Valentine’s Day Giveaway

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It’s February 1st, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Now, before you start thinking about everything you need to get in order for the kids, the gift you had in mind for your partner, or the fancy dinner you’re going to host for all of your friends, what are you doing for YOU this Valentine’s Day?

If you’re anything like me like most moms and/or wives, you had no plans lovin’ on yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Well, ladies (and gents, too), do I have news for you!

I’ve had the pleasure of teaming up with an amazing Bay Area based makeup artist, who travels across the country helping brides slay on their wedding day, and her name is Allie Yamaguchi. Allie and I both have a personal mission with our work to help women embrace their true beauty, Allie with her makeup artistry, and I with my portraits.

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This Valentine’s Day, we are hosting the Heart Day Giveaway where one lucky winner will win a makeover with Allie Yamaguchi and photo shoot with yours truly. You can use the prize all for yourself, or invite your partner, or even gift it to someone who may need a pick-me-up this Valentine’s Day.

The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2018, and they will be able to book their makeover and photo shoot session. The photo shoot will also include a credit of $100 that may be used towards additional photo services or portrait products.

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To enter:

  1. Head over to your Instagram and follow both @teairramitchell and @allieyamagichi
  2. Post one of the #HeartDayGiveAway18 flyers (scattered though this blog post and on our timelines) on your timeline with hashtag “#heartdaygiveaway18”
  3. Tag three of your friends who you think would like to win a makeover and photo shoot in the caption of your post.

All entries must be submitted by 2/13/18 at 11:59pm. **This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administrated by, or associated with Instagram. **

 

So, there you have it, a nice way to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. I hope to see your entry.

Good luck!

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For info on wedding and portrait services by TeAirra Mitchell Photography, please visit www.teairramitchell.com.

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Open for 2018

TMP is officially back from Winter Break!

2017 was a pretty good year for us: we had a new baby, I finally began working full-time as a photographer, and I was graced with a many humbling life-lessons, which I’m always grateful for.

One major thing that happened last year was the Revamp. I had planned on keeping everyone updated on the in’s and out’s of everything that was happening as it happened, but, I’m not going to lie, adjusting to full-time momtrepreneur was more than I anticipated. With that said, the Revamp brought many changes internally, that shouldn’t affect you all too much, and some changes that you won’t help but be able to notice.

Ultimately, the Revamp was the first step to turning TMP into a full-service Wedding and Portrait Studio. A larger studio space is in the works, but it was absolutely necessary to establish some new systems to make sure our clients have a portrait experience they’ll never forget.

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Refined Booking System
I’m excited to say that we have been booking more and more sessions (you may want to check out our FAQ about how early to book your sessions), which also meant we needed to revisit some things to create a system that allows us to take in more inquiries without them getting lost among the many other emails coming in.

Now, when you’re ready to book your portrait reservation, we have a new client portal system to keep track of all of the details of your session and portrait order. The best part, all you have to do is send the inquiry from our Inquiry Form and you’ll automatically be sent booking information and be added into our studio queue.

 

Custom Styling + Styling Guide
In the past, clients often came to me saying that they didn’t know what to wear to their session, or how to do their hair and makeup, and since this was for their portraits, it could sometimes be stressful. To ensure you get the best experience when planning for your portraits, you will have a one-on-one style consult where we’ll talk about how you want to look in your portraits and go over every detail.

We will discuss everything from basic wardrobe, to hair and makeup, and even any insecurities you may have about your body so that I can plan on how to pose you. The goal for every session is to create beautiful pictures that you love with all of your heart, and the Custom Styling + Styling Guide allows you to truly design the perfect portrait session.

 

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In-Person Reveal + Order Session
Ok, so in the past, figuring out how to sell portrait products was tough for me, but there is something so powerful in holding a physical portrait. I cannot begin to describe the joy that wells up in my heart when I hold portraits of my own family. And if I’m truly being transparent, I get the feeling as I’m putting the final touches of my client’s orders. Seriously, printing your portraits is such an important part of your portrait process, and I want all of my clients to have gorgeous heirloom portraits that leave a legacy for their family’s future generations.  

When your portraits are ready, clients are invited to return to see their images and choose their favorites to build their Portrait Order using our simple pricing menu. Being in-person allows whatever questions you have to be answered right then, taking out the hassle of sending emails back and forth, playing phone tag, and putting more time between you and your final product. We want you to get excited about designing your portrait display, and we’re here to help however we can.

