Hi there! I’m Tess. It’s so lovely to meet you. I’m a professional photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, with an insatiable appetite for capturing other people’s stories.
My first camera was a waterproof disposable one in the 90s. At the time, it seemed like the height of sophistication. I upgraded to an SLR camera at the age of 13. All the kids in my photography class were taking pictures in the studio, but I just wanted to get outdoors and photograph people in their natural environment. From the local shoemaker to the country vet, a ballet dancer to my friends in their bedrooms, I developed a fascination with telling stories through my camera lens.
I studied photography at RMIT University, majoring in photojournalism, then travelled to many faraway places. With my sense of adventure and my trusty SLR by my side, I worked as a freelance photographer in the tourism industry; constantly marveling at all the incredible sights and interesting people I managed to see.
When I returned to Australia, I spent several years working in newspaper editorial and public relations, but there was something missing. I’ve always thought of myself as a people person, and realised I wanted to capture those candid, intimate moments that people share when they see or experience something that deeply moves them. I started to work as a wedding and family photographer, and have never looked back.
The industry has changed a lot in the last 10 years and I think people want honesty in their photos. They want to remember the spontaneous giggles, the impulsive gestures and the secretive smiles.
Do I believe a picture can speak a thousand words? Yes, absolutely. To me, the best photos harmonise light, movement and emotion. When everything comes together, it’s beautiful.
I feel very fortunate to be able to shoot throughout Australia and around the world for commissions. What you’ll find in my work is a celebration of nature, joy and spontaneity. As corny as it sounds, I am constantly learning how to take better photos, and falling more and more deeply in love with my craft.
When I’m not taking photos, I’m chasing after my darling daughter Edie, sharing a whisky with my wonderful partner Tomas, hosting a Sunday BBQ in the backyard for friends and family, or taking long walks along the beach. Tom and I were married in 2014 in Daylesford under a big elm tree in Wombat Hill Gardens. I’m not a huge fan of being in front of the camera, but I loved this beautiful video that Moon & Back made of our magical day.