Photos by Keris: Blog en-us (C) Photos by Keris (Photos by Keris) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:45:00 GMT Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:45:00 GMT Photos by Keris: Blog 96 120 Thanks & Giving Deserving Family Nominations | Free Custom Mini-Session | Photos By Keris


This has been a wonderful year for my family. I feel very blessed. And I would like to pay it forward.

So, this year I am starting a new tradition:


Thanks & Giving Deserving Family Nominations!


I am so very excited to announce this special photo session GIVEAWAY for one deserving family!
 I want to give a deserving family a free custom mini-session. I would like it to go to a family who would not otherwise be able to have photos taken, for whatever reason. I want this to be really, really special.


Here is how it works:

I want you to nominate a deserving family. You can nominate anyone that you know who you think needs/deserves a free mini-session. It is up to you to decide what exactly that means and why someone you know should receive this gift. Once all of the nominations are in, I will carefully read through them and choose the story that I connect with the most. Yes, this is completely subjective. ;)


Here are the rules:

1. You may not nominate yourself. You may nominate as many other families as you wish (fill out a separate form for each):

Click Here for Nomination Form


2. You must be a "fan" of my Photos By Keris Facebook Page in order for your nomination to be considered.

3. You must "share" this blog post to your own Facebook Page in order for your nomination to be considered.

4. Your entry must be submitted by midnight on November 1st.


Here are the details:

1. The winning family will receive a custom mini-session to take place in the month of January 2015.

2. A custom mini-session is a 30 minute session shot at the location of my choice and includes 8 full resolution digital files with a print release.

3. The winning family will be announced by November 15th. The person who nominated the family will be notified first.


Nominations start NOW!!!!! Have FUN!!!!

Click Here for Nomination Form




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Meet Baby M | Newborn Photographer | San Diego | Photos By Keris Remember the blog post last month with the happy couple expecting their first baby? You know, the photo I posted with the new dad jumping for joy on the beach? One of my most favorite images EVER!  Well...she arrived!!!! Beautiful little baby girl- so tiny and precious. I drove up to LA just a few days after her birth to capture some images.  It was such a treat!  :)


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Maternity Mini Session | Solana Beach | Photos By Keris | Newborn Photographer Last month, I had the pleasure of shooting a Maternity Session for one of my best friends and her husband. They are due with their first little one in early September, and let me tell you, that is one lucky baby! These are two of the kindest, most down-to-earth, sincere and loving people that I know and I could not be more excited and happy for them. I love these two people and look forward to seeing them as parents. :)

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Mommy & Me Minis Sneak Peek | Photos By Keris | San Diego Family Photographer Oh boy- keeping up with my blog, now that I have two kiddos, has definitely proven to be challenging! But I wanted to make sure to do a post about the Mommy & Me Mini Sessions that I held back in May in honor of Mother's Day. These sessions are near and dear to my heart for so many reasons, but mostly because I think that it is so important for us moms to make sure to be in photos with our babies. It is easy for things to get in the way of that happening- moms tend to be the ones who take the pictures for their families and are always behind the lens, moms are often hyper critical of themselves and don't feel 'photo worthy,' moms are many times too exhausted by the time they get the kids ready to even think about trying to get themselves ready for a photo shoot...and the list could go on. That's why I LOVE offering these Mommy & Me Minis every year. It is a special time for moms to get in front of the lens, treat themselves to a mani/pedi, buy a new outfit, and snuggle with their babies as I capture the love that they have for each other. Melts my hear every year. Enjoy. :)

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Mommy & Me Mini Sessions | Photos By Keris | San Diego Family Photographer  

Mother's Day is just around the corner, so treat yourself (or ask to be treated!), to a VERY SPECIAL mini session with you and your little loves!

The Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will take place at a beautiful, rustic park in Escondido and each session will be 20 minutes long.  During that time, I will capture a handful of gorgeous photos documenting the love and bond that you have with your children.  Within two weeks I will send you my three favorite digital images from your session, each carefully edited and accompanied with a print release so that you can have prints and products made anytime, anywhere! 

