PROPOSAL | LIFESTYLE

I've never been more honored, excited or nervous to shoot something. It had to be perfect for these two. 

She had no idea how long he'd been planning this or that he asked me to be there to capture such a defining moment. 

Patrick and Torey, I'm so excited for you two! 

GUATEMALA 2016 #2 | THE LIFE OF TESS

Rain like you've never experienced. 

Heat like you've never felt. 

Sweet faces.

The Luck Dragon dog and Jurassic Park adventures. 

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