being able to work with what you have and being creative in photography is the number one factor to success.

When you don't have the proper props, outfit or the style you had in mind but all you have at that moment is a creative eye a camera and one light to create something raw, not staged or fake and capture the perfect moment. Don't let anything hold you back from your passion. When you love what you do you will create magic.
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September offer - 2 days only!

Good News! We our doing a special offer on our session fee ! ONLY TODAY THRU FRIDAY- 2 DAYS ONLY Our session fee which includes:
Wardrobe rehearsal
Make up and hair
Photo shoot
NOW $99 ( regular price $250) plus $100 gift voucher towards your prints!!! Book today and do your shoot when you're ready ! call now 858-699-6903

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Does crossing arms in Head shot photography come across as closed and reserved?

Many people think if they cross their arms in photos they will come across as closed and reserved so they hesitate to do so. We all know that these days our picture is everything and we have to make our first impression count in order to have people do business with us. Our image is not just a photo of us. Its the way we convey our message to people and let them know who we are. Weather If it’s for your LinkedIn profile ,website or your dating profile you want empowering images that make people feel that you are confident, knowledgeable, caring, friendly, happy and positive.

I once had a client that needed some head shots to update her website. I asked her to cross her arms for a couple of shots but she hesitated and immediately told me NO. I do not want to come across closed and unfriendly. I want to show that I am friendly and caring. I said trust me. I will guide you how to do this pose correctly and if you do not like the picture you do not have to use it. She agreed and did the pose. At the end after she saw all her pictures , she ended up getting the cross armed one :) So don’t be afraid to cross your arms. If you feel comfortable and confident then go ahead and do it. After all a good photographer knows how to capture your best facial expression and show your best character ;)

Here are some examples of the cross armed pose I gave my clients.

What is sexy?

My clients often ask me : What is sexy? I tell them Sexy is when you don't reveal everything and leave a little mystery and enigma for men to guess what is going on under that blouse or skirt. Men always like to be challenged and work for something they are interested in so if you easily put everything on the table they wont even value it. It is so sad that this new generation and women in general do not realize that. They think the more they reveal their big breasts and butt the more attractive they seem. They don't even realize the quality of men they will attract that way! You can be sexy with class. I remember after I celebrated my 16th birthday first thing my mother did was that she sat me down with a mirror in front of me and showed me how to sit and how to position my legs when I am wearing a skirt so I wont show my underwear and how crossing legs or closing my legs is more lady like and attractive.
If everything is out in the open then what is there to see more? Learning to have respect and class is the most attractive thing a man is attracted to unless they are just after one thing then they will want a women that will easily let them have it.
Confidence is the second thing that makes a women attractive. The more confident you are in your own skin the more you will look attractive in a mans eyes.

Here is a link to the workout plan I do if you’re interested in having more sexier legs;)



In honor of celebrating 2,000 followers I'm giving away a full photo shoot with professional hair & make up and $100 gift card towards your favorite portraits from the session.

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One lucky winner will be announced via email on July 30th . Good luck!

* Photo shoot will take place in my studio
* Not redeemable for cash

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Before and after pictures


A couple points to keep in mind to have a happier life

It is very easy to wake up and immediately think about all the negative things we have in our life. Worry, be grumpy and have a bad day. Shortly you will realize that it is effecting your health, your work , people around you , your relationships and when it rains it pours. Ive been there and I know how it feels. I read self improvement books, meditated, did yoga, tried to change my thoughts and behavior , watched youtube videos but nothing really worked until I started implementing 3 things which I learned from everything I gathered from all the self studies I did.

1- Write a journal everyday. Write down things you need to do and what you did , your goals and little baby steps to get there. Seeing the progress really helps you become happier and motivated. You will realize that you have been doing positive things and you are growing and all the things you are capable of doing. Also writing your thoughts will help you get it out and on paper. Seeing it will help you manifest it and help you believe in it. When you believe in it you will take actions consciously and unconsciously to make it happen.

2-Really work on loving yourself. It’s the hardest thing to do but until you do , all of your choices will effect your true happiness . People you choose to be in your life, your work, your friends … every thing.

When you learn to truly love yourself and know your self value you will no longer attract , hang on or want to be around people that are not aligned with what you want and what makes you happy. You can not attract true love until you truly love yourself first so make it your number one priority to start working on LOVING YOURSELF first then suddenly you realize life isn’t that bad.