Last year's Mommy & Me Minis filled up within a couple of days, so contact me right away to reserve your 20 minute time slot. :)

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Gorgeous Gigi | Encinitas Senior Photography | Photos By Keris What a fun Senior Session THIS was! We started in Encinitas on the 101 for shots with an urban vibe and then finished the session on the beach at sunset for a more natural look.  Gigi is absolutely gorgeous and super sweet and I wish her all the best as she finishes up her senior year! :)


Remember, there is STILL TIME to get your Senior Portraits done before the school year is over! :)


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Meet Sweet Baby Caleb | San Diego Newborn Photography | Photos By Keris On December 14th, our sweet baby boy, Caleb Patrick, was born!  Not knowing the gender during the pregnancy, it was a wonderful surprise to meet Caleb and to find out that we would now have two beautiful little boys in our family!  After Caleb's birth, we enjoyed relaxing at home, getting to know him, and celebrating the holidays with our new addition. Lots of family and friends came to visit and to help out, and we are so grateful for that. We don't know what we'd do without such a loving support system! 

It's been amazing to watch our 3-year-old bond with his new baby brother.  Since the day he came to meet him at the hospital, he has welcomed him into our family with kisses and hugs.  We feel so blessed and fulfilled. I just love the photo below of the two of them sleeping together. Caleb was only a few days old and Grayson was already napping in his bed so I put the baby down next to him for a minute just to snap a quick pic with my phone. There's nothing great about the quality or the composition of course, but I just love their little heads together, face to face, in peaceful dreamland. It's so sweet. 

A few weeks after his birth, a talented photographer friend of mine, Kendra Krishnan Photography, generously came over to capture a few images of our family. I am so incredibly grateful for these images and for the chance to be on the other side of the lens. I will cherish them forever. Here are a few of my favorites.

And, finally, here is Caleb's official birth announcement (which hasn't even gone out in the mail yet, but has been on my "to do" list for weeks!). I guess that's what life is like with two kids now! ;-)

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DeVarney Family | San Diego Urban Family Photography | Photos By Keris I was so excited when this family contacted me for a photo shoot.  Not only is this momma a photographer herself but she found my work through our Hypnobirthing network, so we had lots in common!  Being hired by another photographer was also very flattering (and a bit nerve-wracking).  We shot downtown for a fun, colorful, urban look which I always love to do.  Their little toddler was absolutely adorable- I mean, look at those gorgeous blonde curls and her sweet cherub face!  In an attempt not to give away any family shots that they might use for the holidays, I am posting some that are more candid and playful.  Enjoy! :)

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Baby Fletcher | San Diego Newborn Photography | Photos By Keris We did a cozy maternity session at home for these expecting parents. Momma-to-be was on bed rest (poor thing!), so shooting at home seemed the best option. They requested a lot of B&W images which I just happen to love for at home sessions!

A couple of months later they welcomed beautiful Baby Fletcher into the world! Congratulations on becoming parents- the ultimate opening of your heart to more LOVE and JOY than you could have ever imagined! :)


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Baby Frankie | San Diego Maternity + Newborn Photography | Photos By Keris I met this sweet family last Spring when I captured newborn photos of their first born, which are some of my favorite newborn shots to date.  Fast forward a year and I was doing a maternity session for them as they awaited the arrival of their second child.  And finally, just last month, I got to meet Baby Frankie who is cute as could be and the spitting image of her big brother!  Congratulations on your growing family, and thank you for allowing me the privilege of documenting it. :)

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Session Split | Photos By Keris | San Diego Family Photographer | Mini Sessions Photos By Keris Mini Session San Diego Photographer In lieu of mini-sessions this year, I am offering you the opportunity to do a Session Split...and I couldn't be more excited!  This idea (like most great ideas) came to me a few weeks ago just as I was dozing off to sleep and I had to get up and write it down immediately! ;)

With a Session Split, not only am I helping you to save up to $500, but I am also making sure that I can still give you the custom photography experience that is so important to me.

Here is how it works:

1. Find a friend who also wants a custom Family Portrait Mini-Session.

2. Split the cost of the session as well as the session time. This means you each pay $125 and you each get a 30 minute session. The sessions will be held back to back at the location of your choice and I will work with each of you to select the perfect wardrobe for the occasion.

3. When it comes time to order, you have the option of splitting the cost and the product of a digital collection.  This is where you save- big time!  If you choose to order my most popular Lux Collection this would usually cost you $750. BUT, by splitting the cost with your friend, you would get all 15 images from your mini-session plus matching 5x7 prints for only $375! Yes, it's quite a deal.


* This offer is valid through the Fall photography season, expiring on November 1st, 2013.

* Sessions Splits will be limited to just 2 per month, so I encourage you to book quickly.

* Session Splits are valid on Family Sessions only.

