Christmas cards over the years!

Over the years I have made several photographic

christmas cards. Here are most of them.

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.

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Christmas cards starting from the mid-1980s

In the early 1980s one of my photography students, Miriam Aiken mentioned that their was a nicely decorated Christmas tree on the Capitol's west lawn. A day or so later I was there to photograph it. The following year that photograph was used for the first card in the series and is at the bottom of the list. The most recent card is at the top of the list.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule, Happy Saturnalia, and Happy Birthday Mithra. I tried to include everyone.


2010 National Harbor Gaylord Hotel



2009 Brookside Gardens



St. Petersburg, Russia



Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia



Arts Square, St. Petersburgh Russia


Off Nevskiy Prospect, St. Petersburg Russia


General Staff Building, St. Petersburg Russia


Rochester, NY


Montreal, QC Canada


Reston, VA



Skaneateles, New York



Reston, Virginia


Cleveland, Ohio


Prince George County, Maryland



Cleveland, Ohio



Reston, Virginia


Prince Georges County, Maryland


Sunrise Christmas morning, old town Alexandria, Virginia


Washington, East Georgetown


Washington, East Georgetown


Union Station, Washington, DC


White House, Washington, DC


Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC


Mormon Temple



South East Georgetown



Potomac River, Alexandria, VA



US Capitol, Washington. My first photograpic Christmas card