Terra Messmer Photography | About
Welcome to Terra Messmer Photography!


My name is Terra Messmer. I am a natural light photographer with a passion for taking pictures of children and families. I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 15 years and we are blessed with a beautiful daughter. I have a love of photography, and I am mostly self-taught. I always loved taking pictures when I was younger, but when my daughter was born, my passion for photography was born, as well!

There is something about capturing the perfect portrait of a child, that warms my heart. They are only young once, and they are changing every day! As a mother, I want to preserve every moment of my daughter's life. I know you feel the same and I have the tools to help you do that.

My philosophy for taking photos of children is have fun and just be in the moment!

For pricing and information on these events, please call or write me. Each person's special event is unique! We can customize the perfect package to fit your budget and your needs :)

My family portraits are mostly candid, capturing your child's true expressions.
The same expressions you are blessed to enjoy every day!
I may occasionally ask your child to pose or look a certain direction, but for the most part, I stand back and encourage the kids to play and be natural!
That is my recipe for capturing the most precious smiles and funniest moments.

Kids are notorious for saying "CHEESE" when they see a camera and someone asks them to smile.
I will never ask your kid to smile for me because you get this forced smile that fails to capture your child's beautiful soul!
Instead, I act silly, say silly things, encourage them to run, have fun, sing, and dance. . .
By letting your kids play and be themselves, I am able to capture their spirit and their beautiful, natural expressions in my portraits.

What Will Your Investment Cost?

My creative fee is only *$75

*please contact me for special group pricing for:

-larger families/groups of more than 6 people
-multiple individual portraits of more than 3 people per session

*Your creative fee includes:

-a consultation by phone and/or email discussing your needs and visions for our session
-our time together in the session (up to 1 hour depending on your needs and family size**)

-at a location of your choice within the Tucson/Vail area (mileage rates may apply)

-a sneak peek of some of your photos by email, Facebook, or a gallery on this website within a few days after your session.

Approximately 2 weeks after your photo session your photos will be ready for purchase! I will send you a link to your own special private portrait slide show and gallery on this website.

You also have the option to purchase a CD of your beautiful custom edited high resolution COLOR photos for $50.

A CD including the beautiful, custom edited black and white photos in addiiton to the color photos is an additional $25. My black and white photos are very special! I developed a unique process to enhance the traits of each individual photo. I NEVER use a "cookie-cutter" black and white conversion.

CONTACT ME FOR SPECIAL OCCASION PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING (Quinceaneras, Weddings, Family Reunions, Newborn sessions, Birth sessions. . .the important moments in your life that you never want to forget!)

I also offer specialty items such as beautiful canvas prints and more gift ideas at special prices. Check them out!

My hope is, I will provide you with a stress-free enjoyable portrait experience, you will LOVE my work, and you will return to me in the future!

In fact, you will receive $15 off your next photo session if you refer a friend or family member
and they book and pay for a session with me! How's that for a great deal!?! :)

Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love a chance to talk with you and plan a session that will make everyone happy!

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to working with you :)

***SPECIAL 1st Birthday PACKAGE***

Jamie-Cakes and Terra Messmer Photography have collaborated to offer you this unique and FUN opportunity!

1st Birthday - Smash Cake & Photo Package - $100

This is a super fun opportunity and is often used for birthday invitations and/or "thank you" cards!

Your Package Includes the Following:
1. One Hour Photo Session

2. 6" Smash Cake (your choice of theme)
3. CD of your Custom Edited Color Photos of your birthday girl/boy enjoying the cake and making a colorful mess (15-20 photos)

If you book this package and decide you would also like to use us for your birthday party cake and/or traditional "one year" photo session" you will receive a 10% discount off of that service.

Our calendars fill up quickly! So please don't hesitate to contact us to take advantage of this FUN opportunity!