Hey friends! I'm Tessa, I'm 24 and living in Rapid City, South Dakota with my husband Jake. I’m currently spending about 30% of my time in Ohio where I’m from, and I’m traveling for another 40%. I'm a big fan of eating more burritos and pasta in all their glorious forms. I'm an advocate for justice and kindness. I’ve never met a dog I didn’t love. I love the ocean when the sky turns pink after a storm and the salty breeze is warm, and I love the mountains in the morning when the fog and the mist is still thick in the air. I'm an introvert, but I love the company of good friends (and good dogs).
I've been in this business full-time for four years now, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Being surrounded by such amazing people on a monumental day in their lives never gets old. I've made so many friendships through this career, and I'm always reminded of how lucky I am to meet the people I work with. I can’t wait to meet you and create something awesome.
AS SEEN IN: Wandering Weddings, The Knot, LooksLikeFilm, and NatGeo Your Shot.
One of my very favorite things in this life is to see how beautiful the world is. Traveling has taken me to Washington (both the state and the capitol), the mountains of Vermont, the Spanish moss-covered trees in Savannah, the loud and bright streets in New York City, the snowy cliffs in the Wyoming Bighorn Mountains, an old bus driving up the curving mountainside roads in Honduras, and so many other amazing places including Seattle, Virginia Beach, Houston, Dallas, Gatlinburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and countless National Forests and Parks.
The world is a huge place, and I’ve seen very little of it. I aim to change that. Below is a list of places I’d love to see, and a list of place I’m headed to soon. If you’re interested in hanging out and shooting in any of these locations, I’m totally down. Just say when. I cannot wait to start an incredible adventure.
January - March
March - April
April - May 16
Dallas / Tyler, TX
May 21 - 26
Houston / Katy, TX
May 27 - June 25
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
August 24 - September 3
Glacier National Park / Seattle, WA / Vancouver + Victoria, BC / Olympic National Park / Cannon Beach, OR / Portland, OR / Grand Teton National Park, WY
Italy (the Dolomites, especially!)
Rocky Mountain National Park
Biscayne National Park
Isle of Skye
Glacier National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Back to Santa Rose de Copán, Honduras
Q & A
DO YOU WORK WITH ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER?
I generally shoot weddings solo. You and I will work together to create a timeline for the day that ensures I will be able to capture all the events you want. We can always talk about adding a second shooter for all or part of your wedding day. If your wedding is happening over a long time, in different locations, has a lot of people, and lots of other reasons, seconds are a good idea.
ABSOLUTELY, YES, I'M READY. Just say when. Destination weddings, elopements, and engagements have proven to be so much fun when they take place during an adventure. Shoot me an email and let's talk details. I'm in.
ARE YOU WILLING TO TRAVEL STATESIDE OR ABROAD OR SPACE OR WHEREVER?
CAN WE HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION WITH OUR WEDDING?
Yes! Engagements are included with all wedding packages booked with me. An engagement sessions helps us get to know each other well and it allows you and your significant other to become comfortable in front of the camera while being intimate and affectionate. Whether you have an engagement session or not, the price stays the same.
I am a documentary-style photographer who focuses on real emotions and passionate love as it happens in the moment. I studied photojournalism in college and I feel that background has given me an edge in understanding emotion and storytelling. I fall under the "dark and moody" style of photography because I love playing with dark shadows and beautiful patches of light. I pride myself on creating a bond with my couples in order to create the most powerful, dynamic, and meaningful photographs - photos you'll enjoy for years to come.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
WHAT TYPE OF SESSIONS DO YOU OFFER?
I am currently offering both local and destination weddings, elopements, engagements, anniversary sessions, honeymoon sessions, adventure sessions, and select editorials, family sessions, and seniors.
I am not offering boudoir, parties, and pet sessions. If you'd like a referral to other photographers who do an amazing job with this kind of photography, I'd be happy to send some great recommendations your way.
Absolutely. I believe love is love, no matter what. How you identify, whatever the color of your skin, whatever you do or don't believe in, whether or not you fit the "traditional" mold... I think you're great, and I think you're worthy. You deserve photos that capture the uniqueness of your love. I'd be honored to work with you.
WILL YOU SHOOT A BIRACIAL, LGBTQIA+, ANY RELIGIOUS, OR OTHERWISE UNTRADITIONAL WEDDING?
DO YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST OF PLACES YOU’D LIKE TO TRAVEL TO?
Um, ABSOLUTELY! I love traveling almost more than anything else, and I’d be so honored to follow you to some of the most beautiful spots in the world as your photographer, and friend! If you happen to book any session in one of my Bucket List locations, I’ll give you a sick discount for helping my world-traveling photographer dreams come to life.