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Editor’s Choice Award winner for 2016!

Inspiration & Design Photography wins Editor’s Choice Award 2016!

I was beyond surprised to open my inbox today & find out that I won the 2016 Editor’s Choice Award! The email said CONGRATULATIONS,  pop the champagne! Since it’s still morning I will refrain from that, however, I may do a happy dance in my office 🙂

This is more than just winning an award, it’s about not giving up. It’s about trying new things. It’s about finding your way when you are feeling lost. For those of you who read my blog posts, you know that 2015 was the first year of submitting my work for publication. I had no idea what my efforts would bring, but I figured it didn’t hurt to try. And what a wonderful end to my first year of effort!

I was feeling  like a guppy in a new area of the ocean filled with talented Beluga whales!! But in that large sea of talent, I knew that I needed to try to make a name for myself  as a somewhat newbie to the Charlotte Market area. Since my business had ALWAYS grown via REFERRALS, it felt foreign to be in an area so saturated with talent and competing with many photographers who had been in the area for a long time gathering a ripple of referrals and vendor connections.

Entering my work has helped my google rankings, encouraged my little guppy heart and hopefully will help me swim with the Beluga whales once again!

2016 Editor's Choice Award

The Editors’ Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazines, blogs and websites. Your hard work and commitment to getting published places you among the top 5% featured, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals. Using Two Bright Lights, you and your colleagues were featured in media outlets that included POPSUGAR, The Knot, Green Wedding Shoes, Borrowed & Blue, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and Southern Weddings Magazine.

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WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!!

Inspiration & Design Photography wins WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!

I was thrilled when I opened my inbox today! Why, you ask? Well, because I received notification that I was chosen again this year for the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!

This means a lot to me. I put my heart & soul into serving my clients & creating quality images of their wedding day. Having my clients acknowledge their gratitude for that hard work makes this award possible.

About The Couple’s Choice Award

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top 5% of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2015 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award 2016!

I am thankful to WeddingWire for creating the couple’s choice award program and for the opportunity to receive this award each year. I’m also over-the-moon thankful, to every client for taking the time to express their gratitude in a review for me. Your words give other brides the guidance & confidence they need, when it comes to the hard task of choosing the perfect vendors for their wedding day. Here’s what one bride had to say:

“This award absolutely made a difference when I was picking vendors. If a vendor had that seal, I knew that enough engaged couples liked their services that I would, too. It helped me decide between two DJs that were otherwise equal.”

Check out Inspiration and Design Photography’s reviews HERE

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Southern Wedding Featured on Xaaza Style!

Beautiful & Romantic Southern Wedding featured on Xaaza Style!!

Today’s southern wedding featured on Xaaza Style is a blend of African-American & Kenyan cultures. My sweet bride had custom cakes made for the national flags of Kenya & Trinidad, along with custom African necklaces made for her bridesmaids.

I LOVE, Xaaza Style’s gorgeous blog with its high end magazine look and some of the most amazing weddings & photography out there. So once again, being published by them is an honor. Xaaza Style is a fabulous place to go for wedding inspiration or just to feast on wedding eye candy.

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Featured in Munaluchi Bride

Elisa & Justin’s wedding featured in Munaluchi Bride!

I remember wondering what Munaluchi meant when I submitted this wedding to them. So I looked it up. The name “Munaluchi” is a combination of two African names (one Ethiopian and the other Nigerian) which when fused together mean “Beautiful Work of God.”

When I photograph the love between two people on their wedding day, I am reminded each time of what a beautiful work of God it is, to love another human being enough to pledge your life to them. The  love expressed between a couple on their wedding day is an amazing experience to be part of.

As you view this feature, you will see that indeed these two are beautiful people. And in  getting to know them, I’ve discovered they are just as beautiful on the inside. It was truly an honor to capture their wedding at the Hawksdene House in Andrews, NC.  I’m so excited that once again their wedding was published!

Thank you to Munaluchi for this feature, which you can view HERE .  Or view their wedding blog post HERE .  Thank you to Elisa & Justin for being amazing clients & congratulations on having your wedding be an inspiration to others on so many levels.

XOXO,

Tess

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Featured in Bridal Guide Magazine

Featured in Bridal Guide Magazine

Kandis has been another popular bride for wedding publications. Her images have been published in several features this year. And most recently in the Bridal Guide Magazine.

