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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 2016 Holiday Minis

September is my favorite month of the year to shoot here in San Diego!  Beautiful weather, no crowds at the beach, and plenty of time to get your Holiday cards ordered.  This year I’m doubling the normal amount of minis that I usually offer in September since I will be gone most of October, and want to be sure to still get as many of you onto my schedule as possible for holiday sessions in 2016!  Please please please do not wait until November to book your session with me this year, and take advantage of all of the GREAT reasons that I mentioned above for booking a September mini session, as my November schedule is sure to fill up more quickly than normal.

Now let’s talk about sessions, and what is included with my minis…  My twenty-minute mini sessions are great for photos of couples, just the kids, or single-families (Mom, Dad, and the kiddos only 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, & approximately 20 beautiful high-resolution images on a CD w/ print release.  The cost for my 20 minute Minis is $295.00 (plus sales tax).

This year I will again be including one (1) ten minute Holiday Mini Mini time slot at each location that I shoot at.  These special mini minis are best for returning clients, or for children that are VERY comfortable in front of the camera.  My mini minis are perfect for families who just need a handful of images, and/or the “money shot” for their Holiday cards.  These works best for families with NO MORE than 3 kiddos, and are also for single-families only (Mom, Dad, and the kiddos). My 10 minute mini minis include a 21 day private online gallery, & approximately 10 beautiful high-resolution images on CD w/ print release.  The cost for my 10 minute Mini Minis is $160.00 (plus sales tax).

I will be offering September Minis at my four most popular venues:  Seaside Sofa Sessions in Pacific Beach, Old Poway Park, Balboa Park, and out at the Old Steel Bridge in east county.  All minis are booked on a 1st come, 1st served basis, and usually fill up quickly!  To book your mini, please email me at:  Please be sure to include the location, date and times of the mini session you’re interested in booking.

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.


The Old Steel Bridge {Only offered in September & October}


WHEN: Saturday, September 17th

5:20pm {10 Minute Mini Mini} – BOOKED
5:30pm – BOOKED
5:50pm – BOOKED


WHEN: Sunday, September 25th

5:20pm {10 Minute Mini Mini} – BOOKED
5:30pm – BOOKED
5:50pm – BOOKED


Old Poway Park


WHEN: Sunday, September 11th

8:20am {10 Minute Mini Mini}


Seaside Sofa Session



WHEN: Sunday, September 18th


5:10pm {10 Minute Mini Mini} – BOOKED
5:20pm – BOOKED
5:40pm – BOOKED
6:00pm – BOOKED
6:10pm BOOKED


Balboa Park



WHEN: Sunday, September 25th

8:40am – BOOKED
9:00am – BOOKED
9:20am {10 Minute Mini Mini} – BOOKED

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Back to School Minis 2016


Do you wish that you could capture your kiddo’s true personality vs. opening their school photos and thinking, “was this taken right after recess?”.  “Did they even brush my daughter’s hair?”.

My Back 2 School 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 all be used as a prop during their session.  I will have some props available as well, including: vintage books, vintage cameras, apples, & glasses.

Minis will be available from 8:30-9:30am on Saturday, and each session time is good for up to 2 kiddos only (no adults please).  As with all of my minis, sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and generally fill up quickly.  If Saturday fills up, I will add a 2nd date on Sunday, September 4th.

To book your session, please email me at:

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.





WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd

8:30am – BOOKED
8:40am – BOOKED



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“Americana” Playgroup Picture Parties


After a few inquires, I have decided to shoot a handful of Playgroup Picture Parties again this summer.  PPPs are a GREAT way to get a handful of beautiful images of your kids (kiddos only, NO families please) in a fun setting!  And since last year all of the Moms loved the Lemonade Stand idea, I decided to go for a theme again this year…. AMERICANA.   Think Coca Cola, watermelons, and red, white, & blue (sample photos of what you can expect to receive in your gallery are below).

