Family walks around the Monahans Sandhills

Photo Session Inquiries

Photo sessions for people who value real, candid photography.

Fill out the form below. I'd love to hear your vision for your photo session so I can ensure I'm the right fit for your needs.

I will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours. I can't wait to get to know you and (hopefully!) work together!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer mini sessions?

What makes your photo sessions different?

I only offer mini sessions to repeat clients. Due to the documentarian nature of my photo sessions, I create my best work when we take some time at the beginning of the session to get to know each other and get comfortable with the camera. If you're worried about whether or not your kids will last a full hour, keep in mind we're not asking them to pose for a straight hour. They'll be having fun, playing games, and will hardly notice the camera.

My photo sessions are usually activity-based, which means we meet up at a location of your choice that encourages movement, like a park. The majority of the session will be you and your loved one(s) interacting with the environment and each other organically — I don't use posing prompts. There is no pressure to perform. Occasionally I will also snap a posed photo where you're looking at the camera.

Are you enthusiastic about serving LGBTQ+ families?

What if we only want/need a few quick posed pics?

YES. I love my LGBTQ+ couples and I can't wait until we live in a world where you don't have to ask this anymore. Tess Leslie Photography is LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certified by EquallyWed, which means I've taken a training to learn best practices while serving the LGBTQ+ community. Of course, if you have any feedback on ways I can be a better ally, please let me know.

Honestly, picture-perfect posed photos are not my specialty. I am happy to recommend other talented photographers based in your area that are more aligned with your needs. If you're nervous about this approach or think you couldn't possibly look good in a candid photo, I encourage you to give my approach a try!

What are your travel fees?

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

The first 50 miles are always included in my packages. For drive-able Texas-based sessions that require an overnight stay, the travel fee is $300. For all other sessions that require a plane ride and two night stay, the fee starts at $800 but may be more depending on the location and the travel industry rates.

If you’ve already paid for the session, then your 50% deposit is non-refundable. I will try my best to accommodate a new date, but if I’m already booked on that day, then your deposit is still non-refundable. I always have a backup date for inclement weather. If something happens to me, I will send an associate photographer with a similar approach in my place, and I will still edit the photos.

What is your turnaround time?

Can I bring my dog?

I always send sneak peeks within 72 hours of your session. The entire editing process typically takes 2-3 weeks, but during peak season it takes up to 4 weeks. You can pay an additional fee to skip the line if you're in a hurry.

I LOVE dogs. If I find out you have a dog, I will probably try to convince you to let me meet them. Dogs are always more than welcome.