GUATEMALA 2016 #1 | THE LIFE OF TESS

It's been just about two weeks since I've been home from Guatemala and as I drink my coffee and sit in the quiet I think I'm finally feeling....well, I don't know exactly how to put it. I'm feeling a quiet sadness and longing for the peace of such a chaotic place. 

Sounds strange I know, but unless you've been on a trip like this, it's not something you'll understand. 

I hit the ground running once we landed and today, I've finally had a chance to stop and think. Actually, if I'm being honest, it started late last night. I was looking through some of the photos that I've finished and there is one that just really spoke to me. I could almost hear the water hitting the shore and the birds in the trees. Peace. I felt at complete peace in that spot. 

I love this place and these people so much. They make my heart happy. And something I realized while down there is that, even though I've spent less than 40 days with them in 4 years, there is such a familiarity and love. It's like we've never been apart and we pick up where we left off. That is such a unique thing to have in general with people in your own city, let alone a whole other country. 

I'm really excited to share my experience with you through my photos. This post in particular is of the first couple of days there. We get to have a tourist day and play kiddos at one of the schools there. 

Happy Monday! 

MAUD ARTISTRY | LIFESTYLE

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!

http://maudartistry.com

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! 

MIKE & HALEY | WEDDING

I'll keep this short and sweet because I want you to look at the photos and immerse yourself in their gloriousness of my favorite frames from this super sweet wedding. 

Happy Monday y'all

 

 

DOWNTOWN LIFE PART VII | LIFESTYLE

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

J FAM | LIFESTYLE

I LOVE in home sessions! Whether it's just a couple or an entire herd of a family.

Everyone is much more comfortable and there's something so special about the everyday life that I think we miss while we're busy living. 

It's even more magical when my clients just let me immerse myself into their world and let me do my thing. That's the best. 

 

 

INDUSTRIAL STYLE | WEDDING

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 

 

 

JOE & KATE | LOVE SESSION

Ohhhhhhh man! I'm SO excited about this session. I've been wanting to do this for a while and Joe & Kate were the perfect couple to do this with.

So what is a Love Session? It's a very simple and calm session in bed. Yup. In bed. But it's not what you think. It's an expression of your quiet moments. Of the simple touches and looks.

If you're thinking about doing this, you should. Email me and let's chat about it!

A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES | LIFESTYLE

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!

DOWNTOWN LIFE PART V | LIFESTYLE

Ahh....love is in the air and it's the about to be wedding season.

When client's give me the freedom to just create, magical things happen for all of us. Especially if they're willing to just wander around downtown.

Mike & Haley's wedding is going to be off the charts and I'm so excited to be a part of it. It's a huge privilege.

PRETTY THINGS IN THE RAIN | LIFESTYLE

When you have friends who are willing to wear your new dress and stand out in the rain so you can photograph them...

 

 

FAMILY LIFE PART IV | LIFESTYLE

Married just over a year and expecting their first child, I think these two would say life has a funny way of working out, and being able to document their wedding and now their soon to be family, has been so fun.

Walking around downtown Spokane, in early Spring, can be an adventure weather wise, but it for sure held out for us and I think the results are amazing. Plus the right amount of wind can do wonders for a woman's hair....and let's be real, Tiff's hair is Beyoncé status.

Happy Sunday!


BOUDOIR | LIFESTYLE

I've tried writing about this shoot three times this morning and I just can't put into words how much I love it or even why I love it so much. My thoughts are a bit all over the place today and I'm just too excited about what Miss A and I created together. 

It's simple and breathtaking.


FAMILY LIFE PART III | LIFESTYLE

Delicious light. 

Freezing weather. 

First shoot of 2016. 

These two were troopers and for this Florida boy, he did pretty well faking that he wasn't cold. 

Baby Harper will be making her grand entrance in just a few weeks and I'm beyond excited to photograph the chaos of a newborn. That's one of the best parts of my job, becoming friends with clients and getting to capture defining moments in their life. 

Happy Wednesday


FAMILY LIFE PART II | LIFESTYLE

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!


K & D | WEDDING LIFESTYLE

These two. 

I heart them both so much. So laid back and down to earth. Hardworking and loyal. And hello...GORGEOUS! 

With their baby girl on the way and this cold snowy morning, I thought it was perfect timing to post their summer wedding. This day was so fun and I feel truly blessed to have been the one to capture their wedding day. 

Happy Monday everyone! 

THE LIFE OF TESS | PERSONAL

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. 

BOUDOIR | LIFESTYLE

Ahhh this shoot.....it 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!!!  

FAMILY LIFE | LIFESTYLE

Proverbs 13:12 // Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

This verse has been a long time favorite of mine because there are certain hopes and dreams that I'm waiting to see fulfilled, so I can only imagine what this couple feels just weeks away from meeting their daughter...their first born.  

The process has been a long and hard one for them. I remember having coffee with Alicia and telling her how her husband is going to lose his mind over this baby girl and watching her get emotional. 

Don't give up. Hold tight. Hope is coming for you.