{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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shawna and Jeff... Engaged!! || Mission Beach, San Diego

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Shawna and Jeff. I knew that when we started emailing that they were fun, full of life and seriously in love. We met up in Mission Beach, San Diego for their engagement session, and thanks to Stephanie at Stephanie Boardman Pro for another amazing hair and makeup job, Shawna was looking extra beautiful. Add in some fun styling from Renee at OC Prop Girl and the afternoon was complete.
I cannot wait to document Shawna and Jeff's wedding Day at the gorgeous Catamaran Resort next month and see what God has in store for their life together.
Shawna and Jeff... thank you for being you!! I had such a fun afternoon hanging out with you both! I cannot wait until your wedding day!! oxox, *Nic

Thursday, July 29, 2010

{Vintage Edge} The Goods.. part II

Inspiration is a funny thing. It comes from everywhere, is seen anywhere. It stirs in your soul so much that you can't ignore it and blossoms into more than you could have imagined. Inspiration is a driving force for life and for love.

Shawna and Jeff's Engagement... Sneak Peek || Mission Beach, Ca

I am so excited to shoot Shawna and Jeff's Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego next month. Here is a quickie sneak peek of our session at Mission Beach ... More coming soon!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

{Vintage Edge}... The Goods

I was afraid to fail. I know that everyone says that, but I really was. I had poured my recent hopes and dreams into a few hours on a Friday afternoon in the Hollywood Hills. I was afraid.
 Luckily, I was working with one of my favorite stylists, Cole Dupuis of My Cherie and she made sure the afternoon went off without a hitch, coordinated and made sure everything looked beautiful.
Add in the most amazing accessories a girl could dream of from LovMely and it was nothing short of MY dream come true. Melissa created all of the accessories that we used on the girls. She is beyond talented and takes my breath away with her designs.
With the fear of failure in my heart, but amazing people behind me, my dream took off. I am so excited to share...
The Goods {part 1}.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{Vintage Edge}... Details, Details

This project has been a labor of love for me. I wanted an outlet to push myself, to do something more stylized, more fashion forward and more all about my brand and the direction the we have been moving in 2010.  I could not be more honored to collaborate with some of the most amazing people to make this project come to life!! I have so much to share, but today is all about the details.

Locations: Hollywood Heights Hotel and Private Residence in the Hollywood Hills
Stylist:  My Cheri by Cole Dupuis
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Boardman Pro
Accessories: LovMely by Melissa Miles
Models: Hayley O, Stephanie and Vanessa
Also check out my friend and fellow photog that came out with us: Elise Simpson

Saturday, July 24, 2010

{Vintage Edge}... A sneak peek of our Pretty in Pink

My eyes are on major eye candy overload from our {Vintage Edge} Pretty in Pink shoot from yesterday in the Hollywood Hills. I cannot wait to share them over the next week. I'll leave you with two for now... but come over to the {Nicole Benitez Photography} Facebook page and see more as they are posted.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shootsac...new reversible covers. ::swoon::

I have to admit, I have been dying for today to come for a month! I could not wait for Jessica Claire's new Shootsac covers to be released. I know it sounds silly, but I was able to see them last month up close and they are gorgeous!! The best part, they are reversible!!  I am so indecisive and cannot narrow down my favorite, and with options like this.. I am going to drive myself crazy!
A little snapshot from the email released this morning.. Yup, that is your truly!! OMGoshhhh!! I couldn't believe I opened up my email and there I was with 6 other amazing photographers modeling for Jessica Claire! Check out the Shootsac newsletter for all of the amazing new covers and info. Check out Jessica Claire's blogsite for her post!! I love it!

Summer Fun Contest... and the winner is?

Thank you so much to everyone that entered, to everyone that voted and to our two amazing sponsors Melissa at LovMely Accessories and  Renee at OCPropGirl. You guys are awesome and I am excited to announce the winner...


Her picture of her niece and nephew jumping into the river at their GrandPop's house is adorable!!
Perfect for Summer Fun.

