LIFESTYLE PORTRAIT & DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

established 2016

BASED IN WASHINGTON DC AREA

Located in Calvert County, Maryland

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Sunflower Senior Session | Southern Maryland Photographer

High School senior sessions are a serene break for me from all of the other types of photography I do. You would think that as a high school teacher, these would be the least of a “break”, but connecting with a senior one on one is part of why I became a teacher. I love getting to know my students as people outside of the classroom.

High school students are fascinating; they change so rapidly in such a short period of time in so many ways. Their bodies change, but they also change in how they think about the world and what their place is in it. While I know they get tired of hearing “where are you applying to or going to college” and “what do you plan on studying”, I never tire of hearing the deeper parts attached to these two questions. I always learn so much about my seniors from their decisions to go to a big school or a small school, one close to home or on the other side of the country, or one that is state, private, or religious.

Besides taking gorgeous photos of CeCe, the click I felt with her was instantaneous when I learned she was the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. As a former high school newspaper editor and former college newspaper editor myself, I felt an immediate bond. I completely understood what she loved and also empathized with every frustration she had with her position, as well. Moderating the high school newspaper and teaching journalism is probably my favorite part of being a high school teacher. The effort of a team to produce a publication is not much different than the body student athletes feel with their team.

So needless to say, the hour long senior session with CeCe and her mom went fast. We were very lucky to find one sunflower field in Southern Maryland that was just hitting its peak, and amazingly, it was not far from us in Northern Calvert County.

Hope you enjoy looking at her gorgeous images; to see her full gallery click here. And Class of 2020, it’s not too late to get on my calendar for a senior session yet this spring. Class of 2021, it may feel like senior year is still so far away since you just battled midterm exams, but I can promise there’s not a better time to make an inquiry and get on my calendar for this summer and to talk about where you would want to do your session. To start chatting about your senior session, write me here or e-mail me at teresa@tcjdesign.com. I’m already booked for January and February 2020. I have one March opening and am booking into April and May!

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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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