Del Mar resident launches photo project showcasing Del Mar’s Dog Beach

By Kristina Houck

For nine months of the year, man’s best friend can frolic leash free along the sandy shores of Del Mar’s North Beach.

Armed with a camera, a local resident is highlighting the popular site with a new photo project.

“The photos turned out really well,” said Terry Williams, a 20-year Del Mar resident, who recently launched a new website called Dog Beach Del Mar to showcase his photos. “They really capture the fun, the play, the interaction.”

Located north of 29th Street, North Beach, also known as “Dog Beach,” stretches nearly a half-mile to the city’s border with Solana Beach. Del Mar allows dogs to roam the area free with their owners much of the year, but leashes are required June 16 through Labor Day.

With a passion for animals and the beach, Williams took to the sand about a month ago to capture fun-filled moments of beachgoers and their four-legged friends.

“There are lots of people and lots of dogs. It’s a great photo opportunity,” Williams said.

A Redondo Beach native, Williams has always lived along the California coast.

With a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and a Ph.D. in molecular biology/biochemistry from UC Irvine, he worked in academic and biotechnology research in the area of cancer immunotherapy for roughly 25 years. Currently, Williams works in clinical/regulatory writing for the biopharma industries.

Also a graphic artist, website designer and amateur photographer, Williams has created a number of websites. He founded Classical Matters, a site that showcases classical musicians and composers, as well as Classical is Cool, a site that promotes classical music for young people.

Having launched his latest project in June, Williams plans to continually update the site with new shots.

“I hope people enjoy the beauty of these dogs and the freedom of their play at the beach,” said Williams, who was the proud owner of a keeshond for 15 years before his dog died a few years ago. “Dog Beach is leash free for most of the year — not a lot of dog beaches or parks allow that. The beach is just beautiful and has attained quite a notoriety.”

For more information about the photo project, visit