about  tessierra 

 On the personal side...I'm a Christ follower, with a fun and bubbly personality! I love anything VINTAGE, decorating & trying new restaurants. I'm addicted to mexican food and LOVE sweets way too much! I couldn't live without my flat iron, sunny days or a cup of coffee. As an artist, I am my own worst critic. I'm a bit of a work-a-holic & perfectionist, but is that a bad thing?  I'm a hopeless romantic, which is probably why I'm in-love with weddings! I can't sing, but I've got some decent dance moves. I talk with my hands, in fact you might think I'm trying to take flight, LOL!

On the personal side... I'm a Christ follower, with a fun & bubbly personality. I'm a hopeless romantic, which is probably why I'm in-love with weddings!  I'm addicted to Mexican food and I'm way too fond of sweets! I couldn't live without my flat iron, coffee or sunshine! I love anything VINTAGE, Decorating, travel and trying new restaurants.

Hi,I'm Tess (AKA Debrah)! A wedding Photographer, based in charlotte nc. Originally from California, I'm now a southern gal Photographing love stories here and beyond!

My background

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I studied both photography & interior design in college, but photography became my passion.
 I saw what a wonderful & powerful gift photography was. One that would leave a legacy of love and memories and touch people deeply.

 I began my photography career in 1993 doing commercial, portraiture and weddings. 

In 2004 I moved my family to the east coast and focused on weddings only. I received my photographic certification in 2011 and moved to the Charlotte area in 2012. 

The saturated photographic market here has helped me grow as an artist, as business owner and as a person. I'm so thankful to do the work I love, in a beautiful city, with wonderful people!

 I hope to meet you, hear your story and capture your most precious memories! 

I studied both photography & interior design in college, but photography became my ultimate passion. When I saw how people were moved to tears by my images of their children or how a beautiful portrait I took of a women could change the way she felt about herself, I knew photography was a wonderful & powerful gift. One that would leave a legacy of love and memories, even after I am gone.

 I started my Photography business full time in 1993, photographing EVERYTHING - commercial/portraits/weddings. In 2004, I closed my successful California Studio and moved my family to the East Coast. I decided to focus on weddings only, as a way to have more time at home with my growing boys.  In 2011, I received my Photographic CERTIFICATION through the Professional Photographers of America.

After visiting here a few times, we decided to move to the Charlotte area in 2012. The saturated photographic market here has helped me to grow as an artist, as a business owner and as a person.  I'm so thankful to do the work I love, in a beautiful city, with wonderful people!

I hope to meet you, hear your story and capture your most precious memories!  


Why I love my job
 
 I need to be creative, it's like air to my lungs.  I love things that are beautiful. photographing Love is amaZing. I get to make people happy. it's always new & exciting. I get to travel and meet new people. 

A Brief history of my background in photography

a brief history of my background


My philosophy is simple. Always do your best, be kind, give more than is expected, create not only beautiful photographic memories, but an incredible client experience! 
Leave a legacy of LOVE.

weddings

engagements

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I  do engagement, bridal, boudoir and beauty sessions. Engagement & bridal sessions are about 2 hours each, at location(s) of your choice.  Your gallery will feature over 100 of the best images, beautifully edited for you to choose from.  You will be able to view, order & share your images. I offer many product options to choose from to showcase your images. 



This package includes 8 hours of coverage, 2 professional photographers, a complimentary engagement session, and instant download of your high resolution edited wedding images.  A  wedding day plan/photo schedule & free local travel are also included. 

I have more collections to choose from, as well as, by-the-hour pricing, for small weddings & elopements (I also shoot parties and other events). 

wedding collections
beginning from
$3000

portrait sessions
beginning from
$400

Client Love Notes

Wow...... is all I can say about Tess and her work!!! She is an extremely talented photographer who is very detailed and thorough in everything she does. Without Tess, my wedding would not have been what I've always dreamt of. In fact Tess helped me in many ways more then what a photographer does. She doesn't just photograph, she has such a passion behind it and TRULY cares!!! I love you Tess and I am FOREVER greatful for you, your work and providing only the very best!! 
Thank you greatly!! 

Alexandra & Sam

Tess is amazing! We are beyond happy to have had a wonderful photography experience. She not only delivers high quality photographs, she also genuinely cares for her clients.  She is very responsive & takes so much pride in her work. She went above and beyond to capture the best moments of our fall themed wedding. We are so happy to look at our beautiful wedding photos!  

Thanks so much Tess!

paulina & travis

YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! If magazine quality images are what you desire then this is the photographer you want to hire! My husband and I absolutely LOVE TESS! She took the time to get to know us from the first meeting, and every meeting after that was like getting together with an old friend. She talked to us about considering a first look before the ceremony, and it was the best decision that we could have made. It maximized our photography time, and we were able to get pictures of every thing we imagined.  Tess thank you for everything that you have done XOXO K&J

Katrina & julius

The pictures speak for themselves! We were so pleased with the way they turned out. The day of schedule that she created was an invaluable asset and really helped the day go by smoothly. Her turnaround time was outstanding! We got so many compliments and are so glad we will be able to cherish our photos for years to come!

leslie & jason

Tess is absolutely AMAZING!  Not only does she have an amazingly creative mind & captures all your best moments, but she is so easy to work with.  She has a true passion for what she does and cares so much about making her clients happy.  Wedding pictures are one of the most important aspects of your wedding day and we are over-the-moon happy with our pictures! 

