A small-town Iowa girl who always yearned for the city life – and life without winters. A dog mom, plant mom, wife, attorney, red wine connoisseur, former coffee addict turned decaf gal, mid-afternoon chocolate pick-me-up, and that girl who’s in pajamas by 5:30pm. I grew up obsessed with sports, a true jock, but I also always loved photos (a recovered picnic stan).
In adulthood, I realized that I could fit into as many boxes as I wanted. So I dove into photography and launched my business in 2018 (formerly torhawleycreative). After testing out a variety of muses, I realized my absolute favorite way to create art is by documenting love in all forms. Wedding days encompass it all – I mean, seriously, I love nothing more than yelling at couples to bump and grind on the dance floor, saying "now smooch!", and making people feel calm and at ease on their best day.
Whether you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer, documentary couples photography, or even brand photography, I’ll be so honored to get to know you and learn your unique story!
"EVERY WEDDING, EVERY SHOOT, I SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A WHOLE NEW LENS. YOUR STORY WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST, AND THIS IGNITES MY PASSION ALL OVER AGAIN."
When I was 27 and freshly full of heartache, I started becoming weary of this job. Thankfully, I was given a clear perspective shift: you can learn something from every client, ready yourself for love. Immediately I saw an engaged couple's deep friendship, another's soft-spoken gentleness, and the list goes on. Documenting your love stories with warm wedding photography gave me hope – and it still does. Every shoot and every couple is different – I'm just honored to get to experience your personalities and to learn from you on your journeys.
My clients also inspire me by the way your various skin tones interact with that Arizona sun. Unlike many modern photographers, I refuse to fuck up your skin tones.
No matter the lighting or background, your photos will be keepsakes for years to come... and they will represent you exactly as you are.
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Interaction: of people, color, light
I’m inspired by…
IF I START A SHOW, EVEN A BAD ONE, I WILL WATCH EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE.
As you'll see on the contact form... we love binge-watching TV over here. I can almost guarantee you that I've seen the show you recommend (try me!!!). I'm a sucker for an action movie or shows that make me lose all emotional control.
My husband and I love trying foods from all cultures, and pairing it with wine. Don't give me too much credit, though – I don't really understand wine pairings... We just like food and wine, okay?! We love cozying up on the couch with a large plate of brown stew chicken and watching our latest binge (currently The Walking Dead).
Travel also fuels my soul. I've longed for it since I sat at my abuelo’s kitchen table in kindergarten listening to stories of world travels. My Boricua abuela and her Nebraskan scholar have encouraged me to travel for as long as I can remember.
That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favorite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all open hearts wandering this earth, with a different story to share. No two tales are one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE documenting love stories (and hopefully yours too!).
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Some things I love
AFTER PLANNING (STRESSING) OVER MY OWN WEDDING IN 2022, I'M EVEN MORE PREPPED TO GIVE YOU A SPECIAL AND MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE.
From your initial contact form through your in-person photos, I’ll spend so much time getting to know you. We'll chat about what is most important or most exciting to you on your wedding day so that my attention is zoomed in on your desires. No worries, though, I'll still make time for Mom's group photos during the reception!
When I arrive on your wedding day, you get to take a deep breath. Though the day will be busy, I will build in times for you and your love to spend together, soaking it in. I’ll ensure that everything runs according to plan behind the scenes so that you get the most memories out of your day. With me, the day flows smoothly, because I have loads of experience from other weddings!
I'll arrive in time to catch your last makeup touches or your wedding party getting juiced up for the big event. I’ll turn up after caffeine, buzzing with energy to capture one of the most important, memorable days in your lives. I won’t miss a moment!
From the getting-ready prep through to the ceremony, reception, and exit, I'll be there in the center of it all or as a wallflower behind the lens, photographing moments and details that you might’ve missed (e.g. Auntie Gina getting drunk on the dance floor)!
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The reasons why
Behind the camera
Inspired by Arizona sunsets and my parents' 30+ year happy marriage, this job was simply made for me.
I deeply understand the importance of feeling like your most beautiful self in your images – especially on your wedding day. I'll go to infinity and beyond to make you feel safe, confident, and celebrated in front of the camera – and to make sure you'll love your photos!
THERE ARE FEW THINGS THAT INSPIRE AND EXCITE ME MORE THAN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Documentary couples photography
Partnering with you as you enter into marriage is quite literally an honor. Because I dedicate my energy leading up to your wedding to getting to know you, it ensures you're comfortable on the day – AND guarantees a lot more fun together. On your wedding day I’ll bring expert knowledge, help make the background game-day decisions that reflect your desires, and assist wherever needed. Mostly, I'll be your biggest cheerleader and also the fly-on-the-wall to capture the small moments.
Essentially... We'll be besties!
For your wedding day, I'll go the extra mile to tell your story and to make you feel calm, safe, and ready to soak it all in…
"Shoutout to Tor for capturing beautiful photos for us for our wedding. She helped us to make fantastic memories for us. 5/5 stars! We love you Tor. One thing Tor is great at is understanding what the client wants, and then allowing the client to feel so at peace and so at ease the day of and having the most beautiful and most epic memories that will last a lifetime... Definitely hire her!:
Kendall & Erin
from my couples
"Loved my experience with Tor Hawley. She was so organized and truly knows what she’s doing. I felt nervous at first because I really didn’t know what I was doing. My husband and I had a brief chat over the phone and felt confident with our decision. Tor was a pleasure to work with. She was ran the show with confidence yet had a bubbly smile the entire day. Don’t even get me started with the photos! They are absolutely beautiful. I’m still getting compliments on how high end my photos look! I get to cherish these moments forever and I couldn’t thank her enough. Go with her you won’t regret it."
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Christa & Darren
Kind Words from my couples
"Tor is an absolutely incredible photographer and hype woman! She makes me feel so comfortable during our few photo shoots. I never know what to do with my hands in photos and she perfectly guides you with all your movements. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!"
gabby & xavier
Kind Words from my couples
Feel safe in your skin
Warm wedding photography that tells your unique story