{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, December 23, 2011

{Merry Christmas} From Our House to Yours

2011 is coming to a close and we have so much to be thankful for!
What an incredible year we have had and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you all!
We are taking some much needed time off for a couple of weeks and will have limited access to emails.
Enjoy your holidays and we look forward to an even bigger and better 2012. Look for some exciting announcements for next year!
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from our family to yours!
oxox,
*Nicole

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Modeling Portfolio Sessions... Meet Kendall || San Diego Modeling Portfolio Photographer

We finished up our last shoot of the year with a killer modeling portfolio session! Although it's just a quick sneak peek.. holy cow! This girl is gorgeous {inside and out}!!!
Meet Kendall.
This was her first time out and she nailed it!
There will be more of her coming soon,
but here's a quick teaser of a couple of my favorites.


Kendall, you could run your own Guess campaign! I would buy whatever you are selling
 and I adore that jacket!!!!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Surprises, Toddlers and Fun... A Week With Kennedy || Fallbrook Children's Photographer

 A few weeks ago my niece Kennedy came to stay while my sister and her husband took a much needed vacation. Kennedy was an angel, but I forgot how busy toddlers are. For 6 days we played games, sang songs, counted, snuggled and shopped and even did a little photo shoot to surprise her mommy for her birthday.
I have been dying to share these and now that my sister got her present, I finally can!
Miss Kennedy Grace
{rocking some Kangacoo Designs ponchos and leggings}.








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Friday, December 16, 2011

Winner, Winner, Winner... Kangacoo Designs Mulberry Dress

I **heart** contests, but I wish I could give a big hug and prize to everyone that enters!!
A HUGE thank you to Kangacoo Designs for the gorgeous dress for the giveaway!
There is a lucky little girl that has this dress headed her way..

Comment #46
Elizabeth M. you're the winner!!
Congrats! ~I'll be emailing you tonight to get your address.

Thank you again to everyone that entered!
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

{{Featured}} Hostess With the Mostess... Alice's Mad Hattery {A Bridal Affair}} || San Diego Wedding Photographer

Yippee, we're so excited to be {{Featured}} over on one of our favorite party and entertaining sites today for one of our absolute favorite shoots of the year!!!
Hostess With the Mostess has our Alice's Mad Hattery Bridal Affair featured on their daily blog and we can't thank them enough! Again, Rebekah of A Blissful Nest knocked the design elements out of the park and pulled together an amazing bridal inspired shoot featuring some of our favorite vendors.

You can see the feature on HWTM HERE
And if you want even more eye candy inspiration, you can see my entire post on the shoot HERE

A Huge huge thank you again to everyone involved!
– Styling/Printable Party Decorations: A Blissful Nest
– Photography: Nicole Benitez Photography 
– Men’s Neck Tie: Kait Emerson Designs
– Poms/Pomettes: Pom Flair 
– Wedding Attire: Bonny Bridal
– Hair and Makeup: Nicole Lennox
– Hair: A Pretty You
– Makeup: Aimee Jakes {Puff Mud Studio}
– Hair Accessories: La Couture Amore

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Monday, December 12, 2011

{{Featured}} Model Life Magazine and... a Contest for a Kangacoo Designs Dress || Commercial Photographer

We're {{featured}} in Model Life Magazine this month for Kangacoo Designs gorgeous Candy Cane Dress!
Jennifer of Forty Toes Photography included it in her monthly column of favorites and we're honored to be a part of it.


In honor of our feature {bottom right corner}, we've teamed up with Kangacoo Designs for a {{GIVEAWAY}}!!
It's not the Candy Cane dress, but you can win the Mulberry dress that was featured over on A Blissful Nest last week!



{Note** it is a size 7girls dress or 10/12 tween shirt!!  No other sizes or exchanges can or will be made.**}
Contest will run from today through December 16th {THIS Friday} at noon pst.
Winner will be picked using random.org and announced later that day. 

 How to Enter:
Leave a Comment {below} with your name and email address.
That's it!

Extra Entries:
1* Like my {Nicole Benitez Photography} Facebook Page HERE
Come back and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

2* Follow {Nicole Benitez Photography}on twitter HERE
Come back and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

3* Like Kangacoo Designs Facebook Page HERE
Come back and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

4* Visit Kangacoo Designs Etsy shop HERE
Come back and comment on what your favorite item is.

Also, Kangacoo is offering my readers a 50% off discount code to use in her shop on all ready to ship items. Use Code: 50FORNBP
Use it now {well after you enter the contest} for some killer last minute Christmas deals.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tiffany and Tim... A Christmas Session || Temecula Couples Photographer

Things have just been flat out insane around here. I promise I have more gorgeous sessions to blog, more exciting news to share and more updates to post as we move into 2012, but the hustle and bustle of the last couple of months has kept me crazy busy {thank you to all of my clients!!}.
I'll keep this post brief and just say that I absolutely adore this couple! Tiffany and Tim met a few years ago, set up by friends and have been inseparable since! They asked me to do a Christmas Session for them and holy hotness.. if their real jobs don't work out~ I highly recommend modeling :) !!
Just a few of my favorites...





