TA Schmidt Photography | 1326 Trinity Street Redding CA 96001
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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.

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.

Kids and critters photographed by TA Schmidt Photography.

Kids and critters studio photos

Kids and critters

Kids and critters photographed by TA Schmidt Photography.

Every dog deserves a child to grow up together and form memories that will last a lifetime.

Photographing kids and critters is always a challenge and often a heart warming story of best buddies growing up together.
Now days it seems even more folks than ever have a dog or two or three.
We see them all from the tiny lap dogs to the giant slobbering Mammoth Mastiff beasts.
The constant companion that never complains and always is happy to see you.
Protecter and confidant.
Available for long walks or or short naps.
Dogs are always welcome for children, senior, family and boudoir photo sessions.

Adorable Kids Contest

We are entering the last two months of the annual Adorable Kids Contest.
For girls and boys ages 12 years and under. Bring along two outfits. One a nice looking photo ready set and one that tells a story about the child or family.
Make your photos memorable with a story behind the clothing and props.
Sessions still only $29 per child and that includes a print for you and the contest.
Call 244-2636 for your spot on our calendar.
Do you have a young daughter with cute new Easter clothing?
Watch our TA Schmidt Photography Facebook page for a VERY limited Girls and Pearls special coming up mid month after the bunny leaves for another year.
Be sure the LIKE the page to always stay up to date on current programs and some fun behind the scenes video we drop in now and then.

Fairytales and photos

Fairytales and photos

Fairytales and Photos

Fairytales and photos

Are you looking for more than a big fake smile with your children’s photos?

Have you ever wondered why Jack and Jill went UP the hill to get a pail of water?
 
Not the brightest light bulbs in the pack I would surmise. Knowing water flows down makes it pretty obvious they were working way too hard for the results they were looking to get that fine day.

Fairytales and photos

 
It’s a lot like getting great photos of your kids. You can do it easy or do it the hard way.
Maybe you like the Mall shooters with the waiting room of screaming kids, newbie “photographers”, and limited time. Our clients for the last four decades have preferred a fun approach where the experience for the child is nearly as special as the images you will treasure as your munchkin grows older. They love the time we spend finding a theme to tell a story about your child and family. They appreciate the creativity in building an image not just taking a photo. They also know to trust our vast collection of backgrounds and props will help make the photo one of the highlights of this fleeting age of the child.
 
This time of year is the annual Adorable Kids Contest. It’s a silly national gig we have been involved with for years where we photograph boys and girls ages newborn to 12 years old. There are 7 age categories to feature the development of the child. You get to bring two outfits to show off the child’s personality, one “formal and one “story” set of clothing and props.  
For only 30 bucks you get the studio session with the clothing changes and different backgrounds plus a print for you and the contest from your very favorite pose.
 
There are even local and national prizes including Visa gift cards and wall portraits.
If you want more than the boring school or mall pix call us at 244-2636 to find a time for your little ones. 
Yes, we are open many Saturdays and yes we love having sessions with the child’s dog and small furry critter.

Christmas Wish from TA Schmidt Photography

Our Christmas Wish to You

Christmas Wish from TA Schmidt Photography

Fathers and daughters make one of our favorite family groups to photograph as a sub grouping

Christmas Wish

I may be a bit biased but I do believe there is a special bond between fathers and daughters. Call it personal experience from watching my daughter grow up or watching the thousands of families we have photographed over the 40 years in business.
 
This is the first year in a quarter century Elissa and I will not have our daughter at home for Christmas. Ashley is in So Cal working her medical rotations in an Urgent Care clinic on Christmas day. Just another six months and she will graduate with her degree to become a Physicians Assistant so we are proud of her work but sad to not have here at hand.
 
When we do photograph family sessions we try to mix and match different groups and generations. Grandparents with their grand kids. Parents together. Just the kidlings. It makes for a complete photoshoot to document this fleeting time in your life.
 
This Holiday season be thankful for those family you have. Our Christmas Wish for you is to have them gathered around the table and tree with stories of love and plenty of laughter. Take the time to connect and learn about their lives and direction.
Also, slow down a bit and be kind.  Appreciate those many folks that have to work serving the public while you enjoy the weekend with your loved ones. Police, fireman, Docs, service station and store staff, restaurants all have family at home wishing they could be together.
Plus be brave, strong and excited for the new year coming where you can focus again to achieve your dreams. New years for many are a new start.  Cast off the 2016 lessons to start fresh taking what you have learned to make 2017 your best year ever.
 
Peace,
 
Tom & Elissa Schmidt

Christmas Break Photo Sessions

Christmas Break Photo Sessions

Christmas Break Photo Sessions

Christmas Break Photo Sessions

The Christmas break is ideal for family and children home for the Holidays photoshoots

HoHoHo the final week before Christmas!
Used to be most photoshoots we did had folks dressing up.
Putting on the Sunday finest for a more formal look for the photos.
Suit and tie, beautiful gowns for Mom and the girls.
Elegant up dos with the hair crafted ands styled to be fit for a queen.
Just like with air travel nowadays. Times have changed.
Not so long ago flying was a “special occasion” and people wanted to look sharp and not be seen in sweatsuits or PJs.
The cabin was filled with people looking like they had a purpose and were on the road to success.
A more simple and stylish times….
Photo sessions though are more of a unique personality thing.
What is your style?
Casual and easy going or dressing for success…
Are you making a statement of your desires and dreams or just happy to be comfortable with family?
We have kids, family, seniors and glamour sessions going on all during the Christmas break.
With Santa bringing new clothing it is a great time to get new pics.
Studio photoshoots are best since we have cold weather with the usual runny noses, bare colorless trees and way too much mud outdoors.
If you have family home for the Holidays it is time for an update.
We can do your family from simple couples up to nearly 50 people in our big studio.
Yes, pets are welcome.
We cannot imagine doing your family without Fido and Bruiser!
Pre portrait consultations and studio tours are always free to help you fine tune your session so you get the best results.
Call 244-2636 for your spot on the schedule.
 

