“Life is not measured by the breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.”
My first experience with a camera came at 4 years old when I used all of the film in the camera on my first plane ride. I continue to have a passion for photography and flying, I do both as ofter as possible. I founded Tessa MacLeod Photography four years ago and the artist behind the camera. My journey to becoming a photographer started at the age of fifteen when I purchased my first camera at a yard sale. My passion was ignited and, along with my gift of natural artistry, drove me to my dream of making a living by capturing natural portraits and lifestyle photography for my clients in a boutique environment. My favorite part of being a photographer is that through the lens of the camera, the world is a very different place where beauty and uniqueness are easily found in everyday moments.
I have been a Professional Photographer for over 6 years and I feel truly blessed everyday. It wasn’t always about photography for me and my love for photographer snuck up on me after many years in the IT profession. I started IT by cleaning and servicing laser printers. I quickly worked my way through the IT world and ended at Designing Networks Globally. I worked for many years in Networking and had a list of acronyms behind my name. I also had eighty hour work weeks and very few days off. After two years without a vacation and ten weeks without a day off I took a two week vacation. Oddly enough I worked the first two days of vacation. At the end of the second day I walked out to my truck in Scottsdale, AZ. I got in the truck and set there for about ten minutes. I was exhausted physically and mentally. I reached down started the truck and started driving.
I drove through the Grand Canyon and came across 8 large Elk in the road. I wished I had a camera. I drove for a few more hours and ended up on the side of the road in Colorado sleeping in the truck. Everything was closed. I got a call about 4am regarding a downed Network. I sat about and started going over the details. I focused on the road and there was a huge black lab being chased down the road by a skunk. For the second time that night I wished I had a camera. The next morning I got up and kept driving. I made it to Jackson, WY and purchased a 35mm camera, two lenses, and 12 rolls of film. By the end of two weeks I didn’t know what day it was and had driven into Canada over and down Highway 1. I had gone through the first twelve rolls of film and had purchased eight more rolls.
I went back to work Designing Networks for about 2 more months. I had a really hard time reengaging and being part of the IT world. After two months I was sitting in a Budget meeting and after about two hours of debating I stood up. My boss said, sit down what are you doing? I looked at her and said, “I Quit.” I heard comments like you can’t do that, she must be drunk, is she dreaming, this is a joke and so on. It wasn’t a joke, I walked out the door and never looked back. I started the photography business with the same passion and enthusiasm I had for Networking. I have been a sponge and went to seminars, trade shows and read every book that I could get my hands on. Then I started booking clients and off I went.
It is funny because I was quickly drawn to the passion of wedding photography. Over the years watching the changes and being part of such a wonderful experience. Daily I realize how truly blessed I am.
“The future belongs to those who, believe in the beauty of their dream.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Most of all, I love what I do.