A few months ago I shot for Babiekins Magazine at Humprey's Estate and knew it would be amazing for a couple's session. I was blown away by the fall color and I adore all of the wild peacocks that wander around. Huge thank you to Holly for having us back to her gorgeous property!!






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{{Featured}} Celebrations at Home~ My Christmas Wish || Southern California Commercial Magazine Photographer

Seriously, December is shaping up to be pretty amazing and I am stoked {yes, all 80's like!!} to share that we're {{Featured}} over at Celebrations at Home today! We recently did a commercial project for Rebekah at A Blissful Nest {love you!} showcasing her new and gorgeous My Christmas Wish Collection {found in her shop HERE}.
Today, My Christmas Wish was featured by Celebrations at Home and the goodies are over the top!
A hot chocolate bar, kids table, adult table, dessert table and Peppermint Martini Recipe {yum}, but my favorite is the wishing tree. I need to figure out how to coordinate a wishing tree into a yearly tradition around my house.
More pictures and my take on prepping and shooting for commercial print coming soon, but head over and check out Rebekah's amazing collection HERE
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

{{Featured}} A Blissful Nest... For Kangacoo Designs~ A Mulberry Christmas || Commercial Photographer

I get super giddy when our work pops up on one of our favorite party and home inspiration blogs A Blissful Nest. And even more giddy when we're featured in a guest post by one of our favorite designers... Kangacoo Designs.
Katie is guest posting at A Blissful Nest today all about holiday style. I don't know if I should be ecstatic or embarrassed to admit that we have almost all of her Holiday collections... either way, my girls {and Tank!!} love Kangacoo.
You can check out the entire article HERE.
And... coming next week, your chance to win the gorgeous Mulberry and Lace Dress below!
Details back here on the blog on Monday.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Tape Recordings, Mariah Carey and Sister's... Isabella and Jessica || Fallbrook Children's Photographer

I was about 11 and she was 5. We laid across my full sized bed with the blue, green and pink plaid comforter. I had received a new recording tape player with a microphone for Christmas and was so excited.  We were determined to start our own all girl singing group. It didn't matter that I couldn't carry a tune and that she had a voice like an angel. We were sisters and we were going to hit it BIG with our awesome home recorded tape singing our hearts out to Mariah Carey.
I should mention {again!} that I can't carry a tune.. to save my life! Our dream may have been a little far fetched, but I loved spending time with my sister then and even more so now that we're grown.
When a friend of mine asked about a session for her daughter's, I couldn't help but smile at the memory of all of the days spent with my sisters.  As the oldest of 6, my sisters {and my brother} are some of the most important people in my life and I am so so lucky that God gave them to me.
I was blessed to spend an afternoon with these gorgeous girls and make some memories with them. Although it didn't include a home recorded Mariah Carey tape all kinds of out of tune, there was still plenty of laughter, secret sharing and more love than I could have hoped to capture.








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Thursday, December 1, 2011

He Made Me Promise... Because They Were Always Watching Him || Personal

He said that he felt like they were watching him. As he watched tv, when he walked across the room, while he ate at the breakfast bar. They were always watching him. Erik made me promise that at our next house, I wouldn't put any pictures of people in our living room. He could no longer take the 50 sets of eyes that watched him out of the 25 frames adorning our living room walls. He didn't care if I put up pictures of fruit, abstract art or pretty much anything else... other than people.
That was almost 12 years ago and when I first realized that I had a serious problem. Our Marine Corps family lifestyle had us moving every couple of years and I kept my promise that I would no longer plaster pictures of us in the living room. I resorted to a bazillion frames and lining our hallways, the family room, upstairs hallway, entry way and anywhere else that wasn't technically the "living room" with pictures. With 5 munchkins and wanting to hang every favorite, I had to do something.
I am a serial picture addict. I love pictures of my clients, I love pictures of my kids, I love pictures of Roxy {although Erik may oppose a 30x40 gallery wrap of just her :)}and yesterday I wanted to put up a couple of new framed pictures and didn't have any wall space left... except in the living room.  I also had some new pictures to put up from the munchkins Christmas session. As I took the pictures off of the wall in the entry way to change them out, I felt a twinge of sadness. I felt guilty replacing them with the ones that were currently there.
I opened them up and took out the current ones and a slow smile stretched across my face. I left the previous years pictures in behind the ones that graced the front. Memories from days past... Kailyn and Madison's kindergarten graduation, the twins 4th birthday, school pictures through the years.
They were there waiting to greet me.
 I have talked before about how bad my memory is, how I can't remember what happened yesterday, a week ago, a year ago, 10 years ago. My pictures are my memory, a little reminder to myself on what we were doing, what they looked like, their sweet faces from times that I was so caught up doing for them and being there, that I forgot to memorize God's day to day grace of being their mommy.
Erik laughs when I talk about needing another frame for the house. His response is always the same, "Are you sure we don't have enough?". Last night he walked in from work and the first thing that he said was, "They're watching me again. I thought you promised?!". Well, clearly I need a bigger house with more wall space, or for him to be okay with my desire to wallpaper random rooms throughout the house with my favorites from each year. Then I wouldn't have resort to invading the living room.
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