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  • Sackett Photography- Jesup, IA


    *Photo credit to my dear friend Kim at Six-fifteen Photography*

    Salutations from Sackett Photo!

    Hi everybody! My name is Tessa Cole and I'm the blessed owner of Sackett Photo here in tiny Ol' Jesup, IA where I reside with my husband, Nick, two sons, Oscar & Oliver, & our beagle, Jersey! I can't believe I still get to do what I love after 10 + years! I believe I did my first photo session for a friend in 2004! I remember sweating almost the entire time thinking "Lord, please just give me ONE good shot". Fast forward 12 years and my photography business has gotten sweeter & sweeter with every passing day.  In just a short 12 years it's been so fun to see my photography ride along with me and my lifestyle. Currently, I'm in the child rearing stages of life so my days are consumed mostly with sippy cups, diaper changes, t-ball games, & some days just keeping the kids alive! HA HA  If our life hadn't already felt chaotic, we are adding to our boy brood this fall! We will have THREE boys & couldn't be more excited to add another little manpie to our "team"!

    My current FOCUS (quirky pun totally intended) is newborn, family, and kiddo sessions with an occasional wedding and senior! Why did that sound like something read off a menu? Insert smiley emoji. When it comes to processing and style, I love all things vintage, textured, floral, with a splash of color!

    Newborn sessions have become a dreamy favorite of mine. I do a lot of planning a head of time with my clients. For me it's where the session comes to life prior to even picking up my camera. There is something so precious and nostalgic about getting to document the new breath of life! I don't know if it's because I've been "there" in those new moments of motherhood that are ever fleeting & precious or if it's because I don't have to chase them in a field of pot holes, bugs, & make animal noises to earn smiles ") Either way, documenting the love families have for one another has filled my own love tank and not only made me a better photographer, but a better mom! Isn't that what finding your passion & purpose is all about? ")



    COMPANY: Sackett Photography


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  • Alex Richter Photography - Texas Lifestyle + Wedding


    Howdy! I'm Alex, and I've been blessed with the opportunity to photograph couples. I think I enjoy shooting couples because it captures a story - all the romance, friendship, and sweet moments that go into the start of a marriage. Not just shooting for pretty pictures, but instead capturing two real people, from two different places, with quirks, family traditions, and  in love,

    One of my favorite engagement photo sessions to date was in the East Texas, middle-of-July heat. Katie, Christian, and I ended drenched in sweat from the humidity; but, the gorgeous, warm sunset was too perfect to pass up. There were so many reasons I loved this session: the couple, the chemistry, the meaningful details with backstories, the light, the ranch we adventured through to find the perfect spots... everything about this shoot just came together so magically.


    This '61 Ford Ranchero, affectionately named Alvin, wasn't just picture-perfect, it was also Christian's grandfather's car - his grandmother gifted the car to him after Christian spoke at his grandfather's funeral. The quilt used was made by Katie's great aunt. I loved getting to use these special details not just because they made for an ideal scene and pretty pictures, but they were loaded with sentimental value for the couple, and their families.


    I try not to get "too posey" with my couples. I've found that the more they focus on each other, laughing, goofing off, looking into each other's eyes, the better the photos (and the more relaxed the couple); however, this is my favorite "pose". Its a great way to get the couple close together, but also be able to see the ring! I often find that the groom is even more excited than the bride to show off the ring.


    I call these "nightstand" photos. One thing I try to do during engagement sessions and weddings is get a great solo shot of the bride and groom. I want to give them an image that they can keep on their nightstand until they are old and gray, remembering the love and passion they felt when they were young.


    Candid. Candid. Candid. Christian is a jokester, so this made it very easy for me to capture those moments when he was goofing off with Katie. These are the kind of pictures I imagine couples busting out in 25 years to show their kids.


    Of course I always try to get a few romantic pictures, also for the nightstand.


    Lastly, I wanted to make sure I included their wedding date somehow. I channeled their sparkler send-off, and managed to get this shot on the dock right after sunset!


    I was lucky enough to get to photograph Christian and Katie's wedding in College Station, TX on August 1, 2015. They were married by the pond at sunset, and had a reception in the barn! They road away in Alvin.


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