“Tessa with Starling Studio was fabulous to work with! We had Starling Studio do our wedding and engagement photos and loved the entire process. Wedding planning can be overwhelming at times but Tessa made the photography process comfortable, easy and fun. Our photos turned out to be more beautiful than even expected.
Tessa is a one-of-a-kind talent and not to mention such a sweet, genuine person. We would highly recommend Starling Studio for any occassion. The Congdon's will definitely be back for more photography sessions in the future!”
— Sarah + Adam, November 2016
"There is no one we'd rather have had capture our wedding day than Tessa and Starling Studios. She was an absolute joy to work with, made the process painless and fun, and captured everything we could have hoped for and more about our day.
We started working with Tessa for our engagement photos and highly recommend this to couples because it helped us get more comfortable in front of the camera (and likely helped her get to know our challenges too.) Throughout our 15 month engagement, Tessa was responsive and professional in all of the planning-related questions we shot her way. Our actual wedding day went extremely smooth - in great part to Tessa and her planning and coordination of details. Our photos were delivered to us on-time, and are beyond what we could have hoped for.
In choosing Starling Studios, we not only had a wonderful photographer to capture our wedding, but Tessa easily could have been wedding coordinator, therapist, and friend. She's a fantastic person with wonderful talent and we couldn't recommend anyone more.”
— Susan + Chris, September 2016
"If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re looking for a wedding photographer. I am here to tell you your search is over. You have found her.
Choosing Tessa as our wedding photographer was hands-down the best decision my husband and I made, aside from getting married in the first place. And it’s not just because she took great photos. Tessa does take great photos. They’re stunning. She’s especially talented, with a sharp eye for detail, and as predictive as she is reactive. Her photojournalistic style captures the special moments you might otherwise forget. I look back at our photos and am at once transported again to the best day of my life.
Tessa is so much more than a photographer. She’s a problem solver. It rained on our wedding day, which would have been a disaster had she not come prepared with charming clear umbrellas and boundless creativity. The shots of my husband and I in the rain are some of my favorites. At one point, the sky opened up unexpectedly and my entire bridal party sprinted toward the bus. Not Tessa. She stayed out in the rain and captured the entire chaotic scene.
She’s also a bridal-party wrangler who strikes a perfect balance of easy-going and assertive. She managed to keep our group of 20+ people organized and on schedule while ensuring we were all still having a good time.
Perhaps most importantly, she’s a fun, outgoing addition to your day. She’ll fit right in. If it weren’t for the camera, you’d forget she’s a photographer and not one of your friends hanging out for the afternoon.
Here’s the bottom line: Hire her. You will love the experience and your photos. You’ll thank me for it later, and then you’ll thank Tessa."
— Michelle + Andy, June 2016
"I cannot recommend Tessa and Starling Studio enough! She was fun to work with, took our preferences and expectations to heart and then exceeded them by a long shot!
Not only did Tessa put us and our needs first, but she was clearly the best wedding photographer my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I personally know about ten other photographers who are all friends of mine but Tessa is just miles ahead of them all in every possible way. She is the kind of photographer that will literally get down on her stomach in the dirt and muck to get the perfect shot.
We did a bunch of our photos in an old dilapidated building with peeling wall paper and old furniture. Not only did the photos come out extremely unique and gorgeous but I specifically recall Tessa getting in the grime and doing literally whatever it took for her to capture the best possible shot each and every time which really surprised and impressed me. She was extremely efficient too which made our experience even more memorable because we weren't stuck doing photos for hours. I don't know the extent of her preparation but I wouldn't be surprised if she went to that old building (which also held our reception venue on the first floor) and memorized the floor plan of every floor! She literally seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do in each shot before we even started.
A big concern for us was efficiency and time, especially because so many photographers seem to take that aspect of the job for granted. Tessa had a piece of paper where she listed each family member in order in every shot she wanted to take. What resulted was maybe 10 to 15 minutes of family photos which gave my wife and I WAY more time for our own pictures yet without compromising the outcome, as the family photos came out perfectly too.
If you are looking for the best wedding photography that money can buy you need to go with Starling Studio!"
— Emily + Mason, June 2016
"When my "husband" (still getting use to that title!) asked what were the best choices we have made for the wedding, we both agreed that hiring Tessa as our photographer was one of them.
Tessa did our engagement and both our ceremony and reception and I couldn't have asked for a better person to experience my journey with.
From the beginning, Tessa has been very determined, attentive to details, and responsive. We never once felt like we were "just another engagement session" or "just another wedding". She made our experience unique and special - and she topped it off with her sincere and awesomely sweet personality. She is definitely our first choice for all future photos!"
— HONG + Servet, September 2013
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