for women who know and love themselves well

These are portraits for the movers and the shakers and the strong believers that women supporting women will change everything. I’m a photographer for women who know that falling in love with themselves is the first step to falling in love with the world.

This is more than your everyday photoshoot: it’s “a truly life giving experience.”

to shift

stepping into the highest version of yourself

A boudoir session is a space for women to shift: I want your photos to allow you to shift from a space of comparison to a space of celebration. I want you to shift from self-criticism to self adoration. I want you to shift into a soulful space of reverence for yourself, your story and the space you occupy in your world.

I’ve seen firsthand that portrait photography is a powerful medium; when you book a session for yourself rather than for a partner, you are saying to the universe: “okay, I’m ready to see myself with love” and that’s when the magic begins to seep into every area of your life.

and if you’re already there, already deeply and madly in love with yourself: that’s even better. This an opportunity to dig your heels in and rise up in it. To hold the proof in your hands that you are your own soulmate and have always been so worthy of the love you lavish on yourself.


I believe that this form of photography is a natural continuation of art history. The most famed artists in history have been creatively exploring the female body for centuries and only recently has society started questioning the morals of women who want to explore, celebrate and commemorate their own most natural form.

I believe that every single woman has a story worth telling, a story that doesn’t start or end with marriage, children, weight loss, or any other life event that validates the need for professional photos.

Here is my promise to you as my client: When you choose to show up for yourself, I will give you everything else you need in order to really see the highest version of yourself in the final images. 



I wish I was able to list what exactly was so refreshing about working with her, but it really is not just one thing. There’s a certain feeling that she brings to a shoot. Working with Daytona makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your best girlfriend, but having someone there to capture all of those moments that you truly feel beautiful. The way you stretch, or smile, or glance over your shoulder, the beauty she sees in you will translate impeccably onto the film you receive from the session. When you have those “what-do-I-do-with-my-hands” moments of self doubt, Daytona is able to shift seamlessly from comfortable conversation to concise instruction that will remind you that she is there to ensure that you are celebrating yourself.
The finished prints were more than I could have asked for. The colors, the lighting, the silhouettes? I feel like a Matissian goddess— I cannot wait to work with Daytona again.

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"Shooting with Daytona was so empowering. She makes sure you are super comfortable and she creates a safe place to really allow you to explore your own beauty and self. And she captures it so well! She is fun, professional and above all, incredible talented."

02 - 10


"Thank you, Daytona, for seeing me inside of my body and shining light on her. Thank you for wiping off the dust from the windows. Thank you for your magic and your energy and your love. You inspire me and..everyone you touch."

03 - 10


"Daytona is one of the most genuine people I've ever come across, meeting and shooting with her was absolutely amazing. Her ability to capture people as their true selves is a rare thing to find and my favorite thing about her photography. I absolutely love the photos from our session together."

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"Working with Daytona was amazing! As a fellow photographer, I had worked in my space many times and have struggled coming up with fresh vibes. Daytona came right in and quickly knew what she wanted to shoot, finding gems in my own backyard that I had never noticed before. She made me feel so comfortable and beautiful: probably the bet coaching I've had during a shoot from a photographer. All around wonderful experience and I wish we still lived close because I would shoot with her all the time."

05 - 10


"Daytona is a warm and gifted photographer. I instantly felt comfortable working with her-like taking pictures with an old friend. Throughout our shoot, she kept the lines of communication open, asking questions and checking in with me. She has an amazing eye for what will translate in a photo. I trust her completely behind the camera, especially in such an intimate setting. I'm so happy with the result; these are some of my favorite photos of myself."

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"As someone who had a difficult time adjusting to their pregnancy body and the changes that came with it, shooting with Daytona was an eye opening experience. The setting and her warm demeanor made shooting a very comfortable and inviting experience. I was able to relax and embrace my body and I truly believe that my photos show that. Looking at them, I am able to see the beauty in my pregnancy and am glad I decided to have photographs taken of this wonderful time in my life. Daytona made me feel beautiful at a time when I had doubted that and the fact that she does this all on film is an even bigger testament to her true talent."

