A cosmetologist turned photographer, passionate about capturing the real and honest moments that make us, us.
I'm planning my next trip
Being an empath
Keeping up with the Kardashians
I'd be a fashion designer or psychologist
Ten years ago, my life didn’t look like this.
I was 20 years old. I had gone through a tough break up and felt like I was failing at life. Like most of us in our early twenties, I questioned my purpose and needed to figure out where I belonged.
Growing up, I knew I was going to be an artist because I had always been passionate about creating, I just wasn't sure what kind I would be. Being a cosmetologist runs in the family, so decided to give beauty school a shot.
I was told multiple times that photography wasn’t a real job. I never felt good enough and was trying to do all the things that were expected of me, rather than what I truly wanted to do. I felt stuck and knew I was living my plan B life.
One fine day, I decided to stop living my life for everyone else and start living it for me. I left my job at the salon to pursue a career as a photographer.
Two years into my photography career, I experienced the pain of losing a loved one, which forever shifted my mindset and approach when it comes to photography and storytelling.
WHILE LEARNING HOW TO CUT AND COLOR HAIR, MY Path IN LIFE SHIFTED, I PHOTOGRAPHED SOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND Felt THIS PULL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY Direction.
YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW JUST HOW Valuable PHOTO + FILM IS UNTIL IT'S ALL YOU HAVE Left.
At the age of 23, I lost my grandmother to cancer. She was obsessed with Pepsi, always loved my SNL "I'm 50, 50 years old" mocking skit (after letting me stay up way past my bedtime to even watch the show), and danced to Ricky Martin in the living room at every family Christmas Eve party. It’s amazing how looking at one photograph or home video from the past can spark so many memories that happened well after it was taken. When my grandma passed, I realized the power of presence and the beauty in even the little everyday mundane moments. With the force of a gut-punch, I was made aware of how fragile life is, how truly important reminders of loved ones are after they're gone and how vital it is to make sure their story lives on.
One memory in-particular stands out among the rest. I remember every time we left her house, she would stand by the door waving until she couldn't see us anymore. I remember always looking back in the rear window of the car as we drove away to see her smiling and waving. What I wouldn't give to have a photo and a video of her waving goodbye, so I can go back and relive those little moments over again. Moments, I didn't even realize I'd miss so much.
I've spent the last 9 years traveling around the world and observing others in every day life when photographing them. I felt this pull to show up differently and document life differently. I wanted to preserve life as best I could with intention and purpose. Too often we obsess over being apart of this world through a screen rather than be fully present in the moments we are living.
After a year like 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to reflect on where I wanted to go from here and prioritize what was truly important to me when documenting to perfect honest storytelling. I've become even more passionate about living a fully present life, while encouraging you to do the same when documenting your favorite moments.
"TAMMI IS ONE OF THE MOST Genuine, CONSIDERATE, AND THOUGHT PEOPLE I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO MEET. SHE DIDN'T JUST CAPTURE OUR WEDDING DAY, SHE TOLD OUR LOVE STORY WITH Sincerity AND Honesty...
SHE UNCOVERED THE BEAUTY IN THE BEHIND THE SCENES MOMENTS, AND ALLOWED EVEN THE POSED FAMILY PORTRAITS TO CONVEY THE LOVE Present ON OUR DAY. TAMMI WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE ROLE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHER. WHEN THE WEATHER SHIFTED OUR PLANS, SHE HELPED US NAVIGATE THE CHANGES WITH Ease. SHE EVEN SLID A PLATE OF APPETIZERS IN FRONT OF ME AS I SOCIALIZED WITH OUR GUESTS TO MAKE SURE IT OOK THE TIME TO EAT IN BETWEEN ALL THE EXCITEMENT! YOU DON'T JUST GET BEAUTIFUL, MAGICAL IMAGES OF YOUR DREAM DAY WHEN YOU BOOK TAMMI, YOU GET THE ABILITY TO TRULY Enjoy AND Live YOUR WEDDING DAY IN THE MOMENT." - KATE & TREY
I have always been an old soul, for as long as I can remember. I enjoy listening to stories of the older generation and the time of their youth. I am captivated by these conversations and the faded photographs of proof they existed. It's so amazing how different of a time it was compared to today. I am taken back to a much simpler moment in time. Real moments that I can feel deep in my soul.
I grew up flipping through magazines like Vogue, Glamour, and Seventeen every day. I was fascinated by the images of fashion designers like Alexander McQueen. I use to dream of living in New York City. The city of dreams. The editorial and elevated vibe Vogue gives to its readers is what I want to give to you.
Vogue and high-fashion magazines
My love for timeless stars like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Vivien Leigh have always inspired me. As a teenager, my entire room was decked out in Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. I have every single one of her movies on DVD. Classic and timeless beauty is what I gravitate towards in photographs.
old Hollywood stars
A piece of precious history. From the clothing attire, dance styles, hairstyles, classic beauty to even the way things were photographed during any era in the past is so fascinating to me. When I drive past old run-down towns or very old homes, my mind begins to imagine what it must have been like during that time it was all booming. I close my eyes and can see the buildings in their prime and the old cars driving past. This is what goes through my mind when photographing you and how the photos will be your piece of history and proof you existed.
The messy, undone, and imperfect way everyday life is. The moments that seem to pass us by so quickly. The moments we will look back and miss so dearly. I have learned to find peace, love, and beauty even in the mundane tasks. I'm attentive, yet non-intrusive. I'm always looking for the little, in-between, usually unnoticed moments... the ones that look the memories in your head.