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Meet the Senior Spokesmodel Team | Photos By Keris | San Diego Senior Portrait Photography I am so excited and proud to introduce the 2013-2014 Senior Spokesmodel Team!  As Spokesmodels, these girls will be the face and the voice of Photos By Keris Custom Senior Portraits, helping me to spread the word about what a special and unique experience it is to have your Senior Portraits done by Photos By Keris. 

Recently, we did a group photo session at Balboa Park which included professional hair and makeup as well as a few wardrobe changes- we had such a good time and I look forward to spending the year working with these bright, talented, gorgeous girls!

Enjoy reading through their bios (quite impressive!) and getting to know the Spokesmodel Team!







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Family Session Discounts | Photos By Keris | San Diego Family Photography | Holiday Photos I hope that you are all enjoying our beautiful summer weather!

As most of your know, the end of Summer and Fall is to photographers what tax season is to accountants...busy, busy, busy!  With the warm summer nights transitioning into cool, crisp days, no wonder it is such a popular time for photo taking.  And, of course, it's the perfect time to capture your ever growing family just as they are and to turn those images into gorgeous holiday gifts and cards!

Because I want you ALL to have your images in time for the holidays (you know I hate turning anyone away!),  I am offering some very enticing incentives for booking early, with the hope of spreading out sessions a bit this year and being better able to meet everyone's needs.

Please also note that the deadline for holidays sessions this year is November 1st.  This means that sessions scheduled BEFORE that date are guaranteed to be finished in time for you to do all of your holiday ordering. Sessions booked AFTER that time may or may not be finished in time for the holidays. 

I encourage you all to plan ahead this year and to treat yourself to a nice discount for doing so!  See details regarding discounts below.Please note that you must book your session to take place during the month that the discount is offered. 

I always look forward to this time of year and to seeing families, old and new, come together in front of my lens!



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Baby Ava | Point Loma Newborn Photographer | Photos By Keris Meet Baby Ava- blessed with a very sweet family and loving big brother!  She was a terrific sleeper and I just adore this first post of her...such an angel.  Congratulations on your new baby girl!


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Sweet Hudson | San Diego Newborn Photographer | Photos By Keris Sweet Baby Hudson.  It was an honor to photograph this baby girl and her kind, warm, loving parents.  Thank you for welcoming me into your home and for sharing your little miracle with me. :)

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Meet Lucy! | Solana Beach Newborn Photographer | Photos By Keris Meet beautiful baby Lucy, the third in a gaggle of cute little girls! ;)

This was an extra fun newborn session for me because I went to elementary school with little Lucy's mom, Katie, and have only bumped into her a few times since then.  She looked amazing and was just as warm and kind and I always remembered her being.  She and her husband, Derek, now have three gorgeous girls to snuggle. Congratulations!

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Angela + Gavin = Beautiful Baby Boy | San Diego Newborn Photography | Photos By Keris Angela contacted me just a week or two before her due date, so we quickly threw together a maternity session at one of my favorite locations.  When she arrived, I couldn't believe how amazing she looked!  There was such a calm and loving chemistry between the two of them and I think that it really comes across in their photos. Fast forward a few weeks and I was at their home meeting their new little one.  Again, they were so easy to be around and made it look like they had been doing the parenting thing for a while. Such a beautiful family. :)



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Photos By Keris Senior Spokesmodel Search | 2013-2014 | Application

Photos By Keris is looking to build a team of SIX outgoing, personable, kind, enthusiastic, and hard working JUNIOR GIRLS to be official Photos By Keris Spokesmodels for the 2013-2014 school year!  Becoming a Photos By Keris Spokesmodel will not only be tons of FUN, but will also offer you lots of perks, like a FREE photo session! 

Once you become a Photos By Keris Spokesmodel, you will be invited to take part in a fun-filled afternoon of make-up, hairstyling, and wardrobe changes as we do a small group (3 girls) photo shoot on location.  After I edit your photos, you will be given the link to a private online proofing gallery of your best 30 images so that you can select the images that you want to use on your Rep Cards. You will also be given a Custom Photo App of your images that you can download to your phone as well as a custom designed Facebook Timeline. 

From there, you will use your Custom Photo App, Facebook (and other social media), and Rep Cards to start promoting Photos By Keris Senior Portraits to everyone you meet!  As soon as you refer 3 booking clients to my studio, you will "unlock" your own photos for ordering as well as be able to start earning Cash Gift Cards and Studio Points.  For every client that books with Photos By Keris (after your initial 3), you will get a $25 gift card of your choice as well as $25 in studio credits!  You can use the studio credits to purchase your photos and Senior products! How easy is that?! 

