Now Offering: In-Studio Maternity Portraits | Oakland Maternity Portrait Photographer

Ok, yal.

I am sooooo excited to say I can now offer in-studio maternity portraits! This is HUGE because I’ve had mamas request to stay indoors for their shoot, or there have been times when we were rained out of our location, and, since babies come when they please, it’s not always possible to reschedule a maternity shoot before baby makes their grand entrance.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been working on figuring out how to still give beautiful portraits in-studio without having to ask clients to rent a separate space. And I think I’ve figured it out.

Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell

 

This mama had a very specific, yet simple, vision in mind for her shoot, and it worked perfectly in our space. Honestly, I was worried we wouldn’t have many good shots, but I ended up having a hard time deciding which images to edit for her reveal.

Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA

She didn’t want to look at the camera (personal preference of hers), but we still got a ton of great angles with different types of light setups to give her even more diversity in her gallery.

Above, is the simple beauty light setup, and below is her backlight set up.

Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell

The best part about in-studio maternity shoots? Mamas not having to be nervous about people watching as they shoot. This mama even got excited about doing a fine-art nude setup (not pictured), along with some drama-ish shots (below).

 

Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA

 

Then there’s the big question: But what if I REALLY want outdoor portraits?

No worries. I got you covered.

There’s a park not too far from our space, and it’s perfect for adding on a quick outdoor segment to your session.

Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA
Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA
Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA
Oakland Maternity Portrait Photography by TeAirra Mitchell
Maternity Photography in Oakland, CA

 

For booking inquiries, please visit www.teairramitchell.com/inquiry. Don’t forget to ask about our Maternity and Newborn Bundles!

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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.

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 

RESTART (and some BTS)

When I started my business, I wanted to give people an experience. I didn’t just want to shoot and burn, but really give my clients something to look forward to, get excited about, and enjoy as much as I did.

I wanted sessions to be booked in person, over tea and coffee, and great conversation.

I wanted to have an amazing time at the sessions; creating portraits, and having fun with my clients.

I wanted to deliver images that made my clients so overcome with joy, they said, “I love it!”

I wanted to build relationships with my clients.

I wanted to send birthday cards to the kids, anniversary gifts to my brides and grooms, and baby gifts to my belly mamas.

I wanted my clients to have a beautiful portrait experience with the images to match.

And somewhere, I lost that vision.

I don’t know if it was the pressure to have outstanding work. Or maybe my desire to make everyone happy. Or even the longing of being recognized in the photography community as a truly great photographer, and not just a “mom with a camera” who shoots and burns.

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started my portrait business, and although that isn’t much time, I feel like I’ve been around the world with all the experiences I’ve had during this journey.

The more I tried to fit in, the more I lost myself and what I wanted my business to stand for.

Tough times reveal who a person really is. And making it this far has been tough– to say the least. But you know what would have made it easier? Staying true to myself and the vision for my business.

Is my work the greatest out there? I wouldn’t say so, but it’s not too bad for someone who’s only been at it for a year.

Can I make everyone happy? Highly doubtful. In the meantime, I’m going to focus on how I can spread happiness through my photography.

Will I ever be recognized as a great photographer in the photography community? Who knows. But I’ll die trying.

I’ve come to the realization that this is who I really am, and I have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. And I’ll never get where I want to be trying to tag along for everyone else’s journey.

After a year of trying to figure this whole photography business thing out, I still don’t have all the answers (and trust me, I’ve searched high and low), and I probably never will.

I will, however, get better with time. I can promise that.

I’m done trying to do this to please everyone.

I started this because I had a vision. A vision to make time standstill in 1/250th of a second, so that one moment could last forever.

So that someday, a child could sit in their grandparent’s lap, point to a photo and say, “Who is this?” and hear story after story of all the amazing things accomplished in their family.

I fell in love with photography because it was the easiest way to share a specific moment in time with people.

Everyone knows it: a picture speaks a thousand words. And those words can be anything the photographer wants them to be, all with one click: BOOM. Magic.

It’s that simple to me. And I never should have complicated its simplicity.

Temporarily, I lost touch with myself. But after some reflection, I’m pleased to say I’m back– and I don’t plan to let anyone tell me what I see ever again.

Enjoy these behind the scenes snapshots of me doing some of what I really love: BEACH MATERNITY SESSION!

Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell
Behind the scenes snapshot of a beach maternity session by Bay Area Portrait photographer TeAirra Mitchell

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

“It’s not good business sense to talk about religion.”

And, I guess it really isn’t. None the less, I am who I am, and I’m not ashamed.

With that said, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Easter! I hope you all had a great time with your families and friends, and have a good week.

Until next time!

Wishing you a Happy Resurrection Sunday, from TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Wishing you a Happy Resurrection Sunday, from TeAirra Mitchell Photography

How I Started | Bay Area Portrait Photographer| Boudoir Photography

When I first decided to become a photographer, I knew I wanted to photograph people. Especially those new tiny people we call “babies.”

But, like most things in life, my portrait photography journey took a very unexpected turn. That turn made me crash right into Boudoir Photography.

When I first started getting serious about my portraits, I would run into boudoir work of other photographers and be amazed, but I’d think to myself “I’d never be able to do that,” and I just left it at that.

Meanwhile. a really good friend of mine, who is the owner of Danielle Roesel Photography, is crazy about boudoir (check out her boudoir work here). One day, she invited me to shadow her during a handful of boudoir mini-sessions she’d be shooting.

Curiosity kicked in, I agree to tag along, and Pandora’s Box was opened.

I became very intrigued, and got a few great shots of my own.

By the time her last client of the day was there, I was ready to shoot! And I had a blast!

Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography
Examples of Boudoir Portraits by TeAirra Mitchell Photography

From this session, I went home and buried myself in whatever education resources for boudoir photography I could get my hands on. Then, I planned my own boudoir event.

Boudoir photography has now found a place in my heart, and I don’t think I’ll leave it alone.

Portrait Photography [Oakland, CA] – TeAirra Mitchell Photography

I’m teaming up with a local hair and make up artist to give an amazing portrait experience to women every where!

Every woman has been created beautiful in her own way, and I want to show women just how beautiful they are.

And as the saying goes: “If you look good, then you feel good.”

These contemporary portraits are inspired by photographer Sue Bryce, who is amazing at her craft.

Although I’m just starting out, I would love to one day be able to create images that can amount to her greatness.

In the meantime, here is a visual idea of what we well be offering.

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Keep in mind, this is only a sample. We will be working on more shoots, to give more variety in the different ways women can create their portrait experience.

I will also keep updates on what the process will be like and behind the scenes posts to show how it all works.

Stay tuned for more!