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Grace Conquers All | San Diego Headshots

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Let me tell you – Phyllis is one amazing woman.  I am so blessed to have such beautiful clients – and I don’t just mean looks.  Within minutes of meeting Phyllis and talking about our heart-centered projects, we both had goosebumps.  AND she gives warm hugs!

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Phyllis was updating her website, which has a very clean, modern look.  We chose a location that allowed us to match the theme, without a sterile studio look.  Phyllis loves being outdoors, and she had an emotional connection to this location, so she was very relaxed and at ease.

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We brought in a little pop of purple – part of her logo/branding, and her favorite color!  I love how it brings out the blue in her eyes.

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Phyllis has an amazing, touching story of tradgedy that she has turned into a beautiful story, a beautiful life, and a beautiful business that helps so many.  She will be featured in our Inspiration Project book coming out soon – so we can’t divulge too many details yet!

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Welcome to the Big Leagues! | San Diego Headshots

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It’s funny how life runs you into people you’re meant to know.  I was working an event, Brides Against Breast Cancer, many years ago.  This young lady walked in, all of about 18 years old.  She was with a friend who was looking for a wedding dress.  Gerrica, here, decided to try on a hot pink dress.  I was taking photos for brides to see themseves in their gown.  This girl plops down, with the pink gown billowing about her, and I started shooting.  And a muse was born!  When I get an itch to shoot something creative, I just pick up the phone, and off we go!

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow into a fine young woman, and now moving up in the corporate world.  I was honored to take her first professional headshots for a new promotion!  She’s officially a milennial woman. 🙂

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Congrats on the new job, Miss Gerrica! ❤

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It’s Good to be a Ginger! | Personal Branding in San Diego

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As a photographer, I’m innately trained to see the beauty in everything.  But there are certain things – texture, lines and curves, pretty eyes, and red hair are especially fun to photograph.  And Ellie has some gorgeous red hair!  Plus, she’s a smart lady, world traveler, and productivity coach.  I was tickled to work with her on her personal branding for her new website!

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Yes, I know she’s off to one side.  Completely intentional.  Don’t be afraid of the extra blank area, known as “negative space”.  It’s actually a very good thing, because with graphic design, that’s an ideal place to place text, or your brand message.  Think about landing pages, facebook banners, and auto-responders, where you can insert your company info or a call-to-action!

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A white seamless background works beautifully for a clean look that is versatile for marketing materials and even book covers!  Say it after me – negative space is good space!

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Outside the building we photographed at was a gorgeous patch of mustard.  I’m a sucker for all the flora and making it my background.  Throw in the awesome contrast with the blue, and I get weak in the knees!

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Gerrica Goes Glam! | Contemporary Portraits in San Diego

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What’s not normal about hanging out in an evening gown, chillaxin’ in a tree?  lol!outdoor glam for women

Aaahhhh – nature and beauty.  Soak it all in.

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That stare.  It captivates.  I’m not sure who captured who’s soul on this one!

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Moody and artsy – because we can. :)outdoor glam for women

And then there’s this dress.  Again, me and the fabric store – it’s a love-hate relationship.  LOVE all the finds.  HATE how I get sucked in, and then I’m making skirts and dresses and such. I couldn’t resist this ruffle fabric, especially in the pale pink.  It’s so girly-girl, and worthy of a pretty-pretty princess!outdoor glam for women

Ah, Miss Gerrica.  One of the sweetest souls I’ve ever known. ❤

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Pretty as a Peacock! | San Diego Photographer

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OMGoodness – I love this beautiful shot of Bianca!  Feminine, graceful, moody in a spring flower kind of way.  And on a beautiful day, enjoying nature.  I swear I get a little high after a photoshoot like this.  I clearly am not cut out for a cubicle!

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And Biance has a soul as warm as a summer breeze!  She is a joy!

