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Kool April Nights Weekend

Kool April Nights Weekend

Kool April Nights Weekend

Kool April Nights Weekend

We have such a great variety of clients ranging from CEO’s needing head shots to newborns to rookie models heading off to Paris.

I just checked my iPhone and saw we have a full week of awesome weather for the first time since last fall.
Time for some hiking, yard work, gold panning, getting the portrait park ready for 2018 seniors and of course a ton of outdoor photo sessions before it gets too hot!
 
What a great time of year.
How can you lose this weekend when it’s National Blueberry Pie Day today and Kool April Nights weekend with all the kool cars and activities?
I am always on the lookout for my two favorite cars. Any mid 60’s Corvette or classic Auburn will get and hold my attention.
Beautiful cars, boats and airplanes with long sleek lines are very much line a beautiful woman. A real joy to photograph, to capture the best of the subject.
 
We have a full schedule the next couple days with some LAST MINUTE 2017 seniors and a ton of production work getting images ready for my three clients heading of to the Paris Fashion Week mid next month. There is a flurry of activity each Spring once the weather decides to be less neurotic. It really is the prefect time of year for outdoor work, family, senior and even business images!
Next on our schedule are two big promos. The annual Mothers Day family sessions and my favorite Rodeo Week events.
Get your tickets now for the Cowboy Pancake Breakfast. It is always a great time to see friends and customers you might not have seen for awhile. So dust off the cowboy hat and boots and be ready to Cowboy Up!
 
For all your photo needs… personal and business… you can call to chat 244-2636 or email me direct to tom@finephotos.com.

The Real Redding Business World

The Real Business World

The Real Business World

The Real Redding Business World

Are you an owner, dreamer or worker bee?

There are basically three kinds of people in the world that I see.
Those that are worker bees doing their time for a salary and a few days of paid vacation.
 
Those that want their own business some day to “be their own boss”.
 
Those running a real business, dealing with the marketing, insurance, regulations, taxes, staff and production details.
 
The SMART biz owners follow the E Myth principles with optimizing and delegating all the functions so they have a life. Do ball games with the kids, play a little golf and have time for personal growth and hobbies.
 
However that does not work with all career paths.
 
It’s hard for a surgeon to delegate that operation to remove some brain tumor.
 
Your lead singer and face of the band cannot send in replacements on tour if they would rather get some fishing in while on the coast.
 
An artist is selling their vision and talent so they are on the hook for any commissioned piece or job that comes along.
 
In other words, the business owns you more than you own it.
 
Plus, there is no such thing as being your own boss. When you have a business you have dozens, hundreds and maybe thousands of bosses. Every new customer is a boss that has their own way they want to work with you.
 
The upside if you like having the responsibility of success or failure, it is all on your shoulders. No where to point fingers but at the mirror to that good looking reflection staring back at you.
 
If you have a business that needs help with a marketing plan or photos for the website, social media, brochures, POP displays or your booth at the home show or county fair call us at 244-2636.
 
We love the art and science of marketing and may help you find some time off or extra cash for your next big move.

 


Time for Spring Outdoor Portraits with TA Schmidt Photography

Time for Spring Outdoor Portraits

Time for Spring Outdoor Portraits

Time for Spring Outdoor Portraits with TA Schmidt Photography

This is the best time of year for north state outdoor photos. Beat the heat and catch nature at her best!

I see blue sky and sunshine after a winter with lots of rain.
 
This is my second favorite time of year. (I still prefer the fall colors!) The North State is awash in Spring hues of greens and yellow. A wonderful time of year for outdoor portraits before the summer heat does it’s annual browning of our world.
 
Family and high school senior sessions are perfect now. Plus with Kool April Nights happening this week it is always a blast getting the gang together with the family classic car.
 
Remember Rodeo Week is just over the horizon so we expect to be doing lots of pony pix now that the winter woolies have been shed and the horses look their best.
 
Ready for a fun photoshoot?
Family
Children
High School Senior
Business
Boudoir
Commercial
Call the studio at 244-2636 to get on our schedule.

