I am Tia. I am a queer New Orleans-based wedding photographer who coaches couples to confidence with posing and catches cute candids. I want to share a bit of my heart with you and tell you WHY I work in weddings.
In June of 2015, I got engaged to the most perfect person for me. There was one major roadblock to our wedding planning. We wanted to get married in the city we call home (New Orleans), and same-sex marriage was illegal in Louisiana.
We held off for a few weeks from telling anyone we were engaged because we were terrified that the Supreme Court (which was deciding on same-sex marriage that same summer) would come down against us. Luckily, on June 26th, 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, and Steph and I could announce our engagement!
But I could never quite shake the feeling that the wedding world wasn’t built for us. When we filed for our marriage license or filled out web forms for vendors, we needed to fill out “bride” and “groom.”
We got through it by joking about who was the “groom,” but at every turn, we were faced with the fact that the wedding world was not built for us. The wedding industry was not built for anyone outside of the cis-hetero norms.
This is my why. This is why I got into weddings. I never want anyone to feel like they don’t belong in the wedding world because you do belong. You deserve to have whatever type of wedding you want. You and your boo are perfect, and you are welcome at my table.
My approach to weddings is to make you feel comfortable and cared for at every stage of the process. From your initial inquiry to the wedding day, I have touch points, and we are in constant communication to make sure I get your vision right. Your wedding is about you and your boo. I am there to coach you to confidence in posing and catch cute candids.
I am usually hopping from shady shot to shady spot because this pale Polish American can't handle the sun. I am a tinker-er, and I am pretty good at fixing things. I spend my days dreading getting dressed (now-hiring: personal stylist), but 95% of my wardrobe is black so it all matches, right? When I was little, I meticulously put glow-in-the-dark stars all over my ceiling in accurate constellations patterns (and bigger stickers for the brighter stars DUH). I really think that says a lot about who I am as a person.
I tell you all of this because my personality has a huge impact on how I photograph your wedding. I am not the passive fly on the wall photographer. I get in there and make sure I do everything I can to make your day as smooth and beautiful as possible. Whether it’s tying your bow-tie or telling you what the hell you should do with your hands. I want to be there for you.
I got into photography because I was burnt out at my day job, and I was craving something new. I have stayed in photography because I have fallen in love with the people I work with. It's incredible how many intimate moments I get to be a part of, and I am forever humbled by this.
Your wedding photographer is with you from the start of the day to the end of the night. Hire someone who you vibe with.