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.

 

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

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!

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Photography

Baker Beach Nude Maternity Session

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!

Facebook Contest: Cutest Baby Bump – Bay Area Photographer

Are you pregnant? Do you know someone who is pregnant? Doesn’t a FREE maternity session sound pretty awesome? How about a free maternity session AND a free newborn session? Even better, right? Well, right now, I’m hosting a contest on my Facebook Fan page, and the winner receives a free Maternity/ Newborn Session Bundle FOR FREE! 

Sounds too good to be true? Well, get over it! It’s true! Read on to see the complete list of rules on entering the contest. 

1. Head over to TeAirra Mitchell Photography on Facebook and hit the Like button.
2. Send TeAirra Mitchell Photography a message with a photo of your baby bump attached and your full first name. 
3. Once the contest begins on July 28, 2014, share your photo with your friends and family to try and get the most votes. 

It’s that simple! 

Every “Like” you receive on your photo will count as a vote, the photo with the most votes wins! Voters and Participants must be fans of TeAirra Mitchell Photography for votes to count. While participating in the contest, be sure that your friends and family Like the original photo posted on the TeAirra Mitchell Photography page, NOT the photo you share with them. The only way I can keep up with the Like of an image without missing any Likes is if the Like is registered on my page. 

 

Facebook Contest: Cutest Baby Bump
Facebook Contest: Cutest Baby Bump

To be sure all of your photo’s Likes are counted, be sure the following message is posted with your photo: 
“Please help me win The Cutest Baby Bump Contest! Go to www.facebook.com/TeAirraMitchellPhotography  and become a fan by liking the page. Then, Like my photo to help me win the contest. Thank you!”

I will announce the winner on August 2, 2014, via Facebook. The winner will receive a maternity session on the date she and I agree on, and a newborn session within 12 days of their baby’s birth. 

I look forward to all the baby bump entries! Good luck!

This contest is no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. 

Maternity Session: Heaven’s Little Surprises – Bay Area Photographer

In the midst of trying to build a portfolio, my amazing husband offers a lady he saw while at work everyday a photo session. She said she was interested, he passed my info to her, we talked, set a date, and had a session. I was so excited for this session because I had a vision in mind. I ordered a gown from the TAoPAN Store, made a floral crown, and brought along a few other effects to make the session pop. Little did I know, this mama-to-be would have a truly beautiful story to tell.

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As a photographer, I like to connect with whoever I’m working with. Making these connections not only help the overall outcome of the images, but it’s one of the things I enjoy most about my job; I have the potential to form bonds with new people! So, while talking to this mama, I asked if her and her husband had been trying long to conceive. Her story literally brought tears to my eyes

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Her and her  husband had been together  over 10 years (including the years before marriage), and they are clearly in love. The two of them together reminded me a lot of me and my husband together, actually. Both of our pregnancies, in fact, were a surprise, except we weren’t trying to conceive… hehe. This Mama and her husband, on the other hand, had been trying, and they’d been trying for a very long time with no luck. Mama said she’d given up hope and decided that if they were unable to conceive a child naturally, they’d adopt a child rather than artificial fertilization.

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She’d gone in to the doctor, requesting a fertility test and a flu shot because she’d been feeling a little sick.   The nurses told her they were unable to give patients the flu shot if they were already having symptoms, and that they’d also have to test for pregnancy because they really couldn’t give the shot if she was pregnant. Of course, she took the test, thinking it’d be negative, but God had decided to bless her and her husband with the baby they’d been praying for. I was floored by this testimony, and literally had to stop shooting for a bit to smile and take the time to share in the joy she was feeling.

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We had a good time during the session. Our husbands got along, she and I got along, and we kept in touch during her waiting-for-baby-to-arrive period. The baby is here, and he is happy and healthy! His birth story is a whole different blog post, one I hope will come with his newborn photos. Well, enough of the jibber-jabber, here are the images!

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MODEL CALL: Maternity July 2014

I’ve decided I’d like to focus on maternity and newborn for my first portfolio project. By the end of fall, I’m hoping to have 12 strong maternity images.

Currently, I’m casting a model call for Mamas who’d like to model this dress:

Dress by Sew Trendy Accessories  Image by "Cherish this Photography by Ashley"
Dress by Sew Trendy Accessories
Image by “Cherish this Photography by Ashley”

 

The dress, by Sew Trendy Accessories, is just stunning to me, and truly fits the style I’m hoping to accomplish. The image, by “Cherish This Photography by Ashley”, is quite similar to the style of photography I’m aiming to accomplish.

Are you a Mama-to-Be and loving this look? Or maybe you know a Mama that might like this look? Read on for info!

    • Models must agree and sign the contract as is, which mentions that your images may be used for publications as I see fit, including publications over social media.
    • Models must have a visible belly, and willing to show your belly; I’m asking potential models to send a side and front view of their belly to ensure their belly is indeed showing. For these photos I’m not asking for a boudoir styled model, just the belly to be shown.
    • As a model, you’ll have your make up done by a professional make up artist, receive an online gallery of 10 images, lowres and watermarked files of entire gallery, and 10% off print products. You also have the option to upgrade to a full gallery at 20% off. No purchase is required. 
    • Models will wear the dress displayed in the model call image, designed and made by Sew Trendy Accessories, along with other accessories I will provide.
    • You must be able to have transportation to and from the shooting location, which will be in the Bay Area
    • Models must attend the date assigned to them (assignment dates are currently TBA, but during the last two weeks of July); once you’re date is set, you are obligated to be present or will be charged the amount of a  full maternity session
    • You are not expected, nor will you be asked, to do anything to risk injury or harm to you or your pregnancy.

 

If you are interested, send an email to teairramitchell@gmail.com with your name, due date, and front and side view images of your belly. No more than 3 models will be chosen for this look, but applicants may book a session at a one-time, discounted price for this look only. If you think someone you know might be interested in modeling, pass the info on to them so that they may apply.
I look forward to hearing from all the Mamas, and hope to be able to work with all of you!
Have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

 

For the Love of Maternity

Pregnancy is such a beautiful journey; not only for the mother, but for those closest to her as well. Being surrounded by the creation of life, experiencing the joy of an innocent soul, and sharing the love with those you love most. No matter how tough of a pregnancy a mama might have, she will always want to be able to preserve that wonderful chapter of her life. Whether the mama only has one little one, or is pregnant with her 12th, each child is a blessing, and cherished for the rest of her life.

I was able to be apart of another mama’s New Life Chapter, and I felt so honored to be.

The mama I was privileged to shoot my first maternity session with, picked Mills College as her location for the shoot. She also wanted her son and husband apart of the photos. The mama picked Mills College because it was where her and her husband met in high school while participating in a college prep program. Being on the campus, watching her giggle at her husbands jokes, and laugh as her son ran around in the grass made my heart soar! I could sense the connection between the little family, the happiness of them being in a familiar place, and the excitement for the little person they’d soon be able to meet.

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My first maternity session, and I was hooked. I can easily see me swooning over every mama that steps in front of my camera, soaking in all of her radiance. Me being able to do something I love to help capture a special time for the mama and her family, and seeing the joy on her face knowing that she will be able to cherish that pregnancy for years to come, just as she will the little one in her belly. I could live off that type of love.maternityforZen