Exist in photographs again.

Hi there! My name is Gigi and I’m a boutique studio photographer in Visalia, California who specializes in modern magazine-style photoshoots with a timeless, classic approach.

 

About me, I’m deeply passionate about photographing people. I’ve pretty much breathed photography from the time I officially held my very first DSLR back in 2015. I love photographing people, especially moms and dads who shy away from the camera for not feeling beautiful or good enough. I want to prove to them that they have their own unique beauty and I believe that I can capture it.

 

Creating beautiful images for me is not only for the sake of capturing social media-worthy images aka Instagram or Facebook. It is way more than that! It is all about preserving your memory and celebrating your own journey so you can look back someday and see how far you’ve come. It’s about creating the legacy of portraits so your children and their family (someday) can enjoy and trace where they came from.

 

Imagine this, what if your great-grandchildren will look exactly like you or inherit some of your features but they don’t have any proof of your existence because you’ve been avoiding the camera? Working with me means I get to help you the entire time. You don’t have to worry about how to pose, or smile (most women stress about it! :) ) or little stuff like what to wear or bring because I will help and guide you the entire time.

 

My goal on the day of your shoot is to simply HAVE FUN & just celebrate YOU and whoever you want to take with you during your portrait session.

 

It is about time that you exist in portraits. Now is the time to design and experience your dream photoshoot. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN. It will change the way you see yourself.

 

I'D LOVE TO CAPTURE WHO YOU ARE TODAY.

-Gigi

What clients are saying during their portrait sessions...

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I had an amazing experience with Gigi!! The entire time I was there I felt so special. From makeup to hair to trying on different outfits was so much fun. She is the perfect leader when it comes to guiding you to make sure those photos express who you are.  Your heart your soul, it all shines right through and Gigi makes that happen. Until next time GiGi! I cant wait.

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Gigi is an exceptional professional photographer. Meeting Gigi for the first time was like catching up with a long time friend. Gigi is friendly, sweet, humble and has no problem in making your photo experience amazing. Through Gigi’s work I am able to value my accomplishments as a mother, a professional and a wife. Gigi captured a beautiful new season in my life, getting licensed, new job, new friends and two teenage boys 🙏🏻which I am very grateful for. Thank you Gigi for your passion in photography! #100%satisfied

-Ernestina Quezada

Gigi has photographed my kids twice. Each session, she captured them perfectly. After several conversations about doing a session for me, I agreed. The whole experience was amazing! From the hair and makeup, to the session and then the reveal. Gigi captured me in a way that I have never been able to see myself. Thank you Gigi for this uplifting experience ❤️

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It took me so long to decide to have my portraits taken. Gigi made the whole experience so comfortable and relaxing naturally. The pictures turned out much better and beyond my expectation. So happy that called her and made memorable pictures for myself and my children. Already planning to bring my kids back to have family portraits.

-Joseph Nguyen

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I don’t even know where to start with this review. I spent the last two years trying to find a female photographer that would make me feel as comfortable as possible due to the nature of the photos I wanted. I wanted to do something special for my significant other and was coming to the conclusion that I would not be able to find a local photographer to meet my needs. I came across Gigi’s website and immediately called her. From the moment she answered the phone, I knew she was the one. She was so comforting and had the most outgoing personality, similar to mine. She invited me in for a consultation and asked me two important questions, what are you looking for in a photographer and what are you looking for in your photos... I came with pictures of ideas that I wanted for my photos and Gigi was as excited as I was for what was to come. She added her recommendations followed by a great, personal conversation and set the date for my actual photo shoot. I was so nervous but she interacted with me every so often up until my photo shoot date with encouraging words. The morning of my photo shoot was incredible. Gigi, her female make up artist and female assistant was so welcoming and inviting. We sat there while I was getting dolled up, had coffee and talked about everything under the sun! It was like a morning coffee date with my friends!! My make up was on point... I can’t even explain how spot on she was with the vision I had for my make up and hair. During the photo shoot Gigi made me feel unbelievably comfortable. It was the most fun I’d ever had getting my pictures taken! She had so many fun and creative ideas. She even did several pictures where my hair was “blowing in the wind”. A week later she had my photos ready for reveal. The pictures were so good that I sat there for an hour indecisive, because they were all THAT GOOD!! I honestly feel that I have developed a friendship for life with Gigi. She is a blessing in disguise and truly wants to give every woman the confidence she deserves to have and show you just how lovely you are, despite how you might feel about yourself. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Gigi!

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I’ve known Gigi since I was 17 and she was barely starting out. Yet, I immediately felt comfortable and safe around her presence. Her attention to detail both in photography and comfortability speaks volumes in her character.

In our first session for my debut (18th birthday), she was extremely open to new ideas and was willing to be flexible with the location we were shooting at. It was definitely humid and warm (since we took photos in Summer) but she was extremely patient with my family and I. This was five years ago.

In our recent boudoir (coming of age/adulthood) shoot, she immediately asked what I was comfortable with and what I wasn’t. I LOVED her integrity and willingness to ensure her clients are at ease and supported for their ideas. She was extremely excited when I gave her the Miss Universe 2018 ideas and the concept of the flirty and fun vibes. Ariel was amazing as my makeup artist. She made me feel beautiful and understood the interpretation of makeup I was aiming for, despite the fact I didn’t have a fully clear vision. As for the actual shoot, she was fun, engaging and was willing to crawl on the floor with me as I posed.