 

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New Service
Remember how I said clients often were overwhelmed by hair and makeup? Well, now we will have (drumroll please!)….

HAIR AND MAKEUP STYLING WITH SESSION BOOKINGS!

Yes, friends! TMP now has a hair and makeup artist to help ease the stress of achieving that picture-perfect look for  your portraits.

“Who is this artist?” you may ask, well, that is a blog saved for another day, so stay tuned for the big introduction.

 

Well, friends, that’s all I have for you this post. I’ll be back to share some stories from TMP and give more insight into who we are as a company, but for now I just want to say: thank you for reading.

 


You can find TMP online at www.teairramitchell.com.

Follow me on IG @teairramitchell for day-to-day updates on TMP, quotes, tips, and my life as a Momtrepreneur.

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Email: info@teairramitchell.com

Inquiries: www.teairramitchell.com/inquiry

Styling Your Fall Family Portraits

One of the most common things I hear from clients is, “I have no idea how we should dress.”

No worries, I’ve got you covered.

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Portraits are created to immortalize a moment in time, and often, these portraits are displayed front and center in your home. The pressure to look good is a little heavy, and that’s where I step in with my clients.

During their Style Consult, we talk a lot about the look they are going for. Sometimes clients know exactly what they want, and other times they have no clue. When I sit down to plan a client’s session, here’s what we do:

  1. Choose a style. 
    When you submit an inquiry form on our website, we ask how you would like to be photographed, and include some examples to choose from; this is your desired Style (or Styles).
    The mom from this Fall Family Portrait session knew she wanted everyone to dress classically: dressy attire, but not too over the top. So we went from there.

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  2. Decide on colors. 
    How are you planning to display your portraits? If you’re thinking of a room in your home, you may want to consider having a pallet that compliments the room you have in mind. Or maybe there is a holiday card design you’ve been eyeing, think of colors that will look good in that layout.
    We wanted to go for a gold and cream look here, and we knew Burgundy would offer a nice contrast, especially considering our shooting location.

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  3. Book hair and makeup appointments. 
    Even if you feel you can do your own hair and makeup, take it from me, it’s so much better to treat yourself to booking with a stylist and makeup artist. Not only are you guaranteed to look amazing for your shoot, but you’ll also be a lot more relaxed with one less thing to worry about.
    For this shoot, the mom’s hair was styled by @taylordhair and her makeup was done by @allieyamaguchi. Be sure to check out these ladies’ Instagrams, especially if you’re looking for artists for the upcoming holidays.

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  4. Accessorize.
    Accessories will truly make or break your shoot. Sure, “less is more,” but I would love to style a session with many shiny and sparkly pieces. =]
    The dress was our accessory for this shoot. I found it in my studio stash and instantly knew it would be perfect for this style. (Yes, I do look for outfits for my clients, but only if they let me.)

  5. Rock the shoot! 
    Now that you have all the styling components for your shoot, get out there and work it! Even if you’re a bit nervous, your photographer should be able to direct you into poses that flatter you. No need to worry about if you “look good,” your photographer has that under control.
    As I tell my clients, “Relax, and be beautiful!”

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Just remember, your portrait experience should be enjoyable. And with a little planning and preparation, you will absolutely love them.

To see more images from this session, click here. If you would like more information on booking services with TeAirra Mitchell Photography, please reach out on our website. We’d love to hear from you!

Want inspiration on what to wear for your Fall Family Portraits, check out our board on Pinterest. 

Re-Introduction

Last week, I published a TMP blog for the first times in a long time (since June, I believe), and the one post was an entire ordeal that felt like such a struggle for me.
But first, a bit of an introduction may be in order due to my absence for such a period of time. I’m TeAirra; most people call me TeAirra, or some affectionate name they’ve bestowed upon me. I am a wife, mother, and budding entrepreneur (photography isn’t my only passion). I stay home with my littles, running my business whilst being Mommy. My life can sometimes seem overwhelming, but, oh, how I love every moment of sweet, agonizingly amazing love and chaos– and I mean that with every piece of my soul.
When I first began Light From My Soul– I can only rub my forehead and chuckle– I had no idea what I was doing.
I knew I wanted it to have at least some personal touch. After all, “Light From My Soul” seems a bit deeper than just some marketing pieces here and there, but that’s what happened; the blog slowly began to fill up with TMP marketing pieces here and there. And in a way, I feel like that’s what happened in my business. I began doing the things I thought I was suppose to do, the things that were required of every “professional photographer.”
Which worked pretty well for awhile, but photography began to lose it’s spark with me.
But then, after some soul searching and a many sleepless nights, I realized I still hadn’t accomplished what I set out to do. I’d become stuck in a cycle of “good enough”, and I wanted more. I wanted my clients to have more. I wanted the business to give more. TMP was always designed to be more of a luxury service, but we know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built overnight”
It was time to get back in gear. Thus, the Revamp.
And man, did the Revamp whip me into shape, but that’s a story for another day.
I made a decision, that no matter how many sleepless nights, how many mistakes, how many rejections, how many obstacles, I’m going to put this vision into action. I’m going to put ALL my visions into action. The only difference between those who are successful and those who are not is one put in the work, and one did not.  And I’m here to put in all the work.
Hello, I’m TeAirra, and I am here to live my life apologetically. I invite you to do the same.
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2018 Family Portraits

