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.





This time of year we have SO many people calling for family portraits! It makes so much sense because there are SO many amazing gift-giving products for Christmas time. I love this time of year—we get to see so many amazing families smiling, laughing, and all dressed up in fabulous and coordinating outfits :)

BUT…it also makes me sad because at this time of year we are completely, solidly, BOOKED for holiday gift-giving deadlines. Anyone who has called our studio at this time of year finds out that it’s always best to schedule family portraits with us EARLY. And be early I mean…summer time. OR…earlier. Many of our clients on the schedule for this year have been booked for 6 months in advance or longer.

YES…please call us because sometimes we have an unexpected cancellation due to an unexpected emergency (not often). But more importantly, call us to book for 2015 Christmas Family Portraits sessions…NOW. Use the contact page.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted in Families

POSTED ON 11.24.14

I had a vision. And this is how it came together.

The vision? Berry colors with luscious fruits. Rich velvets with cranberry. Pomegranate red lips with rose petals and wispy hair. Ruby red nails and lots of crisp autumn sun flair.

I sent out a model call and created a mood board of my vision for each of the girls to submit outfits they felt fit this vision. My makeup artist is a fabulous person to collaborate with so I shared my vision and mood boards and she went on a search for the perfect makeup looks and hair styles. I can always count on her to come up with even more inspiration for a project and sure enough, we were immersed in concepts and ideas for this shoot.

Originally I wanted an apple orchard. But when we searched for the location we came upon a grove of trees with exactly the look I wanted…the ground beneath the trees was filled with scattered leaves and the sun was in the perfect position for a sunset shoot.

I hand-crafted each of the floral crowns and I’ll post about that in another blog-entry (the how and the details). I wanted show-case pieces for this shoot and hand-making them to fit each girl and her outfit was a must to come up with the exact look I had in my head.

The details were important as well—we brought fresh raspberries, blackberries, apples and pomegranates. They were not only a gorgeous prop but the girls snacked on them in between shots!

I love it when my vision comes to life.

MODELS (FROM OUR CLASS OF 2015 MODEL TEAM): Gabby Craft | Ponderosa HS; Samantha Smiley | Whitney HS; Carson Hubred | Granite Bay HS; Sophia Bonenfant | St Francis HS

MAKE UP & HAIR: Sarah Williams





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Posted in PhotographySeniors/gradsStyled Senior Shoots

POSTED ON 11.17.14

She’s one of our 2015 Senior Models for Teri Fode Seniors in Sacramento and THIS is a sneak-peek from her recent official senior photo session. Sheridan styled her session around the things she loves and this prom dress is one of the things we talked about creating something special for. She found this dress and fell in love—and she has some of her own, hard-earned cash invested in this gorgeous dress!

Watch here for more from her session soon—she gets to see her senior pictures this week! She has AMAZING style (and I don’t say that lightly—I had so many amazing and fun accessories to choose from in her wardrobe for this shoot!). She’s known for hats, headbands, scarves and shoes. She loves fashion and she also loves God—so she wanted to portray that into her session by bringing a large metal cross.

Don’t miss the other sneak peek we featured on FACEBOOK today (also seen on Instagram as well as the behind-the-scenes set up of this shot).

SENIOR: Sheridan Naulty  |  Bella Vista High School

MAKEUP: Sara Williams


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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 11.5.14

Our latest TFS STYLE CLOSET VIDEO is out!

Do you love style and fashion? Love “how to”  style closet video features? Then you will LOVE our latest vid just released for FALL 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! If you love all the fashions of fall, you’ll love some of these ideas from Carly and Sheridan. 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: Don’t forget to add a touch of PINK to your fall looks!


STARRING: CARLY COLOGNA  |  Granite Bay High School  and SHERIDAN NAULTY  |  Bella Vista High School






Posted in Photography

POSTED ON 10.10.14

This SPARKLE PHOTO SHOOT was inspired by my love of all-things-blingy. I’m an 80′s girl…things were big and sparkly back then. When that side of fashion become a bit subdued I was sad…very, very sad. So when glitter and sequins and sparkle-galore hit the fashion and design scene again, I was beyond thrilled.

For this themed-photo shoot, I envisioned a group of girlfriends in an upscale shopping center…stopping for a coffee while giggling and catching up. This wasn’t a “prom-style dress-up” nor was it an “urban-glam” shoot (watch for that one SOON); rather, a celebration of girls wearing pretty sequins and sparkles in a beyond-gorgeous setting.

I put out a model-call and created a mood-board. I was looking for sequins and a mix-up of dresses, skirts, skinnies, leather boots. Again, not urban-glam, but a pretty and girly look with SPARKLE.

DEAR GIRLS THAT LOVE SPARKLE: Don’t overlook pulling your favorite sequins or sparkles into your senior photo shoot! It doesn’t have to be a “prom” look…it can be downplayed with boots, a leather jacket, a sparkly top paired with shorts! Check out a few outfits from my polyvore account, designed especially for you sparkly-girls here: OUTFITS THAT SPARKLE for your senior photo shoot .

So without further delay…check out this SPARKLE!


SENIOR MODELS (from our Teri Fode Senior Model Team): Sabrina Andrus | Oak Ridge; Paige Powell | Rocklin; Elisabeth McCallum | Woodcreek; Siena DiRoma | St Francis; Emily Corp | Woodcreek; Jessica Duncan | St Francis

MAKEUP ARTIST: Sara Williams (enhanced makeup)

PART 1: Shot in full sun   |  PART 2: Shot the last hour of the day






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Posted in Fashions for senior portraitsPhotographySeniors/grads

POSTED ON 10.3.14

Honored. Excited. Humbled.

Because there are just so many talented photographers out there that do this amazing thing that I do. My grandparents owned a studio for 40 years from the 1940′s to through the 1980′s and died before they ever knew I was going to take that step of faith and leave a corporate job to follow a dream. Building this business with Don has been a lot of hard work. And dedication. And sweat. And joy.

Being recognized is icing on the cake because the CAKE itself is the sheer success that is achieved by ANYONE doing ANYTHING they set their mind to achieving.

Thank you to Senior Style Guide for the recognition. Thank you to my clients who love what we do. Thank you to GOD for the gift and the door. And for helping me to walk through it. xo

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Posted in Seniors/grads

POSTED ON 10.1.14

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