Europe 2013- California 2012

I just re-discovered folders of the photographs I took during the three weeks my friend Alia of Say Things with Color and I spent in Germany, Italy and France AND the images I took while driving the Pacific coast with my brother Jason the summer before that!

I think it’s about time I uncover, edit and share some of these images!

Stay Tuned!

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Gatherings- Side project made of linen

Linens for special gatherings.

Gatherings is what I’m naming this new undertaking. It was born out of my desire to have fabric napkins I could use when I had guests over for gatherings. Paper towels and little cloths work just fine, but I’m a maker! I can make napkins.

Determined, I wanted to create a napkin that I could use for gathering and I wanted to use my favorite fabric; LINEN! Linen is a beautiful cloth often used and worn in the summertime because it keeps the body cool and fresh.  Linen is clean and simple. It’s natural and earthy.

So my sewing machine has been kept busy sewing linens to create napkins and tea towels but I’ve also been creating half aprons, full length aprons and kitchen towels as well. I hand dye the fabric to match moods and personalities and decor. Cloth napkins add a nice touch to a sweet dinner or gathering for tea or coffee. It adds a pop of color and handmade feel.

My hope is to push this to the maxwith organic linens and natural dyes but for now I’m having a lot of fun experimenting, designing and creating.

So here’s to linen and gatherings both big and small.

Come see my etsy shop! gathertextiles.etsy.com

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Madelyn Photo Shoot November 2014

Last weekend I spent an afternoon in the last of autumn’s beauty to capture Madelyn, my niece,  in a set of portraits. It was a very chilly afternoon and in between shots she threw her jacket on and we shivered our way to the next location. Madelyn is a beautiful young lady so even though it was cold, her beauty shined through in the images.

Madelyn wanted to look serious and glamorous but it was fun making her laugh so as to capture the Madelyn I know…silly, fun, hilarious and sweet.

The series from that day is posted on my website tessadowns.com. Come check them out!

 

 

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Downs Family Portrait Session: November 2014

This past weekend I photographed my brother Noah and his wife Mary and their children. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon in the park spent being silly and getting in some shots to capture their sweet family. We got a LOT of images in the hour we were in the park and I think they turned out beautifully!

Enjoy this sneak preview and the collection will be up on my website tessadowns.com by weeks end.

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Chad and Kira engagement session

I was thrilled to take the engagement portraits for my dear friend Kira and her fiancé Chad. I took a trip out to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago and we were able to get some beautiful autumn shots of places that were important to the couple. Kira is beautiful soul and I’m glad she found such a loving partner in Chad.

I’m glad to have spent time with them hearing stories about meeting, first dates, falling in love on a motorcycle ride and their engagement story that unfolded on a bridge in the middle of the woods. I’ve heard these stories from Kira half a dozen times, but if was the first time I heard her talk about their courtship in his presence and with his input. It was truly lovely.

These are a few images I took with them during their session. If you visit my website tessadowns.com you can see more from the session. These are a few of our favorites that I wanted to share!

I travel for sessions and am located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you’d like to contact me to set up a portrait session or a wedding consultation you can contact me through my website.

 

Happy November everyone!

~Tessa

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Inspiration Wednesday! C|E|R|E|AL magazine- Travel and lifestyle

There is so much that inspires me these days and I wanted a way to share some of my daily and new influences with you! I was having a chat with my good friend Alia, from  Say Things with Color about blogging and artistic influences.

I am influenced every day by little things but also by larger things and these days by collaborative work by people working in different mediums and fields. I have been searching for blogs and magazines that are in line with my way of thinking and seem to line up with the way that I see the world. I am always looking for new ways to see and capture the world around me.

I was at Terrain at Styers this past Monday in Glen Mills, PA and found a new magazine to obsess over! If you haven’t heard of Terrain I URGE you to check out their website at least. If you are in Pennsylvania you should make a stop and pick up a sweet plant and admire the decor and gorgeous terrarium house with containers and plants for creating terrariums!

Terrain is a unique place that combines gardening, outdoor living and house and home goods focused around entertaining. They had a handful of magazines that they sell from outside sources. One magazine I discovered and fell in love with standing in the middle of the store was C|E|R|E|A|L. This magazine is a quarterly magazine about travel and lifestyle.

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C|E|R|E|A|L also has a neat blog too and they even post their own inspirations which is….well…inspiring!

I love traveling and I love travel photography and sometimes I ponder on how I could showcase my travel photography in an interesting and unique way. C|E|R|E|A|L did this in a beautiful way on their website.

On their website they took four images from each city they visited in October and presented them in two column blocks. It is clean and smooth and gorgeous to look at and enjoy.

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An image from C|E|R|E|A|L magazines Travels in October blog post. Check out their website and blog!

The thing that I like most about this magazine and what catches my eye in print and in photography in general is a clean, simple, minimalist…or edited look. I like that everything is taken into account in the frame when the photographers take their images. Each detail is thought out and considered. They seem to edit the composition before shooting to capture only what is necessary to tell a story.

It inspired me to think about my images from my travels to Alaska and which images work best with each other. How can I best tell a story of a place using just a few images side by side. I think this will be handy next time I am out shooting and thinking about how to tell a story about the place I am…in just a few simple, well thought out images.

Keeping it simple and elegant,

Tessa

Alaksa. North and South.

Alaksa. North and South.

What inspires you? Drop a note to say hello!