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  • Welcome to Grin & Share It's new blog! My name is Tessa, and I'm a professional photographer in gorgeous San Diego, California.

    Grin & Share It was born in January of 2008, thanks to the support of my family & friends who encouraged me to follow my dreams. I am an on location photographer who simply adores what I do. My style is a mix of both posed & candid shots, and I personally touch every single image that is given to my clients.

    Please take a look around, and leave some love if the mood strikes. Comments always put a Grin on my face!

    Enjoy,
    Tessa

2014 Valentine’s Day Minis

These once a year minis are short & sweet at 10 minutes long.  Ten minutes is plenty of time for me to get photos of all of your kiddos together and individually (up to 3 siblings only please!).  As always, a CD of your high-resolution images w/ print release is included in your session fee, as well as a 14 day password protected online gallery for you to share with your family & friends.   You will also receive one (1) Valentine’s Day card with the image(s) of your choice from your session (Valentine’s Day card is a jpg file that you can get printed at the lab of your choice).  These are perfect to send to family & friends, and why not skip the store bought cards this year and give personalized cards to your kiddo’s classmates!! Also included is one (1) Valentine themed FB Timeline cover with the image(s) of MY choice from your session.

This year’s minis will NOT be held in my backyard studio (that’s a long story… more to come on that later), so I will be holding them at “the field” which is located near Clairemont.  Just like last year I WILL be using the kissing booth, and I will have various props with me (heart glasses, signs, mustaches, red lipstick (for those fun “kisses on the face” photos), etc).

As with all of my minis, the spots available are sure to go quickly, so book your session today!!  Session times will be every 15 minutes between 8:30am – 10:00am on Sunday, January 26th and February 2nd.

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book your session, and will be deducted from the balance due the day of your session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Holiday Card Drawing

Did you use a Grin & Share It image on your Holiday card this year?  Would you like to win a 16×20 canvas of your favorite Grin & Share It image??  If so, all you have to do to enter to win is go to my Grin & Share It Facebook Page and click ”like” to become a fan, and then mail me your Holiday card. I will draw one card randomly & the winner will receive a 16×20 canvas shipped to your home from Grin & Share It Photography.

The deadline for me to receive your card is Tuesday, December 31st, 2013!  The winner will be announced on my Facebook Page on New Years Day, 2014.

Once you’ve liked my Facebook Page , please email me at: tessa@grinandshareitphoto.com & I will send you my address.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve all done with your Grin & Share It images and your beautiful cards!!!

Happy Holidays everyone and cheers to a healthy and happy 2014!!!

~Tessa

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2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Canvas Sale

This sale was a big hit last year, so I decided to offer it again in 2013 except for one small change… this year I’m paying for your shipping myself (UPS Ground only)!!

Canvases make fabulous Christmas presents*, plus this is the perfect opportunity to get those images OFF of the CD and up ONTO your walls.  My stretch mount canvases are 1 & 1/4″ depth, and have a solid back so your canvas will always look as tight and flat as the day it was made.  I have tried quite a few different canvas makers myself, and these canvases are by far the best quality, plus by ordering through me you’ll know that your canvas will be professional quality, and the colors will be spot on!!  I know that in today’s “Groupon” world you can purchase a canvas for $10, but given that you’ve already invested in hiring a professional photographer, shouldn’t you invest a little more for a great quality canvas as well?!!!

Here are the details…  starting today through December 31, 2013, you will receive 40% off the cost of your canvas(es).  All you need to do is let me know which Grin & Share It image(s)** you’d like to print, what size(s), and I will take care of the rest!!!!!  Your canvas(es) will arrive at your doorstep, ready to be displayed on your wall.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

One last thing, please remember that for canvases, BIGGER IS BETTER.  Unless you are doing a grouping with multiple canvases/framed art, or are hanging your canvas on a small wall, sizes 16×24 and up look best, with 24×36 being the most popular size.

Prices & canvas sizes are listed below.  To order, please email me at: tessa@grinandshareitphoto.com

 

Canvas Size             Retail Price          Sale Price (8.75% tax will be added to all orders)
10×10                           $80.00                      $48.00
10×20                            $95.00                     $60.00
11×14                            $100.00                    $60.00
12×12                            $100.00                    $60.00
12×18                            $110.00                    $66.00

12×36 (Panorama)    $140.00                   $84.00

16×16                            $115.00                    $69.00
16×20                           $120.00                     $72.00
16×24                           $125.00                     $75.00
20×20                           $140.00                    $84.00
20×24                           $150.00                    $90.00
20×30                          $170.00                    $102.00
24×36                           $200.00                   $120.00

30×30                           $225.00                    $135.00
30×40                          $250.00                    $150.00

20×60 (Panorama)  $250.00                    $150.00

32×48                           $350.00                    $210.00

 

*To guarantee your canvas will arrive in time for Christmas, canvases must be ordered by DECEMBER 11th or expedited shipping charges will be added.

