Hi I’m Teri and I have fun making you look FABULOUS! Welcome to my blog where you’ll find my latest work. I own Teri Fode Photography with my husband, Don. We specialize in custom, upscale portraits for high school seniors, newborn babies, kids, and families.

I love Pinterest—be sure to follow me for lots of great ideas on fashion and clothing ideas for photo sessions as well as inspirational ideas for all things artful and creative. I love Instagram too and you’ll find lots of “behind-the-scenes” at our photo shoots as well as a peek into my personal photos (user name terifode).

You’ll find my passion for writing on my Inspirational Blog—a bit more personal than the things I post here.

If you’d like more information about our work, pricing  or to book your own session, call our studio at 916.213.1716.

Enjoy!

 

 

SENIOR FEATURE | GRACE CLASS OF 2015

Grace came into the studio with a fresh style that was so fun to photograph. It’s a preppy urban style that fits her personality and look to a tee. Sara did her makeup with soft and pretty hues with an accent on the lips for a pop of color. This entire look was perfect for the setting!

A NOTE ABOUT THIS SESSION: Nautical stripes a IN this season and look great paired with a pop of color! I knew I would be photographing this look with the pink blossom trees so Sara accented her makeup with a pop of fresh pink to her lips. Pink is a twist from the expected “red” — making it a fresh look.

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Posted in PhotographySeniors/grads

POSTED ON 05.6.15

SENIOR FEATURE  | DANCE INSPIRED | BALLET

“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost.”

This photo shoot was planned for many months — a street-style ballet project in downtown Sacramento with 2 of our 2015 high school senior models.

My vision was using the very gritty back-alleys and city-themed background combined with a lot of black-and-white shots. But I also envisioned a very juxtapose leather/tulle/tiara look with heels. Amanda and Sophia brought my vision to life with 2 looks using their tutus: glam/rock + pointe shoes and tiaras.

I wanted to photograph the love of dance set against the stark city scape. Downtown was the perfect setting for this and while I wanted some traffic and the hustle and bustle of the city, I also wanted wide open spaces without cards so Sunday evening was the perfect day of the week.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS SHOOT: I had a mood board with poses in mind including the city-scape shots. These were planned and practiced while on set but we also allowed for unplanned moments as well. The traffic shot was one of the unplanned moments, orchestrated by 3 of us watching the traffic flow with lots of patience to make sure there were enough cars at the stop-light on a Sunday evening!

MODELS: AMANDA FIKSDAL | Bradshaw Christian; SOPHIA BONENFANT | St Francis

“If dance was easy, everyone would do it.”

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“Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body.”

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POSTED ON 03.27.15

SENIOR FEATURE | CLASS OF 2015

From the moment I met her, I can tell you I loved photographing Sheridan. Not only does she have a style that is completely, totally, uniquely her own, but she has the biggest heart and an adorable personality. I had an opportunity to get to know Sheridan and her family this year through various photo shoots for her family — but also several with Sheridan because she is a 2015 TFS Model.

Sheridan is spunky, outgoing, caring, loving, and she puts her full effort into everything she does. She has a strong faith in God and He helped her through a rough period of time when she had an injury (and consequently a surgery) that put many things she loves on hold for a time. With fierce determination and love and support from God and her family and friends, Sheridan is back doing the things she loves in life.

She loves fashion and I loved photographing her fashionista style!

A NOTE ABOUT THIS SESSION: Sheridan wanted to accentuate a few important things in her life through props and accessories—knowing this ahead of the session and planning with both Sheridan and her mom was the key to creating images that communicated her ideas successfully in an artistic manner.

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AND A FEW FROM HER MODEL SESSIONS:

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Posted in PhotographySeniors/grads

POSTED ON 03.20.15

SENIOR FEATURE | CLASS OF 2015

Meet Elisabeth—one of our 2015 TFS Models! She is an amazing young woman, ready to take on the world in a few short months from now as she graduates from high school!

The moment I met Elisabeth I knew she had a very special quality that was going to translate incredibly gorgeous in photographs. She has that something *special* that the camera loves. This 2015 senior has been very active in her high school career, being on the Varsity Track, Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Cheer team as well as being active in student government. She’s also been in CSF (California Scholarship Federation) and NHS (National Honor Society), 2 service-based organizations at her school.

Below are images from her official senior session as well as a few from  her model shoots throughout the year.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS SESSION: Sometimes when a girl has an AMAZING “serious” look it’s easy to get “carried away” with that look…but it’s always important to remember that even though a senior may photograph amazingly well with no smile, mom and dad and grandparents are always going to want to enjoy her beautiful face lit up with “that” smile. Not all girls can carry the “no smile” look in a photograph—Elisabeth does it to “magazine quality” perfection.

