Haaaaave you met Tess?

If you haven’t met me already my name is Tessa, and I am the owner of Machmer Mo(ve)ment Photography. After a lot of conversations with myself, going back and forth, I finally decided to go boldly forward and start my own blog. So, here we go!

I never in a million years would have thought that I would start a blog! This blog isn't your typical "how-to" blog about photography. This blog is meant to be transparent and hopefully galvanize you to follow your passions. If you asked my partner, he would tell you that I love to talk (crazy, I know the blogger loves to talk). In the midst of my gabbing, I find myself being very honest, whether it be positive or negative. And that, my friend, is exactly what you will find here; honesty and a whole lot of realness. I am hoping that this blog will be a great springboard to start discussions with you!

We will discuss the topics that rarely get glory, but play an essential role in our success stories, such as failure, disbelief, messiness and perspective. All of these topics have been inspired by a culmination of events in my life and will give some background on how I came to start my own photography business. 

I want this to be a place where I can empower myself and others along the way. A place where we can conquer fears and support each other.

I found photography by chance. I can’t explain my initial desire to pursue it in any way other than a hunch. I was in a place where I felt lost, I felt unfulfilled by what used to fill me up. I had always thought that photography would be fun because I have always loved documenting life's special moments with photographs. One of my favorite things to do is go back and indulge in some hearty nostalgia. In all reality, my to photography came from nothing more than a hunch in the parking lot at McDonald’s. 

To make a very long story short, let me illustrate this for you. I was in the parking lot at McDonald's when I decided to pursue photography. There I was eating my large fries and drinking diet coke feeling like, “what the heck am I doing with my life? (the only tasteful way to have an existential crisis if you ask me). What I used to do doesn’t fulfill me any more, my opportunities feel limited and I have too much time on my hands." I started to think of different outlets related to my current job that I could pursue. For some reason movement and dance photography popped into my mind out of the blue! It was such a random thought, yet I felt a sense of peace and excitement thinking about pursuing this career. I hadn't done much photography before, other than a few classes in high school, yet I felt confident, and excited to try and to explore something completely new.

I am not usually the spontaneous type, but when I got back from McDonald's I bought a ticket back to my hometown, Fort Collins, Colorado, in order to do a mentorship with a very close photographer friend! There I was in my room, yet again eating junk food and making impromptu life decisions. I felt like I should be questioning my impulsiveness, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t even scared to dip into my savings and invest in a very expensive camera set up. 

I could go more into the story, but my point is, I haven’t questioned my decision since that day at McDonald's. I’m sure there may come a day where I doubt, but I don’t think I will ever lose sight of my epiphany and new passion for capturing dance and movement through photography. I finally let myself try something new after solely dancing for years and years. I was in my comfort zone dancing professionally and I barely knew anything about photography. I learned, am still learning and will always be learning, BUT I value my worth and the skill that I have developed. I have decided to keep moving boldly forward towards my goals. 

I would love for you to join me on this adventure through my blog, it will be chalked full of mistakes I have made, making light of heavy subjects and giving yourself grace. It’s a place that will kindle a spark for YOU to go boldly forward into what you truly want to do. Whether it’s a hunch or a long thought out decision.

I'll be posting every Tuesday, so be sure to join in! I would love to hear from you. Please introduce yourself and message me your experience with going boldly forward into your passion through the response box below. I can’t wait to see and hear about what you are doing!