07 - 10


"Working with Daytona was a dream! She is so kind, thoughtful, direct, and magical. I will definitely have another session in the future."

08 - 10


"This woman is a force to be reckoned with! I’ve shot with her twice now and having modeling experience I can say she is truly one of the best I’ve ever worked with! She’s such a natural people person and working with her is like working with your best friend! My two best gals and I have also done shoots with her (separate and together)! The outcome was magic! She makes you feel so beautiful and comfortable the whole time and is so so so funny! Her dog (Malcom) is also the sweetest pup ever! She uses film and also digital but the outcome is always the same... STUNNING! Book a shoot with her because you’ll never regret it!"

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" I was positive I had seen myself from every possible camera angle, but boy did Daytona prove me wrong. I was nervous at first because I had never had professional photos taken before. Daytona was a dream though. She was able to capture photos of myself from angles I didn't even know existed and it was truly an experience. Before we started shooting, she walked me through what her vision was and I did the same. I wish I could express it better but Daytona really does have some sort of magic to her. Her presence is effervescent and incredibly calming. Other than the fact that you get some kickass photos, I'd book a session just to hang out with her. Daytona has a real talent that deserves to be enjoyed by the world."

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Classic, Irreverent, Feminine.

my approach to portraiture

You exist in the world so beautifully, you deserve portraiture that recognizes and remembers it.

I want our time together to answer the question "what does it look like to fall in love with yourself?" Together, we'll create photographs that are an honest representation of your story: raw, soft, strong, resilient, empowered, feminine. These portraits see and celebrate your beauty, your body, your energy, your story and your humanity.

Every session comes with an immersive creative process to get to the heart of your dream session, professional hair and makeup, and a session with enough time for 3 different looks. After your session, you'll have the chance to curate a collections of fine art prints in an heirloom portrait box.

This is an experience for you, first and forever.


-Tessa Forrest

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Frequntly Asked Questions



I'm camera shy, not photogenic, or have never done this. Is this for me?

Yes! Most of the women you see in my work are everyday, albeit absolutely gorgeous, women. It's my job to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and that's a process I've gotten really good at. A shoot with me is incredibly lighthearted, casual and EASY. I'll be giving you tons of direction, showing you how to pose, and cheering you on the whole time. So if the idea of getting in front of the camera makes you anxious, feel the fear and do it anyway. Show up for yourself, and I promise you'll be glad you did.


Should I wait until I ______ (lose 10 lbs, get engaged, land my dream job, etc)?

No. A session with me is an amazing way to celebrate big accomplishments, life events or physical transformations, but there is something just as powerful about booking a session "just because." No one has made it this far without a story worth telling, and there is something incredible about recognizing that exactly where you are, who you are and what you're becoming is worth celebrating. And you can always come back for round 2 after ______.


Do I also get digital files?

Yes! Each photo you purchase comes with the high resolution digital file.


How much should I expect to invest in the experience?

My session fee is $300 and does not include any final images. More information is available on request.


What do I wear?

It varies! When you book a session, we'll work together on a mood board to figure out exactly how you want to be photographed. From there, I'll make you a packing list so you know exactly what to bring to your session. Ultimately, you are in complete control of what you want to wear and how much skin you're comfortable showing.


Will my photos be on the internet?

This is totally up to you! If you're comfortable with me sharing some of your images, I'd love to. If you're not, that's okay and they'll stay totally private.


How long until I get to see my photos?

Your reveal is approximately 4 weeks after your session, but I can offer rush processing if need be.


Where are you located?

Norfolk, VA but can absolutely travel.


Can I bring a friend?

Yes! I ask that you limit the girl squad to 1 supportive friend, but bring them along. If they want their own session, I offer back to back session discounts AND a beautiful rewards system if you refer any of your people to book with me after your session.


How do I book?

Fill out the contact form above!



MAY, 2019