Abby & Michael 4-3-2018
Photographer : Tessa Kit Zawadzki as associate for Katie Grant Photo
Venue : Matilda Bay Restaurant & Reserve, Perth Western Australia
Gown : Pallas Couture
Florals : Zinnia Floral Design
I very first heard from the beautiful Lauren when I checked my emails while cruising the italian countryside in May last year. I was recommended to her and her fiance Grant by Grant's sister, Rachelle who is a incredibly talented Perth artist.
Our first meeting in Leederville was full of so much great energy and they told me all about their story, how they met through to how Grant proposed. Lauren is an interior designer so I knew she would have impeccable style. They both had so much enthusiasm and were incredibly kind. I was beyond excited to capture their day!
Lauren & Grant got married at the Life City Church in Canningvale on the 28th of October 2017 surrounded by all their friends and family. We ventured out to a property in Carmel for some bridal portraits where we patiently waited for breaks between the rain and winds but all the while had smiles on all our faces. We had some time to quickly snap some bride & groom portraits at the Harvey Beef Building in Fremantle before a quick food break then heading to the reception at the Notre Dame Drill Hall.
The day was full of so much love and so much joy. Thank you so much for having me be apart of your big day and your wedding journey Lauren & Grant.
Photographer : Tessa Kit Zawadzki
Second Shooter : Natasha Pawlowska
Cool tones vs warm tones in this beautiful Swan Valley shoot which came together as a collaboration between Chrystal (model), her fiance Brett and Chiara from CA Floral Couture & I very last minute after I was feeling like I needed to create something magical!
Ethereal, simple and romantic vibes.
This photoshoot holds very close to my heart. Nicole & I met at the age of 13 at the 'Ripcurl Girls Go Surfing Day' in Secret Harbour. I had just moved to Western Australia and didn't have any friends. I was young and incredibly shy at the time but my mum encouraged me to introduce myself to some of the other girls. I was too embarrased so she held my hand and walked me over to Nicole where she introduced me. I met Nicole, her sister Megan and her lovely Mum Jenny that day. Little did I know how close we would become in the years to follow. After an afternoon of laughing and frolicking in the ocean trying to catch the white wash on our foam surfboards we had discovered we'd both be attending the very same high school. From then on in we became best friends.
In 2012 I ventured to Namibia with her, where she grew up to visit family and friends.
In 2014 I headed back to Namibia to attend her wedding as one of her bridesmaids when she married her husband Grant. We have been there for another through some of the biggest moments of our life and this was one of the greatest so far.
The pregnancy and birth of her very first child Chloe Anne.
I photographed Nicole & Grants maternity photos one winters afternoon down at Scarborough Beach.
Danielle & Dan. One of the sweetest, most loved up couples I have ever met. They absolutely adore one another and I was lucky enough to be able to document their love, from their engagement through to their wedding day.
Danielle & I knew one another from growing up in the same town but we first really connected when Danielle wrote me the most beautiful heart felt message after resonating with one of my posts about 'Dancing with the fear' ; my anxieties and the self criticism I've dealt with over years of trying to turn my art into a business.
We talked in depth about social anxieties and things that had been holding us back from being able to be our best selves. Danielle mentioned she was just about to marry her high school sweetheart Dan and she would love for me to be able to capture their connection and that she trusted me enough to make them feel comfortable in front of my lens.
I met Dani & Dan at Architects & Heroes one Sunday afternoon just as Dan was finishing his shift. Dani was such a high spirited, sweet, beautiful girl and Dan was the most down to earth and passionate guy. They told me their story, how they met and their journey up till their engagement. I loved them the instant I met them.
I remember receiving the most beautiful response to my packages '100% yes please oh please can you be our wedding photographer. I feel like there honestly isn't another person that could capture us as humans perfectly, let alone our love in such an accurate and genuine way. Having you there on the day would be a blessing, and is a huge element adding to the excitement.'.
Here is a preview of the engagement shoot I shot for them. We decided to go on a little adventure to John Forrest National Park, shoot and find a ceremony location for their intimate January wedding. It was so much fun, hiking to the tunnel and back. Stopping for portraits along the way.
After the sun set beyond the hill we headed down the the Light Up Leederville Festival for dinner!
On our way driving back to Rome from Zermatt, Switzerland we spent one night in Saturnia at an Air BnB villa and then spent the next morning soaking up the warmth and minerals at the Terme Di Saturnia hot springs. I don't think I've ever felt so happy & relaxed in my entire life. This place was incredible, we could have spent days chilling here in our bathers.
Legend has it that its springs are born in the exact point where Jupiter's thunderbolt fell in a battle against Saturn.
Images all taken on Kodak Portra400 film on my Mamiya645.
On the 19th of May I had the pleasure of being able to assist and second shoot for the incredible Katie Grant Photo in Monemvasia Greece. Alan & Justine's dreamy destination wedding was held at the stunning Kinsterna Hotel. Our day started shooting details at the hotel before jumping straight into a first look and venturing to Monemvasia's Castle for some portraits.