3- Change your view how you see things. As Wayne Dyer says: The way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Nothing will change in your life until you change the way you look at things. Start looking at things from a different perspective. Your home, your furniture , your car ..ext. When you look at things around you with a different perspective and view , you will start having different feelings about them. For example I noticed I am used to getting up, making coffee and sitting behind my desk to start work. It has become my routine and I’m starting to get bored and unhappy so I started to change my view about doing that. One day I woke up , made coffee and I sat in front of my computer but I looked at it from a perspective of how lucky I am to be able to work from home and then I realized how much I love the sun shining on my desk and how beautiful my room is and how comfortable my chair is and how nice my desk is and I should start putting flowers on my desk and so on so forth then suddenly I felt happy and thankful for what I have . If I continued not thinking about all the good things about what I have I would have never started to feel happy and thankful but I changed the way I looked at it and that helped me actually realize how lucky I am and to be thankful and it’s like when I take a picture and I don’t get what I’m looking for I change my lens and so that helps me see it with a different perspective and then I might capture what I’m looking for but if I keep shooting with the same lens I will not get a different result . Same thing is true about your life.

Here is also a link I came across and find very interesting to share with you that will actually help you be a happier person by meditation and manifesting the life of your dreams. Enjoy:

I hope this was helpful for you and helps you be happier in life. it really helped changing my life for the better and to become a happier person so I hope it helps you too. Stay Inspired :)

Much Love,



Family Portrait session/ Mother's day photo shoot / San Diego Family portrait session

Bonnie is a Mother of 3 . She has 2 sons and a daughter and she also has 5 grandchildren. Bonnie wanted to have pictures with all her children and grandchildren and I was so happy to meet them , connect with them, hear their story and capture some beautiful images for them to hang on the wall and cherish forever. Children grow so quickly and would want to look back and remember their family. We can't hang selfies and we definitely can't go back to create time and become younger ! So don't wait until you lose 10 pounds. Your kids love you the way you are. Don't hide behind the camera MOM ! Mother's day is around the corner. Treat yourself or your Mom or your sister or even better all of you together to a beautiful portrait session. You get your hair and make up done with us as well so don't forget to book a night out because you're going to look gorgeous ! ;) Call now 858-699-6903

Love ,
Shadi Ameri Portrait Studio


What does a beautiful portrait look like and How do you capture a great portrait?

What does a beautiful portrait look like to you?

We all have different concepts of what a beautiful portrait truly means. Some say : To capture the best facial and body expression of a person. Others say : To make them look amazing or Great lighting and posing . …

Yes all that is true but the most important thing that makes a great portrait is capturing a persons true self. and shows who they are.

You see, A portrait is so many things more than just a photograph of you. It's a celebration of who you are, a discovery and a legacy.

Before I take a persons photograph , I always start with having intimate conversations with them . I study them. I really try to get to know them. Specially women. We talk about self confidence and self love. About what does being good enough mean. We talk about what beauty means to them. We talk about what part of their body they do not like or feel confident about.

When I put my camera up their inner soul comes forward. I also see everything they don't like about them self, their confidence, how they hold themselves, how they feel about their body. And that is how I capture a magical portrait. One that makes them get sparkles in their eyes seeing it.

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Vaz Andreas

One of the photographers that I admire and their work inspires me is Annie Leibovitz. She is a true photographer. Her work is not about just photographing celebrities. It’s about being able to show her subjects true personality and their message.

A great portrait should contain:

1- A good portrait draws attention to the subject .When it’s done right, as soon as a viewer looks at the portrait, their eyes instantly settle on the subject instead of things behind or around the subject. This is normally done through shallow depth of field. If you’re shooting outside and you have objects in the background, you should be able to use depth of field which means focusing on the subject and making the background out of focus to draw more attention to the subject.

2- A good portrait tells you something about the subject. It shows some element of their personality or their life.

Many people think having a good camera and lens is what makes a good photograph. I have been told a couple of times : Oh your camera takes great pictures ! It’s like telling a writer your pen writes very nice!

You have to have the talent to write ! having a nice pen is not going to make you a writer and having a nice camera is not going to make you a great photographer :)

These are the 2 main important things to consider when capturing a great portrait. I hope you enjoyed and helps you taking better photographs. Please comment below or ask me any questions you have .

Much Love,


It gets better and better every time....

The first time you shoot with me, you discover what you’re capable of. You overcome your nerves, you have a blast , you get a collection of incredible images that celebrate who you are. You can’t believe how amazing you feel. You want to do it again.

The SECOND time you shoot with me , you’re not as nervous which allows us to get into it a little quicker with ease. We shoot something a little different than the first time , try completely different outfit ideas and hair/make up looks. We get even MORE incredible shots than the first time even through maybe you thought that wasn’t possible.

