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Life & Work with Tessa Lange

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tessa Lange.

Hi Tessa, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always loved taking photos growing up. I was gifted a small digital camera (the screen size was as big as a quarter), and myself and friends would go take photos around the neighborhood. Fast forward to college, I would then ask roommates and college friends to go take photos around campus. It was in college where I purchased my first DSLR camera. From there, I photographed many friends weddings and word of mouth spread like crazy! I’m thankful to have had the title of Wedding Photographer for the last 9 years and have photographed 250 weddings, I can’t wait to see what is in store for this wedding season and more!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being a business owner is never smooth, but as you grow in your business you learn about ways to make the road a bit more smooth than it was when you started. Hiring people to help with tasks that take a lot of time such as accounting, gifting, and sometimes editing has all played a huge part in helping make the road smooth. As far as other struggles is the ever evolving social media platforms and having to learn new things to stay current with where people are spending their time (like learning TikTok, reels, Pinterest, etc).

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a wedding photographer based in Minnesota and Arizona. I mostly focus on photographing weddings and couples but I still photograph seniors, families, newborn, boudoir – I like the variety! I am most proud of taking this side hustle in college to be my full time job for the past 9 years! I love cheering people on while getting their photos taken; I want to make it a great experience for them. Before beginning a photoshoot, sometimes I think people are worried they will “mess up” or their photos won’t look like others they’ve seen on Instagram – I always reassure people that “they can’t mess this up. Just trust me, even if it sounds silly, I promise it’s going to be fun and get you amazing photos”. Most photoshoots end with clients telling me how fun and easy it was!

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I love making people happy – that really makes me happy. Also spending time with my husband, our dogs, and our family makes me happy! I really love being around people but every now and then I like a good movie night at home!


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