All that to say, my work isn't about me. It's about you + your partner, and the promise of forever. If you want to know if we're the right fit, read about the experience I provide
— I feel things, deeply. One of my greatest strengths is that I am moved by the little things : a quick hug from grandma, your best friend holding your hand during your partners speech... all these moments, and many more, matter to me. I think they matter to you, too.
— My friends and family mean everything to me, and this is usually something I have in common with the couples who book me. As such, I make every effort to capture & deliver as many candid photos of my couples with their friends + family as possible.
— I'm actually a psychologist by trade! I think my background in psych gives me a huge advantage. I can't read your mind, but I have the skills and experience to read a room. This is hugely advantageous in my pursuit of capturing authentic emotions. I will look for emotion before perfection 100% of the time.
— Inclusivity + equality are at the heart of my business. I will never turn a couple away for their race, gender or sexual orientation. I don't care if you're wearing designer outfits or how big your budget is. I only care that you + your partner are madly in love.
Most 'about me' pages showcase photos of the photographer, looking pretty, with their camera in hand. Don't get me wrong, that was my page for a long time, too. The truth is, I talk a lot about how important vulnerability is to getting great photos + I decided I should lead by example. I decided to instead showcase a photo that represents the reason behind my love of photography.
My love of documenting memories was born out of great grief. I lost my mom to cancer when I was seven years old. Ever since then, I've had a camera in hand. Desperately documenting every inch of life, from the beautiful moments to the messy. As each year passes, the photos I have of her become more & more valuable to me. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of a photograph + its ability to freeze a moment in time. My secret : the power & worth of a photo comes from freezing the right moments in time.
My favourite photos of my mom aren't the staged or posed photos, but instead the real ones. When she's mid-laugh or unaware of the camera. Those are the photos that best captured her heart. It's those fleeting moments + uncensored details I have grown to love and prioritize. To my core, I believe these are the moments + details worth capturing on your wedding day.
Here are a few other things about me, which greatly impact my work —
"After having to cancel due to Covid, we were so unsure about what we wanted and how to proceed, one thing we did know is that we wanted Tessa there.
Not only was she warm and fantastic on the day, but the tips she provided in the lead up and the extra attention she gave made us feel so much more confident with her on the day. She guided us with ease and made the both of us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, the portrait session with just the two of us was easily one of the top moments of the day.
Since the day, Tessa has delivered our pictures in a timely manner and they are oh so beautiful. Every time we look at them we get goose bumps. She really goes above and beyond, photoshopping out bins, portaloos, cars etc to ensure that the focus is just on the two of us.
We can't thank Tessa enough and are so thankful we chose her as our photographer on the day xx"
"Tessa!! What a woman, what a photographer!!
From the moment we met Tessa on our special elopement day she made both my husband and I fell so at ease. She had such a calming beautiful nature and captured every special moment and emotion from our day. Our shoot afterwards was so much fun and such a good laugh.
Tessa never made us feel awkward or like we had to pose and because of this she was able to create pure magic! Tessa has made all my wedding photo dreams come true and I could not recommend her enough. If you want a stress free & fun day, with photos that capture your raw, beautiful emotions I could not recommend this woman enough."
“There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we feel to have found Tessa. She is pure magic.
From the moment I came across her photos, I knew I didn’t want anyone else to document our wedding. I was so worried that it would be uncomfortable to have a complete stranger photographing us, but she had this effortless way of making us feel so at ease.I truly could not have imagined a better day, and I fully attribute that to Tessa. She has an incredible eye and such a beautiful heart.
We are forever grateful to have had her photograph one of the best days of our lives, it absolutely would not have been the same without her.”
Tessa, what an absolute pleasure to work with! From the moment we met for our engagement shoot, it felt like we had been friends for years.
She is an excellent communicator and did a great job of making a couple of awkward people feel comfortable in front of the camera. On our wedding day, she’s was incredible at keeping to the schedule, making sure we got the shots we wanted while also capturing all the little details and the vibe of our day.
It was a really nice experience to have someone we could completely trust and when the sneak peaks came through she far exceeded our expectations! I’m so grateful to have such beautiful memories of our day. You’re amazing Tessa!
"What an incredible photographer!! Tessa was such a dream to work with, easy going and super helpful on the day! Her eye for detail was amazing.
Now that we have our full album I can honestly say I am so glad that we booked her! The photos told a story, they captured emotion and the feel of the day. She captured small moments like laughter and fist bumps and seemed to be in all the right places at the right time. Family and friends who saw the photos thought that we must’ve known each other for years because she got to know us and captured so many moments that showcased our personalities, and that’s what she does best!
Thank you for being part of our big day, we love our photos so much!!"
"Stop your search for the perfect photographer, you need look no further than Tess.
Tessa's photography is simply stunning - we can't thank her enough for capturing our day as beautifully as she did. She captured everything that made our wedding what it was - the joy, the tears, the love, the laughter - her photos are beyond gorgeous and she just has this innate ability to capture 'the realness' of the day.
Tess - thank you for capturing our love and adoration for one another in such an incredible way. We can't wait to relive the moment through our photos time and time again."
"Absolutely recommend! Let me start by saying that none of the reviews are exaggerating, and neither am I when I say that Tessa is truly exceptional at what she does.
It is evident in her conduct and work that she truly has a passion for travel and her work. She went above and beyond to make our couples shoot happen, not only was she understanding and patient when we had to reschedule the date, but also the location... to the other side of the world... She was wonderful in helping my partner plan to turn our shoot into a surprise proposal.
She is the type of person you will immediately want to be friends with and we are so grateful we had someone like her be a part of such a special and intimate moment. Thank you for capturing such cherished memories so beautifully xx"
We found Tess and immediately fell in love with her classic and natural style of photography that didn’t look posed, staged or forced. Tess’ easy going and relaxed nature put us both at ease during both our engagement and wedding shoots, this was particularly helpful given we can be quite awkward in front of the camera normally!
We absolutely LOVE the photos Tess has sent back to us so far for our wedding, we cannot stop looking at them and we cannot wait to see the remainder!!
Tess was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. She captured our day perfectly and we look back on the photos with very fond memories.