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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!


September 2014 Holiday Minis {print credit included}

September is one my favorite months of the year to shoot here in San Diego!  Sunny skies are almost a given (where October & November can bring rain & storm surges), and most of the tourists have gone home.  The biggest bonus of getting your photos taken in September though, besides plenty of time to get your Holiday cards ordered, is that this year, to reward you early birds, I am offering a $60.00 print credit with any September Mini booked.  You can use the print credit towards prints of any size, or even a beautiful canvas, and I will also cover the shipping!!!

My twenty-minute mini sessions are great for photos of couples, just the kids, or small single-families (up to 5 people please).  Twenty minutes is plenty of time for me to grab some amazing images of the whole family, the kids individually, as well as the kids together.  These sessions, like all of my minis, include; a 21 day private online gallery, & approximate 20 beautiful high-resolution images on a CD w/ print release.

I will be offering September Minis at my three most popular venues:  Seaside Sofa Sessions in Pacific Beach, Old Poway Park, and out at the old steel bridge in east county.  Below are the dates and times available for each location.  These minis are sure to book quickly, so get yours before they’re gone!!!  All minis are booked on a 1st come, 1st served basis.  To book your mini, please email me at:

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book your session, and will be deducted from the balance due.  Your spot will NOT be secure until the deposit is received.

COST = $275.00 (plus sales tax)


Seaside Sofa Sessions
























WHEN: Saturday, September 13th


5:00pm – BOOKED
5:20pm – BOOKED
5:40pm – BOOKED
6:00pm – BOOKED
6:20pm – BOOKED


Old Poway Park
























WHEN: Saturday, September 20th

8:40am – BOOKED
9:00am – BOOKED
9:20am – BOOKED


The Old Steel Bridge




















WHEN: Saturday, September 20th

5:20pm –  BOOKED
5:40pm – BOOKED
6:00pm  - BOOKED

WHEN: Sunday, September 28th

5:40pm – BOOKED
6:00pm – BOOKED

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Back 2 School Minis 2014


Do you wish that you could get better pictures of your kiddos in their back to school best??   Do you wish that you could capture their true personality vs. opening the school photos that came home and thinking, “was this taken right after recess?”, or “what kind of smile is that??”.  If you answered yes to these questions, then my Back to School Mini Minis are for you.

These minis are perfect for preschool thru middle school aged kiddos, and can be customized to really bring out the personality of your child/children.  You can bring their favorite summer book, their brand new backpack, school supplies, etc, which can be used as a prop during their session.  I will have some props available as well, including: vintage books, apples, & glasses.

Minis will be available from 8:45-11:00am.  As with all of my minis, sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and generally fill up quickly.  Each session is good for up to 2 kiddos only please!

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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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: & 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!!!


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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:


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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