lifestyle, Brand, destination & elopement photographer in northern california
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Photo by Samantha Aceves Photography
I AM a california girl, through and through WITH A LOVE FOR DOGS, COFFEE, whiskey sours, music, and the northern california coast. I'm mostly known for creating client experiences that are Both FUN AND laid back to cultivate authentic moments and delivering bold, emotive images.
Most days you can find me in some raw hem jeans, a comfy oversized t-shirt, and some super squishy Reef brand flip flops. Unless it's the rainy season. Then you'll find me in my Hunter rain boots! I'm also kind of into hats lately, so you may catch me in one of those!
I am a firm believer in not settling or people pleasing. That attitude didn't come naturally to me and it's been a work in progress for me over the last several years. One of the biggest manifestations of this mentality was the intimate
wedding ceremony my husband Andrew and I had. It was just us, the officiant, and then our photographer and videographer. This decision was met with mixed emotions by my family, but I refused to do anything other than what we wanted for OUR day. So If you choose to have non-traditional wedding ceremony like my husband Andrew and I had, I will have your back 100%!
In-home lifestyle sessions have easily become one of my favorite types of sessions (aside from elopements hehe). I had an epiphany about that a few years back about that when I felt TOTALLY re-energized after doing a lifestyle newborn session. I really do get my energy from spending some time alone or in intimate settings, such as those used for lifestyle sessions. and that is the Introvert in me. You can read more about that side of me here.
Friends, family, and clients have described me as patient, fun, and flexible as well as "a delight to work with." To read more kind words from my clients click here.
What I am known for outside of photography
Tattoos - I'm a work in progress for life. | INFJ - I'm a big time introvert! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE working with people, but I just need some alone time to recharge my batteries. | Bowling - I'm still chasing the elusive perfect game. My highest is a 299. Ouch! | Volleyball - I've been playing for 24 years and counting! | Becoming friends with my clients after their session. | Volunteering with 4 R Friends: The Street Vets | Perfume - I'm a little obsessed. I have a small and growing collection. Where are my other Jo Malone gals at?!
I'm drawn to all things mystical and mysterious, yet calming and healing; the ocean, the mountains, and the cosmos. I am often restless, with the urge to create. I love genuine and sincere human connection, especially with my clients. And I'm probably one of the more emotional people you'll ever meet. Hell, I've even cried behind the lens during more than one wedding I've photographed. And when I watch complete strangers' elopement films. (Seriously... that's how I knew we *HAD* to hire the videographer we did for our elopement!)
One night I was listening to episode #24 of the Introvert, Dear podcast (How to Navigate Romantic Relationships as an HSP) and the episode resonated deeply with me. HSP stands for Highly Sensitive Person. It sounds like a silly title on the surface, but the co-host of the podcast is an HSP herself and her partner is not one. Listening to the two of them discussing their relationship sounded SO much like my experience in relationships. So when I started reading up on it, I was pretty sure that I myself was also an HSP. In a nutshell, HSPs have a personality trait involving "an increased sensitivity of the central nervous system and a deeper cognitive processing of physical, social and emotional stimuli." If you're curious, you can read more about HSPs here and you can read more about me here!
I believe being an HSP is what draws me to connect with my clients (and cry at strangers' elopement films). So when the Universe guides me to clients who are up for adventure and down for a little vulnerability, I know that magic will happen. We can stroll through midtown, drive up to the hills, or a find a cozy corner in a coffee shop. Whether we choose to adventure locally or make a trip, I promise that we will have a blast!
If you're looking for images that will capture you, your relationship, or your family in a very meaningful and real light, we might just be a good fit. I am a firm believer that I am not for everyone and every client is not for me. And that is okay. Honestly! It doesn't mean that there are good or bad clients, or that I am a good or bad photographer. All it means is that there are ideal clients for me and that I am the ideal photographer for them.
I can't wait to plaster these photos all over my house!
"Tina captured the most beautiful pictures of our family!!! We are beyond happy!!! She was creative and patient with our little boys and I can't wait to plaster these photos all over my house! Thank you so much Tina! You are so talented."
Do you Instagram?! I do! And I love hyping up my clients and tagging them their photos that I post. But you know what I love even more? When clients tag ME in the photos I took. That, right there, tells me I am killin' it at my job!
I want to create a sense of community among all of my clients. You guys are MY PEOPLE! You are my tribe. You are the ones who celebrate my success with me and I with you and your successes! You guys are the ones who value not just the art of photography, but the art of photography through my eye.
You all have entrusted me to tell your story with beautiful imagery. You are all connected to one another through me by way of photography. So help me grow this community and invite one another to celebrate along side by following one another, like each other's posts, and tagging me in your posts of the photos I took. Don't forget the #tribetsp hashtag too!