I used to stare at pictures far longer than most people. I’d take in the scenery. I’d put myself in the photo and try to pick up the feelings, smells, tastes. I suppose I should have known then that to me a photograph wasn’t just a photograph. I purchased my first REAL camera in late 2008 and Tess Smith Photography was born shortly after. I told all my friends that I was a photographer. I didn’t know exactly what that meant or what it looked like but I loved the way it sounded. It felt right. As I spent more time behind the camera, I developed my craft and my purpose. I changed my approach to photography. I decided to document what was going on around me with intention and authenticity, not perfection. I aim to create imagery that makes you want to stare too long, feel, and soak it in.
I live in Northeast Ohio with my husband, our 5 children, and our boxer Bea. My husband and I share a passion for celebrating the every day. I use a lens and he uses food. When we aren’t shooting or cooking we enjoy spending time with our people and making others laugh. Together we enjoy renovating, designing, and creating purpose in our home with family + friends.