Lindsay & Wally

Sarah & Darion

Tess is really easy to work with and has a really great personality. She responds quick to emails and really listens to what you want. She got all the pictures I asked for on the wedding day. I thought she did a great job and I will definitely recommend her to friends. The photos were GORGEOUS, we loved them! It was definitely worth every penny.

To put it simply, Tess was AMAZING and a breeze to work with! Despite the less than ideal weather conditions we thought the pictures turned out amazing!  Her skillful directions, posing and picture cues resulted in natural looking photos that captured each moment perfectly!

danielle & scott

Tess is the most talented & amazing photographer I have ever met! I knew she was special when we started searching for photographers. When we met she was so welcoming and we instantly bonded. I knew she was the right photographer for all our wedding related events. I've had nothing but AMAZING compliments on all our engagement, bridal, rehearsal & wedding photos! Tess has such a way of telling a story with each picture. She's also organized & professional.  She is a wonderful person to be around and always makes you laugh & feel comfortable. She was a photographer and almost wedding planner rolled into one, which really helped to reduce my stress that last month before the wedding. Now I have the most cherished moments & memories from my wedding day. We have also gained an amazing friend and I look forward to using her again. Thank you Tess!

Tess is the most talented & amazing photographer I have ever met! I've had nothing but amazing compliments on all our engagement, bridal, rehearsal & wedding photos! Tess has such a way of telling a story with each picture. She's also organized & professional.  She is a wonderful person to be around and always makes you laugh & feel comfortable I have the most cherished memories from my wedding day. 
Thank you Tess!

Kara & Stephen

Tess is the absolute best photographer! Working with her was truly a great experience from start to finish! She captured all the elements of our day in an artistic manner. We couldn't have chosen a better photographer! Both Tess and her assistant were creative and professional.  Choose Tess if you want someone passionate about weddings, professional & AWESOME!

elisa & justin

I absolutely LOVED working with Tess!!  She was truly a blessing!! She is truly talented & so creative. We are beyond pleased with her work!! She will forever hold as spot in my heart.

Holland & zachary

What an amazing experience working with Tess!! We knew from the moment we met her that we wanted to hire her for our wedding.  She is FUN, FUN, FUN, extremely organized & WOW we could not have asked for more perfect photos for capturing our day! She makes it easy to relax while posing for photos. Our engagement session was so much fun and she designed a beautiful guest book from our photos. Our guests loved it & we got lots of compliments. Tess & her assistant had such a great attitude through-out our wedding and worked well together. We highly recommend her if you want the BEST photographer for your wedding. Thank you for capturing the memories of our day!

What an amazing experience working with Tess!! We knew from the moment we met her that we wanted to hire her for our wedding.  She is FUN, FUN, FUN, extremely organized & WOW we could not have asked for more perfect photos! She makes it easy to relax while posing for photos. We highly recommend her if you want the BEST photographer for your wedding. Thank you for capturing the memories of our day!

Cesarine & anthony

It was an absolute pleasure working with Tess! She is so personable & communicative.  All of our photos turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!   We were so excited to share them with family & friends and have not stopped receiving compliments on how amazing they are! Tess' lovely personality, professionalism, skill & artistic eye, were all deeply appreciated (thank you so much!).  If you're in need of a wonderful photographer, say 
YES to TESS!

It was an absolute pleasure working with Tess on our wedding. She is so personable & communicative. I felt like she understood exactly what we wanted for our wedding photos. She & her assistant were such a delight on the wedding day. All of our photos turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!   We were so excited to share them with family & friends and have not stopped receiving compliments on how amazing they are! Tess' lovely personality, professionalism, skill & artistic eye, were all deeply appreciated (thank you so much!).  If you're in need of a wonderful photographer, say YES to TESS!

sandra & Garret

Tess is such AMAZING & talented photographer! She did three separate sessions, she makes you feel relaxed & comfortable and is super professional. She has such a lovable personality and is so sweet! My most intimate moments were captured to the T, thanks to her flawless work. Many of my images brought tears to my eyes when I saw them. Thank you Tess for going ABOVE & BEYOND to make my experience with you exceed my expectations!!

Tess is such AMAZING & talented photographer! She did three separate sessions, she makes you feel relaxed & comfortable and is super professional. She has such a lovable personality and is so sweet! She is super knowledgeable & gives great advice to achieve the look you are going for. My most intimate moments were captured to the T, thanks to her flawless work. Many of my images brought tears to my eyes when I saw them. There's no doubt Tess is an artist and it's crystal clear she loves what she does. Thank you Tess for going ABOVE & BEYOND to make my experience with you exceed my expectations. It was a true honor to work with you!!

Denise & BrANDON

Our wedding pictures were BEYOND what we expected they would be!! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!  We really loved working with Tess and her assistant. They brought so much Joy & fun to the day! 

elisa & andrew

Tess & Dee were wonderful on the wedding day! Even though the bridesmaids were running way behind, they just rolled with the flow and still got amazing photos! We were so happy with the quality of pictures and the service was incredible. Tess is so easy to be around it definitely relieved the stress of the day! 

Kandis & Matthew

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