Mom of two, Dance Instructor, Former Ballerina -- Lana's experience in front of the camera!

I now try to bring that woman from the shoot out more often because these photos showed me she deserves to be seen.

Lana, a Ladera Ranch mother of two little ones and a dance instructor, came to the studio for her portraits session and the experience was quite transformational for her.

Here's what she wrote about her experience:


Glamour. Sophistication. Artistry. Finesse. Grace.


"I got to experience this when I had my portrait session with Paul Gero. Normally my life consists of being a busy mom of 2, working part time, and forging life's adventure with my husband. But for those few hours of my photo shoot I got to step out of my role as mom, teacher, and wife and find and photograph a part of me that I rarely get to see, or be, anymore.

It may sound superficial but I loved the pampering of getting my hair and makeup done. The artist was exceptional, I felt she really personalized my "look" to me. And it felt so good to be fussed over.

My photo session was empowering. I have so many photos that show me as a wife and mom. Here I became a fierce, sophisticated, challenging, and beautiful woman. I didn't know I could pose and photograph this way. I walked away confident and strong and feeling invincible.

At my photo viewing, I couldn't believe that was me in the pictures. I love how Paul captured a side of me that I rarely expose. And so did my husband.

I now try to bring that woman from the shoot out more often because these photos showed me she deserves to be seen.

Thank you Paul for the amazing photos and the unforgettable experience."

Thank YOU Lana for allowing me to photograph you and share some of these portraits below!


She originally wanted a business headshot...

Stephanie, a busy Ladera Ranch professional, originally came into our studio looking for a fantastic business portrait for her Linked In profile.

She got that portrait and so much more!

She was intrigued by our new direction and was willing to go beyond the standard portrait since we had hair and make up for her with this portrait shoot.

Paul, I want to thank you for a remarkable photo shoot.
I was simply looking to get some professional head shots done but was in for a pleasant surprise.
The atmosphere was relaxing, fun, and exciting.

The music set the perfect tone and I really felt like a QUEEN!

— Stephanie, Ladera Ranch

If you would love to have a gorgeous portrait session just like Stephanie for use for personal branding and for a collection of legacy images you are certain to treasure, please contact us through the form below!


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Nicki's Portraits...and the birth of our new portrait genre


As a portrait photographer it's sometimes hardest photographing those the closest to us.  And yet it can be the most rewarding.

In this blog post I'm pleased to share, in her own words, my wife Nicki's story about her portrait session -- how it came about and the effect it had on her.  ENJOY!

"I am Nicki. Mother of two. Wife of photographer. 


People always tell me how lucky I am to be married to a photographer, and of course I agree. Thing is, I myself am rarely in the photos - I do not really like my photo being taken unless I am prepared for it - hair looking good, make-up good, clothing good, and of course never the right weight for it. Most days, I do not look "good enough" to be in photos. Yes, there are the annual Christmas card photos that my kids will likely cherish when they themselves are grown up. Mostly, however, they will find a gazillion photos of themselves photographed by dad (his most precious and ongoing project is documenting our kids). Not many of their parents. 


I have a photograph of my mum in her youth, looking glam and gorgeous, posing in a lifebuoy (I guess that was the fashion then) - those photos you want to always remember them by, because they are so beautiful. 


I have recently been introduced to the lovely portrait photographer, Sue Bryce, and was immediately infatuated with her photos of everyday women, transformed into glamorous movie-star types - photos that could appear on the pages of Vanity Fair or Vogue.


I asked Paul to do a photo shoot like that of me. He readily agreed - then while we were chatting about it, we both looked at each other and like a bolt of lightning, were struck with the idea of transforming his business to this kind of portraiture. No, I did not want to lounge on a bed in my lingerie (I am not THAT comfortable with my body for that), but in a glorious evening gown, or LBD - something I would be proud of to share with my kids, my friends, the world. Something that would transform me from regular mother of two, making school lunches every morning in my pjs, glasses and hair in a bun, playing taxi to and from school and sports most often in yoga pants and that same bun in my hair, doing 20 loads of laundry a week… get the picture, to a beautiful woman ready to walk the red carpet for her debut! 

It was a pampering I will not easily forget - something I wish I could do every time I have to leave the house.


We researched hair and make up artists and found someone who was eager to come to the studio to get me dolled up. What an experience that was. It has been many years since I had someone doing my hair and makeup. Most women tell me they haven’t had it done since their wedding! It was a pampering I will not easily forget - something I wish i could do every time I have to leave the house. I had no idea what I would look like - until she was done and I was given the mirror. WOW! I didn’t even look like me! 


Then we started on the portraits - Paul was so masterful at posing me and telling me what to do, where to place my arms, my hands, my legs, for the best angle of me. We had various backdrops, standing, sitting, lounging on a chaise - it was so much fun. I was a total model for a day. Music pumping (a little champagne too) to relax me. 


Paul showed me one photo on the back of the camera while I was modeling for him. WOW - I looked like a model! What a feeling! When I saw the edits, it was very emotional. I was beautiful. Something I definitely do not feel most days of my life. Since then, I look at the photos almost daily - just to remind myself what I can be and it makes me feel beautiful all over again. 


Thank you, Paul, for giving me this gift. This gift of ME. This gift that will outlive me and be my legacy to our children and theirs. something that they too, can display with pride and love, just like the photo I have of my mum in her lifebuoy."

Behind the scenes....



New Site Launches!!

It's live!  And we couldn't be more proud!

Please check out the galleries -- there will be more to come and we're excited to go live and share with the new direction we're taking for 2017!


A New Direction for 2017!


This series of the Same Day Transformation of Lana shows the new direction that we are taking our studio into 2017!

Nicki and I are proud and pleased to be creating these legacy portraits for woman of all ages reminiscent of a modern session for a fashion magazine.  

All of the sessions include a portrait planning session, hair and make up on the morning of the portraits and an in studio, print reveal.

Check out the website for more photographs and to sign up for your own custom portrait session.