My journey to becoming a professional destination wedding photographer was definitely an unconventional one. Growing up, I knew I was going to be an artist. I’ve always been passionate about creating, but I can’t wield a paintbrush to save my life. I prefer to thrift my jewelry, not make it. So I ended up giving beauty school a shot.
While learning how to cut and color hair, my path in life took a sharp turn and I stumbled sideways into my true calling.
When my oldest sister was pregnant with her first child, she asked me to take her maternity photos. Using the camera I picked up to photograph my hair clients, I felt a tug somewhere deep down. I knew this is what I wanted to do.
After shooting weddings for a 2 years, I experienced the pain of losing a loved one which forever shifted my mindset and approach when it comes to photography.
At 23 years old, I lost my grandmother to cancer. She was obsessed with Pepsi, always joined in on my SNL-inspired skits (after letting me stay up way past my bedtime to watch), and danced to Ricky Martin in the living room at every family Christmas Eve party. It’s amazing how looking at one photograph from the past can spark so many memories that happened well after the image was taken. When my grandma passed, I realized the power of presence. 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.
My grandma won’t be there to celebrate my wedding day, but I want more than anything for her presence to be felt. This is why I do what I do. Long after I’m gone, I want my presence to be felt in the lives of my great-great-grandchildren when they flip through the wedding day album preserving the love between their ancestors that created the living, breathing legacy they’ve become.
Since the start of this, I have built a successful photography business, photographed over 100 weddings, been published in a local magazine and national blog, went viral, helped and taught other photographers and small business owners how to grow and be successful in their businesses, I learned from top educators in the photo industry and continually invest in education, traveled to different states and countries to photograph weddings and couples, and learned how to show up fully present with intention and purpose in not only my business, but personal life too.
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“Working with Tammi was like a dream. She naturally has great aesthetic, and created beautiful photos that my husband and I will cherish forever. Tammi also made us feel incredibly comfortable during our shoot, and made Dylan’s and my session feel more like a causal hangout, rather than forced, awkward poses. She is incredibly responsive, and truly catered a unique package within our budget and our style. I cannot stress enough my satisfaction with Tammi."