A World of Great Faces
I collect faces.
Really, everyone collects SOMETHING and my passion has always been faces.
Even as a child I loved people watching at the store, park or school. Watching expressions. Seeing how the DNA mixed and matched with families. You know, how you look a lot like your Mom or great grandfather?
I have a library of outstanding books with images from the great portrait painters and photographers throughout history.
It amazes me how through thousands of years humankind looks the same. Sure we are taller now. Yes, better diets and medicine have made us more healthy to a large degree. But the faces, emotions and expressions remain the same.
My favorite faces to photograph are young children with those big eyes. And of course pretty girls. That’s why I have a handful of original black and white prints from the 30’s and 40’s of the early movies stars. My favorites being Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind) and Hedy Lamarr (who happened to also be a brilliant mathematician)
Over the 43 years in business I have had so many stunning faces to work with in the studio. From newborns to classic beauty in their 90’s!
But I still remember a handful of special faces that were a thrill to shoot. Holly V, Tatiana H, Heidi W, Britany P and others. Thank you all for sharing some time in front of the camera!
If I could photograph any more current actresses who would I choose?
Getting them in their prime I would love to shoot Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe (duh!), Meg Ryan, Demi Moore, Kathy Ireland and the newest Wonder Woman… Gal Gardot.
If you have a face or faces in the family that should be collected to share with family and friends call or TEXT me at 244-2636.
High School Yearbook Stories
Imagine the stories your yearbook could tell years after graduation.
The Super Jock that ruled the social scene and always had the prettiest of dates. Where is he now and how did he fare.
The nerdy quiet girl that seldom spoke and was a perfect blend into the wallpaper at dances and events. Is she now running her own tech company or a sweet housewife with a tassel of kids.
The boisterous band gang who were half creative beasts and half disciplined note soldiers to make the music come alive.
That yearbook image is your connection to the past. Those little images neatly lined up with name and graduation year is how friends and family will remember this important time in your life.
How will you be portrayed?
A cookie cutter snapshot that is a simple drone of the photo before and after yours? Or will you show some personality, some life and some passion?
I saw this cute comic a few days ago and had to save it for the right moment. With yearbooks being passed out soon it would be a great reminder for the Class of 2018 to start thinking about their school days legacy. Will you blend into the wall without a peep or will you be bold and tell the world they should be expecting something special with the rest of your life?
High School Yearbook Stories start at TA Schmidt Photography. Redding’s only complete studio for indoor and outside senior pictures. Bring your pets, pals, hobbies, collections and cars. MakeOvers are available right next door for the girls at All Pinned Up.
Call TA Schmidt Photography at 244-2636 if you choose to make a visual statement!
Seniors, children, family, business, pets, glamour and boudoir all done with a Master of Photography style.
Where were you before Google?
How has your world changed in the last 10 years?
Where were you before Google?
Remember a time before smart phones, google being the “all knowing resource” shopping at the Mall?
Not long ago sports were done mostly outside while now there are huge arenas filled with spectators watching teams play video games.
New passions and interests are born each day with individual choices beyond the imagination if you look hard enough.
Those hobbies and interest are what are most exciting to me. How can we create an image just for you to show off where you spend your time and energy?
Ready for a unique photoshoot?
Call me direct at 244-2636 to chat.
Redding’s complete indoor and outside studio for children, high school seniors, family, business, glamour and boudoir, pets and commercial photos for your biz.
Consultations are always FREE to chat about ideas for your photos.
A beautiful unique portrait
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
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.
Greater Redding Graduation Portraits
Who do you know that is graduating in the next few months?
The most memorable portraits are those made during milestone events.
Photos can be made creating a personal highlight reel of your life’s activities and journey.
For the girls we can help with a MakeOver from All Pinned Up located right next door in the Claws Building.
Remember we are happy to give you a no obligation tour of the studio to chat about what would make the perfect photos for you and your family.
We can talk about clothing, style, location and your investment.
You can also be set up for a payment plan that charges no interest for six months!
Got ideas for something really special?
One of our favorite things!
Let us create something together. Make your vision come true…
Call now to have your grad photos made in the studio and outdoors.
With props, friends, pets and family.
