Collect memories, not things.

Teresa


Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.

Hi. I’m Teresa.What do you need to know about me besides that I am a photographer and I like taking pictures? I teach high school English, and I became a photographer because of my background in journalism. You’ll see that my style definitely is more about documenting connection and trying to create real moments.

What else? I love reading and writing.  (Yes, I have a “I am silently correcting your grammar” shirt.) I am a mommy to three miracle children…two with fertility help and one that was a pure miracle. I have known my husband since just before my 18th birthday, but we didn’t date until almost 10 years later. He flies helicopters…it’s pretty bad ass. I love red wines like cabs and chianti, and I love dark chocolate. 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.) I love decorating my home and making it more and more “home” after moving all over the country with my husband.

Oh, and I like taking pictures. 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 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!)

Experience

My work has been featured on several websites and in numerous Etsy shops.

2018 – March
Finalist in Shoot and Share contest with image placing in top 100

2016-present
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.” 

Jen Whetstone
"Teresa is amazing! She came to our home for a newborn photo session. Prior to the session, she was very helpful in helping me decide which types of photos we wanted to get. During the session, she was so professional and worked so hard to make sure that the baby was comfortable and that we would have a multitude of awesome shots at the end. We were blown away by the end result--we literally loved every picture. We will absolutely be using TCJ Designs in the future for all of our family photography needs!"

Jen Whetstone
Jessica Jackson
"Teresa is absolutely amazing! She really understands how to work with kids and the pictures are ALWAYS absolutely beautiful! My daughter is definitely a challenge when taking pictures. Teresa takes her time and makes taking pictures a fun game so she enjoys it and laughs the whole time. I also love how all the pictures look genuine and not like we’re forced to make a certain pose and smile."

Jessica Jackson
Melanie Greendyke
"Teresa has taken our Christmas card photos the last two years and family photos in the summer when my kids each had a birthday. She is great with kids, very calm, and takes pictures constantly even when you aren't sure you are ready. This had given me many photos that capture my sweet families personality better than any staged photograph could. Every time I leave I feel like we never stood still and am constantly blessed by the galleries I receive from her. Full of pictures that capture my family beautifully and currently hang on the walls of my home. Every time I work with her is a joy and I can't wait for more! If you get the chance to work with her you will not be disappointed!"

Melanie Greendyke
Maria Clarke
"Having a large family makes any photo session hectic, especially if one or more of those children are special needs. Teresa was so patient and willing to make our session as special as our family . We hadn’t had family photos in years due to feeling we weren’t a “picture perfect “ family. Teresa made us realize we were frame ready. If you’re looking for photogrpaher with skills and heart look no further."

Maria Clarke
Lea Cranford
"Teresa went above and beyond with understanding. We had two family emergencies, and we were offered many options for rescheduling. We ended up making our time and had a fantastic mini session. We have four kids; it is no small task to have four smiling at the same time, but now I have amazing (smiling!) photos of my crazy herd. Thanks Teresa!"

Lea Cranford
Ashlyn Cornett
"We hired Teresa for a newborn photo shoot after seeing her previous work in her portfolio. She was professional and kind, and she always managed to provide a relaxing environment. We received our photos in a timely manner, and communication was easy. Teresa delivered on every image! She was able to capture exactly what we were hoping for. We then hired Teresa for the Milestone package. She captured photos of our daughter during her first year that otherwise may have become distant memories. We love looking back at the photos and seeing how much our sweet girl has grown!"

Ashlyn Cornett