LIFESTYLE PORTRAIT & DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

established 2016

BASED IN WASHINGTON DC AREA

Located in Calvert County, Maryland

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Calvert County Milestones Photographer | Paisley’s 1st Birthday

Documenting milestones and seeing families at different stages of their life is easily an amazing part of my job. Hands down, true family sessions are my absolute favorite. However, I’m also a sucker for milestones and cake smashes.

I was learning how to use a digital camera as my kids hit those monthly milestones, and it doesn’t take long to see how quickly my craft improved if you look at those monthly photos of my oldest versus my youngest. Babies change so quickly, and first birthday parties are as much about the baby surviving as it is about celebrating the baby’s mom and dad who survived a year of sleep deprivation and the many milestones that come with parenting.

I was so honored when months out Paisley’s mom asked me to come to her birthday party and document the day. I’ve done a number of birthday parties in the last year, many of them first birthdays, and it is always fun to see how the cake smash will play out.

I was lucky. My kids were all into their bright Sesame Street cupcakes and looked like someone painted them in Sesame Street colors by the end of their first birthdays. Each of them had a bath that changed the water color. My last one was all blue!

I’ve had three girls in the past year, and none of them were crazy excited about that cake, despite their parents trying to urge them to dive in. Paisley definitely played with it, and she enjoyed feeding it to mom and dad, but putting it in her mouth…no way! She at least enjoyed touching it and playing with it!

Even though Paisley didn’t love eating the cake, her birthday was filled with lots of fun and laughter! To see more of her birthday, glance below or see the full gallery!

If you would like to book a session I still have some fall openings, so contact me today through my contact page or by e-mailing me at teresa@tcjdesign.com. Remember that photography is that chance to freeze these memories in time forever!

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Meet Teresa

WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PEOPLE WHO want their story told

Hi. I’m Teresa. While photography is a part-time job for me, documenting your stories doesn’t ever get treated like it’s not important. My full-time gig is teaching high school English, journalism, and photography 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.

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