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.




Yes, Christmas in July! When it comes to portraits for your family, summer is a fabulous time to plan your holiday gift-giving portrait session! Most of our clients have learned to call us early for family portraits because by the time you would “naturally” think about scheduling a photo session for the holidays, we are booked by then!

There are so many gifts to consider giving to family and friends using your family photos, not to mention gorgeous holiday cards! The most popular items are framed and canvas-wrapped storyboards, mini collages, books and albums of varying sizes, as well as that gift for yourself: the long-awaited family portrait above the fireplace or other special area in your home.

We love to create custom designs using your favorite images and have several unique art pieces that are one-of-a-kind for that special portrait created of your children or family.

Now accepting holiday portrait session (limited dates available late August through early November): 916.213.1716 or contact us through the contact page of this page.


Posted in childrenfamilieslifestyle photography

POSTED ON 07.17.14

More of our 2015 senior models to share with you. Do you notice a trend? Our models are debuting some of the hottest fashion trends this season, all starting from a mood board sent with a theme! Each model was instructed to pull from her own closet (or, if budget allowed, a shopping trip!) using our mood board as the launching pad. We wanted to authentically portray how these fashion styles and trends translate for each teen…and the final result was amazing.

Denims combined with fresh summer colors of corals, mints and neutrals set the tone and as each girl sent me her outfit via text I could see my vision come to life. We set this photo shoot in an area of town that combined both old vintage brick with a second look of “country road”. I love the final result of “fresh summer fashions” combined with the natural greenery on that old road.

I have to say it was a very hot day even late in the afternoon near evening, but we made it through with lots of laughter and chatter (and, I might add, my reflector doubling as a “fan” to give a bit of breeze!). I’ve mentioned this before but our models all come together from various schools and by the end of the year friendships have formed and cemented through meeting at our photo shoots throughout the year!

THEME: Summer Fresh Denim

MODELS: Mayra Aguilar | El Dorado; Noel Sievers | Woodcreek; Megan Graser | Woodcreek; Brooke Tibbetts | Pleasant Grove; Kaitlin Cagle | Pleasant Grove; Elisabeth McCallum | Woodcreek

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  1. 1. Models in Summer Florals
  2. 2. Models in Americana (Part 1)
  3. 3. Models in Americana (Part 2)
  4. 4. Models in Summer Romance
  5. 5. Models in Urban Denims


Posted in fashions for senior portraitsphotographyseniors/grads

POSTED ON 07.16.14

Our 4th group of 2015 senior models for Teri Fode Seniors, debuting in a theme called “Summer Florals, in Pinks & Corals “. The mood board was brought to life and it was even BETTER than I ever expected! We sent out a mood board and asked each model to text us a photo of the proposed outfit they have chosen, and as these outfits all came together I squealed!

Florals are a huge trend this summer and we loved seeing this theme in real life—I added several fresh bouquets of flowers including a floral head piece to round out the look.

This group of girls could be mistaken for having known each other since birth; several of them are long-time friends but they all just met this day. One of the benefits from our model program is the long-lasting friendships that are as a result of getting to know each other as models! We love the bonding and friendships that result from days like this.

THEME: Summer Florals | in pinks and corlas

MODELS: Ellie Brewer | Elk Grove; Amanda Fiksdal | Bradshaw; Avery Barerra | Bradshaw; Jessica Duncan | St Francis

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Posted in fashions for senior portraitsmodeling portfoliosmodeling/commercialseniors/grads

POSTED ON 07.8.14

America’s birthday never looked so beautiful as when this group of Teri Fode Seniors models came together in red white and blue for an Americana-themed photo shoot! We created a fun indoor set until the sun was low in the sky because it was a very hot day—but these girls are BRAVE and we ventured out into a country field to shoot the last part of the session while it was still hot outside.

I was thrilled to know that Sydney’s mom had found and ordered a vintage flag-scarf online and it was the STAR prop of the day! A huge thank you to Sydney and mom Stephanie! The sun through the scarf was amazing. FYI—proper flag etiquette is to never let the flag (or any replica of a flag) touch the ground and to treat it with respect. These girls wore and flew this scarf  ”flag” with American pride and we were careful to never let it touch the ground during our shoot.

I absolutely love how each girl brought her own style to the photo shoot, using the mood-board we sent for “Vintage Americana”. When sending the mood-boards, we send general style, theme, colors but allow each girl to work within her own fashion choices and style to bring individuality to each shoot. We add a few fun props and use theirs that they bring; this collaboration was awesome!

THEME: Vintage Americana

MODELS: high school seniors from the class of 2015: Sydney Stevens | Sheldon High School; Sheridan Naulty | Bella Vista High School; Abi Thomas | Whitney High School; Isabella Vasquez | Folsom High School; Megan Bush | Sacramento Adventist Academy; Audrey Cooper | St. Francis High School

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Posted in fashions for senior portraitsmodeling portfoliosseniors/grads

POSTED ON 07.6.14
  • On July 10, 2014 - Teri said: My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post's to be precisely what I'm looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome web log!
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Our 2015 Model Team has been amazing to photograph and we can’t wait to share our AMERICANA THEMED photo shoots this year! We split them into two separate groups, shot on two different days in two different locations. Last year’s Americana photo shoot was a dressed-up style…this year we did a more casual “vintage” feel theme.

Class of 2015 seniors outdid themselves with their styles, accessories and details and as the outfits started coming in via text-photos I was getting more and more excited about this theme. I loved the mix-and-match feel these 4 girls chose. Nicole’s vintage dress combined with cowboy boots was the perfect touch to the denim shorts and tees the other 3 girls wore. We chose to style with a mix of boots and converse together with a blending of Americana and grey.

We shot this group in a quaint old-town area of Sacramento complete with a red stucco wall as the background. Red lips were the flavor of the day. Of course. Americana, remember?

THEME: Vintage Americana

MODELS: Stepheni Dougan | Granite Bay High School; Nicole Clapham | Oakmont High School; Sage Lauwerys | West Campus High School; Taylor Autrey | Bear River High School

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Posted in fashions for senior portraitsmodeling portfoliosphotographyseniors/grads

POSTED ON 07.4.14

Another group of 2015 senior models for Teri Fode Seniors, debuting in a theme called “Urban Denim”. We sent a mood board with inspirations to our models asking for denim mixed with whites and blacks combined with heels/boots/flats and any mix of accessories they wanted to use.

We have several guy senior models this year and when we saw the outfits Jared (with the help of his mom) put together for us to look at we were crazy excited! He nailed the look we were after and I loved the scarf added to the mix!

Denims mixed with crop tops, flowy cami’s, shorts and skinny jeans are all the rage this summer and this group of models brought this fashion style to life. Meet the models below:

THEME: Urban Denim (denims mixed with black and white and accessories as desired)

MODELS: Jared O’Mara | Jesuit; Carly Cologna | Granite Bay; Aurora Le | St Francis; Nicole Barakat | A Beka Academy

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Posted in fashions for senior portraitsphotographysenior guy photo shootsseniors/grads

POSTED ON 06.29.14

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