{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


Monday, January 30, 2012

Wordless Monday... An Editorial Sneak Peek || Southern California Editorial and Fashion Photographer

Ok, so it's not completely wordless.. and it's Monday. But I am dying to share a little sneak peek that we did for La Couture Amore paired with gorgeous custom designed skirts by Kirra's Boutique.
Stephanie from La Couture Amore and I planned and plotted a very fashion forward editorial style shoot based on a pinterest picture.
More coming soon!!



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kainoa... He's Magic || San Diego Children's Modeling Portfolio Photographer

I know that I have said it a million times before, but I seriously have the best and most ridiculously beautiful {handsome} clients... EVER!!!
Case in point.. meet Kainoa! We met up a couple of weeks ago to work on a new set of head shots and modeling portfolio shots for him and WOW!  He is adorable, super fun, smart and we had the best time.
His little smile just melted my heart and if I thought I could smuggle him home with me without his mom noticing, he would totally be kid #6 in my household!!
This little man needs to do Gap campaigns {that I'd LOVE to shoot!!} and anything and everything else.. he's just pure magic!










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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Getting an Agent... Guest Post by Aubri of Minikin Model & Talent {part 1} || San Diego Modeling Portfolio Photographer


GETTING AN AGENT

Pursuing agency representation for your child does not have to be a daunting task! But it's important to understand what you're looking to have your child do, why they need an agent to be successful, what kind of agents are out there, and lastly, how to effectively reach them. Your child's participation in the broad world of entertainment can be in a variety of capacities. Whether you hope to see your child grace the next Target billboard or star in the next Coca Cola commercial, having an agent is your gateway to these possibilities. However, this does not mean your child cannot get a start in entertainment without an agent.
 Establish profiles for your child in a variety of casting web sites and submit for student projects, low-budget films, stock photography shoots, anything to get your child out there and experienced with working on set. It's possible for agents to discover your child through this completed work. Even if they don't, the experience and portfolio and resume additions you are able to garner will make your child more desirable for agency representation.
 Reputable talent agents make money when your child makes money. If you are presented with an opportunity and it involves upfront fees (in the form of registration, interview fees, headshots, etc.), decline. Research licensed talent agencies on the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) web site in your local area and find out how submissions are accepted by each agency. Some agencies require mail-in submissions, others permit them electronically. Photos are critical in this process, as they are serving as the sole representation of your child as agents are reviewing submissions. Ensure the photos provide a clear, close-up shot of your child's face with no distracting hats or backgrounds. Yes, that shot of your child with cake covering half their face is adorable, but not suitable for submitting to an agency. Aim for good lighting (preferably outdoor) and keep it simple.
Once you have submitted, you simply wait and hope that your child is invited in for an interview. If you have submitted to a variety of agencies with no luck, try again in a few months.  Remember, "never say never" just keep the process going. Things have a way of falling into place when you persevere!

- Aubri Almendariz, Director of Youth Talent, Minikin Model & Talent Agency





We are so excited to announce that Minikin Model and Talent Agency is doing a four part 
guest post blog series right here! Next installment up.. next Wednesday.
More info coming soon on What's In a Headshot, The Audition Look and From the Trenches. 
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Monday, January 23, 2012

And Baby Makes 3... Melissa and Mike's Maternity Session || Temecula Maternity Photographer

I absolutely ADORE Melissa! She is the genius behind gorgeous hair accessory line LovMely Accessories. We became fast friends a couple of years ago and I could not have been more honored when she asked me to do a maternity session for her and her handsome husband Mike. 
Baby Mackenzie is due next month and I have to say that I am a little jealous... Melissa may be one of the most gorgeous pregnant mommy's to be!! I cannot wait to meet their new little miss soon!
Melissa and I were talking a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that one of my few pregnancy regrets was that I never did a maternity session. She makes it look sooooo easy!!











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Daydreaming of Summer... With Kangacoo Designs Swimwear || San Diego Commercial Photographer

It is so dreary and rainy today, it kind of has me wishing on a daydreaming vacation morning somewhere warm and tropical or at least a little trip down the street to the beach. Unfortunately for me I can't take the morning off to day dream or go play at the beach {with or without this rain}.. Instead, I have my fire place going in my office as I am tethered to my desk for a morning of working away, but I am lucky enough to offer you all a discount code for Kangacoo Designs Swimwear pre sale so you can daydream of summer for me!!
My girls ADORE these suits and get more compliments on them than any others that they own. Katie is offering 3 days of swimwear pre sale and they sold out last year.. quick! So jump on it and use
code: NBPSWIM at check out to get 10% off of your order!
Check out the Kangacoo swim shop HERE








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Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Harley and Liberty... and an Art and Soul Boutique Launch || San Diego {commercial} Photographer

 I am blessed beyond belief with 5 amazing kids and sometimes I wonder how on earth God had this planned for my life and how He decided to bless our family with the gift of these amazing kids. 7 years ago today Harley and Liberty were born at an itty bitty 4 and 5 pounds, and our lives were changed forever! I never imagined funnier, sweeter or more loving little girls than the two I already had.. but somehow they followed right in their big sisters foot steps and are just as funny, sweet and loving.
 Last week I took the twins out to do a commercial shoot for the gorgeous Art & Soul Boutique by Bercot, and those girls gave me a run for my money. They are hilarious and sometimes it is hard to keep a straight face when they are sharing secrets, having strong man competitions and laughing hysterically at me trying to get them to focus. 
Today Art and Soul Boutique launched their Spring 2012 line and we are honored to be featured on their site! In honor of the twins birthday they are offering FREE shipping using the code: nicoleb at checkout.
Happy 7th Birthday to my beautiful Twinsers!










I'm not going to lie, I am a little jealous of how gorgeous my friend
 Megan looks modeling the Art &Soul skirt with my girls ;)

It seems that Roxy is getting more and more commercial work lately, maybe I should offer
puppy portfolios. Ok, maybe not.. I'll stick to people, but she is awfully cute.

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