{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


Friday, February 27, 2009

Posh Kids: Chunky Babies Rock

So I would be lying if I said I didn't fall in love with this little guy! He flirted his way through the session today and giggled and smiled and those big eyes melted my heart! His little rolls were too much! Seriously, I love baby rolls. There is something so cute about chunky babies, and baby G is a happy little guy that knew that the camera was all about him. He rocked it today and here is a little preview of our fun!!



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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Posh Style: [Love] Story Winners!

Sometimes you are in a moment and so caught up in it, you forget to breathe. that's how I felt today with Jesse and Maria.. the Posh [love] story winners! I watched them intently through my lens. The way their bodies gravitated toward one another, how aware they were of what the other was doing and the stolen looks of love and admiration meant only for the other. I was so caught up in their love and their laughter, that only as I am going through their session tonight does it fully hit me exactly how magical their love is.
They are two truly beautiful people.. inside and out and ridiculously Hott!! Here are a few of my favorites, but I have sooo many more that I love... Once I have the gallery ready, I might have to try my hand at a slideshow of their session.
Their smiles are infectious ...



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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Posh Kids: Boys, boys, boys...

When I found out I was pregnant with a boy after having 4 girls, I was terrified. Seriously?? Me?? a boy? I have 4 sisters and 1 brother and I always fancied myself a girls mom. All things sugar and spice...LOL Things have changed!! Tank is all boy and has taught me how to play trucks and Transformers and Ninja Turtles.. and embrace dirt and mud [ewwww]. Although I still love all things girlie and frilly and pink [yes pink!], I have embraced all the fun and wild and energetic ways of a boy!
Today's session with L and C remind me why I have learned to love all things rough and tumble. Their flirty ways and happy "catch me" taunts. I had a blast capturing their personalities and infectious smiles and couldn't have asked for a better start to the morning. Little L is only 3 months old and watched intently as we ran around and giggled the morning away. His big brother C, just turned 3 and was mr. personality. Here are a few of my favorites from today...




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Monday, February 16, 2009

A beautiful ballerina and the karate kid.. Posh Kids

I always have a blast shooting a session for these cuties!! Their mom [Jaimie] owns Bows and Blanket Boutique http://www.bowsandblanketsboutique.com/ (the BEST Custom Gift Collections!!) and I love doing product shoots for her, but the kids are my favorite!! They are quite the little hams and I love their happy, fun personalities. They have started ballet/ tap and karate over the last year and were showing off some sweet moves today! Here are a couple of my favorites!
Thanks for a fun day!!



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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Posh Valentine Contest... WINNER!!!!


Jesse and Maria
He was a young United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal stationed in Spain. She was a beautiful Spanish girl out with her friends having fun. Their fate was decided the night they connected. They were instantly drawn to one another and became inseparable! They knew they needed the other to be whole. They spent the weekdays longing for each other and the weekends together praying that time would stand still.
One evening a few months later, he asked her to come with him outside in the rain so they could talk. He took her hand and led her outside, there he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. She immediately said yes!
Her family protested, his command protested and advised against it. The two of them were heart broken as he left Spain... alone. He had to leave her behind. They spent the next 3 months writing back and forth and calling when they could. Their love grew even with the distance between them. Finally, they couldn't stand the separation any longer. He asked her to come to him. Come spend her life with him. Maria knew that she would have to leave her family, her friends, her job, and everything that she loved to move to another country to be with the man that owned her heart. She risked it all and followed her true love.


I was amazed by the stories that were submitted for the Posh Valentine Contest. I laughed and cried as I read through the submissions. I had some help in determining the winner because I couldn't do it alone and I want to thank everyone that entered!!! This was so much fun that I am inspired to do a monthly contest. I will change it up month to month... but visit often to get the details and enter!!
Jesse and Maria- I cannot wait for our session!! Congrats to you and thank you for sharing your story (there was so much more to it than what I had space for).
I was also immensely touched by another story of God working miracles even in the midst of the darkest pain.. SOOOO.. I have decided to also award a mini session to ERIC and HEATHER!!!
I'll be in touch this week with the details.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
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Friday, February 13, 2009

www.perfectlyposhphotography.com


omgosh omgosh omgosh omgosh.... so I have been a slave to web redesign to revamp my poor, miserable first attempt at a website and I am sooo excited to launch my new Perfectly Posh Website!!! It is up and going, so come visit and let me know what you think!!!! www.perfectlyposhphotography.com. Tonight is the contest deadline too, so you have a little bit of time to get me your [love] story!
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

