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Meet Tristan Quigley of Tristan Quigley Photography in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tristan Quigley.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My career in photography started back in college. I had taken numerous photography classes. At the time, I was wakeboarding for a living and really enjoyed photographing my friends out on the water and action sports in general. Fast forward to the birth of my first child and I fell in love with photographing newborns, children and families.

After building up my portfolio for a while, I decided to open up my photography business back in 2010. My business has grown exponentially over the years and I really have the best clients! I’ve been photographing some of my returning families since I opened my doors 7.5 years ago. I’ve been lucky enough to do a maternity session for a soon-to-be mom, followed by newborn photos, yearly family photos & then get to do it all over again for baby number 2 & 3! It’s amazing to watch all of those families grow! I love capturing these special times for all of my amazing clients.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road that led me to where I’m at has not always been easy. My business solely relied on word of mouth advertising for years and it is still a HUGE part of my business to this day. It can be a painfully slow process in the beginning, but I loved my job and had people believe in me and my art and here I am almost 8 years later!

Please tell us about Tristan Quigley Photography.
At Tristan Quigley Photography I specialize in custom maternity, newborn, children and family photography. I shoot all throughout San Diego and surrounding cities. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of photography. I love the excitement and beauty of a pregnant mother. I completely adore shooting newborns & capturing such an amazing and fleeting stage of a new life. I also love photographing children and families. I really enjoy seeing the connection of the families and getting to know all of these great people!

I feel like I am known for my light & airy style and have become pretty well known for my beach sessions whether it be for maternity, families, and even a few newborns! I definitely feel that it sets me apart.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I wouldn’t change much. Sure, I would have loved to grow faster in the beginning, but I believe my business expanded at just the right pace for me. I like to provide the best possible service for all of my clients and I have enough experience now to have figured out how to manage it all!


  • On-location family sessions start at $150
  • Newborns in studio start at $200. On location newborns start at $250

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