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Looking for the last minute gift?
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Are you a senior?

Are you a senior?

Are you a senior?

Are you a senior?

Who do you know that is one of the four kinds of seniors we photograph at TA Schmidt Photography

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.

turkey day

Thanksgiving Family Portraits

turkey day

No weather worries with studio portraits of your family on Thanksgiving weekend. Call 244-2636.

Thanksgiving Family Portraits

Turkey Day is sooo close I can smell the pumpkin pie hatching in the oven. That means the all the kids are out of school, our military folks are coming home on leave and grandma’s going over the river and though the woods to get to your house. These final fall and early winter Holidays are the best time for a family reunion which means the ONLY time for a real family portrait shoot.
All families large or small are welcome for sessions. Whether your get together is a small family of 4 or the whole gang of 50 we can make a special image for you to enjoy all the members forever. Casual or formal, with pets in you want, your chance to get a new photo is now.
This year as of 11/21/16 at 11 am we have only FOUR session times available for the Thanksgiving weekend. Two open spots on Friday afternoon and two on Saturday afternoon unless you want the 8 am early bird slot. Let’s chat about clothing before your shoot so you al will look your best best in the photos.
If there was just one secret to getting the right clothing picked remember the simple rules of art. He who wears the lights or brightest colors will appear the largest. So if everyone else is wearing medium to dark clothing and you bring your glowing white dress or shirt, you will appear as large a s drive in movie screen. Dark clothing hides weight so to appear thinner (which most people want nowadays) darker shades of clothing with no print and medium to longer sleeves is best. Of course we can talk more for your specific ideas when you are ready.
Call 244-2636 to snag the last of the photoshoot times.

Portraits with pets in Redding

Family pictures with pets

Family pictures with pets in Redding

Portraits with pets in Redding

Your pets are as much of the family as your kids according to many of our pet owning clients.

These are the final days for the annual Haven Humane Society Pets and People Photoshoots.

People ask all the time if we allow pets in the studio for sessions.

Does the Pope pray in the woods?

Yes, of course we do pet portraits!

We love pets for photos.

And your best bet is to do your photoshoot now during this last TA Schmidt Photography promo for Haven.

Your dawg is gonna bite your butt if you miss it again.

I am not kidding.

Once he is done chasing alley cats and protecting your house from the bad guys he will be very unhappy.

You know the look and sounds.

The evil eye he makes when you are holding out on that last bite of hotdog.

Or the low growling sound which reminds you of hearing your stomach after having that bad enchilada from the food truck in Tijuana.

You FAILED to fetch the one thing he has wanted all year.

The final Pets and People photoshoots to benefit the Haven Humane Society are just days away.

Really, for $30, the price of a big stink’in box of kitty litter you could have a photo session and portrait of your best buddy while helping Redding’s animal loving troops.

I hope I am not barking up the wrong tree but I though you really loved your pets.

It’s possible there is something fishy going on in your life right now.

But the cat is out of the bag because this is the FINAL year for the fundraiser by Best in North State Photographer TA Schmidt.

Stop horsing around.

Don’t be a weinerdog.

You will feel like a real snake if you disappoint your magnificent mutt.

Click the link below to save a spot before the final photoshoots this month.

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Redding River City Portraits

Redding River City Portraits

Redding River City Portraits

Redding River City Portraits

Outdoor portraits are a special treat in the Fall while the leaves turn to gold and the temperatures are cool

I am sorry to see it happen so fast.
The last of the 2016 outdoor Fall Colors photoshoots is on the near horizon.
Each day the ground is more covered with the golden and red leaves we all enjoy so much in the trees.
It’s easy to feel, the weather is getting cooler and I see a steady week of rain coming for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nots so good for travel or outdoor portraits.
Great for gathering around the table with family and friends enjoying turkey and apple cider.
Who’s coming home for your Holiday?
College kids making a last break before the mid term finals.
Military leave is a special time seeing sons and daughter in their spiffy pressed uniforms.
Grandparents and cousins hit the road for a thankful time to be with family.
Remember we ARE open the Turkey Day weekend for family, individual, engagement and senior portraits.
That has always been a funny thing about this business.
When everyone else is off is when we are most wanted.
Not a problem, this is a service business and we are here to capture the best times in your life.
The studio is always warm and cozy so no need to work about the wind and rain.
We also do a number of photos at peoples homes when needed.
Let’s chat about what would make the perfect portrait of your clan.
Portrait consultations are always Free.
Call 244-2636 to find a spot on our calendar.
Ladies, watch for our Christmas Pin Up Glamour special booking now for photos at the end of November.
They make a wonderful gift for the guy in your life…. and you can hint it would be a perfect gift for you from him!