Hi there, I’m glad you stopped by.

I am a Professional Commercial, Personal Branding, Headshot & Family Photographer in Virginia.
Thank you for taking the time to view my work and get to know me.
I appreciate you. And I’d love to get to know you better as well!

about me tina take my photo

While it is easier than ever to take your own photos, you deserve professional, beautiful, purposeful, thoughtful and artistically composed photographs created by an expert that you can use to grow your brand presence. And for families, that you will be proud to display in your home. 

Over the years, I’ve worked with many local businesses and organizations, people of all backgrounds and personalities. Collaborating to create content with a purpose. To market yourself and your brand in the best way possible. Helping you find that thing, that special sauce, that spark that makes you stand out from the rest.

I strive to help businesses grow, individuals feel confident and families come together. My years of experience and ever evolving knowledge allow me to have a laid-back and simple approach that will make you feel at ease, comfortable and best of all, look legit. And have fun while doing it!

You have endless items on your to-do list, I get it. Your online presence is more important now than ever. You know that. Photos are a huge part of making a first impression. A professional branding session and updated headshots will immediately make you appear more professional, put together, consistent and trustworthy. Let me check this task off of your list! If you are an entrepreneur or business professional who is ready to elevate yourself through photography, work with me to build an amazing library of strategically planned images based on your brand story. MORE INFO HERE.

When is the last time you got updated family portraits? Or moms, when is the last time you were IN family photos? Not iPhone photos, but real ones. Good ones. Professional ones that you want to frame and hang on your walls.
My style is mostly “Lifestyle/Documentary” in that it is candid, but with some direction and gentle posing. You want someone to capture natural connections, raw emotion and moments that happen when you play, laugh, smile and interact. Let’s photograph what your family is all about, who you truly are and the love that you share. With me you will feel relaxed and comfortable, which means you’ll end up with much better images (especially for the little ones!) MORE INFO HERE.

After 14 award-winning years (I have a shelf of Emmys I don’t love to brag on…) as a Broadcast News Marketing Producer, in early 2020 I left to go all in on my own business. Going out on your own at the start of a global pandemic is a quick way to learn how important it is to be able to pivot, work harder than ever and go with the flow. 

I’m a photographer, filmmaker, designer and artist. With a deep love for my family cementing the path for what I do, mom to the best little boy, wannabee world traveler living in Chesterfield, Virginia. I have a passion for sunshine, fresh air and getting together for good conversation and laughs. I find beauty and clarity in the small, everyday moments.

I primarily serve the Virginia, DC and MD area. Centrally located in Chesterfield and Midlothian.

I am LGBTQ+ and BLM friendly because I strongly believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect.

If you’d like to chat about booking my services, get it touch by:
Sending me an Email
Booking a Free Phone Consultation!

Stay connected with me on social media!
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More Fun Facts About Me:

  • The beautiful state of Virginia is my home. I have a BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Film and Animation. When it was time for college, I debated Engineering/Computer Science or Art. Tough choice! After being told by school counselors that it would be a mistake to go to Art School, I guess you can say I showed them!
  • For 14 years I utilized that degree working for NBC12 and CW Richmond as Senior Marketing Producer, Graphic Designer, Artist and Photographer for the #1 news station in Central Virginia. I produced award-winning marketing campaigns, commercials, print ads and photography. I met some of the most amazing people there.
  • I’ve had quite a few Regional Emmy Award Nominations over the years. I’ve taken home 3 for NBC12, which you can Watch here, here and here! I’ve also won 3 National Promax Awards and various smaller awards. I had a good run with an amazing team.
  • I am proud to be half Puerto Rican on my Father’s side. I am a Rodriguez at heart. Having a large, Hispanic extended family is a huge blessing. I’m also German and Dutch! I believe it’s important to learn about and experience a variety of cultures.
  • Growing up in Williamsburg, I enjoyed spending time with family, drawing, reading, riding bikes or exploring the woods behind our house. Outdoor time with my sister was my favorite.
  • I love working on short films! We’ve taken a break, but I and a group of very talented people participated in the 48 Hour Film Project for a few years. In 2011 we won Best Film for Summer League and screened at the Cannes Film Festival! Traveling to France with was one of the most amazing experiences. Fun Bonus – we saw Brad Pitt doing a premiere and chatted with Adrien Brody at a hotel bar. Want a good laugh? Watch Summer League here!
  • I was lucky enough to experience an all natural birth with my son in 2017. He is an absolute joy and has changed my perspective on so many things in life. One of them – which I already believed, but he has emphasized- is the importance of documenting the every day. They go by stupid fast, and having those photographs mean the world to me.
  • If I had an unlimited budget, (aside from photography and video equipment of course) I’d spend it on a huge screened in sun room filled with tons of greenery, cool furniture and comfy colorful pillows. Knock some travel off of my bucket list. And find some smart ways to use that money to help others. I’m someone who often stays awake at night worrying about the world and wishing I can “fix the world”.
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