*~CONTEST~* POSH VALENTINE LOVE


Ohhhh I am so excited about this!! Remember all of the "stuff" that I have started and I am trying to wade through my list?? Well, this is one of the things! This is going to be a blast! So the contest is the:
POSH VALENTINE LOVE CONTEST!
THE CONTEST: Send me your crazy, funny, or most romantic [LOVE] story! Email it to perfectlyposhphotography@verizon.net with "Posh Contest" in the subject line- if you have a picture, send it along. The contest deadline is 11:59p on Friday Feb 13th. Sadly, it is limited to just the DC, MD, NOVA area..
THE WINNER(s): will win a fabulous (free!!) editorial Style session with yours truly (and some amazing keepsakes!!) celebrating the two of you! You get to rock your own photo session!!
I will announce the winner here on the blog on Valentine's Day!
THE DETAILS: Send your submission to perfectlyposhphotography@verizon.net and include your name, address, phone number and email address along with your [LOVE] story!!
I can't wait to read the stories!!
0x0x, *Nicole
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Posh Kids: Happy 5th Birthday Logan!!!

Yesterday I should have known that I would be running through the woods, racing around and laughing like crazy. Mr. Logan is a [big] 5 year old now and it was time to get some shots to document his passage into full on crazy boyhood. He has a special place in my heart, as his mom is one of my dearest friends. He loves all things dirty and muddy and stick like and even showed off some of his fierce ninja moves. I just love his little smile.. it is contagious! Here's his birthday session preview.



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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cole's St. Baldrick's Day event...amazing

Cole is: honest, genuine, fun and A_M_A_Z_I_N_G. Last year she told us that she was going to do the St Baldrick's Day event to raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer Research. She has over 30 inches, yes 30 [!!!] inches of hair. She is shaving it ALL off!!!! ALL of it. Are you crazy?? We tried to talk her into a walk a thon, maybe a bake sale.. something [No, anything] else. In Cole's hard headed, super sassy [and nothing short of selfless] way.. She wasn't backing down. She is shaving all beautiful 30 inches off for a fantastic cause.
So internet land... please help if you can. $5 to $5000, large or small donations- no amount will go without absolute gratitude. This is an opportunity to help [in the smallest, yet most significant way] to find a cure to a killer disease that claims the childhood of so many kids and devastates so many families! You can read the stories and donate through her event here. http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2009-57448

With our Friend Melissa on vacation
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Changes are a comin...

Today was "Extreme Blog Makeover Day", so I am going with this one for a while. I am loving the rich reds and it makes me happy to have a new look. I am usually a creature of habit.. but a little change is good...sometimes.
I feel like I have so many work projects started and ideas to be finished, it is now time to get them done. Posh Couture is up and going. I am having a blast with the beautiful women that allow me into their lives to makeup them up- and glam them out. I finalized the details to the new Posh Seniors Collections and cannot wait for those! I know I am going on 2 months now of web redesign, but seriously.. I am sooooooo website illiterate. I am almost done though.. no really, I am. (project of next week to be completed). Oh, oh, Digital Downloads are coming!! I have been asked so often about purchasing the copyright of the session, that I am finally giving in and offering them in addition to the other Posh Services.
And I'll leave you with this,
I am ssoooo excited! I ordered a new lens, and it is already here!! I was like a little kid when the UPS man showed up!! I think that he was a bit afraid I would maul him for my box, but I patiently waited until he was at my doorstep before I snatched it away. There are a few other things that I want.. NOW, but Erik keeps reminding me that I don't NEED them. Need Schmeed. I want em! So of course I snapped a few shots of 3 of my best 5 subjects :-). I couldn't wait to try it out. I am in ** l-o-v-e **.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Posh Couture...

Today's Posh Couture Session was with Shawnda. She is beautiful and a little shy and it was so easy. We laughed and joked and had a ton of fun. I know that I say constantly that I love what I do, and I am so blessed to do what I love.. and when it feels like you have spent the day with a friend.. makes it that much better.
Shawnda~ I am not even 1/4 of the way through editing.. but your shots are gorgeous! You were so nervous, and they are beyond what I hoped to capture! I can't wait to share them with you. I have a few more for you also, but I'll have your gallery soon. *Nicole
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Portfolio Helpppp... Posh Seniors!!!

I am so excited to add Posh Seniors to my portfolio. I have been looking to add an {edgy. fun. contemporary. editorial fashion.} concept to what I do, and I have been working on developing this for a couple of {cold} months. So, I need your help! Your senior pictures should be memorable and so much fun (and never include foam numbers and fake smiles). I am offering 10 spaces in the month of March dedicated to Senior Portraits for NO SESSION FEES!! and incredible rates on the prints. I might even throw in a low res download or 2 for you to share your gorgeous images with the internet world. :-) So email me at perfectlyposhphotography@verizon.net for all of the details and to schedule. I can help with location and styling. HURRY...only 10 spaces available!

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