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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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. 

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!

Life, Love, & Dance | Bay Area Photographer | Wedding Photography

Ok, I know, the title sounds a tad bit cheesy, but bare with me for a bit. I promiseit’ll make sense soon. Mariana + Frank 12Mariana + Frank 1

Quick back story: Mariana and Frank decided to have a small courthouse wedding, but wanted to host a reception so they could celebrate their union with their loved ones– and what a celebration it was. Mariana + Frank 2Mariana + Frank 6Mariana + Frank 13

I met the groom, Frank, at his cousin’s wedding; he was the best man and I was the photographer. Frank’s family knows how to party, and how to show their guests a great time– I had a blast capturing that wedding reception! To add to their party skills, Frank’s family also had an amazing love for life that was felt throughout both Frank’s, and his cousin’s wedding. And Frank’s bride’s family had the same amazing love for life. Mariana + Frank 10Mariana + Frank 3

Mariana, Frank’s gorgeous bride, has a great family also. Her family traveled all the way from Brazil to celebrate Mariana’s wedding; Her beautiful mom and sisters, her sisters’ husbands, her father, and her nieces and nephews. Although they were few in number, they made up for it with their presence on the dance floor.  Seriously, their dance moves were breath taking! Just watching made we want to take a vacation in Brazil. I’m even trying to talk my husband into lessons 🙂  Put these two families together for a celebration, and you have one hot wedding reception; amazing dancing (from the entire family), great food, good company, hundreds of laughs and smiles– simply beautiful.Mariana + Frank 7Mariana + Frank 9

Everyone was enjoying themselves so much, we ran out of time for bride and groom portraits (but we were still able to sneak in a few). Even their little one joined in with the festivities! Mariana has such a beautiful, loving spirit, and Frank obviously knows he’s found the perfect wife in his lovely bride. Should he ever happen to forget, one look at her and their adorable little boy is all the reminder he’ll need; I’m sure of it.  I was lucky enough to witness two marriages in this family, and I can wait to capture all of their new memories in the years to come. Mariana + Frank 11 Mariana + Frank 4 Mariana + Frank 5Mariana + Frank 8

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!

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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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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Newborn Photography: The First Sessions – Bay Area Photographer

Recently, I enrolled in an online workshop with Ana Brandt called “4 Week Belly Baby Perfection”. Let me say: this workshop is AMAZING! I have always wanted to be a photographer, but I didn’t decide to start my own business until I became pregnant with my daughter. I was a little bummed that I couldn’t capture my pregnancy the way I envisioned, and after she was born, I quickly realized I did not have the skill set of a professional newborn photographer. So, when I came across this workshop, I didn’t hesitate to enroll.

The workshop is wrapping up, and I’m still learning and discovering new things. For this past week, Ana gave us all an optional assignment to either do a session using what we’d learned so far, or post a “Before and After” edit of an old session we did. I’d become weary of photographing newborns after my attempts with my own daughter, but with the lessons from the workshop under my belt, I took on the challenge. I just so happened to know of two little baby boys that had just been born.

Since I’m still starting out in my business, I have limited funds, and didn’t have all the high end equipment that most newborn photographers have. However, Ana had mentioned in a couple of her classes how she started with nothing, and made her way from no way– just the inspiration I needed! I went to the sessions with my daughter’s Boppy, some of her receiving blankets (all clean of course), a couple of wraps I’d found online, two household throws, and some homemade crochet hats I’d whipped together.

Here are the assignments I turned in: (click images to enlarge)

 

As proud as I am of these images, I still have a long way to go. From this process, however, I can say that I’m leaning towards being a Family Photographer specializing in maternity and newborn. I’m so excited for all that is to come! All the first time Mamas that I get to watch embark on their motherhood journey, the Mama who are blessed to extend their family, the babies that I get to cuddle and capture, and all the precious moments I’ll be able to turn into timeless memories! I can’t wait!

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All of my Easter Mini promo participants have received their images, and they ALL have reported to be very happy, which in turn, makes me happy!

With this year being my first year shooting for other families, I felt a ton of pressure. I mean an elephant sitting on an overly inflated beach ball amount of pressure. What if these families weren’t satisfied with the images I handed over to them? Am I really ready to shoot sessions for someone else? Should I even pursue a career as a professional photographer? These questions, and more constantly ran through my mind as the days for my  sessions drew nearer and nearer.

The first set of sessions had to be re-scheduled due to rain, the second set had a family that cancelled last minute, and the third was for a baby who was not too thrilled about having her photos taken. Although it sounds like it was a disaster, we came out with gorgeous images!

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TeAirra Mitchell Photography is still a business in the making, one that I have big dreams and expectations for. All of the worries and concerns I had before the sessions, slowly ebbed away, and now I’m eager to meet the new faces that photography will allow me to encounter, and give them the gift of beautiful images as well.

 

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