Featured Artist: Vanessa Tellez from Delaluz Photos

Vanessa Tellez is a wedding and fashion photographer residing in Austin, Texas. She started in the wedding industry in 2009 and have been capturing weddings ever since. 

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TC: What can you tell us about that session?

Vanessa Tellez: These images were taken at Heck Yeah! Camp last September in Joshua Tree. I was really inspired by the people I met at camp and of course the models they provided for our shoots. Joshua tree was a beautiful area full of lots of great natural light. The biggest challenge was just finding enough space to photograph some of the subjects. You cant tell but along with me, there must have been 10+ other photographers trying to get their shots in as well. Working with sunlight is something I've had to learn to do as well so composition was key for some of these shot due to the time of day.

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TC: WHAT DOES YOUR POST-PRODUCTION PROCESS LOOK LIKE? 

VT: My post-production process is really simple. I love warmth and I try to portray that in my photos as much as possible. I try my hardest to get the image perfect in camera so that my post is just a simple one or two click. I mostly adjust exposure, blacks, and warmth for my photos.

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TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?

VT: Oh gosh, my photography style has really changed from my starting days. I feel the biggest difference is my relation to my subjects. I always want to feel like we are connected and to show emotions behind my images. I try not to direct a lot and let my subjects just flow but I want to capture the feel more than anything. My editing has really changed and improved as well as my composition.


TC:What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?

VT: My favourite tools would defiantly be the presets I choose to edit my photos. I just recently started using the Flint & Steel presets by Tribe Red Leaf but in the past, I have used a lot of the Tribe Archipelago presets as well.

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TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?

VT: My greatest piece of advice to emerging photographers would be to keep shooting. There will be times when you feel discouraged and as if you won't ever get to where you want to be. I'm not there yet, but I shoot through it. Finding a connection with your subject is important and so is finding the story you want to portray in your images.

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All photos are courtesy of Vanessa Tellez. These images were edited with Flint & Steel presets by Tribe Red Leaf.