The THIRD time you shoot with me , it’s no holds barred. We blow it out of the water. We know each other well enough by now that it feels like we’re just playing…. and we are…. but we are creating magical things while we do it. And it goes on.

I’m SO grateful for this 3-time client and every single women who trusts me with their photo shoot experience. the first, second , third time and beyond. Clients used to ask me nervously “ Do people ever do this more than once?? I assure you, it just gets better and better.


Three guidelines for great photographers.

It doesn’t matter if your objective is to simplify improve your skills as a hobbyist or forge ahead and earn your livelihood a s a professional. It doesn’t matter if you now use an automated point and shoot camera or a sophisticated SLR. Whatever your objective, to succeed as a photographer requires that you know how to produce images. Beautiful images. Beautiful photos.

What to look for…

1- A good photograph has a clear subject.

We sometimes call this a theme. It’s about someone or something. It may even tell a story about that subject. But the subject is clear and unambiguous. Whomever looks at the photo immediately sees the subject.

2- A good photograph focuses attention on a subject.

In other words, the viewer’s eye is immediately drawn to the subject.

3- A good photograph simplifies.

It includes only those elements that draw the eye to the subject, and it excludes or diminishes those elements that might draw the eye away from the subject.

By starting right now think in terms of these three simple guidelines, you will see an immediate change in your life as a photographer. You will find yourself looking at published photographs in a new way. More important, you will see the world around you in a new way and find yourself taking pictures in a new way. You will start the see the world through your viewfinder with the eye of a photographer!


Basic photography class

Are you looking for a perfect gift for someone special? We can help! For a limited time we are offering a complimentary class for basic photography and how to use your camera professionally with purchase of a portrait session. Your special someone will get pampered with hair and make up , a photo session and a complimentary photography session with me. ( images are sold separately )


Vaz Andreas / Celebrity Photo shoot

Writer and Actor VAZ ANDREAS.

I had the pleasure of meeting Vaz and taking some pictures for him. Vaz wrote a Novel called Fade which is a Romantic fiction. When I started this book I was not able to put it down. I normally only read self improvement books but when I got introduced to this book I became interested as it is for people who are in constant search for their true self and strive to live in the moment. I can’t wait until this book becomes a movie one day. Here are a couple of my favorite shots I took of him. I really enjoyed working with .

At the end we put the camera on tripod and took a picture together to document the success of an excellent team work.


Skincare And It's Importance

We often don’t know the importance of having a young and healthy looking skin until we reach our late 30s and 40s. That’s when we realize how important it is to have great skin and looking younger.

We make the mistake of falling for over the counter products and big brands of the department stores. We spend so much money in hopes that they work but lets face it , they really dont and it’s just a waste of money. They promise to do a lot of things in jar but we all know there’s no such thing really.

I have been there until I realized I have to see a doctor and do it the right way. I was suffering from acne scares and just dead looking skin. No facial was helping me . After months of research I found doctor Maryam Hekmat at the VIP Spa Clinic at Rancho Bernardo.

Doctor Hekmat explained to me the procedure of getting rid of my acne scares and my options. Also the products to use in order to bring life back to my skin and have a vibrant glow and healthy looking skin. SkinMedica did magic for me. After just a short period of time I noticed my skin start glowing , my dark spots and acne scars were gone and now I am so happy with my skin that I do not even want to wear foundation. If I use any make up it will only be some lipstick , eye shadow, concealer and mascara and i’m all set. I’m planning to continue seeing Dr Hekmat and I hope I can be any help for those who are having the same problem I did. Mentioning my name you get a special discount off your treatment.

About Dr. Maryam Hekmat :

Dr. Maryam J. Hekmat, Founder and Medical Director of VIP MedSpa Clinic, has been practicing physician in Rancho Bernardo, California since 2002. She established VIP MedSpa Clinic in 2014 to provide new and safe cutting edge non-surgical cosmetic dermatology treatments. Including Injectables (Botox, Juvederm Fillers, Kybella…), Lasers, and Skin Rejuvenation. 

She has dedicated her entire practice to transforming her patients into younger, healthier, and more confident versions of themselves. At VIP MedSpa Clinic, Dr. Hekmat enjoys the art of customizing the right treatment to give her patients the best result. Natural, Beautiful, Healthy, YOU.

