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I’m tickled and honored to have been nominated for Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect Best Boston Photographer. It’s great to have recognition for the work I’ve done (and will continue to do through this summer!) in the Boston area. I look forward to bringing the same level of quality and customer care to my new clients in Southern California and returning a few times a year to visit family and photograph all of my great Massachusetts clients.

If you are a former client or a fan of my work, please vote for me:

For Family Photographer
in Boston

you can vote every day through July! Thanks!


As I prepare my business for our move to California, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on what makes me unique as a photographer and what skills I’ve honed as I’ve grown my business. With this in mind, I’ve launched a few subpages on this blog dedicated to the craft of portrait photography. I plan to add articles, Photoshop tutorial videos and little tips and tricks to inform (or maybe just entertain) my fellow photographers.

The first article, one on my particular strong point, producing a flattering portrait is up now. Enjoy! I’d love to hear your feedback.


My absence and a move

by Teya on April 8, 2009 in teyaphoto stuff

My blog has been much neglected as I have returned to business from maternity leave and spent much of my time applying to (and now choosing among) graduate programs to begin this fall. I will be closing my studio at the end of this month and moving my family out of New England later in the summer to begin my PhD studies in Educational Psychology.

I wanted to do something creative with my studio equipment and use the knowledge and skills I've gained as a photographer to help other aspiring portrait photographers and those already in business looking to learn about my unique processing and business perspective. With these goals in mind I am hosting a Strip My Studio Workshop at the end of this month. It's a two-day event with lots of shooting, Photoshop and marketing information culminating in a give-away where every participant gets a piece of great equipment! If you are interested, please visit the workshop page.

There are a few studio sessions left before I close my studio doors at the end of April and I am currently booking on-location sessions through May and June with the possibility of availability in July. To read more about special prices during this transition time read my Moving Announcement. I'd love to see some returning clients before I leave and I'm especially looking forward to any 2010 seniors who would like to get some of the last Photography by Teya senior sessions.

I will be continuing my business on a very part-time basis after my move (location TBA next week!) and will be sharing a new batch of sessions with blog viewers in the fall. Thank you for reading and please contact me with any questions, advice or session inquiries. I have a number of recent sessions to post on here and will be adding them on in the coming days – for now I'll post a recent snap of my girls together – they are getting so big!


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Tax-Free Holiday

by Teya on August 15, 2008 in teyaphoto stuff

All orders placed and paid this weekend (current and past sessions), and/or any gift certificates purchased will be tax free. 

As you can see, my three-year-old doesn't necessarily know the value of the dollar (or five), but I sure do!  Have a great weekend.  New sessions will be shared soon!


In the midst of the Portraits for Progress madness I was interviewed for Worcester Living Magazine about the Trash the Dress concept and a large photo shoot I helped to organize last summer. 

Trash the dress is a form of wedding photography where brides and grooms can take some time with their photographer after the wedding to concentrate on getting fabulous magazine-style images.  The dress (or tux) doesn’t have to be literally "trashed," but the session is about having fun in a relaxed, low pressure environment free from the stresses of the actual wedding day.  Many of my Trash the Dress bookings are six months or more after the actual wedding, giving clients another chance to create stunning images in their gowns in a different setting or different season than the one in which they were married. 

I very much enjoy doing these sessions and working with couples, and hope that the article encourages more couples to have a little fun with their portraits.

The May/June issue of Worcester Living will be out at many local retailers next week, and you can view a copy of the article text here:

Trashed in Taffeta

and an image of one of the spreads here:
Image of Trash the Dress Article

(please think kind thoughts when you see my own picture in the magazine – I was eight months pregnant at the time!)


Last year’s donation to Susan G. Komen’s Massachusetts affiliate was well received, but this year, I wanted to donate to a smaller breast cancer-related charity where the funds we raised would really make a difference in changing women’s lives for the better.

This year’s recipient is the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, a therapeutic center supporting women in their recovery from breast cancer.  Co-founder and Executive Director, Betsy Tyson-Smith (pictured here in the Garden with Lana Roman), sent along a little information to share with you about The Healing Garden.