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Although she can channel a little diva, when needed. 🙂

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Another favorite.  Funny story about her dress.  I made it.  Yep, photographer, social media instructor, chef, and now  . . . seamstress?  Well almost.  I saw this fabric and had. to. have. it!  I mean – it has sequins that look like peacock feathers!  One of those little secrets in photography is binder clips, safety pins, and a few others things.  She wouldn’t be able to wear this dress in public without getting arrested, but it sure did the trick for this, one of my favorite photos of the day!

 

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Girl Boss Gets Branded! | Personal Branding in San Diego

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I love meeting business professionals that are moving and shaking it up!  Rebecca scheduled her branding headshots to go with being featured in a magazine, and a few other PR projects.  We went for a sophisticated business look that’s still fun and fresh.  I adore this closeup – those eyes and that smile – yes!

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One goal when updating your headshots is to give prospects an idea of what it’s like to do business with you.  This seated pose in the chair makes me feel like she’s ready to listen to me.

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Love this lacy dress, BTW. And I love how she’s leaning in, engaged, and has her ‘game face’ on!

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MOOD!  Great image that conveys a message of joy, happiness, and accomplishment!  Mood photos are great on social media to convey a lifestyle or feeling you want to share with prospects and clients.

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Pretty in Purple! | San Diego Contemporary Glamour Photographer

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Holy drama!  There’s the capture of what and who is in front of you.  And then I bring it home and play with it – I say it’s like having a coloring book.  It’s where the extra element of art is added, and I end up with what I envision at the moment the shutter clicked.  Science and art merged exquisitely!

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Just look at those eyes!

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Teeshie was such a sport letting me “fit” her with another handmade tulle creation.  I think I made about 8 tutus during this creative frenzy.  Luckily, Mr. Honey stands in as my at-home model when I need to check if the skirts are long enough. lol!  (don’t tell him I told you!)  And yes, my home looked like a tulle tornado had gone through it – for several weeks.

TOTALLY WORTH IT!

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And then I found this purple magnolia silk flower.  So of course, I had to made that a wrist corsage – for effect.  It’s for art, people! 😉

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Can’t Take the Country Out of the Girl! | San Diego Photography

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Ok, seriously – how cute is this girl?  Gerrica is so much fun to work with, and she is a country girl at heart!

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Not exactly tip-toeing through the tulips – but you get the idea. 🙂

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Setting sun in the hair, and a sizzly look.

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I’m not sure what type of grass this is, but it was amazing.  I imagine cute little deers laying in it when we were done.

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And a cute boot shot to wrap it up!

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C-Level Gets Contemporary | Southern California Headshots

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I had the privilege of photographing Georgia for the cover of Women Lead Magazine.  Love the ease of confidence in this covershot.

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She loved these orchids, and they matched her skirt in her favorite color, so we couldn’t resist a power pose making use of the color.

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When Georgia delivered her keynote speech, I was impressed with her passion for mentoring.  She credits her success as a C-level executive with mentoring she received early on in her career, and she is determined to pay it forward!

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Spring Fever is Fierce! | Spring Photo Specials

With the El Nino rains, the hills are green, the wildflowers are blooming around San Diego, and this photographer has a fierce case of spring fever!  It’s been fun playing in the parks around town, capturing beautiful families, pretty princesses, and cute little ones!  But I can’t shake the fever!

spring photography specials san diegoSPRING SPECIALS!
Styled Sessions Now Available!

Want to be a princess in the park?
Need a mommy and me portrait for grandma?
High school senior portrait?

Space is Limited!

Only  $79!!
BONUS! – Book by 4.4.16, and receive $50 credit
towards your order of $300 or more.

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Session fee/retainer due at time of booking.  $79 for 1 person, or 1 mother w/child.. $99 for family up to 5 people.  Valid in San Diego Co.
Must book by 4.10.16.  Session must be completed by 5.22.16; after that, the session fee/retainer will be applied to regular session/product pricing. Book early for best availability. Limit one spring special per household.  No cash value.

TO BOOK YOUR SESSION: 

stefanie@trueblueportrait.com

or visit http://www.trueblueportrait.com