Dr. Maryam Hekmat is best known for her professional honesty, warm demeanor, comforting personality and immense knowledge of skin care and medicine. You can expect to receive the very best care in a variety of services, ranging from Cosmetic Dermatology to Weight Management. For more information, please visit,

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Products I use :

Everyday I wash my face with SkinMedica AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser

SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove dead cells and other impurities from your skin to diminish fine lines and illuminate your complexion. Botanical extracts of bilberry and licorice reduce hyperpigmentation while panthenol and lavender extracts tone and soothe inflammation. Mildly astringent citrus oils minimize large pores for a radiant and refreshed appearance.

Then use the following for day and night time :

2.0 Lytera Pigment correcting serum

SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum addresses the appearance of stubborn discoloration, making even skin tones possible for all skin types. Powered by niacinamide and tetrapeptide-30, this skin brightening formula prevents the appearance of new spots while a marine extract blend supports a healthy skin barrier.

TNS recovery complex

SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex® utilizes growth factors to visibly smooth, tone and firm skin. Formulated with a Tissue Nutrient System (TNS), this anti-aging serum targets blood vessels, reduces inflammation, encourages cell growth and casts a healthy, youthful glow on your skin. Amino acids and antioxidants prevent free radical damage and signs of premature aging.

Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen

SkinMedica Total Defense Repair SPF 34 protects skin from sun damage and prevents aging due to chronic exposure to infrared light. Using an advanced antioxidant complex, this restorative formula goes beyond UVA and UVB protection, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the skin's texture and evening skin tone. Slightly tinted, this lightweight formula also provides sheer coverage for a smooth, polished complexion.

Retinol Complex 0.5

SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex 0.5 enhances the skin's texture to promote a brighter, more youthful complexion. Formulated for skin tolerant to retinol treatments, it stimulates collagen production and enhances faster cell renewal to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Algae extract ensures skin is soft, hydrated and protected against free-radical damage.


SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator blends five types of hydrators that immediately go to work replenishing your skin's hyaluronic acid. Ideal for all skin types, this hydrating serum balances moisture levels to smooth and soften rough texture, lines and wrinkles. Free of fragrance, it boosts the overall health of your skin and provides a staggering eight hours of continuous moisture. The humectants draw moisture from the air and deliver it straight to the areas of your skin that need it the most. It's so potent that it almost immediately begins to smooth the appearance of furrows. 

Dermal Repair Cream

Because a truly all-encompassing hydration treatment takes some extra tender loving care, SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream is one skin staple that offers anti-aging and moisturizing benefits in spades. Specially crafted to deliver optimal results during daily use, it instantly replenishes your skin with the necessary moisture it needs. All at once helping to repair sun-damaged skin and reduce age spots, this dense cream doesn't fall short on skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins. 

Deeply penetrating the surface of your skin with vitamins C and E, while retinol, hyaluronic acid and omega-3 fatty acids work in synergy to reverse the signs of time, this moisturizing treatment is just the trick your skin-care regimen's been lacking. Offering the same benefits as a handful of essentials yet delivering it in one, potent cream, it's bound to become a key player in your day-to-day rotation. 

Key Ingredients:

  • Vitamin C: helps even skin tone and impart a brighter complexion

  • Vitamin E: repels free radicals; helps visibly smooth over wrinkles and fine lines

  • Hyaluronic Acid: instantly plumps skin for a visibly smoother surface; retains water in skin

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: diminishes signs of aging; promotes healthy skin cell production.



when was the last time she had her professional portraits taken?

Are you wondering what to get her for Christmas or New years ? A vanity portrait session is the best gift. She will be pampered for the day, enjoy looking and feeling like a celebrity and will own images that she will cherish for a lifetime. Portraits are an investment that will never go to waste. So give her the gift of eternity.

Fashion Style photoshoot for Designer Timmithea

Last week I was requested to shoot for fashion designer Timmithea who has also been published in vogue magazine. We met at Balboa Park since she had a vision of an artistic atmosphere in mind. Along with my artistic and creative eye we made some great images for her new collection. A little bit about Timmithea:

Timmithea has created a capsule collection of special occasion dresses that are Eco-Glamorous! All fabrics are specially curated and purchased from companies in the USA. Timmithea challenged herself to design a collection of dresses from the least amount of fabric as possible- each takes about three yards, creates minimal waste and is manufactured from sustainable fabrics like silk that eventually makes its way back into the ecosystem with minimal impact. Timmithea likes to use classic designs which tend to have a longer closet life than most trendy styles, too! Furthermore, Timmithea doesn't carry inventory but chooses to have each dress made when ordered. Timmithea's dresses are manufactured in California by WOMEN for WOMEN. Be Eco-Glamorous and support a designer who cares about women and the environment!

Style : Timmithea

Models : Laura Paulson and Julie Hill



Classic design dresses for women…