Here’s how it works… your playgroup/Moms group/group of friends, etc would schedule the party on a morning of your choice at a local San Diego park.  While the kids in your playgroup are playing, I will take one child aside at a time (or more if there are siblings) and spend up to 5 minutes with each child taking their picture.  Once they’re done, they would join their friends for more play time while I take another kiddo aside to take their picture.  I will do this with each child until every kiddo has had a turn.

The cost per child is only $10.00.  The playgroup captain/picture party organizer will be responsible for collecting the money for each child whose picture is being taken, and also for keeping a roster of which child is next so that things run smoothly & quickly.  To book a Playgroup Picture Party you will need to have between 10-24 kiddos participating.

Within 14 days of your party I will forward the playgroup captain/picture party organizer a password protected online gallery for her to share with everyone in your group.  This gallery will include 5 images of each child who attended the picture party.  Each Mom will then have the option of purchasing prints, canvases,  a digital download that includes all of the high-resolution images of your child(ren) + print release, or single high-res files of specific images + print release (sent via email delivery), directly from your online gallery.  There is NO obligation for purchases after the picture party!!

Picture parties will be held in July & the 1st half of August only, before my busy season starts!!  KIDDOS SIX MONTHS AND OLDER/INDEPENDENT SITTERS ONLY PLEASE!

If you have questions, or to book your playgroup’s party, please email me at:




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Mommy & Me Mini Mini Sessions


I am very happy to announce that I will be offering a handful of Mommy & Me Mini Mini Sessions this year!  These sessions are near and dear to my heart because if you are anything like me, you probably find yourself behind the camera much more often than in front of it, and we need to change that.  It is super important for us to be IN the photos WITH our kiddos too, as this is a gift that we will pass down to them when they are older.  These mini minis will be of JUST you and your kiddos.  I want to capture the love that you share with them, the way that you play together, and the love in your eyes when you look at them!!!!

My Mini Minis will be held later in the day so you can take the afternoon to pamper yourself and get ready for your session.  Maybe even swing by the MAC counter and get your makeup done.  It is the day before Mother’s Day after all, so pamper yourself!!!!  The session will take place at Mission Trails park, in a beautiful area with high green grass as the sun sets through the trees behind you.  Soft neutral colors work great here, as does earth tones, and I highly recommend boots or closed toed shoes.  I will have quilts & a bench with me for you to sit on.

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of booking, and the balance will be due in full the day of.

To book your session, please email me at:  Times will be booked on a 1st come, 1st served basis.


WHEN: Saturday, May 7th

6:00pm – BOOKED
6:10pm – BOOKED
6:40pm – BOOKED
6:50pm – BOOKED

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Wild Flower Minis 2016


It’s time for some of my favorite sessions of the year… my Wild Flower Mini Sessions are back, and better than ever will all of the rain that El Nino brought this winter!  These gorgeous yellow flowers only bloom once a year and they last for about 3 weeks, but that’s only part of what makes these sessions so special. Spring brings with it lovely weather to inland San Diego, right before the heat kicks in and the green fades to brown.  The sunsets are amazing, and the warm light mixed with the yellow flowers makes for some incredible images.  As in the years past, I will be booking only one mini per day.  This ensures that each family can benefit from doing their shoot when the light is just perfect.

Wild Flower Minis are great for families (single families only please, up to 5 people), milestones, or even Mommy & Me photos.  These 20 minute mini sessions include a 21 day private online gallery & 15-20 beautiful high-resolution images w/ print release.

To book your session, please email me at:  A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your session, and as always with my minis, I will book these on a 1st come, 1st served basis (please scroll to the bottom of this post to see dates/times available).



Dates/Time Available:

Monday, March 28th at 6:40pm
Tuesday, March 29th at 6:40pm – BOOKED
Wednesday, March 30th at 6:40pm – BOOKED
Thursday, March 31st at 6:40pm – BOOKED

Friday, April 1st at 6:40pm – BOOKED
Sunday, April 3rd at 6:40pm – BOOKED


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