Tess Leslie Photography

About Tess Leslie Photography

Tess Leslie Photography


Hiya! I'm Tess, an Austin-based photographer with 10+ years of experience telling the stories of my community through photography. I love weddings of all sizes, from adventurous elopements to grand celebrations. My photojournalism background influences my documentarian style, which captures the natural joy and energy of weddings without forced poses. I help my couples feel confident and beautiful in front of the camera just as they are.

My style is candid, authentic, and focused on bringing out the colors you carefully chose, rather than editing to create a certain aesthetic. My journalistic approach captures the genuine joy of your day. I document your wedding day using a variety of camera formats, including digital cameras, 35 mm film, and super8 video.

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  • Bride-only session
  • Engagement session
  • Extra hours
  • Image editing
  • Printing rights
  • Same-day edits
  • Second photographer

Photo formats

  • Digital
  • Film
  • Hybrid


  • Digital files
  • Digital rights
  • Online gallery
  • Photo box
  • Same/next-day sneak-peek images
  • Wedding album


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  • We fell in love with our photos

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    LoganDec 19, 2022

    We had hired Tess to take our engagement photos and not only fell in love with the photos but her! We ended up asking her to photograph our wedding and my bridals and the photos turned out better than I could have imagined. Tess really took the time to get to know both my husband and I to really capture our love and who we are which was so special. I definitely recommend booking through her 3

  • One year later and we're still over the moon!

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    Sam G.Sep 30, 2022

    This review is so long overdue, and I hope it brings home just how much I value Tess' work, and how talented of a documentarian I think she is. Since college, I've vowed to never book a friend for photos unless I really loved their work, because I often found myself disappointment when I should have invested in a professional instead of doing a friend a favor. Though Tess is a dear friend from school, she is absolutely no exception. I would have never been so excited to hire her if her photography work wasn't exactly what my husband and I wanted for our wedding day. Our ceremony was small and intimate, but Tess' work made it feel no less important because the guest size or venue. I'm a fat woman of color, and I'm often self-conscious of how other people, even friends, photograph me and the effort they lack in taking even casual pictures of myself or of me with my husband. However, Tess captured exactly how I felt that day. Not because of any editing, but because she captured our beauty and love for each other exactly as we are. Though Tess did put in so much time and effort into knowing me and my husband as a couple, it doesn't matter how intimately you know your subject — without talent, without having an eye for precious moments and framing and being able to anticipate a shoot's big moments, there's no way you can do what someone like Tess does. We planned our ceremony and reception ourselves — no planner, no coordinator — and Tess' experience helped immensely in planning exactly what we needed and wanted for photos. Despite being a friend, she treated us like any other pair of clients, with extreme professionalism and care, and even went above her scope of work for shooting during the reception and returning our gallery. I'm so happy to see her thrive in her calling, and am honored to have experienced her talents. Tess is an absolute pleasure to work with, and I know we'll be booking her to document important life milestones in the future.

  • Best Photographer in Austin, TX!!!

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    Diana ZamoraFeb 24, 2022

    Tess is absolutely the best, she saved us on our wedding day and was able to capture our day in a magical way. She by far exceeded all of our expectations. She was very patient with us who were totally inexperienced with photos! I absolutely recommend her.

  • Wonderful all around

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    Kaylea S.Dec 13, 2021

    Working with Tess for our wedding was a fantastic experience every step of the way. She was very responsive to all our questions and made the entire process fun for me and my husband. Tess captured the true essence of our wedding day and we are forever grateful.

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