Hi. I’m Teresa. Photography is just a part-time job for me. My full-time gig is teaching high school English and journalism at an all-boys’ school in Washington, DC. Journalism is my favorite subject to teach because it is as much about writing as it is about the art of observing the world, and I became a photographer because of my experiences in photojournalism. You’ll see in galleries with my families, children, newborns, or weddings, my style definitely is more about documenting connection and trying to create real moments. I love a good portrait, but my heart is happiest when I get real smiles from people loving on and playing with each other.
In my family sessions, my experiences as a mom help me to connect with children. I am a mommy to three miracle children…two with fertility help and one that was a pure miracle. I LOVE to play with the kids I photograph because I know that was essential to getting the images I love with my own kids.
Other fun facts…I have known my husband since just before my 18th birthday, but we didn’t date until almost 10 years later. He flies helicopters…if you’ve never been on a helicopter ride, you should do it once! They are a lot of fun (although I’ve never flown with my husband). The deployment parts of our life…not as much fun. We’ve survived two. I have great respect for military spouses, especially those parents who hold down the fort during deployments.
I love red wines like Cabs, Malbec, and Chianti, and I love dark chocolate. (Kakoa’s sea salt dark chocolate is my absolute favorite.)
I rescued two Australian shepherds, Darcy and Scout. They’re getting old and that makes me sad. (And yes, Darcy is named after Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and Scout is named after Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. They are two of my favorite books. See earlier note about my other job.) We recently added a third puppy Aussie, Kylo, to our home. (Can you tell my kids and husband love Star Wars and chose the name on this one?)
I love decorating my home and making it more and more “home” after moving all over the country with my husband. I love reading and writing, and you’ll find books in just about every room of our house.
I do more than just take pictures. I also do web design for small businesses, where I get to use some of my tech skills. I also dabble in instructional technology. I am a “techy teacher” at school, and I feel absolutely lucky that I get to do two jobs I love, capturing memories and teaching high schools boys. (See my educational consulting website The Techy Teacher if you want to keep up with my teaching life!)
Oh, and I like documenting life. Yours. Mine. The world. I like playing with technology. I am an extroverted introvert or introverted extrovert (not sure which), so I love getting to know families as I capture their images, but I hate being at a big party.
I encourage you to take a look at the galleries of my clients, get a feel for how many images I share in a gallery and my style, and if you are interested in booking, please message me through my contact page!
Featured on Clickin Moms Blog for a photo that showed “Friendship”
Finalist in Shoot and Share contest with image placing in top 100
Collaborated with numerous small businesses and Etsy shops; see collaboration page to view my work and message me if you are interested in working together
“Photography lets me capture important moments in the lives of so many people so that they have that instant frozen forever. It is such a gift for many; after my dad died, those pictures that we had of me with him became my most prized possessions. My hope is that I can give my clients some of those images that will one day turn into family heirlooms.”