It’s Finally Here! | Our New Home

I’ve been awaiting this day for what feels like… years.

 

It started months ago- in fact more than a year ago was the first time I started thinking about undergoing to “rebranding project”. Change is fun- sometimes but the more establish a company becomes the BIGGER the project becomes.

 

From the early days I’ve enjoyed my previous business name (light love laughter photography) but I’ll admit it’s quite the tongue twister to get straight, it’s fun but it’s a whole lot to remember and at the end of the day my clients know me as “tessa” and not as ___ company.

 

Back in June the process began with a name, a concept board and the logo design. I knew this wasn’t something I want to revisit anytime soon and therefore it was one big decision after another. I grew weary at times but I learned so much about myself, and my amazing clients but I also learned more about my style- my niche as an artist (me and artist is something I never thought I’d ever see in the same sentence haha). Where I see myself as a wedding photographer, how I see my future and what I want to be known for. This was just the tip of the iceberg.. but I won’t bore you with the details!

 

After lots of soul searching, brainstorming and countless hours spent on Pintrest I was ready to hire Flosites. Let’s be honest- I was pretty frustrated at this point, I was tired and to top it off I was in the midst of the Fall wedding season. I was ready to throw the towel in and scrap the whole thing… but then I spoke with Ross and it changed my world. Exaggeration I kid you not!

 

He was reassuring, he listened to my frustrations of the experience I’d had thus far with another company and explained how his team at Flosites works much differently. They encourage their clients to share in the design process and he was confident that his team could do everything I had envisioned for my new site/identity/brand.

 

I took a deep breath and jumped in with Flosites and never looked back. Their team is always ready and willing to answer questions, offer support and the most important part is that they LISTEN. They made sure they understood my vision before they went to work- and the results reflected exactly that.

 

A simple Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough for Ross, Sasha, Mary, Victor and Alina. To Ross and Sasha you guys are absolutely amazing- Sasha is the creative behind the design and brought life and more to so many of my wild ideas I truly can’t thank him enough!

 

To my dear friends who have been so supportive and provided honest critique and feedback along the way- thank you.

 

To You- my light love laughter family… You are now all welcome to join the new family of tessa marie weddings!- to all the amazing couples I’m lucky enough to consider friends a special thanks goes to you too- you’re the reason I’m here today.

 

With excitement that would parallel a Senior on graduation day- or a bride on the eve of her wedding… I give you the new face of light love laughter photography-better known as tessa marie weddings.

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When it all comes flooding back.

What a whirlwind the past month has been! There’s no rest for the weary we’ll just say- between wrapping up albums and December weddings to finish the 2011 season to meeting with some amazing couples and filling our 2012 calendar faster than I’ve ever seen it full before… oh and in the meantime I’ve been working on the debut of the new website and blog (reason for me not keeping up with this blog). I had hoped for everything to debut weeks ago… but big projects like that always take longer than expected. The extra time I’ve spent working on the site though will pay off- it’s going to be amazing and so fun, fresh, unique and a little quirky and fun as well… I can’t wait for you to see! tessa 2012 16a 960x640 When it all comes flooding back.

If that weren’t enough the days have quickly been passing and the final days before my big trip are here! Saturday I leave with Lydia to spend the week in Vegas for the WPPI photography convention- I’m so excited to go learn from some of the industry’s best, see old friends and meet new ones.. then next Thursday while I truly should be sleeping I’ll be boarding a plane to Hawaii for Carrie and Darryl’s wedding. I feel like the reality of that leg of the trip is finally sinking in as I locate my bathing suite, sunscreen and flip flops.. Hawaii a dream come true! We’ll be there celebrating with them- taking beautiful pictures and snorkeling is on the list as well… until Tuesday when Lydia returns home and continue Westward to Manila, Philippines.

I haven’t been back to Manila since I lived there those 4 months after graduation and I’m so excited to be able to go back and see the kids in the orphanage and visit with my friends that live there but mostly I’m excited about having my “real camera” this trip. I wasn’t a “photographer” the last time I was there- yes I came home with loads of pictures but this time I have a different focus and approach to taking pictures. I hope to return with stories… not necessarily love stories of weddings days but stories of people who it seems most the world has forgotten. Stories of people most will never know exist- there were so many amazing people I met in the streets of Manila… the people of the Philippines are inspiring and my goal is to come back with their stories to share with you- so you might be able to experience a “taste” of their life and their culture.

As with each passing day I draw closer to my departure I’ve recounted so many memories… moments, faces, adventures, sights, smells, scenery and experiences that I hadn’t thought about in years. The sights and sounds of Manila- so different from the daily sights and sounds of the city I preside. There are no “personal bubbles”, the smog and pollution are over the top and sometimes make it hard to breathe but the hearts of the people… people who have very little in our eyes but they have something many people here lack and that’s Joy. Not just smiles on the surface kinda Joy but heartfelt and sincere joy and love- a passion for life that’s unique and so very beautiful. A simple life- outside smart phone and wireless internet, outside demanding schedules and 9-5s… a day seems to last for 2 or 3 life truly slows down and for awhile you feel as though you have time to breathe deep- relax and take in the surroundings.

