Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the passionate Tessie Cervantez of KM² Photography! If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Tessie and KM² Photography, now’s your chance! Take it away, Tessie…
Tell us a little about your company? I’ve been taking photos for 6 years, it started with the birth of my son, Keoni. It was then that I realized what I saw through a camera lens was beautiful and I wanted to share that with everyone I could.
When did you establish your business? After realizing my passion, I did several jobs for free. I worked along side other professional photographers until I gained the skills to turn my passion into a profession.
What sets you apart from your competition? My passion definitely. I love a great picture. I love seeing others see a great picture that I was able to create for them, It’s much more than just a job to me. I treat my clients special day as if it were my own.
Where do you find inspiration? EVERYWHERE! Driving past a rock, or wall or door, seeing people in love, just the beauty in the world, moments that I want to create and treasure forever. My clients now share in my inspiration. I will from time to time get a picture message of a random tree a client saw that they wanted to share with me, or a trailer in yard. I love it, just absolutely love it!
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? Vintage everything! Seating, dresses and décor!
Are you on social media? Yes, follow me on Facebook here!
Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients? It’s not really a single story, but my clients soon find out that I will do almost anything to get them great photos, also that I will ask them to almost do anything to get them great photos.
My clients learn that they need to trust me and the funniest moments are when they doubt me the most, and end up choosing that particular photo as the one on the sign in table. I just love that I can have their trust even before I can show them I’ve earned it.
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? It would have to be a review I got during my first year in the professional market. I did a very small shoot of 2 children, the client was their Godmother. I then did a family shoot for my client’s siblings to give to their parents. After the 2 shoots I got a review on my old website saying that every moment in her life that called for a photographer I would be the one she used. Since then, I have done 2 more family shoots, engagement photos, her wedding, her sports teams, and I have no doubt that when/if a little one is on it’s way I will get the call.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Oh geez, I love food so much I can’t choose, but my go to restaurant is Papa Murphy’s. I get the Chicken Bacon Artichoke Delite.
What’s your favorite local charity? Local charity, I’m afraid I haven’t really found one. I have done a program with KM² Photography called, “A Look Through Our Lens”. We do campaign ads and have raised money for the American Heart Association with a campaign called, “Kiss Heart Disease Goodbye” and have donated to the Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness through a campaign called “Pink Warriors Against Breast Cancer”. We are currently working on one for mental health.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? My family and I are big sports fans, so we love sporting events. Where we are located, we get to go across the street and see our Stockton Ports!
Do you have any hidden talents? Hidden, no!
If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? Charity work, campaign work, counseling, etc.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? Easy! Pictures first, the dress second!
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? I’d give the same advice that I tell all my clients, because I’ve come to realize that unlike other vendors, they create a stronger connection with their photographers. I have become a counselor on many occasions and I always tell them the same thing when it’s getting too stressful…No matter what’s going wrong (and things will go wrong), the only detail that matters is that your groom is the one standing up there when you start walking down the isle, and that I will get great photos of it. Nothing else matters and won’t matter 5 years from now.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? Just how awesome I think you guys are!
For more information about KM² Photography log on to km2photo.com.
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Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.
Photos courtesy of and copyright KM² Photography.
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