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Haley Adair {Associate Photographer}

Tessa here…

I shot my first wedding in October of 2011. I really had no idea what I was doing and was self proclaimed unqualified for the job. But I am so very grateful for those that trusted me in the early years. Since then, photography has become my one great passion. School taught me a lot, but it has been the day to day grind that has molded me the most. Growing up in Lancaster, a lot of people get married young. For me, I married my career early on and have never looked back. I LOVE THIS ART MEDIUM, I love being a business owner and I love continuing to learn something that I know I will never fully arrive at; it makes life interesting.

Cue 2016, one of the best and worst years of my life. I had been out of school for a couple years and things had finally begun to take off.
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Which I will never complain about, but with it came the cost of my sanity. With all that, I felt it was time to start up my internship program again. Which I have always tried to take super seriously. I myself have been a part of both good and bad internships and wanted mine to be one that the individual felt like they walked away with a much better understanding of photography.

I was asked to speak at my Alma Mater, Tyler School of Art, the arts school at Temple University. This was just over a year ago and here I met Haley Adair. We grabbed coffee shortly after and I knew within moments of meeting her that I was not about to offer the internship to anyone but her.

I had always wanted to create a team that was bigger then myself. While I have loved starting something from scratch, there is nothing quite like building something with other like-minded artists and putting your hands together to create something beautiful. Art school taught me the joy of this.

So I knew, after working with Haley for a summer, that not only was she a talented artist, but she is also a quality human being. With that all being said, I figured it was time to expand our little team of myself, Victoria and Jen to include an Associate Photographer.

Drum role please…

Beginning in August 2018, Haley will be offering her wedding services through Tessa Marie Images as an associate photographer and I am so stinkin’ proud to have her as part of the team. She is talented, has an amazing eye and a thirst to continue to grow in this art. I am so excited to see the amazing experiences she creates for our clients and the lasting memories that she will capture with each passing wedding. Guys, book her, because she is awesome.

So as we venture into this new season, I felt it was time for you all to get to know a bit about her…

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Haley here…

I grew up in a tiny town in Lancaster County, PA, but always knew I was a city girl, so when I finally came to Temple and Philly I knew instantly it was the place for me. Transferring to Tyler School of Art was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself and my photography career. I freelanced my way through high school and college with the plan of starting my own business after graduation. But since the opportunity to work with TMI presented itself, I haven’t looked back!

My love for photography started around age 5 with a pink Barbie camera in my grandparent’s front yard. I’ve had a few different ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up, but the one thing that never changed was that I always knew I’d be some kind of artist. If I wasn’t a photographer, I would be an interior designer.

Photography is my pretty much my whole life. It is not only my job, but also my biggest passion, my major in school, and my hobby. I love being able to create art out of love. I’m so thankful I have a career where I can mesh my fine art background with my love of organization and planning, learning everything there is to know about photography and giving my clients images they will cherish for generations. My favorite part of wedding photography is simply the honor I feel in the couples choosing me to capture one of the biggest days of their lives, and trusting me to create photos that represent them and their love. I never get tired of seeing happy couples, shooting weddings makes me believe in love more than anything I’ve ever seen.

- I don’t drink coffee.
- I’m a vegetarian.
- I don’t like donuts and I only like cake on wedding days, everyone here thinks my food habits are weird. (Tessa here… I make fun of her continually…I guess I can let this slide)
- I love all animals, but especially my two cats.
- I don’t even mind moving because I love redecorating my homes.
- I love cooking and baking and I’m always up for trying a new recipe or dessert.
- I’m not a morning person and refuse to believe I ever will be. (I make her come in at 9 am on editing days, she deserves an award)
- My mood on a daily basis highly depends on how I feel my hair looks.
- French fries are my favorite food group.

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Welcome to the team Miss Haley. So very excited for what is ahead…

- T

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Thom & Ginny {Wedding}

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with remover to remove. Oh no; it is an ever fixed mark, that looks on tempests, and is never shaken.” – Shakespeare
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Where do I even begin?

Thom & Ginny are a gem of a couple. They are fun-loving and that joy is contagious. When either walks into a room, you know it’s going to be a good time. But together, they are dynamic.

Haley and I had been looking forward to this day, even more so after our engagement session with them in the City a few weeks back. Thom promised me the greatest bridal party around and within minutes of meeting the girls the morning of their wedding, I knew he was right on in the female end and felt very confident the boys would follow suite.

Ginny and her girls primped and prepped in the beautiful bridal suite at The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve, Finley Catering’s newest venue. Mirrors lined the wall as the bridesmaids had their hair sprayed, eyelashes curled and swept that final touch of lipstick on.

The weather outside was a mix of sunshine and rain. As we attempted to begin photos outdoors the skies decided to open up, leaving us with beginning on the beautiful stone entrance of the ballroom. Ginny was able to find every possible positive spin to all aspects of the day, and the weather was definitely not lost on that. To her, the rain wasn’t an inconvenience, but rather a romantic touch; as if we were lost in the countryside of a European town. With the weather’s quick passing we were able to nab some photos out on the beautiful grounds, the blue pastel colors of the dresses pairing perfectly with the fresh green of the Spring grass.

