Tessa Marie Images

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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 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.

  • What was your childhood like? How did that play a part in your photography?

My childhood was the best and I could rave about my family forever. My family has always been really close, and I was the first child born in my family so there are literally hundreds of photos of me between the ages of 0-3. I was lucky enough to grow up living in the woods, surrounded by so much beauty and I was always outside enjoying it. I got my first pink Barbie camera when I was around 6 years old, and the first thing I pointed it at was the nature around my house. Going through art school I’ve done projects based on the trees at my parents house, and being in that place is one of the things that fully recharges and inspires me when I’m feeling like my creativity has dried up.

  • What is your favorite thing to photograph?

People. I am so inspired by the differences in everyone and I LOVE being able to capture their unique look and personality. I believe photography can show so much more, can capture a person’s essence and soul, much more than can be seen with the human eye.

  • What is your morning routine like?

It depends if you’re asking about a weekend or weekday.. I’m so NOT a morning person, so weekdays before work I usually wake up as late as I possibly can to still make it on time, throw on some comfy clothes, pack my lunch, and head out the door. Weekends I will sleeeeep in, wake up and cuddle with my cat, make a big breakfast and eat in bed while watching Netflix until I have to get ready for the events of my day.

  • What keeps your creativity going?

It can be really hard, especially when photographing weddings every weekend and not getting to spend as much time on my own projects as I might like. But when I feel that tug on my heart that means I haven’t been doing enough art for myself, I’ll grab a friend or my boyfriend and take some photos of them, or do some self portraits if I can’t find a subject. I am really inspired by people and I love capturing them in different ways.