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. 

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Beautiful Boudoir Session (Testimonial) | Bay Area Portrait Photographer| Boudoir Photography

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Back in January I hosted a small Boudoir event, after helping my friend, Danielle, with her boudoir mini-sessions. The event went better than I could have hoped for, and I was thrilled with the positive feedback I received from the ladies. They all told me after seeing their images, they felt more confident, and couldn’t believe that was them in the photos.

I absolutely adore showing women how beautiful they really are!

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Here’s a love note from Jhamaria, one of the ladies who attended the event back in January:

Here’s the full testimonial (I was so teary eyed reading this!):

Boudoir PhotographyLet me start off by saying, I LOVE TeAirra! I was recommended by a good friend of mine who actually went to college with her. From the moment we began setting up dates for the boudior mini photoshoot I could tell I was going to really enjoy myself because of her warm spirit she gives off the moment you begin conversation with her!Boudoir Photography

As the week approached to the shoot she was awesome at checking in with me, going over ideas for what to wear, and even the full concept of my vision!  On the day of, she was so welcoming,  offered me a makeup artist and hairstylist,  champagne,  a cute robe to walk around in as she finished prepping everything, and even played my choice of music(so accommodating!)  Typically I am very shy, but the entire vibe (and maybe the champagne&the Beyoncé playing in the background) helped me come out of my shell. TeAirra continously reassured me how great I looked in front of the camera which seriously helped my confidence with being sexy! I would recommend her as a photographer anyday! She even gives you delicious chocolates after the shoot and made sure to remain in touch with me about my photos.

Boudoir PhotographyThere was a bit of a delay on the photobook I had ordered sowhat did she do to accommodate me? Created an app for me for my phone that had a password that I was able to share with my significant other in the meantime until the arrival of all my book! So thankful for her for doing that because it shows she cares about her clients 🙂

Nevertheless,  I received my little black book of photos and am SO pleased with them. TeAirra brought the beauty out of me through a lens and I honestly cannot thank her enough for doing that for me! Book her for your next photoshoot now!
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If Jhamaria’s story spoke to you, maybe it’s time you treated yourself to a boudoir session! 🙂 Visit www.teairramitchell.com, and send me a message, I’d love to talk to you about your boudoir experience!

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Session | Bay Area Portrait Photographer | Maternity Photography

I’ve been wanting to do a nude maternity session ever since I was pregnant. There’s just something extraordinarily beautiful about the pregnant figure, to me. But, I’ve never had a mama that really wanted to. Until now!

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I got an email from my website saying “Hey! I have this idea for a shoot that I’m dying to do and I absolutely love your work. Please give me a call.” So I called her, and I almost screamed with excitement when she said “I really want to do a nude shoot outside with my pregnant belly.”

Seriously, I could’ve passed out!

We decided on Baker Beach, because it is a nude beach. And yes, it was very cold, but this mama was determined and so was I!

In between sets, I had her wear my coat and my assistant and I did everything we could to keep her warm. We wrapped up the session in about 45 minutes because I didn’t want the poor girl to suffer any more. But the results were amazing!

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Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

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This mama was really excited to add her son into the images; it was so adorable watching him enjoy the beach (despite the cold), and talk about the baby in mommy’s belly!

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Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

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Do I want to shoot more of these sessions? OH YEAH! If you, or someone you know is interested in maternity photography services, please visit my website, and send a message through my contact form. I love working with bellies and babies!

Cheers!

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

Children Photography – Bay Area Portrait Photographer [Making the Shot]

Whenever I show my husband “before and after” images of my edits, he says something along the lines of, “Oh that’s great babe! Lies…” then walks away and chuckles.

Why is her husband calling her work ‘lies’?” you might be thinking. Well, it’s pretty much because I will go to great lengths in Photoshop to save an image. And I’ll give you a peek into my process, both during the session, and in post-production.

Just bare with me =]

For Easter, I posted a greeting using an image of an adorable little boy I get to work with every so often.

If you saw the Easter greeting, you know: this kid is really super adorable!

Just as adorable as the little guy is, is just as much as he wanted nothing to do with a portrait session.
He cried, and cried…

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…and cried some more.

He didn’t like any of the little toys I bring along to children’s sessions, and he really just wanted to cuddle and play with his dad. But since this session was all about the kids, I had to find a way to make him happy without being in Daddy’s arms.