"The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden provides a healing environment with a range of complementary therapies, psychosocial support, and educational programs, and is unique in its inclusion of access to over eight-acres of gardens for its clients; we consider the Healing Garden as providing a new paradigm for healing and living well with breast cancer.

Our belief is that breast cancer is a condition that may recur or spread even when treatment ends. The person – and the family – still must confront and live well with that truth. The Healing Garden’s goals are to enable women to find the support they need, to understand and make informed choices that contribute to their health, to learn to manage their stress and improve their quality of life, and to regain control of their health – both during and after treatment. The Healing Garden provides this community of support for as long as needed."

I encourage all readers to share this wonderful place and organization with any loved ones you know who are currently battling breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors.  Thank you for helping me support The Healing Garden in their therapeutic, social and community goals!


You may recognize these gorgeous faces from this year’s event promotional materials.

Jamie & Georgie plan to come back every year for the event and I can’t wait to see how G. grows!  Jamie gave me permission to share an interview she recently gave regarding the event:

What inspired you to
attend [Portraits for Progress]?

My daughter Georgie,
is named after my best friend Amy York–Georgie’s middle name is Ames, which is what we
called Amy.  Amy died in October of 2000 from breast cancer.  She was
only 43.  I thought that having a photograph of Georgie and I together for
this event was a special way of honoring Amy and celebrating Georgie’s arrival.

Was there anything about Teya, your personal
shoot, and/or Portraits for Progress itself that inspired or surprised you?

Well, I am very
inspired by Teya’s skill level — I think her photographs are absolutely
beautiful.  It was a bonus to meet her and discover this incredibly calm,
warm, patient woman.

I have to add that
Teya was pretty terrific with me before the shoot.  I had mentioned in one
of my emails that I was very sad that Georgie would never get to meet her
namesake.  Teya’s response meant a great deal to me-I actually saved it-
and it says a lot about how wonderful she is.  See below.

Thanks for writing.
I’m so sorry about your friend – I’m sure your daughter will grow up feeling
special and connected to her through her name, even if they never got to meet. 

Would you recommend
Portraits for Progress to other women? If so, why?

Without a doubt!
There is really no reason not to do it —- you pay nothing to get
extraordinary photos from an amazing artist and you are contributing to the
fight against cancer.  The real question is, why wouldn’t everyone do it?
I am planning on sending out the information to as many people as I can
this year.

I am absolutely honored and humbled by Jamie’s words, and inspired by their story and personalities to continue to create beautiful mother/daughter images of them and the other women and girls who attend the event.




Just wanted to share a few more groups of lovely ladies!  I’m also working on updating the Portraits for Progress™ website w/more information on the events in other states and copies of the press we received this year.  Stay tuned – I’ll share some more favorites from these charity mini-sessions later in the week.






I am exhausted but happy!  We raised over $1500 so far for breast cancer-related charity.  I met lots of great women, and had a great time while working towards supporting this worthy cause.  I need a little time to recover before proofing all the images, but couldn’t resist sharing a few. Thanks to all who participated!




Girls’ Night Out

by Teya on April 11, 2008 in teyaphoto stuff

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my table at last night’s GNO!  It was so much fun to reconnect with past clients and Junior League friends and to talk about photography, babies and all manner of things with fabulous women I hope to see again soon.

I’d like to extend the event booking special for the next month to anyone who came to visit me last night and picked up a magnet or a notepad.  Just email me at and we will schedule your session.

There were lots of great vendors at the event, but I wanted to highlight a few.  A client of mine is now working for Fashion Flips, a local company making reversible accessories.  I especially loved the headbands and will have to purchase a few for my daughter and her crazy curls!

Towards the end of the evening, dragging from 35-week-pregnant low blood sugar, my friend Christina bought me a little treat: the most delicious brownie ever from Yummy Mummy Brownies. I believe it was this one, go ahead and drool :)


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