I was surprised and excited when a former bride emailed to let me know she saw my image in the January/February issue of Bridal Guide Magazine. Which she discovered while perusing the pages with a recently engaged friend. I knew they had used some images on their blog, but was unaware of the magazine image.

Kandis you are beautiful and  once again the world gets to see you looking fabulous in your wedding gown!

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Featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

Brittany and Andrew’s rustic elegant country wedding was featured in DIY Weddings Magazine 5th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

This wedding was so charming! I LOVED all the beautiful and unique details created by Brittany’s mom Treva. She did an amazing job! I was so excited to inform Brittany that her wedding was going to be featured in DIY Weddings Magazine. Thank you, DIY Weddings Magazine for publishing this adorable country wedding!  The vintage style in mint & white was a perfect complement to the rustic wedding & reception venue – Rolling Hill Farms, Monroe, NC.

I originally submitted this wedding to the DIY wedding magazine as a blog submission, so I was surprised and excited when they messaged me saying that they wanted to feature the wedding in their 5th anniversary special of DIY Weddings MAGAZINE!

This entire wedding was a DIY project and one that will inspire other brides looking to create custom wedding decor. As expensive as weddings are, doing as much DIY as possible is a great way to filter more of your wedding budget into other areas, like quality photography (wink) and a great venue. DIY wedding details & family items are a great way to reflect your personalities.

Brittany’s mom thought of everything when creating this DIY design and I couldn’t be more excited for Brittany and Andrew to have their wedding published! You will be able to check  out the blog feature HERE and if you would like to see their entire wedding showcasing even more details, go HERE.

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Featured in Pretty Pear Bride Magazine

Rebecca & Jason’s beautiful fall wedding was featured in Pretty Pear Bride Magazine, Fall 2015 issue.

Pretty Pear Bride Magazine is the world’s only magazine for plus size brides. By the time this lovely bride had her wedding day, she had lost 50 lbs. and looked stunning! What a wonderful opportunity for beautiful brides of all shapes and sizes to have their images showcased. Thank you to Pretty Pear Bride, for birthing this idea and for the opportunity to have one of my own lovely brides published!

This has been an exciting year for me. It has been the first year I have pursued being published. As an artist and die hard critic of my own work, I have been surprised, thrilled & humbled that my worked has been so well received by wedding publishers. Equally exciting is when I get to share the good news with my clients that their wedding images will be published!

Rebecca planned and designed her wedding and did an amazing job with all the details! I loved the table decor. It was rich with color and texture that beautifully represented the season. I’m so excited that her wedding to Jason will be a keepsake for them and an inspiration for others.
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Featured in Pretty Pear Bride Magazine

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Featured on Xaaza Style

Elizabethan Gardens Wedding Featured on Xaaza Style – Luxury Multicultural Weddings

I absolutely fell in love with the look of Xaaza Style and the amazing weddings featured on their gorgeous blog! I knew that I wanted to be featured on Xaaza Style.  I thought what the heck, I’ll send in a wedding and see what happens. To my utter surprise & sheer delight, they accepted the wedding that I submitted!! When I got notification, I think I actually squealed!

Thank you Xaaza Style for the honor of being featured with so many amazingly talented photographers. Thank you to my beautiful bride & groom for creating a wedding so stylish & elegant! Thank you God, for allowing me the joy of working with so many wonderful people; getting to share in their special day, capture their love and then share it with others. Thank you to my talented second shooter Dee Her, for her contribution to the day and for being an awesome travel companion! We talked non-stop for the entire 7 hour drive…we’re gabby girls, lol.

View the full post HERE.  View their full wedding HERE.

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Bridal Guide Feature – Bridal portrait tips

Whether you have separate bridal portraits done or just wedding day bridal portraits, what are some tips that you should know to help you achieve the best images?

Well, The Bridal Guide asked several wedding photographers that very question and we came up with 33 tips for taking Beautiful Bridal Portraits!

Bridal portraits are so important, especially here in the South! There’s so much to think about and plan for in making your portraits all that you want them to be. Wedding photographer’s have lots of experience and can offer insight into helping you get the best images and have the best experience!

You’ve done your part…selecting a gorgeous dress, the perfect hair style, professional make-up & beautiful flowers. So what else should you know? Click here to find out what several of us Professional Photographers recommended.bridal guide 3

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Featured on WeddingWire

Congratulations to Ceasarine & Anthony once again. Your wedding was featured on Weddingwire!

This purple infused wedding was full of fun, culture and beauty! View their feature HERE or view their full blog post HERE

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