I see my clients as my friends and I really care about the connections we make. I am here to walk you through every process, answer any questions and provide valuable resources so that your wedding (or any photo session!) is everything you dreamed of.  I am so excited about where my business is at currently and looking forward to where my business will grow in the coming years. 

I have been doing lifestyle and wedding photography for over 5 years now. I have always been inspired by the golden hour and how humans connect and show love to each other. I believe that everyone is beautiful, especially when they are surrounded by the people they love. As a photographer, i'm here to help bring those moments of love and joy to life for you so that you have tangible keepsakes for you to cherish for the rest of your life.

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



- elopement -

Malibu, CA


tory + brett


San diego, CA


Dana + Nick


pacific palisades, CA


San Diego, california

Tory + BRETT

deluca elopement

malibu, California

Pacific Palisades, CAlifornia

DAna + Nick


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.

My fiancé and I found Tess via Instagram and instantly fell in love with her photography style and ability to capture unique, candid moments... whether she's shooting couples, weddings, or families!! Communicating with Tess before our shoot was so smooth. She is one of the easiest people to correspond with via email or text. You can feel her friendliness through her responses, and it shines through once you meet with her in person. 

Tess was super helpful in choosing the most scenic location, as well as working with us to schedule a date. Tess is easy going with a great sense of humor, making us feel comfortable right away. She had many recommendations to offer in regards to posing, making all the movements feel fluid and natural.  Tess promised to send sneak-peek photos within a couple days of the photoshoot and completely blew us away when the sneak-peek gallery was available the same night!! The gallery is also extremely user friendly and easy to order prints from.

I never imagined someone could capture my fiancé and I in such a beautiful, natural, and romantic way. Her work is fantastic!!! THANK YOU, Tess.

- Kaley & Sean

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! 


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!

Thank you! We'll be in touch soon!