I’m going to miss my husband dearly- we were just dating the last time we spent this much time apart and Maggie wasn’t a member of the family either.. but I’m glad she’s here to keep him company while I’m away.

I’m most excited that I’ll get to share these stories both old and new on a new platform… my new blog and website coming later this month or early March!

So here’s to the first adventures of 2012- this year we’re kickstarting a season full of beautiful wedding in Hawaii… I have a feeling this is going to be the most amazing year- full of beautiful surprises and many new adventures and I can’t wait to get started!

 

Mitchel - so awesome

The News You’ve been waiting for || Light Love Laughter is now Tessa Marie Weddings

Hey everyone! You may have wondered where I’ve been- the blog hasn’t been nearly as active in recent weeks and what’s been up with all these “behind the scenes” Facebook posts?

Over a year ago I started thinking about changing my business name again but I resisted then I got serious again in June and decided it was now or never. I’d been watching google analytics and chatting with previous and current brides and grooms and some startling facts started to be seen over and over again.

Very few when asked directly what the name of my company was could get all three words correct- the right words in the right order. This was seen both when people are searching for us online and when speaking to them in person. You may have seen the name in your Facebook feed a million times over- but when directly asked what that name was suddenly your mind goes blank.

I work hard to build a relationship with my couples- they don’t know me as a company but by name as their friend so having the name of my company be my name started to make since. This was only the beginning.. I had a name but now I had to dig deep and really decide what parts of myself and my interests I wanted to reflect in my branding. Thanks to Pintrest this was made much easier but it still takes TIME. Hours and HOURS of time.

I owe a HUGE thanks to the crew at Flosites for all their hard work, answering questions, and helping me meet my deadlines… one of those being this weekend! I’ve learned that you can’t try to rush things like this… it’s kinda a big deal and it takes time- lots of time to make sure everything is just right.

So I was going to wait a few more weeks until the official launch of the new website… but I can’t keep it quiet anymore. We’ll be doing the Cobb Bridal show tomorrow as our first official debut of the new brand and name for our company. While everything remains the same- the name is changing but the experience we continue to provide our amazing and wonderful brides and grooms will only continue to improve as we continue to push ourselves to do and be the BEST.

So I’d love to introduce you to new face of Light Love Laughter Photography…

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We’re still specializing in Wedding Photography- so we can provide our absolute best to each and every one of our brides and grooms. I’m so proud to present Tessa Marie Weddings to you… and SO excited about the changes that lie ahead. Currently there is a temporary webpage available. I can’t wait for the official launch of the actual site and blog- full of beautiful goodness… and loads of info. Seriously- it’s going to be AH-Mazing!!

So if you’re bored and tired of being INSDIE because it’s wet/rainy/gray/miserable outside then you should come see us at The Georgia Bridal Show tomorrow from 1-5pm at the Cobb Galleria. You’re bound to have a great time and I’d love to say HI!

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Upon the official launch of our website we’ll be doing loads of fun giveaways and blogging on the NEW blog so be sure to watch Facebook and check back as I can assure you.. you’ll not want to miss out!

 

In the meantime I’d love for you to start transitioning to the new brand.. our new facebook page can be seen here and I’ll be posting new images and news here.

 

This is just the beginning… and I’m so glad you’re here for the ride! Have a great weekend!!

Karen Shinkins - YAY!
Very exciting. Congrats girl. I know you’ve worked hard. It looks great.

Mucho love

Karen

Mary - I already know you to be one of the very best in your special field, both in technical ability and even more so in personal service delivered to perfection. Congratulations and best wishes in all that you do. You go girl!

Wedded Bliss II | Sunny Winter Wedding at Frost Chapel

The year is off to a great start- but not without sharing part 2 of Rebecca and Daniel’s amazing wedding. I had such a great time spending the day with Rebecca and Daniel and their family and friends. If you missed Part 1 be sure you check it out before going any further!!

Now onto the rest of their story.

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So I believe they had the silliest flower girl and ring bear ever. Totally a spontaneous moment below. Simply hilarious! Apparently she was DONE with pictures- and we’d just got started! :)

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My favorite picture of groomsmen ever. Notice the ring bear. I just about died laughing when I saw him do this… and it’s not something he was going to do if asked to do again!

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This would be the gazebo- the place where they shared their first kiss and Rebecca said “yes”. It was actually pitch black as the sun had just set but with the help of the iphone and a little off camera flash we created some magical pictures. LOVE them!

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Holly and her staff transformed the Coosa Country club into a winter wonderland.

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Thank you guys for sharing such a beautiful day with myself and Lydia. We were honored to be there to tell your story and wish you all the very best in your futures together!

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