A black stretch limo whisked the girls away, traveling just a few miles to the ceremony. Over the next hour, the ceremony was personal and wonderful. From touches of music sung by dear friends, to the humor of the pastor and the underlining God honoring aspects to each part of the ceremony. A marriage built on this foundation, blessed by God with trusted witnesses to hold the couple accountable, is surely one set for success. The pastor even took the time to look around at those couples that had been married for decades, some over 60 years, a true testament to the shining examples that surround Thom & Ginny.

And then the party began, the reception was held in a ballroom drenched with white light and sparkle. The ceilings swept high, pairing perfectly with the twinkle of the center pieces. The bridal party was introduced and the first dances held and then the dancing began with the beats brought from DJ Freez (really, when he’s around, there is no option NOT to dance).

To cap off the night, we stole the couple for a few minutes to take advantage of the outdoor structure of the ballroom. Six stone pillars reaching towards the sky drenched in red light, a mix of class and regality.

Throughout the day I kept looking at Haley and asking, is anything going to go wrong? Every wedding day we face challenges; a shaking timeline, a disgruntled family member, a missing boutonniere etc. But this day was flawless, from start to finish. The timeline stuck from the very beginning to the end, and yes Thom, your bridal party crushed it. But what made it the most special was the love between Thom and Ginny. One of those kinds of love that inspires novels to be written. What an honor to be a part of it. Thank-you for allowing us to capture your love story!

- T

Engagement Session: Thom & Ginny {Engaged}

Second Photographer: Haley Adair

Ceremony Location: Manoa Presbyterian
Reception Location: Ballroom at Ellis Preserve

VENDORS:
Dress: Sabrina Ann
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Florist: Rebecca Mullholland with RAM Floral
Wedding Planner: Jennifer with Ellis Preserve
Church Coordinator: Robin
DJ: Freez Entertainment 
Videographer: Video ONE
Cake & Catering: Finley Catering
Hair: Shanon with Blush Salon Newtown
Makeup: Jessica with Blush Salon Newtown
Additional Vendors: Marinus Ensemble

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Alan & Julie {Engaged}

“Laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters.” – Tom Robbins020-storyboardI love how Alan and Julie describe their first date. It was at a restaurant in Pasadena, California. With the restaurant being nearly empty, and the waiter attentive but aware to keep his distance, the two spent hours getting to know on another. The conversation flowed effortlessly and they both decided to continue the evening with a walk to City Hall. It was a cool evening, just cool enough to need a fleece jacket and as they walked through City Hall they shared their first kiss.

Now years later, engaged to be married, with a whole bucket full of memories, we met at a different City Hall. I was coming off of several days of shooting and quite honestly was feeling a bit tired and void of creativity. None the less, I was extremely excited to meet these two after chatting with them via Facetime during their consultation.

Within minutes, my creativity was completely brought back to life and I was energized by the positive vibes and goofiness that these two exude. The evening was SO MUCH FUN, seriously, I loved every second of it. Alan & Julie are kooky in the most amazing way. They interact with one another in such a silly manner, yet it is mixed with this air of romance that translates so well in front of the lens.

As I left the session I was reminded of how blessed I am to do what I do; to hear the love stories and be even a small part of documenting what so many years and memories have built. I consider it a great honor to work with some of the best couples around, and Alan & Julie are no exception.

They will wed at the Hotel Monaco in October and it is sure to be a WONDERFUL event. Cannot wait to celebrate with you both!

- T

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Andrew & Chelsea {Engaged}

“Promise to stay wild with me. We’ll seek and return and stay and find beauty and the extraordinary in all of the spaces we claim. We’ll know how to live. How to breathe magic into the mundane.” Victoria Erickson002-storyboard I met Andrew and Chelsea at Ridley Creek State Park on a brisk Spring evening. The cooler temperatures scared away the groups of people that typically accompany this park, leaving us with full reign of the budding pink trees and stone structures.

Andrew and Chelsea were just downright cute, from start to finish. They brought their pup along, and let me tell you, I’m fairly certain I have not yet photographed a dog so well behaved. They twirled amongst the trees and shared tiny kisses in the open field with the horses nearby. If it sounds like perfection, it is because it was.

Andrew and Chelsea simply fit with one another, from their similar interests to their go with the flow attitudes. It has been a fun filled few years they have spent together, from traveling to locations such as Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica, to music festivals, moving in together and of course getting their precious pup.

Is it July 22nd yet?

- T
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Troy {Cake Smash}

Troy is almost one, so we had to have a little party in the studio!013-storyboard 014-storyboard 015-storyboard 016-storyboard 017-storyboard 018-storyboard 019-storyboard

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