Meet   Tonya

Hey there! 

I’m Tonya, aka wedding photographer, believer, and world traveler. When not photographing weddings in Knoxville, TN or around the world, you'll find me hiking national parks, sipping coffee, chasing sunsets, planning my next adventure or taking naps with my pup Bailey. I have more things in the color neon yellow than a construction worker, and if I could describe myself in one word, it would be "spunky". If you are reading this and thinking to yourself, "She sounds like someone I’d like to hang with", then say hello to your new BFF and photographer! 

Blazing trails solo, living the wild and free life is what my heart beats for. My soul isn’t satisfied until I’m nestled in a cozy spot somewhere in the great unknown with my camera and journal in hand. Add in my favorite pair of Chacos and a cup of coffee, and this girl is set for the day. I’m not sure how travel became such a big part of my life, but I think when I realized that memories were something you didn't need money to make, I wanted to make all of them that I could.

I'm all about getting to know my clients, so click here to contact me. From there, if we are a good fit, I'd love to invite you to come chat with me over a warm cup of coffee and get to know each other a little more!

Meet the Team

Office Manager: Bailey
He is my10 year old Shih-tzu who thinks he's a human. When he's not protecting the office, he's sleeping at my feet. Bailey's favorite treats are anything peanut and he loves toys that squeak!  He carries around a stuffed frog (aka his baby) like Linus from Charlie Brown, and I must say he's pretty darn cute. 

2nd Photographer: Mandy
She’s a Knoxville native, loves her family, her daughter, candy, and traveling the world. She has been to 5 continents and close to twenty different countries (do you see now why we get each other). She's my 2nd set of eyes, arms and legs on wedding days and she's just simply awesome!

Wild and Free

"For me it was longing to see this great big world and to serve the people in it. "

I unfold the handmade blanket that my grandmother made and place it ever so gently on the cool ground. I stop, just for a moment to take in the smell of evergreens and a distant campfire, because fall is my favorite time of year.

  I unpack my brown leather journal filled with beautiful words of hope and heartbreak and thumb through the pages of the past year, reminiscing. I pull out my favorite mug, filling it to the brim with warm coffee and place it to my lips. I sip it slowly as I watch the most breathtaking sunset. 

 I throw Bailey his ball and he chases it, bringing it back to me with sloppy wet kisses. I laugh at him; he’s a silly dog who’s always been up for these random road trips of mine. I breathe out slowly as I take in the view and I realize that today, was made just for me. Living a simple life and being in the moment, that’s what dreams are made of.

Adventure, it’s in my soul. Deep down where it could never escape. It makes me tick; it’s the driving force of wanderlust that fuels my being. I guess that’s what happens when you finally start living for today, something inside you awakens. 

For me it was longing to see this great big world and to serve the people in it. A tug so strong on my heart that ignoring it would be a disservice to the world and myself. 

You see, life, it hasn’t always been this good, nor will it always be, so for now, I will be aware of the here and now. Being present, being joyful, being grateful, being intentional and always being authentic.

Embracing my journey, refusing to just watch the world go by without me being present. Running, running as fast as I can toward what sets my soul on fire, not merely just surviving, but thriving. Refusing to live the same day over again for the next 60 years. Traveling the world, serving people, experiencing different cultures, stirring up the calling within me to make humanity a better place all while documenting it with beautiful imagery. That my friends, that’s the life I vow to live.

Travels

My Favorite Place?

National Park: Yellowstone Personal Trip: Fairbanks, Alaska to chase the Northern Lights
Wedding Location: Lake Tahoe Missions: Africa

Where I've Traveled

asia

• south korea
• thailand

• zambia
• zimbabwe
• Johannasburg
• LivingSton

AFRICA

the americas

• 36 states
• costa rica
• jamaica
• mexico

When I'm old, I want to tell stories of when I did this, when I met that person or when I witnessed that...not I wish I would have! So I try new things, I talk to strangers and I plan random trips, thats just what I do. You get one life, don't let it pass you by!