Overall, Gigi is the type of person that was willing to show both your inner and outer beauty. She accepts the flaws of a person yet displays the importance of feeling yourself at all times. She will definitely be the person to go to for all of my special occasions.

-Selena Pama

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Gigi is so so amazing I don’t even know where to start, from the quality of her work, to the kindness of her heart, to boosting myself confidence because of how amazing my pictures came out!! Thank you so so so much Gigi! I recommend going with Gigi😋 the best photographer out there!!🤩

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Gigi is an exceptional professional photographer. Gigi is friendly, sweet, humble and has no problem in making your photo experience amazing. My son and I feel very comfortable. Looking forward to our next project in the summer. Higher recommend!!

-Liz Escobar

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This was one of the best experiences ever for photos ! I of course, do not like taking my photo and I was extremely nervous! Gigi was hospitable, caring, curious, open, welcoming, and the best photographer I’ve ever encountered! Makeup artist was amazing too! The entire process brought comfort and joy. I even became emotional several moments, not sure if it was noticed but I was truly grateful for the opportunity of the experience! Gigi brought up the greatest point, what was being captured was not only a photo but a moment in my life that spelled out how far I have come, who I am right now and what my bond with my son truly means. I will cherish these photos for my professional life, for my mom role, and forever! May they be one of many experiences with Gigi for my future! I recommend her highly to everyone for any occasion or situation! I came in needing one photo for my professional portfolio and fell in love with the process and with every piece of art that was made! Thanks so much Gigi!!!!

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Portraits with Gigi turned out so beautiful! Gigi was patient with me as she directed me and guided me for poses. She was encouraging and kind, making the entire experience very comfortable. I have received nothing but compliments for the pictures I will truly cherish forever. My daughter already “claimed” a print to hang in her room.

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I hate pictures and I never like the process...but absolutely fell in love with Gigi and makeup artist Ariel both are very nice and professional. They made me feel comfortable and beautiful. The pictures came out stunning and fast. We definitely will take pictures again soon .

-Vickie Johnson

As the husband of a beautiful women I am ecstatic to be able to hang the photos we have received around our house. Thank you very much for such great photos of my wife! Thank you GIgi

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Gigi was great to work with...from helping to pick out clothes, hair and a makeover, to making me feel so comfortable having my photos taken. She and Ariel (makeup artist) made me feel beautiful. Gigi is so fun and her work is top notch and professional.

-Debora Moore

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Gigi was wonderful, she made me so comfortable with the experience eventhough I was so nervous. I never have been a picture person, she has made me a picture person. Her work is amazing. Thank you Gigi.

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Gigi is bubbly and fun! She makes you feel so comfortable as soon as you meet her. She truly loves what she does and it shows in all that she creates! I highly recommend her services!

-Krystal Rodriquez

Gigi offers excellent customer service. I love her attitude and enthusiasm for her work; it indeed shows her passion. I enjoyed my photo session and her flexibility. I highly recommend her services. I am incredibly content with the final professional portraits.

Gigi has an outgoing friendly demeanor that expresses fun when she takes the photos of her clients. She make you so relax to become excited to take your portriat and feel happy with the results.

-Efriam Ortiz

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​"Gigi is exceptionally talented! I was originally dreading a photo shoot (as I am not photogenic & not secure in my looks), but went as my mom really wanted generational pictures along with my grandma. Gigi celebrates every person & makes you feel beautiful. The entire experience was one I will never forget! The photos tap into the Love we have for each other. I will always cherish them!" -Diana J.

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Gigi is an exceptional professional photographer. Meeting Gigi for the first time was like catching up with a long time friend. Gigi is friendly, sweet, humble and has no problem in making your photo experience amazing. Through Gigi’s work I am able to value my accomplishments as a mother, a professional and a wife. Gigi captured a beautiful new season in my life, getting licensed, new job, new friends and two teenage boys 🙏🏻which I am very grateful for. Thank you Gigi for your passion in photography! #100%satisfied

-Ernestina Quezada

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"Whoa!! What an amazing photographer & person! Gigi's passion for her work really comes through in her photos. She makes the session fun an experience you'll want to go back for!"

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"The portraits Gigi took of my mom and me came out wonderful. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. The photo session was professional and lots of fun. Thank you Gigi for help capturing these great memories." 

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​"Gigi offers a portrait session experience that leaves you feeling confident and pampered. Our portraits reflected the comfortable, happy environment she provided. When we saw the final product we were very pleased and decided to purchase several portraits as gifts for family members. Highly recommend Gigi’s services!"

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Love my luxurious photo session with Gigi Kraus. Creative and fun. Open to suggestions and share with your input❤️

-Con Besos

We had the pleasure of working with Gigi this past December...and it was an amazing experience for my family & I.
She speaks about creating memories and it truly is...the entire experience has gone in the top 10 for us!

Gigi did an amazing job with our Corporate Head shots! Along with our Head shots, Gigi made my team look and feel beautiful. Our Photos came out amazing. Gigi has a true eye for enhancing natural beauty.

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