A beautiful unique portrait

beautiful unique portrait

A beautiful unique portrait

A beautiful unique portrait

Let TA Schmidt Photography capture the real you for family and friends

To my astonishment tears pooled in her eyes…
 
It starts about age ten for many girls and they often never outgrow it. We see it all the time in teens, 20’s – 50’s and even sweet little grandma’s in their 80’s.
 
Maybe it’s the mass media with the celebrity obsessed and photoshopped beautiful flawless faces. Or it could be the cruel little boy in 7th grade that called her a name.
 
Somehow a lot of young girls and women of all ages have no confidence in who they are and what they look like. Even at the scheduling phone call they go on and on how they hate being photographed. And never like themselves in photos.
 
Compared with the sneaky grab shots at Christmas with your mouth full of food or the backyard selfies you have to expect a much better experience with a real professional photoshoot.
 
So many people, girls and guys alike remember the poor school photos done year after year. One shot. Good luck with the expression and even having the eyes open!
 
However we do it different.
 
It takes time and skill.
 
Perfected through years of training and thousands of sessions.
 
But it still surprises and delights me when a child, high school senior or mom sheds a tear of joy finally seeing how wonderfully beautiful they are today.
 
It’s there to behold all the time. Step back, take a breath and enjoy the uniqueness of you.
 
Let TA Schmidt Photography capture this moment in time for you and family and friends. Call 244-2636.
For all your photography needs.
Child, high school senior, family, business portraits, commercial images for brochures or the web, pets, glamour and boudoir.
Call 244-2636 for a free consultation for your beautiful unique portrait.

Spring High School Senior Photos indoors and outside

Spring High School Senior Photos

Spring High School Senior Photos

Spring High School Senior Photos indoors and outside

Inside and outdoors you can get senior pictures that look the way you want.

It’s a big day for parents also.
After 12 years of homework, sports, broken hearts and a lot of growing up the senior class of 2017 is near the finish line.
 
In mere months the colleges of America will see the infusion of fresh faces eager to take on new adventures and academic challenges.
 
Finally away from home these kids will spread their wings into the wind of their future. Once away from the hometown it gets more and more difficult to bring them back to our small town Redding.
 
The excitement of the big city.
More people. More opportunity. More music and food. More life. It’s hard to beat the rush of adrenaline when you see all the options for lifestyle and entertainment.
 
Which is why a great senior portrait is more valuable now than ever. You little one has grow strong and tall over the years and will be heading off very soon. What do you have to hold and treasure, to remember these years of growth?
 
Spring is a great time for senior pix! Everything is fresh and green. The Redding heat is still lurking behind the cool clouds. Plus there is still time to have photos fro family and friends.
 
Call 244-2636 for your student’s senior photos. In the studio and outdoors TA Schmidt Photography remains the top choice for high school portraits.
For all your portrait needs.
Graduation for college, high school, 8th grade and even pre school!
Family portraits from simple couples to family reunions with up to 250 and more people.
Children including our annual Adorable Kids Contest and current running Girls with Pearls.
Glamour and boudoir which also has the classic retro Pin Ups from the 50’s and 60’s.
Business and model headshots.
Pets and Pals.
Plus some commercial work to0 help grow your on street or on-line business.

Get your best headshot

Get your best headshot

Get your best headshot

Get your best headshot

When you need a great headshot for business or personal use call TA Schmidt Photography at 244-2636

A main staple of any model or actors portfolio is a strong headshot. Just like your profile photo, business card portrait or resume image it will most often be the first impression people get from you.
 
It is how you are remembered and perceived.
It will set the tone for future engagement.
It can elevate or crush your credibility.
 
So what is it worth to you?
Will the free backyard selfie be “good enough” considering the lifetime value of a memory and networking possibilities?
 
Can the small $99 investment in a headshot session and single digital file be earned back many times over in this connected internet age?
 
Let TA Schmidt Photography help craft your image for business and personal use. Call 244-2636 for your appointment.

