My boudoir studio is located right where we took these photos. Why on earth is this my first engagement session there? When Katie & Jesse told me they wanted something the complete opposite of their wedding vibe (barn-like) and preferred the look of the historic West Bottoms for their engagement session, I was all in.
Katie and Jesse met at a bar in 2011 in a very “them” fashion. Jesse almost hit Katie with a door. She told him to apologize. They’ve been in love ever since. They live together in a beautiful house with six amazingly wonderful animals who yell at me when I don’t pet them enough.
A couple of years ago they did an absolutely amazing renovation of their home kitchen and made my husband and I a three-course meal that was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. They were also in a wedding party for some amazing nuptials I photographed in 2018! They are such a down-to-earth, playful and loving couple. They take everything in stride which is amazing to know and see considering how much they’ve been through.
When I asked them for three words that described their relationship, I wasn’t far off.
Weird, enduring, cozy
They are yet another amazing friendship that has bloomed due to Twitter and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.
One of my favorite questions I love to ask couples is what TV couple they remind themselves of:
“Jake and Amy from Brooklyn 99 – Jake is a well-meaning, incredibly smart and sweet human disaster, and Amy is a smart, well-organized, giant-ass need human disaster. They’re relationship is like us because they’re so so obviously and abashedly into each other.”
As an also Amy Santiago, I absolutely love this and had to share.
- kara + anudeep
"I knew Tay did great work from looking through her website, but it was talking with her and hearing her approach to her business that sold us. She is one of those people who exudes kindness and joy. We are an intercultural couple and it meant a lot to me that she had demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity in her client portfolios."
"Tay is simply the best. Contact her for a consultation; you won't regret it."
- ally + luke
"When I met Tay in the summer of 2017, Luke and I were freshly dating and filling in for a portfolio session that had cancelled on her short notice! And let me tell you... that was one of the best things to have happened to us! We had a BLAST and it was then that I knew I wanted Tay to capture our relationship along the way— so when Luke proposed she was one of the first people I told! I have never been the most comfortable in front of a camera— but she makes it feel so dang easy. Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them. Just recently, she delivered again for us. Seeing our wedding through her lens was the cherry on top of my favorite day. I cannot thank her enough for the joy she has brought us— and the photos she has given us to show genterations to come."
"Tay has this way of capturing the purest moments, the goofy moments and all the love that exists between them."
- jerica + kathleen
"Tayanna is a prime choice for a photographer.
She photographed our wedding and produced home-run, out of the park, Friday night lights photography. We asked her to focus on moments: people interacting with each other and less formal moments. Her professionalism, communication and quality is top-notch. If you want top performance, hire Tayanna. 10/10 would recommend, will hire again."
"10/10 would recommend, will hire again"