Make it even more fun when you bring along a friend also graduating. Get back-to-back sessions so we can do fun buddy pix before you all head into your new life adventures.
Call 244-2636 for your appointment.
Are you a senior?
There are four kind of seniors we photograph at the studio and on location.
High school seniors are still the main part of our business. They are photographed year around indoors and outside. With super stylist Trina at All Pinned Up next door we have MakeOvers for the girls to highlight their best features. Plus with Anne with Styles and Stitches in Palo Cedro the girls also can rent rather than buy expensive formals to round out their wardrobe to show all the different aspects of personality that make them unique.
We also do lots of college seniors about to graduate and enter the real adult world. Some of these are simple sessions often adding the family. However most end up being like extended high school photoshoots with the full 5 outfits and lots of choices.
Then we see the “middle school seniors”. The 8th graders getting ready to make the big jump into high school. This is Mom’s last opportunity to get a photograph of her “baby” before they grow up beyond the child she remembers.
Finally we do seniors… you know, those folks that have been around awhile. What ever age you decide a current senior is whether it is 55 or 66 we do lots of individual and couples portraits for those who have not been in a high school or college in many decades!
For all the kinds of sessions we suggest a pre portrait consultation to chat about clothing and styles. If we know what you are looking to create we can work together to make the best photos of your life.
We are still booking family sessions for the Christmas break.
As usual it will fill up fast so call 244-2636 to save your spot.
Also, Christmas and Valentines Day are the two major times we do the glamour and boudoir sessions. If you are looking to get a little sassy with your next session call for an appointment soon.
Fabulous Fall 2017 Seniors
The great thing about modern high school seniors is the incredible variety of interests and hobbies they now have to share.
Skilled in music, sports, art makes a well rounded student with lots of areas to pursue and master a craft.
When we do senior pictures the more you bring in props, unique clothing and collections the more special your images become.
A true reflection of who you are right now and where you are going.
To be honest you really can’t ever bring too much. We will pick and choose those things that will photograph best and reveal some of your personality.
We have seen lots of crazy things people bring to a photoshoot.
A favorite chicken.
Buckskins worn by Great Grandpa when he came West for the gold rush.
Unique clothing and costumes created by the student.
Wonderful woodwork had turned by a very talented senior.
We have always said, “If it doesn’t bite or will hurt anybody we want to see it and maybe use it for the shoot”.
If you are still waiting to become one of our Fabulous Fall Seniors call us at 244-2636 to capture your style before the wet winter weather kicks in.
There is still time also for Holiday family photos.
In the studio, outdoors or even at yo0ur home.
For a ridiculous amount of money we can also meet you down in San Diego to do sunset beach shots of the family!
For those 18 and older ladies watch for our Christmas Pin Up and Boudoir special at the end of this month.
You will find some great prices on new products and still just $99 for the complete hair and face makeover by All Pinned Up and the studio photo session here at TA Schmidt Photography in downtown Redding CA.
Who is best Redding Photographer
Look around outdoors and you will see about half of the golden leaves are already on the ground.
It’s a sad time for me as I love the blast of warm colors and cooler weather to work outside.
The short 2-3 week window we get each year to enjoy this perfect season is not nearly long enough.
If you were looking to do high school senior or family photos with the fall colors I think we have about another week left in the season.
Plus with the time change we lose an hour each day of shooting time now that it gets dark at 5 pm!
If you want in call 244-2636 so we can find you a time and try to work around the weather.
It appears maybe some rain again next week which could be the end of the it all… and I have never been a fan of outdoor photos shoots with naked trees.
Remember we can always shoot indoors at the studio or your home any time.
So for family reunions this Thanksgiving weekend call soon to lock in your spot.
As always we expect Thanksgiving and Christmas to be the two big weeks for updating family and engagement portraits!
For you pet owners we are also in the last week of our annual Haven Humane Pets and People Portrait fundraiser.
Your donation of just $30 gets you a studio photo shoot and a free 5×7 print from your favorite pose. (Additional photos and packages are available)
The last day is the day before Thanksgiving so get the pup to the groomer, put on your Sunday best or favorite casual clothing and let’s make some great portraits while also helping out Redding’s Haven Humane.