All applications must be submitted by midnight on May 10th.  If your application is accepted, you will be contacted for an in-person interview which will take place on the morning of May 19th, so you must be available to interview that day.  

Applications are now open, just click on the link at the bottom of the page to submit yours.


An ideal Photos By Keris Spokesmodel would be:

* Friendly, outgoing, and personable

* Active in school events

* Involved in extra-curricular activities

* Motivated and hard working

* Responsible

* Creative and innovative


As a Photos By Keris Spokesmodel, here is what you will receive:

* A FREE on-location Senior Portrait Session (this will take place in a small group setting)

* A FREE Custom Photo App of your images

* A FREE Custom Facebook Timeline Cover

* Unlimited amounts of Photos By Keris Rep cards featuring your images

* Gift Card and Studio Credit earnings

* A Letter Of Recommendation for your college applications 


Here is what Photos By Keris will expect of you:

* Promote Photos By Keris Senior Portrait Photography at your school, at events, around town, etc.

* Refer a minimum of 3 booking Senior clients to Photos By Keris or owe the session balance

* Return phone calls, emails, and texts to Keris in a timely manner

* Agree to promote Photos By Keris exclusively for the 2013-2014 school year

* Agree to use the Custom Facebook Timeline cover for the entire 2013-2014 school year

* Act responsibly and treat this opportunity as you would any job


Thanks for applying and I can't wait to meet you! :)



Click here for the Senior Spokesmodel Application



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High School Seniors | Photos By Keris | San Diego I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Photos By Keris

is now officially booking for 

High School Senior Portraits!  


Over the the past few months I have worked with a handful of gorgeous high school girls in order to build my portfolio and define my Senior style.  I figured I would enjoy photographing Seniors, but I had no idea just how much I would LOVE it.  Each session was unique, colorful, filled with laughter, and SO MUCH FUN! 

As I move into photographing Seniors, my style remains consistently bright, colorful, and organic while I aim to capture not only the traditional  "model" shots, but also a peek into exactly *who* each of these beautiful Seniors is at this very important time in their life.  I want Seniors and their families to look back on these photos and really feel like they're expressive of their personalities, passions, and style.

My Senior Sessions consist of two parts. The first part in an on-location session using natural light.  Together we choose a location that is just right, whether it's the beach, a field, or an urban backdrop, we want the location to say something about the Senior.  I encourage Seniors to bring along their best friend, sister, or boyfriend- someone who they feel completely comfortable with and who knows how to make them laugh. Then, we put on some music, start shooting, and have a blast!  

After shooting on-location for an hour we travel back to the Senior's home.  The second part of the session takes place in the Senior's bedroom. Why? Because that is a special place that says A LOT about who that person is at this moment in their life.  For the at home session, the wardrobe is casual and the feeling is very candid.  Shots reading on the bed, snuggling with a pet, getting ready to go out, doing homework, talking on the phone...the special mementos on a shelf, awards, posters, stuffed animals, and pictures on the walls...these are the little things that will be forgotten years from now and these are the things I want to help you remember.

You can find more details regarding my High School Senior work under the "details" section of my website.  

Here is the direct link to my Welcome Magazine for Seniors:

If you know any seniors who are still in need of their photos or any juniors who will need them done for next year, please don't hesitate to send them my way. :)

Enjoy a peek at some of my recent sessions below.




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April Antics | 25% Off Session Fee + FREE Custom Photo App | Photos By Keris Photos By Keris April Deal Dear Clients,

Can you believe we are already in the month of April?!  Holy smokes this year is flying by! Spring is, well,... springing (at least here in Southern California it is) with wildflowers, blue skies, longer days, and warmer temperatures. It is such a lovely time of year.

And of course, the beautiful flowers and warmer temperatures make the absolute perfect setting for any kind of photo session.  That's why this month I am offering you 25% off your session fee!

Along with the 25% discount, I am also including a FREE custom photo app.  You will receive an app designed just for you that features your favorite photos from your session. It is easy to download to your phone and allows you to "carry" your photos with you wherever you go.  Super cool!

To take advantage of this offer, you must book your session now to take place in the month of April or May.

Booking is easy.  Just give me call or shoot me an email.

I can't wait to hear from you! :)



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