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!

 

 

Winding it back to the 1940′s!

This was an AMAZING and FABULOUS photo shoot with a 1940′s theme complete with hair, makeup, styled clothing, set and props! Sofia’s grandma called me to discuss the theme and set up her special day—and after our consultation I knew this was going to be a dream shoot. From the details to the “why”, it was a magical and incredible day.

Sofia was in love with the era and wanted to create her photo session around props that were meaningful to her—from her great-grandpa Jack’s authentic hat from WWII to her Great Grandma’s vintage suitcase! The bandana for the bathing suit set came from her Grandpa Da’s and the apron came from Great Grandma Yvonne. Her brother was on set for some images as well and he fit right into the theme!

I think Sofia could have actually lived in the 1940′s very comfortably because she NAILED this look with authenticity! It was a complete collaboration of ideas, styles and of course our AMAZING make up artist and stylist, Sara Williams. She was on set from the studio the the Mel’s Diner and had ideas for the shoot as well.

This is a long post of photos because I simply love them all — enjoy!

MODEL (Senior from Class of 2016): Sofia Pryor

THEME: 1940′s

MAKEUP/HAIR: Sara Williams

PHOTOGRAPHER: Teri Fode, assisted by Don Fode and Jordan Fode

 

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Posted in Seniors/gradsStyled Senior Shoots

POSTED ON 08.24.15

MEET SARA — the face behind YOUR camera-ready face!

We are celebrating our 9th year with our FABULOUS and AMAZING makeup stylist! Sara is SO loved by our clients that each year around prom and senior ball, our girls fight over her!

Sara started out in the professional modeling world as a teen and was much sought after for her sleek, All-American Girl-Next-Door look. She modeled for both Elite and Ford Models, and in fact, lived with Eileen Ford for a time! She brings much knowledge to our team about camera-ready style both in front of and behind the camera! She brings fashion ideas, style tips and extra accessories for a unique and special look to each of our photo sessions.

Did you know? Camera-ready makeup is MUCH different than every-day makeup. Yes, there is a big difference and YES, it matters. We know you want your photos to portray the most natural YOU possible and of course this is always our goal. Sara consults with our clients at the start of the session to make sure we are creating the look you love. As we progress through your session, we change your look and this is the time to add that fun smokey eye if you want!

You’ll love our Style Session—it includes a full professional makeup application, uniquely styled to your features, coloring and makeup preferences.

PS: Love to do your own makeup? No worries. While we HIGHLY recommend that you choose our Style Session with makeup application included, we do have a few clients that prefer to do their own.  We prep you with camera-ready tips to help you look your best.

THIS IS SARA (in the red):

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Posted in Seniors/gradsStyled Senior Shoots

POSTED ON 08.21.15

Are YOU a little style obsessed?

I’m working on a fun and fabulous senior magazine — with some images from this FABULOUS retro senior session we just shot for Sofia. She traveled from out of town to us for her senior portraits and she had a very clear idea she wanted us to create. It was a total colaberation between all of us: our style, Sofia’s vision and Sara’s mad makeup and hair skills. In the end, we all made Sofia’s vision come to life.

And THAT, my dear friends, is what it’s all about.

More from this fabulous session soon. In the meantime, from my desktop to yours, a sneak of an image we are using for a marketing piece…

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Posted in PhotographySeniors/gradsStyled Senior Shoots

POSTED ON 08.19.15

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.”

Posted in Seniors/gradsStyled Senior Shoots

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

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