I love spending time at the beach, watching sunsets, sour candy, hiking in Malibu, snuggling, wine tasting and golden hour. Above all, I really cherish any time that I get to spend with my family and friends.  I believe that everyone is beautiful, especially when they are surrounded by the people they love. I am so lucky to be doing what I love and being chosen as your photographer (and friend!) to capture those real, candid and intimate moments in your life.

I am a true Southern California girl. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and went to college at the University of Redlands where I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art - emphasis in Photography and minor in Sociology.  Now, I am alwaysss doing something photography related - whether that be shooting weddings, doing inspo shoots with friends or capturing everyday moments (especially sunsets at the beach!!) just using my iphone.

lifestyle portrait & Wedding photographer

Hi, I'm Tess!

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
~Aaron Siskind


BROWSE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WORK!

Jef & darcy

- engagement -

Malibu, CA

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Blythe & Jordan

- WEDDING -

Sacramento, CA

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Emma & Chris

- Wedding -

Malibu, CA

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sacramento, california

blythe & jordan

jef & darcy

malibu, California

malibu, california

emma & chris

OUR CLIENTS SAY THE SWEETEST THINGS

Tess is an absolute dream to work with. I found her upon recommendation from a friend and I am so glad I did. A few words to describe Tess: Professional, Organized, Responsible, Talented, Down to Earth, Sweet, Kind, I could go on and on. 

She shot both our engagement shoot and wedding and I couldn't be happier. From the very first email exchange, she was sweet, professional, clearly experienced and quick to respond! For a busy bride, that's HUGE and put me at ease immediately. When we were discussing details she made sure to ask all the right questions to understand our exact vision and be sure she would get the shots that were 'must haves'. Our experience with Tess was above and beyond anything I could have ever expected in a photographer. If I could give 10 stars, I would. It's honestly priceless to have a vendor that you can genuinely trust to capture your day without a hitch. And that's exactly how I felt with Tess.


- Alexis & April

Tess is an AMAZING photographer who puts so much care and effort into her work, it is truly refreshing. She makes sure you feel comfortable and confident whether it is your first photo shoot or 100th and will always deliver beautiful and stunning photographs.

She has such incredible talent and creative eye for all of your photography needs, the proof is in her work! Not only does she give the best input for locations, photo shoot ideas, etc... but listens carefully to your vision and executes to perfection. I have used her photography from our shoot over and over again for my album cover, crowd funding page, social media and so much more! I cannot say enough about how sweet, kind and caring she is, and her talent just blows me away! Can't wait for my next shoot with Tess!

- Casey S.

Frequently asked questions

Can I see a full wedding gallery? 
Of course! I’d love to show you a full gallery. Email me and I’m happy to send you a few to look at!
When can I expect my gallery to be ready?
When editing your images, I put a lot of time and love into each and every image! I make sure the edits on your images are consistent throughout your entire session / wedding gallery. Portrait sessions (engagement and family) are delivered 2-3 weeks after your session. Weddings are 10 weeks or less.  Please know I work hard to get your images back to you as soon as possible! For your wedding day, you’ll receive a sneak peek gallery to help you hang in there but have something exciting to look forward to! :)
Do you travel for weddings? 
Yes!!! I love to travel! Please e-mail me for travel info and fees.
How do I book?
Please fill out the contact form and we will schedule a time to talk through Skype/Facetime to get to know each other. Once I get the firm yes, I’ll e-mail you a contract and invoice for retainer.  Once the contract and invoice are taken care of, your wedding date / portrait session is officially booked! 



WANT TO LEARN MORE? Message me FOR DETAILS!

If you’re interested in working with me, the best way to reach me is by either filling out the form or sending an e-mail to info@tessbranker.com with your wedding date and location. If you’ve filled out the form and haven’t heard from me in a few days, please email me directly!

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