What can I say about these two GirlBosses? I just love them and I believe in everything that they are doing. They have an understanding about makeup and about how to bring out the best in a woman's features that go above and beyond anyone else I know. 

Besides being legit at their craft, these ladies are balls to the wall to make an awesome business and they are so inspiring. They are living their dream and putting in the work to do it. I'm super proud of them. 

I will always be a fan of someone who follows their heart and makes their dreams come true. If you're looking for a makeup artist, you need to hire these two. Check out their site and just do it! You won't regret hiring them!

Also, as a side note: 

I'm super passionate about creative small businesses and I want to do what I can to show support. I'm now offering a special package just for them. So if you're in need of high quality photos for your biz, hit me up and let's chat! 


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 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 


DRESS // Cameo Bridal

CAKE // Carnival Cookie & Cakery

HAIR & MAKE UP // Maud Artistry

FLOWERS // Briar & Bloom 

BOTTLE OPENER // Jensen Handcrafted 

MODELS // Hannah & Alex 




The meeting of creative minds can be explosive and I'm sitting here trying to come up with the words that will do this collaboration justice.

Kristina, the creative genius behind this awesome shoot, is the book nerd behind Beauty and Heartbreak and is also one of the talented makeup artists at Maud. This shoot was inspired by one of her recent reads, A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wanted to create the main character and what started out as just a simple studio shoot, turned into a "nah, we've got to take this outside" shoot.

We brought in one of my favorite models to shoot, Haley and on a recent meeting of a new up and coming Spokane florist, Desiree, from Briar and Bloom.

Desiree went above and beyond what we envisioned. Seriously, this girl is legit. We threw her a couple of ideas and then just let her have creative freedom. The crown was perfect and not to mention she was a great reflector holder.

I love natural light so much because it's unpredictable and ever changing. The light was all over the place and I loved utilizing what we were given. I don't usually use a reflector either, but gold was a big part of our inspiration and wanted to throw some warm tones in there.

We knew we needed to document this whole process, so not only do you get to see the final product, but a behind the scenes video!

Happy Friday!


Oh 2015, what a trip you have been.

This last week I have been reminding myself of what life has been like in the last 12 months and I’m truly blown away and humbled and incredibly excited for 2016 (and maybe a little terrified too).

Thank you so much to all of those who have been a part of #thelifeoftess and for continuously supporting and loving me through this adventure. 


Ahhh this was incredible to say the least. Everything flowed together perfectly! Collaborating with Maud and Miss K was a match made in heaven. 

Boudoir photography will always be a favorite of mine and there are some things in the works right now that I can't wait to share. The best part about it all is watching the transformation of a woman and her confidence going from shy and unsure to her taking on the world. 

If you're thinking about it....we should talk!!!