November is in full swing, and you know what that means? That’s right: Family Portraits!

I shoot a lot of maternity and newborn portraits, but that doesn’t mean I don’t shoot families. Actually, since I meet a majority of my families during their pregnancy, I usually get to see them once a year after for their family portraits.

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Fall Family Portraits are  quite popular for a few reasons:

  1. Fall gives a Golden Hour that is totally worth keeping the kids out a bit past bedtime (Daylight Savings makes it even earlier).
  2. The leaves are changing and gives a backdrop of yummy warm autumn tones.
  3. Holiday Cards need to be made and mailed, and what  makes a better Holiday Card than a gorgeous family portrait?

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Right now, we are offering a free set of Holiday Cards with your Family Portrait reservation. Choose a design from out catalog, and maybe even custom postage stamps, to give Holiday Gifts your family and friends will surely adore.

For more information, submit an inquiry form at www.teairramitchell.com/inquiry and we’ll send over some information right away.

There’s still time to get beautiful family portraits, just be sure to reach out today.

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Want a closer look at a Family Portrait Session? Here are a few of my favorites from a recent Fall Family Portrait session.

 

Click here to view the entire gallery.

Hair done by Taylor’d Hair, check out her IG!

Dress from Oak and Arrow (their Grand Opening is November 11th, 2017!), check out their IG.

Excuse the Mess, We’re Revamping

excuse the mess - bannerIf you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed gaps in our posts. Well, sometime in December of 2016, I felt it was time to reevaluate TMP. I was nine months pregnant at this time and spent the final days of pregnancy as well as the first few months after our daughter was born examining the TMP brand for areas I could improve. Now, the examining, studying, and planning is done and it’s time to initiate a revamp!

Why the revamp?

3 years ago, I decided to embark on the journey of building a photography business because I wanted to give mamas the gift of having nice pictures of their little ones and the bellies that those little ones were carried in. As time went on, I added services while deciding to specialize in Maternity and Newborn portraits, but always felt something was missing. Sure TMP has been growing and doing pretty well, but with each client, I would find two or three things I wished I would have done differently. Recently, I’ve realized I’ve lost focus of what was most important to me in my business: the women I was creating these portraits for.

The purpose behind this revamp is to bring the focus back to these women, their babies, the partners who love and support them, the new chapters of their lives, and any other reason that is significant enough for them to decide to document through photography.

What will be changing?

I’m transitioning TMP into a full-service Wedding and Portrait studio, meaning from start to finish every detail of our clients’ experience with us will be tailored to them and the artwork they want as keepsakes for their homes. I’ll be updating my portfolio, adding services and products, and simplifying pricing.

Keepsakes clients may want could be wall art hung as large individual pieces or group of portraits hung to create an in-home portrait gallery. Or perhaps you would rather keep your walls as they are and would prefer to have a gorgeous folio box to hold many portraits or have a handcrafted album designed with your portraits. I want our clients to have many options for custom products, and I want our clients to know that the possibilities are endless.

With all these changes taking place, they key focus overall is to provide a simple structure that makes our clients’ experience enjoyable and unforgettable. Great communication, excellent service, and quality products are a part of the improved structure, with client satisfaction being our top priority.

What will be affected during the Revamp?

While everything is under construction the TMP website and social media platforms will be changing, and some technical difficulties are sure to arise. These platforms will be quiet for awhile, and I will slowly resume posting in about a month or so. My responses will be slower, session availability will be limited (we are open during construction), and other complications I can’t even begin to fathom may occur, but I will do my best to address issues that come up as swiftly as possible. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences.