The ceremony was held in an olive grove. The aisle was lined with gorgeous florals and the arch was also covered in them. Justine walked down the aisle to a spanish guitairst and after their first kiss Alan & Justine exited showered in rice. While guests headed to the cocktail hour we shot some golden hour portraits in a long grassed grove. This is by far my favourite time of the day. Where the light is so magical & dreamy. When everything glows.
The reception looked so stunning & romantic. It was an intimate feast among their closest family & friends who flew out from Canada to celebrate with them.
In mid May 2017 I travelled across the globe to beautiful Greece to help photograph a destination wedding with the uber talented Katie Grant Photo. We met one another at the Athens airport and hired a car to drive down the coast to a beautiful seaside town Monemvasia where the wedding would be located. Katie had booked a gorgeous AirBnB on an island just off the mainland connected by a small causeway. We crossed over the causeway by car until we were greeted with a large wall with a large arched stone entrance. We had no idea what laid beyond the wall but knew our accomodation was somewhere behind it. We had to leave our car parked outside the wall, there was no vehicle access beyond it.
Once passing through the entrance we were welcomed by the most beautiful Greek Castle town on the far side of the rock island protected by its walls and hidden from the mainlands view. We fell straight in love, obsessed with its character; its quiet modesty, its authentic medieval buildings, churches and alleyways, its quaint coffee shops & restaurants. Sometimes when travelling to new cities and towns you can really get a sense for its very own 'personality', that feeling a place can give you when visiting it. It felt like a combination of Greece, Italy & Morocco all in the one place. It was its very own, Monemvasia. A place so unique, ancient, & warm holding an almost magical presence. The locals all knew one another and were extremely accomodating and welcoming.
We strolled the streets in awe with our cameras shooting rolls of film. I could have taken a million photos of this town. You were guaranteed a new stunning scene around every corner. Every building had a view facing straight out to the Aegean sea, with the rolling hills of the Greek mainland peeking out from the west.
All images below were captured on my Mamiya645 medium format film camera with Portra400 120 film. I've become so inlove with film photography and can't describe the amount of happiness each one of these photos give me.
I'm looking forward to sharing more film images & more stories of my recent travels with you all.
This is something that truly makes me happy. To travel, to create and to meet new people all over the world. Shooting photographs telling stories of places, people & connection.
My very first film scans I received back from Atkins Film Lab included some shots from this beautiful styled shoot back in May. Stay tuned for the full shoot on the blog.
Photographer : Tessa Kit Zawadzki ( @tessakit )
Model: Jessica Erin Baker ( @jessicaerinbaker )
Florals: Chiara Anne Floral Couture ( @cafloralcoutureperth )
MUA : Whitney Andrews ( @whitneyandrewsmua )
Hair : Jaimme Lee ( @jaimmeleecreative )
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
– Anne Christian Buchanan
Last Wednesday I had the absolute pleasure of photographing my dear friend Kelly's maternity shoot in Mandurah, Western Australia. We pulled over on the side of the road where we found a gorgeous golden field, exactly what I had in mind for their session.
Kelly and her partner Greg brought their playful husky puppy River along for some shots of the Howes family. Kelly first wore a beautiful white dress from her Mum before getting some exposed belly shots in the warm late afternoon light.
I am such a fan of neutral, natural colours in photo shoots & warm dreamy lighting. This session was everything I hoped it would be. Kelly looked like an absolute goddess and was glowing.
If you or anyone you know is looking to have a maternity session please contact me via my contact me page or send an enquiry to email@example.com . I would love to hear from you.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world."
So here it goes. I'm finally getting it all together. I am taking the leap back into my photography and it feels so good.
I have really struggled for many years to have the confidence to dive into my love and passion for photography. Photography and visual media is a way of expression for me and for years I have denied myself that expression because when you put your art out into the world you are being vulnerable and open yourself up to criticism and judgement. Your art is something that comes from your soul and to have that out in the open is scary.
Taking your creative passion and hobby then turning it into a business or your profession is a huge leap. You are literally wearing your heart on your sleeve and it takes a lot of courage, confidence and strength to keep it there before retreating back inside yourself where your heart and soul is safe and protected. A place where you can live in your head with your doubts and succumb to the fear letting it control your life.
I finally welcome and embrace the fear with loving open arms because nothing will ever beat the feeling I get from expressing myself through my photography and documenting love, connection and life through my eyes (lens). Also the joy I get from meeting and working with such beautiful humans. My heart lights up when I see how my photography influences and inspires people.
I want to thank everyone that has supported me over the years. That have watched me flitter around, change my mind a million times, start things, end things, touch on things, all to finally keep on coming back to this little passion of mine. The thing I keep running away from, because doing something you love so passionately as a business is scary at times.
So here is to dancing with the fear and wearing my 'art' on my sleeve.