The last bit of fall light…
The last bit of fall light…
The last bit of fall light…
To say that I'm excited about this September wedding is an understatement! Patrick and Torey are so in love and are all smiles. They seriously are perfect!
We took a lot of photos and got eaten alive by mosquitos, but I'd say it was worth it.
Perfect location + The Perfect couple + Amazing Fall weather = Epic Shoot.
I've had this location in my pocket for a while and it's only the second time I've used it. It had to be the right couple to take here and Dan & Kimberely were it. I'm so happy with what transpired in front of my lens.
Here's what Kimberely had to say about their experience:
"Tess did an amazing job for my husband and I! We've been together for 10 years and she really captured the love and respect we have for each other. It was also a really fun photo shoot because we did a lot of different poses but it felt very natural and wasn't forced either. She got our pics back to us quickly and they are so beautiful. LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Engagement Season is upon us and I would LOVE to be the one you choose to document your love.
I'm a firm believer in shooting for ones self. It helps you get out of creative slumps and improves skill.
So that's what this.
Purple smoke bombs, prisms & free lensing oh my.
big brown eyes
night time wishes
"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."
I legit don't have words for this shoot. I've been trying to come up with the perfect thing to say and I really believe the photos just speak for themselves. However, I have to give a HUGE shoutout to everyone who helped make this happen. I'm still so blown away by it all and I'm obsessed with the photos. It was magical.
Living in Eastern Washington, when it's wedding season, about 95% of the time there is a field and a barn involved, which isn't bad. But Spokane DOES have an urban feel to it and can even be classy. You don't have to do the barn and the wheat field...you can do the sleek and the industrial and have a killer time doing it.
I'm a big advocate for local creative business owners and I knew exactly who I wanted to be a part of this and thanks to Overbluff, I met two incredible wedding stylists! And to spare you from reading too much longer, here's everyone that blew my mind and went above and beyond. Make sure to go and follow them on their social media outlets and of course, hire them. You won't be disappointed!
VENUE // Overbluff Cellars
STYLISTS // Be.
DRESS // Cameo Bridal
CAKE // Carnival Cookie & Cakery
HAIR & MAKE UP // Maud Artistry
FLOWERS // Briar & Bloom
BOTTLE OPENER // Jensen Handcrafted
MODELS // Hannah & Alex
A few weeks ago I blogged these two (here) and their baby bump and I finally got to meet the little princess not long after. I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people more happy or in love. They’ve had quite the journey and it’s awesome to finally see them become parents.
One of the greatest things about being a photographer, is that I become friends with my clients. Especially when they have let me into their world more than once to document their lives. I was almost a little teary when I left their house because I had seen them so much in the last few weeks.
Congrats you guys! She’s beautiful!
This is the second time I've tried putting this beauty together because for whatever reason, my internet decided to crap out on me. I had flowery words and pretty things I said about my trip...but due to frustration and loosing that lovin' feelin'....I'm going to let my photos speak for themselves and maybe next time, I will write more.
Cheers to Monday!
The city is probably my most favorite place to photograph (besides someone's home). I really don't know why, other than I really love the textures and the light. It was super overcast the day we went out, but the light was actually really beautiful and we got some awesome shots.
I got to work with three awesome people for this shoot too!
Thank you guys so much!
Model, Friend, Willing Subject | Rabab
Makeup Extraordinaire | Kristina with Maud (seriously if you need makeup done, they are legit!)
Second Shooter, Bodyguard & Assistant | Pete Slippy Photography
This past weekend, I asked one of my friends to be in front of my lens and wander around downtown with me. I normally don't post something so fast, but this shoot is killing me!!!
Creative freedom is one of the best feelings ever, it's like taking a deep breath. And when clients let me have the reigns to do what I do....woooo look out!!!
I've been trying to come up with the right words to describe this year's trip to Guatemala. But nothing really seems to do it justice.
Sometimes when things are close to my heart, it's really hard for me to even begin to explain what I'm thinking because it's SO much. And most of my close friends would tell you that I internalize everything. But maybe that's why photography is such a big deal to me. It says what I can't.
I hope that my photos tell you what I can't seem to find the words to say.
You know when you were a kid and your parents finally let you have your own email address? But instead of monitoring what you chose for the address, you decided on the most ridiculous email ever and were unaware of the fact that it’s with you for a long time...But then you finally realized once you hit your 20’s that you should probably make a more adult/grown up address.
That’s how I feel about Shot By Tess. It’s a beautiful representation of a risk to take a leap of faith and I’m not embarrassed by it by any means. It’s part of what shaped me into who I am now. As a creator and business woman. I can remember when I came up with that name...it was a defining moment.
It’s just that...I’ve grown beyond that name.
I’ve spent a lot of the last year being frustrated with where I am as a business and not being able to do what I actually want in my craft. There are a lot of journal entries expressing this and crying out for some sort of change. And I’ve known the whole time that I’m the one who has to make the change. But I needed direction and a good ol’ kick in the arse. I do not want to fail at this or give up. I am not ready to throw the towel in.
So I took some steps toward what I believed to be the right direction. Going back to the basics in a sense. Looking at what I produce and attract and what I WANT to produce and attract. I’ve had glimpses of it here and there, but haven't been able to be consistent with it.
I had decided to relearn as much as I could, so that I could be better and maybe find my way through this. I eventually got an outsider’s opinion of me, as a photographer. And although brutally honest at times, everything she said was true and I knew it. I literally had a headache afterwards and had to lay down. It was overwhelming, but really good at the same time.
Change is good. Hard. But good.
So what does that mean for everyone exactly?
A new email and web address (obvi)
It means that I will be pushing myself to be better and better.
A better client experience for you.
That Lifestyle is going to my main gig. That it will literally be in every part of what I do.
No more traditional.
It means going to your homes and documenting your daily life.
Thinking outside the box and yes, probably more serious face photos.
More personal projects.
I realized that I’ve done a really crappy job of putting myself into my work. I’m a very private & guarded person in general, so to put myself out there is not an easy task.
I am very excited to move forward with the new adventure that is before me and to share more of who I am as an artist.
There is no turning back now and I am more determined than ever.
I can’t thank you enough for all of the support and encouragement that every one of you has given. It hasn’t gone unnoticed and I am forever grateful.
Here’s to being brave and making your own way!