Positive Vista Photograph & Art

Central Santa Cruz

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In a Nutshell

  • Unique, artistic style
  • Instant feedback during shoot
  • High-quality digital files

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Promotional value expires Feb 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Additional charge for extra prints. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Superstitious types fear that having their pictures taken steals their souls, but rational minds know that advanced technology has eliminated spirit-theft for all but the highest-resolution images. Today's Groupon captures your essence, but promises to give it back: for $69, you get a 60-minute in-studio photo session ($85 value) and three retouched digital files ($267 value) at Positive Vista Photography & Art, located in the Old Sash Mill near Highway 1 (a $352 total value).

Informed by a background in watercolors, Positive Vista's Portia Shao snaps aesthetically alluring portraits that depict subjects in a painterly fashion. Prior to their close-ups, clients may schedule an optional complimentary consultation to review style options and decide on clothing and backgrounds. Portia listens intently and collaborates with her models throughout the shoot, displaying photos on an HDTV as they're snapped so that subjects can approve of their poses or spot if there's a bag of potato chips stuck in their hair. Specializing in in-studio portraits and headshots, Portia can snap everything from families to new babies to pets. This deal includes medium-sized digital files that can print images up to 8"x12" or large enough to cover your face on days you don't feel like getting all gussied up.


Ten Yahoo! Locals give Positive Vista Photography & Art an average of five stars. Here's what they're saying:

  • I went to Portia Shao to get my high school senior portrait photos taken a couple of months ago. I've been to a few other professional photographers for similar things before, but the results were not nearly as good as what I got here. The photos were fantastic and I couldn't be happier. – Andrew G.
  • She has an amazing eye for detail. The studio is comfortable and the sessions are very individualized, it is not a quick in and out snap a shot project. It is a very well thought out professional, artistic experience. – Olaf

Positive Vista Photography & Art

Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.

Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.

Customer Reviews

I wanted to have photos of my dogs but didn't know any photographers. When I saw the Groupon for Positive Vista I asked if dogs were allowed and received a yes. I took my dogs and had a great time. Very pleased with the experience and the photos. Would definitely go back and have more photos taken in the future. She was very patient and friendly with my dogs.
Kathy L. · June 14, 2013
Portia at Positive Vista is a pleasure to work with. This visit was for a headshot for my business card and I'm very pleased with the outcome. The studio atmosphere was relaxed, Portia was very encouraging and the session felt natural.
Edna V. · October 17, 2012
Thank you for being so high energy and patient with my son!
Erin B. · July 15, 2012
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    Central Santa Cruz

    303 Potrero St.

    Suite 45-201

    Santa Cruz, California 95060


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