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.





Delaney’s session was crazy amazing! This girl has style so of course I was in love with all of her outfits and accessories—but beyond that was her laugh and her giggle and her smile! She’s a girl with a BIG heart and lots of zest for everything she does and her energy is seriously contagious. We loved her bubbly personality and it really came through in her images. Oh—and Charlie. Let’s not forget her adorable new member of the family! He was the family Christmas present this year and he was as photogenic as can be!

FYI—Delaney is one of our latest additions to the 2015 TFS Model Team so watch for images of her coming out soon in future features and events!

NOTES ABOUT THIS SESSION: Delaney loves color and her accessories added amazing pops of brightness in every outfit (from her scarves to her jackets to her fun Hunter Boots). I looked for elements in the surrounding setting to both compliment and contrast the color pops so that she was always the focus in each image. Notice the images with the boots, for instance—the tone on tone with the nature elements added a great compliment to her outfit so that she popped in the scene.

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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.28.15

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!


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






Posted in Fashion Style ClosetSeniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.25.15

I used to be known as a BLOGGER back when people were saying “Blogging? What’s blogging?”! Yes, back when I was an avid scrapbooker in the days of Creating Keepsakes I blogged daily. If you search my history on this blog you’ll see that I was pretty obsessed with it and you might even run across my inspirational blog while you’re at it.

I mention this because I have always loved story-telling and writing — there was a time early on in my photography career 9 years ago when the blog was THE only public social networking I did outside of my website because, well, Facebook and Instagram weren’t even AROUND back then! Somewhere along the way the busy-ness of my business distracted me from the love-affair I had with my blogging.

Basically, this blog is going to come to LIFE in 2015! We used to do SNEAK PEEKS 6 years ago when it was controversial to show a single image from a session! I even spoke about it being a key to the growth of our business at several conferences I spoke at. We still do “sneak peeks” of our senior sessions and will continue to show those on our INSTAGRAM account—so be sure to follow us there for our sneak-peeks and we may even peek them over here from time to time as well. But our blog will become the VOICE, once again, of the heart of our business.

We have a lot of amazing plans for 2015 and you’ll find them all unfold and become unveiled right here on our blog throughout the year! ALSO—you’ll find MY PERSONAL FAVORITES of each of our senior sessions throughout the year as FEATURES here on the blog—AFTER the sneak peek and AFTER the Senior Reveal/Order Session. I actually started showing a few AGAIN in December and they will continue throughout the year.


You will also find “How To’s” here on the blog such as “How to Make Floral Crowns” together with lots of other behind the scenes going on. You’ll find my “TFS STYLE CLOSET” and polyvore and fashion boards and lots of outfit ideas. Interested in our STYLED PHOTO SHOOTS? You’ll find those IN DETAIL here on the blog (but then, those are sprinkled throughout the blog and always have been no matter how busy we’ve been–lots of those here already!).

Stay tuned.


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Posted in FamiliesFashion Style ClosetSeniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.22.15


Senior guy shoots are always fun for us — typically it’s mom who wants his senior portraits done so she can have a gorgeous wall portrait on her wall. Our senior guys are usually not too excited about their senior pictures BUT once we get started they actually get into it and have FUN!

This was the case with Kiefer. He is VERY easy to photograph (his style, his look, his eyes) and he made my job very, very easy. He was smooth and relaxed and he actually had a fun time.

SOME NOTES ABOUT THIS SESSION: Jackets with hats and hoodies always make a great “unexpected” image like the one shown below. Seniors don’t usually think to pull on the hood but they end up loving the look — and yes, mom loved this image! Beanies are always a great “guy” accessory and Kiefer loves them so we photographed several looks with them. Guys can also have a lot of neutral clothing so I always look for natural “color pop” in the elements around me.

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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.19.15

We’ve had lots of raves about our Style Closet Videos posted on our blog and website — as well as our tips and styled polyvore boards for senior sessions! Did you know that I started an Instagram account dedicated solely to STYLES, FASHIONS and IDEAS on how to put outfits together for senior photo shoots?

If you are interested in style ideas for your senior sessions (seniors, moms, and photographers), I would love to have you follow me over on IG! You’ll find my personal account @terifode and the TFS Style Closet @TFSSTYLECLOSET. See you there!

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Posted in Fashion Style ClosetFashions for senior portraitsSeniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.9.15


Cierra is one of our 2015 Models and a senior from Granite Bay HS. From the first time I photographed her we clicked because she really has a natural feel in front of the camera. NOT to mention that she simply has amazing STYLE. And she definitely brought it to her senior photo session.

The setting? A gorgeous, serene Equestrian Center with perfectly groomed grounds, amazing barns and stunning pastures. Not to mention…the most beautiful horses. Cierra grew up taking care of many of the horses on this property so using it for her senior pictures was a given. Don’t miss the braid in the mane of her horse—I loved it! Having grown up on a Montana property with 2 horses of my own, I can tell you that I squeal every time I get to photograph a girl (or guy!) with her horse.

NOTES ABOUT THIS SESSION: Her styles and looks were amazing—a great contrast against the classy Equestrian Center setting. I love “tone-on-tone” and the gravel (grays) actually served as a great blend with her grey toned outfit while the barn (blacks/taupes/browns) served as a gorgeous “tone-on-tone” with her brown and black outfit. Sometimes I like to contrast—but I also love to blend because then my senior’s face/eyes/hair POP. The sunset and lighting created a warmth that I swooned over!

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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 01.7.15

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