Knowing that Easter was coming soon, I brought along some Easter props in case their parents (the little adorable guy also has a bigger adorable brother) wanted some Easter pictures. Luckily, the little guy really liked the eggs. So, naturally, I took what ever shots I could get.

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And it worked out beautifully! He was happy, I got some shots, Mom was happy, and Dad got to take a break.

Then I get home, and see this:

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a gorgeous shot ruined by grass. *face palm*

The shot was just too beautiful not to attempt to save it, which is where my husband’s “lies” accusation comes into play.

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Sure, it took a bit of time to remove the grass, but it was totally worth it!

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Thanks for reading this far! I hope you enjoyed the cuteness!

Baby Photography – Bay Area Portrait Photographer [3 month session]

My love for photography grew the moment I was able to start snapping pictures of my newborn daughter. It was as if I instantly felt my calling to become a professional portrait photographer as soon as I took that first snapshot of her.

Of course, I needed a portfolio, so I did a few free sessions, and held a couple model calls.

One of my maternity models also won a newborn session, and from that newborn session, she told me how she wanted to be able to document the first year of her daughter’s life.

“That’s perfect!” I was so excited, I probably literally yelled at her!

I’d been wanting to do milestone sessions for awhile, I just hadn’t met a parent that was interested yet.

But now, the journey has begun, and I get to keep seeing this adorable little girl every 3 months to capture all the adorable new things she can do as she grows! Then, for her 1st Birthday, we’ll have a cake smash!

Take a moment to enjoy the adorable-ness!

an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.

It was this little one’s first Valentine’s Day, and Mommy and Daddy brought in this adorable red tutu set!

an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.
an image from a TeAirra Mitchell Photography 3 month portrait session.

Loved the adorable-ness? Curious if your baby would sit through a portrait session? Stay tuned for a post on knowing if your baby is ready for their close up!

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Family Photography [San Leandro, CA], The Garland Girls – TeAirra Mitchell Photography

I recently had the pleasure of capturing a beautiful Mommy-Daughter duo.

The two of them together was a pair of never-ending laughs, giggles, snuggles, and kisses. Just watching them interact during the short time we were together, I could tell they were the best of friends.

We met at Lake Chabot, in San Leandro, CA, and I pretty much snapped away as they enjoyed their time together. That’s how strong their connection was: I had to do very little work!

Working on their gallery was such a pleasure because I have a little girl, who I’m hoping will grow into one of my closest friends (once we pass the bratty stages lol).

If you’re a mommy to a little girl, and you’re looking at these photos, I hope they warm your heart as much as they did mine.

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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!

Family Photography [Fremont, CA] – TeAirra Mitchell Photography

Fall has arrived, and the colors have set in, making for beautiful family portraits!

During the month of October, I ran a Fall Family Special, and had the privilege of working with several wonderful families.

This family in particular, had a knack for comedy– all four of them!

We had a great time at Shinn Park in Fremont, and the weather  was perfect for fall photos.

Have a look for yourself!

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Why Should I Hire a Photographer?

Anyone could walk into a store, and buy a camera. Even smartphones have exceptionally powerful cameras.

So why would you need to hire a photographer?

And with so many people purchasing cameras, making business cards, and calling themselves photographers, how are you supposed to know who is really a professional?

The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is an organization dedicated to teaching photographers how to be a true professional photographer. PPA members have access to hundreds of classes and workshops that teach everything from lighting, posing, and retouching, to pricing, ensuring quality products, and providing great customer service—and that’s just to name a few!

I’m proud to say that I am a PPA member, and have grown immensely from being one. I’m on my way to becoming a Certified Professional Photographer, and am super excited about the journey!

But what does that mean for you?

Look at these samples provided by the PPA, and see how a professional photographer can take control of everyday situations and turn them into amazing photo opportunities!

 Avoiding Unflattering Shadows

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SF Bay Area Professional Photographer

 

Understanding Natural Light

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SF Bay Area Professional Photographer

 Manipulating Available Light

Bay Area Professional Photographer
Bay Area Professional Photographer

Professional photographer can take control of any situation to produce gorgeous images, all why staying true to their style, and creating unique images for you!

Still need more convincing? Email me at info@teairramitchell.com to book your free consultation, where you can ask as many questions as you like. I’m always happy to help.

Also, check out this video provided by my friends at the PPA.

PPA: See the Difference

 

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