Wedding Photography Philosophy

We want to make you happy.

Tessmer of Fairfax Sweeps Recent Awards:

Tessmer of Fairfax wins Best of Show

At the recent competition for professional photographers in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia Master Photographer Joseph (Joe) Tessmer won best of show, two prints tied for first place and his 4th print won a 2nd place ribbon.

Tessmer of Fairfax Named Best Social Event/Wedding Photographer

The Virginia Professional Photographers Association honors Tessmer of Fairfax

It has often been said that Tessmer of Fairfax has lots of laurels they just don't rest on them. To prove the point the Virginia Professional Photographers Association has awarded JoeTessmer one of the highest awards a photographer can receive. Best social event photographer. Social events include weddings, anniversaries, parties and funerals.

Artistic and Financial Success in the Photographic Profession:

May 16, 2011, sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America

It's the little things that make the difference. Producing and marketing outstanding photography can depend on hundreds of small decisions that have a large effect on your overall success. The selection and use of equipment, making the best use of your website and social networking sites…all contribute to your success. Join Cyndy and Joe, two Best of Show winners, for their useful insights into these details. To register go to

Wedding Photography Philosophy

It has been said that Tessmer of Fairfax has plenty of laurels, they just don't rest on them. We strive everyday to make that a reality not just a saying. Wedding photography is not just the application of the art and science of photography to an event in a couples life, it starts with capturing the love and joy between the bride and groom and blossoms from there. Emotions are high and time seems to slip away in the blink of an eye. One of our goals is to insure that you and your fiancé can relax and share the joy of the occasion with your family and friends without the hassle and frustration experienced by so many couples. To this end, we work with the bride and groom to develop a custom plan tailored to meet their specific wedding goals.

We have developed an award winning team approach to wedding photography that really appeals to couples. Joe has the artistic vision and is focused on the myriad of technical photographic aspects that have made Tessmer of Fairfax the wedding photographer of choice in the Washington metropolitan area. Valeta and Jennifer, on the other hand, provides a host of personal services. They insure that the bride and groom are relaxed and having fun, that the groom's tie is straight, that the lace on the bride's dress is lying just right, and that people are at the right place at the right time. Valeta and Jennifer provide emotional support. They'll calm the nerves of the bride and groom and sometimes the mom and get that nasty spot off the bride's dress.

We take the time to get to get to know the personalities and hopes of each couple so we can customize the coverage to reflect the Bride and Grooms' taste and style, not ours.

Years ago we photographed weddings to pay the mortgage, but we don't need to do that any more. Today we don't photograph weddings because we have to, we do it because we like to. We have as much fun as the bride and groom and it's contagious. Good news travels fast and we believe that a delighted client is our best advertising. We care about the success of your wedding as much as you do.