What does that mean for you, reading this?

The whole motivation behind this revamp is the satisfaction of you, the client (and also our fans!). So I want to hear from you, tell me what you’ve like most about TMP until this point, tell me what you would like to see done differently, let me know what you’re most excited about the revamp and any suggestions you may have. You can click here to complete a survey, or leave a comment below.

If you would like to be kept in the loop about the Revamp, including being the first to know when the relaunch will happen and how you can participate, sign up for our email list here.

Thank you to everyone that has shown their love and support to TMP over the last few years. I’m forever grateful for the feedback you’ve all given, the good, bad, and the ugly. Even more so, thank you for allowing me to be me and pushing me to be better. The experiences I’ve had on this journey have been priceless in my growth spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Words could never express the gratitude I feel and I hope to be even better with TMP 2.0.

Stay tuned for more updates, I’m excited for what’s to come, and I hope you are too!

A Love Letter, Just Because 

Dearest Husband, 
You never cease to amaze me. The love you have for me and the girls is evident in everything you do. How you beat the sun every morning on your way to work, and come home to the night sky. The way you magically clean the house while we’re away, including managing to complete our impossible loads of laundry. Your love for the Lord and keeping Him the head of our household. All these things you do, day in and day out, with never a single complaint. 
When the three-nager wants to play nail shop, you’re her best customer. When the baby wants to be held, you’re her favorite pillow. When I think the sky is falling, that I’m not enough, and at my absolute worst, you whisper the sweetest prayers of love and encouragement. 
Never do we hear you say you’re too tired. Never do you say you don’t have time for us. Never have you not given your all to be the amazing husband and father we adore so much. 
I thank God for you everyday, especially for the trials He’s walked us through. He gave me the greatest blessing when He made me your wife. I have all that I’ll ever need or want, simply because I’m married to you: a best friend, a lover, a teacher, a mentor, a support system, and the greatest Dad for my children. 
As a little girl, I would look in the mirror, fixing my hair for how it would look when I met my Prince Charming. As I grew older, I didn’t believe Prince Charmings existed, let alone that any Prince Charming would take me. Yet here I am, living out a fairytale love story far greater than I ever could have imagined. 
I know we say “I love you” many times throughout the day, but I wanted you to know all that’s behind those three words each time I say them to you. I love you more each day, with every kiss, with every hug, with every tear, and with every passing moment together. I love you, Oooldman. 

With love, 

Sunshine 

Fall Mini-Sessions 2016

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It’s been awhile since TeAirra Mitchell Photography has had a Mini-Session event, but I really miss hosting them. The kids are always so full of personality and the galleries are just so adorable to edit! Since the time for holiday cards and personalized gifts are quickly approaching, I figured why not have Fall Mini-Sessions?

Read on to get more info on TMP’s 2016 Fall Minis. Already know you want to reserve your session? Scroll straight to the bottom for booking details =]

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What are the 2016 Fall Minis?

2016 Fall Mini-Sessions will be at an outdoor location in Oakland that has a variety of backgrounds perfect for capturing little ones in their fall attire. With trees, tall grass, and a beautiful sky background,  the Fall Mini-Session galleries are sure to have images that you can’t help but swoon over.

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All Fall Mini-Sessions are short and sweet at 20-minutes long, and will highlight the personality of the mini-people in your life. For these minis, we’ve done away with props and busy backdrops so that the kiddos are what make the images truly unique. To create a fall feel, each image will be custom edited to bring out the colors of the season, giving your artwork a clean and natural look.

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The little model in our test shoot (my darling daughter) was showing off her “pretty dress” from Posh Peanut Children’s Boutique where they have a beautiful variety of gorgeous dresses, rompers, and accessories for any little girl’s photo shoot. For ideas on what your little one can wear to their Fall Mini-Session, check out this fall-inspired style board we put together on Pinterest. As always, remember that you can reach out to us for a complimentary pre-consultation so we can bounce around wardrobe ideas for your mini-session.

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When will they be and how can I book?

2016 Fall Mini-Sessions will be held in Oakland on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, with each mini-session including 20-minutes of shooting time, three 5×7″ prints, a 16×20″ frame of your favorite image from your mini-session gallery (a $675 value), and 25% off any custom card holiday order made during 2016 for a sitting fee of $150. You can reserve your mini-session slot with a signed contract and retainer fee of $75, and the remaining balance due the day of your mini-session. We will send the location’s address upon the reservation of your booking.

