{modern, stylized and urban couture~ san diego county based destination photographer}

Nicole Benitez







I am a Modern Stylized and Urban Couture Photographer based in San Diego {Southern California} and always available for session and wedding travel. Specializing in Modeling Portfolios, Commercial and Editorial Photography, Weddings, Couples, Kids and Seniors.

I love God, cupcakes, handbags, shoes, my family and wine. We recently moved back to California after my husband retired from the Marine Corps and we are living life in the Southern California sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you leave some comment love so I know you were here. oxox


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Miss Marley... {headshots} || San Diego Kids Modeling Portfolio and Headshot Photographer

Whew.. after an amazing vacation to the Bahamas, I am back and ready to rock n roll! I know that I have a ton to share and to let you all know what has been happening around here and where we are going in the future.
First up to share, Miss Marley's headshots. Oh my goodness this girl is too cute for words! And sweet as can be!! All of this cuteness  also happens to be in an upcoming movie about Elizabeth Taylor's life "Liz and Dick" starring Lindsay Lohan. I cannot wait to see where her career takes her!








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To book a Session, Portfolio Shoot, Wedding or for more info
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Friday, July 13, 2012

It's Been Too Long!!

It's been 3 months and 4 days since I have been able to access my blog! Today I tried again and lo and behold it worked!!! It feels a little like poltergeist, "I'm Baccckkkkk." But in a way less creepy way.
So there is a ton to catch up on, and I'll take care of that soon, but for some eye candy and all of the happenings around here, you can head over to my fanpage to see what we have been up to.
Some fun things coming up... so stay tuned and please come back and visit!
oxox,
*Nicole









Monday, April 9, 2012

Little Miss Ashley and Happy Monday To You || San Diego Children's Modeling Portfolio Photographer

Happy Monday to you, Happy Monday to you, Happy Monday to You---oooooouuuuuu. Ok, so maybe my enthusiasm is a bit much for a Monday evening, but we are on Spring Break {did you get my spring break behind the scenes announcement here??} and I spent all day hanging and playing with the munchkins. I need a little adult interaction and since everyone else is already asleep, it's just me {and you}, entertaining me. So happy Monday it is.
Speaking of entertaining, I met up with this sweet girl a few weeks ago for a modeling portfolio headshot session and she had me in stitches. She is hilarious, sweet as can be and so much fun!! I cannot wait to see this little miss in her very first project!
Meet Miss Ashley and Happy Monday.










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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Graduation and a Break... College Seniors || San Diego Senior Photographer

Vacation is a word we seldom use around here. In fact, I'm not sure it totally applies, but I am taking a little time over the next couple of weeks to work behind the scenes on some projects that have been on my to do list forever.. literally FOREVER! Also to spend some time with the munchkins while they are on
 spring break.
I will still be around and email may be a little slower for responses {sorry!}, but I promise that it will be well worth it. I'll still update my fanpage with some happenings and blog posts here, but I won't be tethered to my office and may even sneak in a beach work day.
For now I'll leave you with some eye candy... these gorgeous college seniors are just about ready to move on from their college days. They met what seems like forever ago and have been inseparable since. A couple of weeks ago we met up and did sessions for both of them and they killed it!!
Happy and Blessed Easter to you all! oxox





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To book a Session, Portfolio Shoot, Wedding or for more info
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

{{Castings}} Kangacoo Designs, Mentor Session and Personal Project || San Diego Fashion and Editorial Photographer

I have some {{Casting}} notices to put out there, so I thought it would be easiest to put them all in one place and give you all of the info here rather than just on my fb fanpage .

{Kangacoo Designs Juniors}
Kangacoo Designs is launching a brand new juniors line this year and we are so excited to be shooting their first fashion tween/ teen campaign!!
We are specifically looking for a few more girls: Blond and multi ethnic/ mixed racial ages 10-11 or 13-17 with great personality. Shoot next Tuesday afternoon {April 10th} in OC. Email me at nicole@nicolebenitez.com with one face shot and one full length shot with CASTING KANGACOO in the subject line {please include name, age ect}. No monetary compensation, but pictures for photosheets {and personal use} will be given.

{Mentor Session One on One}
Looking for a "bride and groom" to model fro a mentor session May 19th~ must be available mid day/ late afternoon/ evening in San Diego.
Hair and Makeup will be provided. All details sent once couple is booked.
We are looking for a couple to portray Old Hollywood Glam
similar to these shots found on pinterest.
If you are interested, please send your contact info  Email me at nicole@nicolebenitez.com with one close up of the two of you and one full length shot with CASTING COUPLE in the subject line {please include names, location ect}. No monetary compensation, but pictures for photosheets {and personal use} will be given.
Pinterest via Wedlux
Monique Lhuillier Vintage Wedding Dress
Pinterest via Kristen Weaver on Style me Pretty


{Personal Project Series}
Every year I set personal goals for myself and push my vision and ideas, this year is no exception.
I am casting for a series of personal projects to take place throughout the remainder of 2012 in Southern California. Looking for 5 women for character portrayal in styled sessions. Tall, slender {model or actess types}, all hair colors and ethnicity's. Ages 17-17
Email me at nicole@nicolebenitez.com with one face shot and one full length shot with CASTING PERSONAL in the subject line {please include name, age ect}. No monetary compensation, but pictures for photosheets {and personal use} will be given.

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To book a Session, Portfolio Shoot, Wedding or for more info
contact me HERE

View my Portfolio HERE

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Setting Your Clients up for Success... and Kyle's {Style Session} || FAQ for Photographers

Last week on facebook I put out a call for questions for upcoming FAQ posts on the blog. I received some great questions, and over the last month or so I have been asked one question in particular quite a few times...
"How do you get your clients on the same page for your sessions and how do you know what they want?"
ohhh... I love this question. In my initial email, I arm them with all of the information, from start of the planning phase, to the finish on what to expect and when to expect it.  I set my clients and myself up for success by directing them to Pinterest.I introduce my pinboards if they aren't familiar with pinterest, and that gives them the freedom to look around without feeling overwhelmed.
Next, I ask them to create their dream board and share it with me. If they are having a difficult time deciding on location, this allows me to assess the feel of their ideal session and offer suggestions. If they need help clothing and styling, I know what their preferences are and make suggestions based on what they love. If they have a theme idea for a styled shoot, I can understand exactly what vibe they want to create and can work with them to find the perfect items to for our setting.
Kyle's {Style Session} was the perfect example of getting to know him through his pinboard {found HERE}. He was traveling from The University of Alabama for his final spring break and I knew through correspondence that he was an old romatic soul. Once I received his pinboard, inspiration hit! We had the perfect location, I grabbed the old vintage typewriter from my office and his clothing style was spot on.
Here's what we put together...










Kyle brought so much fun to our shoot and I already knew the direction that he wanted to go with it. Preparing with a custom pinboard and setting expectations from the beginning really helps take the headache out of guessing at what your clients wants.
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To book a Session, Portfolio Shoot, Wedding or for more info
contact me HERE

View my Portfolio HERE

View more of the Blog HERE

Like me on Facebook HERE

Follow Me on Twitter HERE

Find Me on Pinterest HERE