by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Soul of Photography

Tight-Knit Family

The Payne family have been Solana Beach residents for just over a year. “We love being so close to the beach and also being close to our children’s school… and my son’s theatre,” shared Nina Payne. “We enjoy the shops and restaurants on Cedros and the wonderful community we live in.” Some of the family’s other favorite activities include going to plays, frequenting the beach, and exploring the local hiking trails. But above all else, the Payne family simply enjoys spending time together.


Nina, who has a home-based yoga practice, has used her passion for yoga to give back to the community by participating in the City of Hope’s Yoga for Hope, a program for cancer survivors, their loved ones, and caregivers. “I was also part of Hands of Peace last year. It brings constructive conversation between Israeli and Palestinian teens,” added Nina. “We brought yoga into the equation, which was very exciting!” Nina also enjoys the creative element of being an author. “It’s my outlet where I can be and create whatever it is I’m feeling without judgment or retribution,” she noted.

“We can’t clean without having music blaring and dancing around. It takes the tediousness out of it and puts the fun right in.”

Walter, a private mortgage banker and founder of Vantex Mortgage Group, met Nina while they were both working at a large financial services company in Arizona. “I’m in love with my best friend who just happens to be my husband,” gushed Nina.

The couple’s daughter, Cameron, age 16, loves to write. “My daughter is one of the few people that can bring me to tears with laughter!” said Nina. Cameron is also very involved in gender equality awareness. “She’s an integral part of Grauer Girl Rising at her school and they recently hosted an event bringing awareness to sex trafficking of young girls,” Nina stated.


The youngest of the family, Christian, age 13, is involved with the North Coast Repertory Theatre and the Intrepid Shakespeare Company. “He’s what I consider a soulmate,” said Nina. “He knows intuitively how I’m feeling without even asking… we practice yoga and meditate together which is an important part of our daily life.”

When asked about a unique habit of the family, Nina replied, “We can’t clean without having music blaring and dancing around. It takes the tediousness out of it and puts the fun right in.” She added, “We can’t end a conversation or leave the house without an ‘I love you’ or end a text without some kind of emoji!”



Parents: Nina and Walter Payne
Children: Cameron (16) and Christian (13)
Community: Solana Beach
Parents’ Hometowns: Nina – San Francisco Bay area; Walter – Tuscon, AZ
Parents’ Occupations: Nina – Wife, Mother, Yoga Instructor, and Author; Walter – Private Mortgage Banker
Favorite Local Spots: Del Mar Beach at 15th St., Torrey Pines State Park, San Dieguito Lagoon, Taste of Thai, Whole Foods