For more information on the TeAirra Mitchell Photography Mini-Sessions, visit www.teairramitchell.com/minis.

Don’t forget that you can save 15% off your mini-session and receive $100 towards your mini-session portrait order by referring a friend. To see more ways to get the most of your portrait investment, have a look at the TeAirra Mitchell Photography Loyalty Program. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers, Grandmothers, God-Mothers, Step-Mothers, and Honorary Mothers! Mother’s Day is such a special time of the year for us at TeAirra Mitchell Photography; not only because a majority of our clients are mothers, but also because my husband and I are big babies who still love to cuddle up with our moms.

On our Facebook page we’ve been telling our TMP followers that we had some special announcements to make for Mother’s Day, and now we’re dishing the details! This Mother’s Day, Maternity and Newborn portraits are all 25% off until June 6th, 2016—no discount code necessary!

Also in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re offering Mommy-Themed Minis on May 28th, 2016, which include the following options for booking:

  • Mommy and Me Minis
  • Milestone Minis
  • Maternity Minis
  • Special Edition: Wrapped in Love Minis

As May 28th gets closer, we will release more details about each mini-session, and an exclusive Mother’s Day product that is sure to make any mother’s heart melt. But you don’t have to wait to book your mini-session, you can book today! To book a Maternity or Newborn portrait session, or reserve your spot for the mini-sessions, please email info@teairramitchell.com noting which session you’re interested in booking in the subject.

Last, but certainly not least, we will be announcing details of our newest Maternity and Newborn service: the Baby Plan! The TMP Baby Plan will be an all-inclusive package to capture your baby’s Newborn, Six Month Milestone, and First Year Portraits, providing moms the opportunity to preserve the most precious moments of baby’s first year.

To celebrate the release of The Baby Plan one lucky mama will receive a Baby Plan during our Honorary Mothers Day Giveaway. To be sure you receive updates on everything happening this May, follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter.

We hope your Mothers Day was full of lots of love and plenty of time spent with your family. Be sure to check-in for more details about all the happenings at TMP. For more information on TeAirra Mitchell Photography, please visit our website at www.teairramitchell.com.

 

Ocean Beach Maternity Session | Bay Area Maternity Photography | San Francisco, CA

Lately, photo sessions at TeAirra Mitchell Photography have been a little slow. The weather has been gloomy and stormy so on location photography isn’t the most popular around this time of year. But the weather is starting to warm up, the days are beginning to get longer, and mamas are announcing their pregnancies left and right.

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When Jasmine emailed me about a maternity session, I was over the moon! I’ve so missed seeing that special maternal glow, the way dad’s smile at the woman carrying their little ones, and the excitement from the anticipation of it all. Finally, I get to work gorgeous mamas and their baby bellies! And imagine my excitement when I found out that this mama was expecting two little girls—there are no words.© TeAirra Mitchell Photography - Jasmine-17

Throughout the whole week of the shoot, we were worried about the storm that was due to roll in on the day of our shoot. Luckily, the storm decided to come a day later, leaving us with breathtaking skies and clouds during the shoot; sunset shoot, at Ocean Beach, over Sutro Baths with a beautiful couple waiting on their first-born twin girls, simply perfection! The weather wasn’t too cool, the wind didn’t give us a hard time, and everything was perfect, down to the dress Jasmine brought in for her portraits.

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I can only imagine what carrying twins must feel like, carrying one baby isn’t exactly a walk along the beach as it is, but Jasmine made it all seem so effortless and graceful. In the beginning she admitted she felt awkward taking pictures and being pregnant with twins (although she looked flawless), but she never once complained of discomfort either, and shared some pretty loving moments with Dad. They were both great to work with, and their gallery is my favorite maternity shoot to date.

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So, message to the all the mamas out there, even the ones carrying multiples:

Although you might feel larger that you care for, your belly feels like it might burst if those little people keep pushing around in there, and you just don’t feel as confident as you’d like, you’re beautiful despite it all. You’re creating the most precious little beings who are our future, and your maternity portraits will be an amazing part of your family’s legacy, so don’t let a few discomforts keep you from capturing this timeless moment in your family’s history. Find a photographer, find a dress you love, and get out there and have fun! Then enjoy the beautiful portraits that will result, that’s all there is to it.

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For more information on Maternity Sessions by TeAirra Mitchell Photography, please visit our website and send us a contact form, we’d love to get in touch with you. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!