Local Businesses & Creatives You Should Know

    Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a...

    Local StoriesJanuary 23, 2023
  • San Diego’s Most Inspiring Stories

    The heart of our mission is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our communities. In the recent weeks,...

    Local StoriesJanuary 23, 2023
  • Portraits of San Diego

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesJanuary 13, 2023
  • SDVoyager Holiday Guide

    Discover truly unique gift ideas that will leave your friends and family smiling all season through our Holiday Gift Guide below....

    Local StoriesDecember 8, 2022
  • San Diego’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in San Diego has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what...

    Local StoriesNovember 8, 2021
  • The Folks Solving The Problems You Need Solved

    One of the most important benefits of a thriving small business ecosystem is the myriad of problems and niche issues that...

    Local StoriesOctober 31, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesOctober 11, 2021
  • Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 4

    You are going to love our next episode where Whitley interviews the incredibly successful, articulate and inspiring Monica Stockhausen. If you...

    Local StoriesSeptember 1, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 3

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesAugust 25, 2021