Thursday, February 28, 2008

Update that old photo!

Are you looking for love online (,, etc.) in the Orange County area?

Is your photo over a year old?

Did you have to cut someone out of your photo?

Are you holding an adult beverage in your photo?

Do you constantly apologize for your online photo?

Is your photo so dated that you can't get a date?

Does your photo make you look heavier then you are, older or scary?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then it is time for a new profile photo!

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Do something different and have your photograph professionally created to emphazise your best qualities.

Be your best self!

Your profile photo(s) should compliment who you are and accent your best features. You should be proud of the photo you post on your profile. Having a professional photo on your profile shows that you are serious about finding that perfect person. It shows that you take pride in yourself and are willing to put yourself out there for others to see. This is not a modeling session. We will make you look like you. While some light retoiuching is offered, our objective is to show the real you, not the airbrushed version of you.
Are you a shy person? Our sessions are perfect for you. Our home studio creates an inviting environment for any personality. Mike or Terri will work with you to capture the essence of who you are and the image you would like to project. Your profile photo should not be about a gimmick, it should be you, genuine.
Starlight Photography is offering a special for those looking for photos to post specifically for an online profile. *We do not offer any prints with this session, but they can be ordered*

Our special for online profile photos:
$99 session fee
In the studio (on location is not available for this offer)
A disc of your 2 favorite photos
All images will be lightly retouched (additional retouching is available)
You can pick up your CD of images within 3 days of your session.
Other options are available at special rates!

For more information about this special or any general questions please contact us at:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Make A Wish & Starlight Photography

Here at Starlight Photography we have a passion for charities. In past years we have donated to many different charities and auctions. This year we wanted to really focus on one charity and develope a relationship with them.

Since Terri has such a passion for children and children's photography I thought the Make A Wish Foundation of Orange County would be the perfect charity to work with.

Our hope this year is to raise $5,000 so we can be a sponsor to a Wish child. We will be launching a year-round promotion so you, our clients, can help us raise money. Keep checking back for details on the Make A Wish promotion and how you can be part of it.

Until next time,

Monday, February 4, 2008

Who is Terri Lee?

The second half of Starlight Photography's team is Terri Lee. Here is some information about Terri and her craft:

Photographic Craftsman, 2005
Photographer of the Year, Bronze level, 2005
Professional Photographers of California, Service Award, 2001

My beginnings in the photographic world stemmed from a passion for the fine arts, from a very young age. I have a formal education in Fine Art, primarily oil and watercolor painting. I have spent many hours in local and international museums and galleries, absorbing the styles and visions of both traditional masters and contemporary modern artists. My interests in the fine arts expressed themselves in various media, including oil and watercolor painting, sculpture and multimedia creations. Twelve years were spent, prior to picking up a camera, as a retouch artist, both by hand and with Photoshop. This contributed to a broad understanding of composition, color balance and posing. Having assisted my husband who is wonderful photographer in his own right, for many years, I learned many of the technical requirements of my profession. I have been very fortunate to study with some of the greatest photographers in the nation through my membership with Professional Photographers of America. By the time I began to create my own photographic expressions, I had a clear idea of how and what I wanted to say with my images. I continue to grow and explore ideas, themes and various artistic and political expressions for inspiration in my own work.

Mike and I have been married for 23 years. We have two grown daughters, and one granddaughter. We live in Mission Viejo, California, where we share our home based studio, Starlight Photography, with two dogs, three tortoises and two parakeets.

Friday, February 1, 2008

What is Starlight Photography?

We are entrusted with the responsibility of artistically capturing the precious memories of our clientele. The images we create have immeasurable value because they capture a moment in time. A moment with magic, feeling and mystery that will never disappear.

Starlight Photography is a full service photography team headed by Mike and Terri Lee. Starlight Photography offers personal photography and commercial photography depending on your needs.

A little more information about Mike Lee:

Michael started pursuing his interest in photography at the young age of 10, the bug really sunk in at 12 while attending a class on basic photography in elementary school with his friends. The story is told over so many times of the magic that happens when you first see the image under the eerie orange glow of the safelight in the darkroom. Boom, the bug bit, from that time on Michael could not get enough information about photography, cameras, B/W film and processes, color negative and color transparencies.

Michael continued his pursuit and education of photography after High School with a formal degree in still photography and graduated with his degree in 1978.

1980 through 1993 was spent in aerospace engineering as a mechanical designer where Michael became extremely proficient in many computer programs including CAD.

1990 was a pivotal year, Terri and Michael decide it was time to jump into photography full time. With Terri being laid off from aerospace and Michael still with his job they decide on a transition. Terri was selling weddings and Michael was continuing the engineering work. 3 years later, Michael was only sleeping 3 hours a night and they decide it’s time Michael makes the jump.

Fast forward to the late 1990’s
Michael is President of Professional Photographers of Orange County in 1997, Terri follows in 2001,
Michael is now volunteering many hours of time to Professional Photographers of California and eventually becomes President in 2006-2007. To this date Michael feels that giving back to the industry that helped him achieve his goals has become part of his life. He continues to work for PPC as a COB.

West Coast School of Professional Photography 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998
PPA Certified Photographer 1997
B.S.B.A. University of Redlands 1987
A.A. Degree Orange Coast College - Still Photography 1978

Professional Associations:
Professional Photographers of California: President 2006-07
Professional Photographers of Orange County: President-1998
Member Professional Photographers of America
Professional Distinction; Photographic Craftsman National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Mike specializes in commercial photography including architectural photography, event photography, food photography, school photography and much more. We will be highlighting more of Mike's work in the upcoming weeks.

Next week we will be highlighting Terri Lee and her amazing maternity and family photography. Here is a little taste of what to expect...