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FROM HER MODEL SHOOTS (“SUMMER FRESH DENIM” AND “SPARKLE FASHION”

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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 03.19.15

NEWSFLASH: Snapchat is not just for teens

I seriously have a love-hate relationship with social media. There are days I love it because I am excited to share something and connect with my audience; then there are days I loathe it—because I feel I HAVE to share something and connect with my audience! I’m a firm believer in choosing only the social media platforms that you can commit do doing consistently and doing well.

Snapchat has been on my radar for over a year now. Actually longer…but I downloaded it a year ago, opened it up, got confused and never opened it again.

Until last month. And now…I’m an official snapchatter.

I was resisting this new social media platform because I simply could NOT wrap my head around one more “thing” to have to do online. I resisted until about a month ago when I was with a group of my senior models doing a photo shoot and I noticed them doing what they usually do: selfies and group-selfies to post to what I THOUGHT was Instagram. Wrong. When I reminded them to use the hashtag #tfsmodel and #terifodeseniors, they all looked at me with blank stares and then one spoke up to say, “oh, we aren’t posting to Instagram, we’re snapchatting.”

First light bulb moment: I realized then and there that what I had been resisting for over a year was a social media platform that was not going away. It was here to stay. And not only that, after doing some research about Snapchat that night I realized it was the largest used social media platform only trailing Facebook and Instagram.

Evan Speigel, creator and CEO of Snapchat,  is a 23 year old genius backed by some pretty major money and just turned down a cash offer from Facebook (thus, Zuckerberg) for 3 Billion dollars. THREE BILLION DOLLARS.

No, snapchat is not going away. Snapchat is growing and improving and causing the BIG companies to take notice and jump on board with their brands to reach their customer base through an inter-active, live-feed media voice using a platform that already has MILLIONS of Millennials.

Second light bulb moment: Snapchat has gone mainstream. Through “Discoveries” we can now view live-stream and interactive images and videos from such brands as Cosmopolitan, CNN, People, ESPN and more. Large companies are jumping on board this trail-blazing new platform and sharing their brand in a relevant and live-feed manner that is interesting and successful.

So. PHOTGRAPHERS. How can WE use snapchat? In many, amazing and relevant ways to our businesses. Think “real-life” and “live-stream” behind-the-scenes on your photo shoots or model creative shoots. Or a string of photos mixed with video clips of your day, as in, “a day in the life of a photographer”. ANYTHING that we show on Instagram can be shown in real-time and in more depth on Snapchat. Not only that, but cross-marketing from Instagram over to Snapchat and vice-verca is an amazing marketing strategy to pull more teens and potential clients into your audience (ie, “be sure to follow our live photo shoot action over on Snapchat today with Brooke on location!”) There are endless possibilites with Snapchat including a sneak peek into your day including the crazy, fun and zany experiences you might have together with “senior takeovers” of your live feed while on a photoshoot.

Why consider Snapchat? The teens today love authenticity and real-life moments. They crave real-time connection and the imperfection of real-life before the editing of a photograph takes place. THAT is what Snapchat is all about.

Oh…and don’t be thwarted off course when your own teenager says “mom, NO parents are on Snapchat!”. That’s what they said about Facebook AND Instagram, remember?

Information about Snapchat here:

THE COMPLETE GUIDE: HOW TO USE SNAPCHAT FOR BEGINNERS

WHY MILLENNIALS USE SNAPCHAT

SNAPCHAT: THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

PS: join me—I’d love you to follow me over on Snapchat — you’ll find me under [ terifode ]. See you there!

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Posted in For PhotographersPhotography

POSTED ON 03.6.15

Our latest TFS STYLE CLOSET VIDEO is out!

Do you love BOHO STYLE? Love “how to”  style closet video features? Then you will LOVE our latest vid just released for BOHO FASHIONS! We absolutely love how this plays out in showing you all the looks you can pull together for not only your own wardrobe but also your senior photo session! You will love these styles from Kerina and Sami — complete with layers, accessories, and swapping pieces from each other’s wardrobe! These clothes are from THEIR closets and they are here to show YOU some fun ideas with what’s trending in this season’s looks.

PS: Boho works for all seasons by adding and subtracting layers!

THEME: BOHO-CHIC FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

STARRING: KERINA HARDOIN  |  Oak Ridge High School  and SAMANTHA SMILEY  |  Whitney High School

 

INTERESTED IN OTHER FASHION LINKS?

Check out our WEEKEND FUN STYLE CLOSET VIDEO HERE

Check out our STYLE CLOSET FASHION SETS HERE

Check out our SENIOR STYLE FASHION GALLERY HERE

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POSTED ON 03.3.15

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