I'll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prizes!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Twinsers... Sneak Peek

Harley and Liberty surprised me today. We received a package last week with new skirts for the girls from one of my favorite boutique kids clothes designers, Kait Emerson Designs. The girls were dying to wear them, but with temperatures in the 100's there were no photo shoots in our immediate future.
Tonight I walked in from running errands and the girls grabbed their skirts, coordinating tops and rummaged through my prop bag for hair accessories. Then they presented me with a request.
 "Mommy, can we please do our pictures tonight? It's not so hot outside and we already have our clothes. Pleeeeaaaassseeee?"
Well, if you know my kids.. they want to do pictures on their time, not always on mine. So, I snatched up the opportunity with my baby girls and we headed outside for some fun. They were in full on model diva mode and I finally had to ask them if we could be done because they wanted to shoot all night.
A little sneak peek of the twinsers.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inspiration...Pink Badgley Mischka's make my heart go Pitter Pat

  It started with a pair of shoes. A pair of Badgley Mischka's to be exact. I fell in love with them in an ad and knew that they had to be mine. I haven't quite convinced Erik on my need for this particular pair of perfection to every outfit I own {Ok, to be truthful, I do not own one article of clothing that is pink because my Irish skin looks pretty miserable in pink. But I do own an awful lot of black and well.. I would rock them to the grocery store with my jeans}, and never mind the fact that I am already 6 foot tall without the 4 inch heels.. I neeeeeedddd them! 
  It just so happens that I also ran across an amazing JCrew dress {that I need to invent a reason to buy and wear {but we are back to my awful in pink dilemma} that had the inspiration take off. I brainstormed the ideas for hours on Thursday and could not get a handle on any of the elements that I knew I wanted. The vision and the have to haves were not aligned, so I called the amazing stylist extraordinaire, Nicole Boardman. In 5 minutes she listened to my crazy ideas, reined them in and started organizing our entire shoot and even had a name for it {Pretty in Pink}. I am so excited to collaborate with her next week and put this little labor of love into motion. 
 A mini inspiration board of where it started..Pink Badgley Mischka's make my heart go pitter pat.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Fun Contest... Let the Voting Begin!!

Voting is now open on the new {Nicole Benitez Photography} Facebook business page!
Make sure you click "like" on the main page
Then "like" your favorite photo entries in the Summer Fun Folder
Voting is open until Wednesday July 21st 11:59p (PST)
The winner will be announced on Thursday!
Thank you again to all that entered and our fabulous sponsors.. Melissa of LovMely Accessories and Renee of OCProp Girl!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Treasures... The Score of all Scores!

 Erik loves to go yard saling {yes, I used it as a verb}. He rivals many of my die hard friends. This past weekend he set about to pick Madison up a new Dodgers jersey for her excursion with our friend to a the Dodger-Cubs game, and came back with more treasures than a new shirt for one of our girls.
This weeks scores... a Cheers dartboard that a sweet old man decided our kids needed, tall candlestick holders that are gorgeous, an estate sale mirror that will look amazing in our new house and this treasure below.
Apparently my face was one of shock and unknowing when he enthusiastically called me outside to see the "score of all scores". I truly had no idea what it was until he explained... "Do you not see the potential??? The kids are going to have so much fun once I get it going. A chain link steering wheel and chromed out frame. It's my new project".  Ahhhhh.... I see ER trips in my future.
Our new GoKart.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Contest Deadline... Extended 1 more day!!

Tomorrow is the last day to get your Summer Fun Pictures in!! See contest details below! oxox, Nicole

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Fun Contest!!!

To celebrate our new Facebook Business Page... we're having a contest!!
So here's the scoop..
1. Send a Summer Fun picture in to nicole@nicolebenitez.com by next Wednesday {July 14th}It can be of anything summer related! Put SUMMER FUN CONTEST in the subject line
2. Go "like" the new {Nicole Benitez Photography} Page on Facebook - and tell your friends to "like" us too.
3. On July 15th I will put all of the submissions in a folder on the fanpage. Ask your friends and family and everyone else to "like" {Nicole Benitez Photography} on facebook and then "like" your picture submission.
4. The voting will be open for one week and will end on July 21st (11:59p).
5. The picture with the most likes will be the winner!

The Winner will receive a free mini session and digital  files courtesy of me!
I also have a surprise from our amazing sponsors!!
Renee Delsigne of OCPropGirl is offering to style the session for the winner
Melissa Miles of LovMely is giving away a $50 gift certificate to her shop for amazing accessories!!
Stop by their shops and show them some love!!

The fine print.
1 entry per person.
Comments are appreciated, but not counted. Only "likes" are counted on each submission.
Session must take place in Southern California or Northern Virginia (but if you win and are not in those areas.. you can "give" your session away to someone that is.
Winner can choose any type of session that we offer {except wedding coverage}. Engagements, Couples, Baby, Kids, Seniors, ect..
Thank you all so much for helping us grow and for your support!! oxox, *Nic