Grandma and Redding Grandkids get photos from TA Schmidt Photography

Grandma and Redding Grandkids

Grandma and Redding Grandkids
Grandma and Redding Grandkids get photos from TA Schmidt Photography

Beautiful faces get captured each year with the Adorable Kids Contest in Redding CA

I remember what your Grandma did!
When you have been around doing portraits for four decades you get to say that now and then to the grand children we photograph years later.
All those weddings and high school seniors back in the beginning grew a massive business that continues today.
 
We have moved three times to larger and larger facilities.
We were the first to brave the transition from film to digital.
We were the first to earn the PPA Master of Photography Degree.
 
Through it all we still do what we do.
Make images to freeze time.
 
Your kids like it or not will grow up and move on also.
Like I tell all my clients… “you keep feeding them they keep growing!”
 
It’s one of the reasons we keep doing the Adorable Kids Contest. It lights a fire with some folks to get those good portraits of their kids while they can. I not so subtle reminder they won’t be at this age much longer.
 
All kids, boys and girls, 12 years and younger are eligible for the annual event. For just $29 you get a two outfit studio photoshoot, tons of fun photos to choose from and a print for you and the contest.
 
For a VERY limited time we are also giving away a FREE pearl necklace with our Girls and Pearls promo. Just $129 for the photoshoot, 8×10, 5×7, 8-wallets and a lovely strand of real freshwater pearls. This is limited to inventory on hand so call for either kids special at 244-2636.
With Kool April Nights just around the corner you might also want Pin Up photos with your classic car! Glamour and boudoir photoshoots available with
All Pinned Up doing full hair and face Makeovers for you.

A child's innocent face taken by TA Schmidt Photogarahy

A child’s innocent face

A child’s innocent face

A child's innocent face taken by TA Schmidt Photogarahy

What is more sweet than the face of a young child?

All those sweet little faces.
Tens of thousands of them over the 41+ years of photographing Redding’s children, high school seniors and families.
We have had the privilege of watching so many kids grow up, graduate from school, become doctors, engineers, housewives and artists. They would get married and have kids to start the cycle yet again.
Innocent kids with the future ahead of them.
What will they do when they get older?
Write a book?
Get into politics?
Discover some great new galaxy or medicine?
How will YOU remember this age?
Now is the time for portraits of your young ones.
The Adorable Kids Contest gets you two outfit sessions including a print for you and the contest for only $29.
One set of clothing should be something nice, your usual thought for a studio photo.
The other set of clothing will be theme related.
What story can you tell about the child or the family?
Can you share a hobby, passion or interest of the child?
Are their things maybe passed down through the generations that will be meaningful in a photographs?
Maybe a hand carved rocking horse or clothing from the Old World.
Is there a pet that travels well or artwork the child has created?
Does the child play a musical instrument or love to build things with Legos or some other blocks?
Those little details that are so hard to remember but so important for the family.
Will you miss this awesome age on your kids?

Call 244-2636 for your photoshoot time and date.

Do you have a TA Schmidt portrait in your home yet?
We would love to help with your kids, family, high school senior, business or modeling headshots.
Call to talk about your ideas and get on the schedule.

The band played on with great PR pix from TA Schmidt Photography

The band played on

The band played on

The band played on with great PR pix from TA Schmidt Photography

Your business or side gig needs great photos to keep you in the limelight.

My kind of crazy.
One of the main reasons I enjoy photography is the fact you never really know who or what will walk through the door as you next photoshoot.
There is a general idea.
It could be a newborn baby.
It could be a high school senior.
Maybe a family or a biz headshot.
Each and every subject has a story to tell with the photos.
Which makes photographing bands a total head trip.
Each band member brings their own creative spark.
They possess a love for music and to be entertaining.
Plus all of them have just a bit of nutso crazy embedded deep inside to keep things moving and interesting.
Do you have a story to tell with a portrait for you, your family or business?
Call 244-2636.
Let the world see your true story…