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Meet Tessa Ringlein

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

Tessa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey began when I was just eight years old. Photography has been apart of my family for as long as I can remember. I grew up playing with my grandfather’s old cameras and film. I always took photos for fun but decided to enter some of my work into the local county fair. By my third year of entering, I won overall grand champion at the Colorado State Fair. I took some time from entering locally and set up some creative photo shoots to challenge myself to new styles. As a sophomore in high school, I created my own business and have since been successful. I have really developed my own style over the years and love reaching out to people around the community to model for me to fulfill my unique visions.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not always been a smooth road. I think one of the most difficult things about being a creative entrepreneur is finding my own style while offering a style to target a broad spectrum of people. I am such a free spirit and love doing the unexpected – but finding those clients that can really jump in front of the camera with confidence can be difficult at times.

I have also been challenged with my own self-confidence as a photographer and business owner. I used to struggle with directing my client’s poses and feeling confident in my style. I really overcame this by following a lot of photographers that I felt sparked my creativity and one day, it just clicked. I love posing my clients, especially when they feel it’s an awkward pose. I ensure them it’s going to look awesome and to just embrace who they are in that moment. Their reactions are priceless.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I love a challenge. I love to capture anything and everything. A lot of my followers know me for portrait and wedding photography but I love to photograph the stars. It’s something my son and I have shared together, We love to capture the moon and go out when there’s a dome of stars above us.

I love to be authentic and embrace authenticity. We live in a world where so many people struggle with self-confidence. As a photographer, I love to embrace my client for who they are. I may have a senior come to me who doesn’t think she’s beautiful, but what I see is beauty, strength, bold, etc. I love to share that story throughout my gallery. Nothing makes me happier than when bold, fearless, wild, free-spirit clients step in front of my frame. It creates for such beautiful moments with all of the raw emotions.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally believe there’s a difference between having a successful business and being successful. For me, I had a successful business for many years. I doubled my numbers each year and met a number of my goals, but I didn’t feel truly successful until I found the style that spoke to my soul and the clients that embraced my visions. When I schedule my sessions, I ask what my client’s visions are. I don’t just photograph a family or a senior or a wedding. I see the story and do everything I can to tell that story through my images.


  • Wedding packages begin as low as $600.00
  • Senior packages begin as low as $175.00

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