Park Avenue, University Heights

Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden,

Balboa Park

The Grinch Christmas Tree, Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park

Inspiration Point Reflecting Pool, Balboa Park

Me, biking along San Diego Bay and downtown (above left); enjoying a Padres game and local craft beer at Petco Park (above center); and relaxing on Blacks Beach in La Jolla (and yes, with clothes on... LOL). 

Upas Street, North Park

Cowles Mountain 

Vermont sTreet Bridge, Hillcrest & University Heights

Mission Beach 

Home, San Diego 

Cowles Mountain, Florida Canyon, & Mission Beach

I'm happy to call San Diego my home city and the land of my California Dreams.  As you can tell by the photos on this website, Barbie doll looks happy to call San Diego home too!  One of my goals when I launched Beyond the Valley of the Barbie Dolls was to photograph Mattel's iconic fashion doll around San Diego, out and about in the neighborhoods, beaches, canyons, mountains, and other areas of this fine city.  Thus far, Barbie, Ken, and I have ventured to a couple beaches, to the top of a mountain, around my uptown neighborhoods, throughout spacious Balboa Park, and down to the local dusty canyon.  "It's endless!" my mind thinks, and just the beginning for sure, as I plan on traveling all over San Diego County for future Barbie photo shoots.  I also plan on driving up the coast to Los Angeles and Hollywood for photo shoots (oh, the possibilities!), head east over the mountains and to the desert for picturesque Palm Springs, and go back to my wonderful old hometown of Kansas City where the Barbie collecting began (I can't wait to pose Barbie along Liberty Memorial!).  With that said I must remember to pack a few dolls with me when I travel anywhere because you never know when the perfect photo shoot could happen!  

Silver Strand State Beach

Florida Canyon

Baja Betty's, Hillcrest

Christmas Day, Silver Strand State Beach

Balboa Park Tennis Club

The 163, Hillcrest

In San Diego you'll find rugged mountains to hike, captivating deserts to explore, and charming neighborhoods to settle in, nestled above canyon tops and hugging the coastline.  There's a vibrant big city nightlife for the night owls, including downtown's Gaslamp Quarter, housing popular restaurants, nightclubs, and trendy boutiques. Throughout the city you'll find a culinary delight of restaurants, most famous for seafood (caught fresh daily from the Pacific Ocean) and Mexican (California Burrito, anyone?), and some of the best craft beer in America (there are more than 130 local breweries).  San Diego is a tourist's dream: There's the world famous San Diego Zoo; Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States, full of gardens and museums; the Hotel Del Coronado, located across the Coronado Bridge on Coronado Island, where Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like It Hot (and legend has it her ghost haunts the iconic beachfront hotel); historic Old Town the "birthplace of California," which is now the locale of countless Mexican restaurants, shops, and museums; military landmarks, including the USS Midway docked permanently on the city's waterfront; Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Lighthouse standing watch over the San Diego Bay high atop the cliffs of Point Loma peninsula; and so much more! 

California Tower, Balboa Park

Beyond the Valley of the Barbie Dolls

Barbie doll Photography & Collecting by David Mansour

Uptown District Condos Pool, Hillcrest

Maryland Street, University Heights

Naval Hospital, Balboa Park

Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Hillcrest

Cypress Street, Hillcrest

Uptown District Condos, Hillcrest

Ahh, sunny San Diego, SoCal's most southern city, the birthplace of California, "America's Finest City."  Seventy miles of beautiful beaches--a surfer's paradise, and the most perfect weather, with yearly average temps of 72 degrees (here is where summer spends her winters).  

Desert Garden, Balboa Park

​​​​So cheers to you San Diego, California!  Barbie and I love you! 

The Hub Market, Hillcrest