**The canvas sale is valid ONLY for images taken by Grin & Share It Photography!

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Gigi’s Big Girl Room!!!!

I know I am one of the lucky parents whose kiddo never tried to climb out of their crib, and since our youngest was still napping 3 hours day + sleeping from 8:30pm – 7:00am, we were definitely in the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mind set.  But then her 4th birthday was quickly approaching and we knew it was time to get her out of her crib and into a big girl bed.  At the same time, our almost 10 year old’s room was still decorated for a 4 year old, so we made the decision to just go for it as our birthday gifts to them.   Belle’s bedroom furniture would go to Gigi, and we’d purchase Belle something she can grow into until she goes off to college, or even take it with her.  There was just one problem… it was now September, which means I was gearing up for my busy season which equals ZERO spare time to setup two girls’ bedrooms more-or-less decorate them, paint, etc.  And did I mention I was on a pretty tight budget??  Enter Stacey,  our amazing neighbor who also just happens to be a kick butt interior designer!!!  Her family photographer had just moved out of state, and she asked if I’d be interested in trading my photography skills for her interior design prowess.  Um YESSSS Please!!!!

I already knew that I wanted to paint Gigi’s walls yellow, and redo her room in an owl theme as I had already started collecting a few things here and there over the past year.  Plus I had already purchased her new bedding since it had recently gone on sale at Target.  Stacey took that idea and totally ran with it.  She even painted Belle’s old bedside table & book case so it would look new again, and even took an old dresser that was given to me by my girlfriend and transformed it into a beautiful, gray, antiqued treasure.   The best part for me was that Stacey took measurements, made a design/ floor plan, and on move day once the paint was dry, came over and placed and decorated her entire room while I worked out in my office.  Now, a week since the room has been completed, I still walk into Gigi’s room, stand there with a silly smile on my face, and thank her for doing what I never would have finished!!!  After all, she made my vision into a much better reality, and all within budget.  Seriously, these pictures don’t do it justice!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to my Mom and Scott for painting both of the girls’ rooms!  They did a fantastic job and saved us so much money since we didn’t have to hire a painter.  Thank you both for being the most amazing, gracious, loving, hands-on Grandparents to two very lucky little girls!!!!

Interior Design = SH Designs
Paint = Dun Edwards Spartawall Velvet Interior Paint
Bedding = Target “Love N Nature” Circo Bedding Set
Book Case = IKEA “Expedit” Shelving Unit White   purchased 5 years ago. shown with a fresh coat of yellow paint
Rug = Overstock.com “Cake Walk” Multicolored Braided Rug in Bubblegum
Throw Pillows/Various Owl Wall Decor/Shelves/Word Art = Homegoods

 

 

 

 

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November Minis

Here they are, the rest of my minis for 2013.  All of the minis below are 20 minute long, EXCEPT for The Field Mini Minis which are only 10 minutes in length.

My 20 minute minis are perfect for photos of couples, just the kids, or small families (single families only please, no extended family) who are interested in grabbing some fabulous photos with a variety of poses.  These sessions include a 21 day private online gallery & approximately 20 beautiful high-resolution images on CD w/ print release.  Cost, $250.00 (plus tax)

My 10 minute mini minis are for clients who just need that “money shot” for their Holiday cards and don’t need a lot of poses or groupings.  These are perfect for photos of just the kids, or small families (up to 5 people) whose children are VERY COMFORTABLE in front of the camera, or returning clients.  These sessions also include a 21 day private online gallery, but you would receive approximately 10 beautiful high-resolution images on your CD w/ print release. Cost, $130.00 (plus tax).

ALL of my minis are booked on a 1st come, 1st served basis, and are NOT confirmed until your deposit has been received.

To book one of the minis below, please email me at:  tessa@grinandshareitphoto.com

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book your session, and will be deducted from the balance due the day of your session.

 

Balboa Park

 

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th

TIMES:
8:15am – BOOKED
8:45am - BOOKED
9:15am – BOOKED

 

 

The Old Steel Bridge

 

WHEN: Sunday, November 3rd

TIMES:
3:20pm – BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED
4:00pm  - BOOKED

WHEN: Saturday, November 16th

TIMES:
3:20pm – BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED
4:00pm – BOOKED

 

WHEN: Sunday, November 17th

TIMES:
3:20pm – BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED
4:00pm – BOOKED


WHEN: Saturday, November 23rd

TIMES:
3:20pm – BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED
4:00pm – BOOKED

 

Field  Mini Minis

 

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th

TIMES:
3:10pm – BOOKED
3:20pm  - BOOKED
3:30pm  - BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED
3:50pm – BOOKED
4:00pm – BOOKED

 

WHEN: Sunday, November 24th

TIMES:
3:10pm – BOOKED
3:20pm  - BOOKED
3:30pm – BOOKED
3:40pm – BOOKED 
3:50pm – BOOKED

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