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About Tonya

Family Photographer

Raleigh Family Photographer

Tonya Palumbo is the owner, photographer, and visionary behind T&T Photography in Holly Springs. 

T&T Photography specializes in capturing precious moments as families evolve and grow throughout the years. As a mother of two boys, Tonya understands how important and worth remembering each and every stage of motherhood, childhood, and family is. With over nine years of experience in the industry, she is dedicated to making the experience from the consultation to the session to receiving the final photographs as smooth and fast as possible. Delivering proof galleries, typically, on the same day as the shoot, families will get a taste of the magic before receiving the final edits within two weeks.  

Tonya became interested in photography after a friend gifted her an Olin Mills Photography package for her and her son. During that period in her life, making the time and financial investment in family photos never crossed her mind. The gift would end up shifting the course of Tonya’s life and career when she saw the love and bond with her first son memorialized forever in pictures. Being the person to capture those emotions in those sacred moments between a mother and her child or between an entire family started Tonya’s journey as a photographer. She devoted her life and career to excelling in photography and creating a comfortable atmosphere for families to relax and be happily themselves in front of the camera.  

Every client brings unique desires to a photoshoot, and Tonya is always excited to bring those desires to life. Before a shoot begins, Tonya consults to ensure she understands the unique vision each client has and any concerns they may have. She also prepares every client ahead of time on what to expect, how to prepare, and anything else that may help make your photoshoot as fun and easy as possible. The majority of her photography sessions focus on cake smashes, in-home newborn photos, family portraits, and professional headshots. Capturing families and people as they are is an integral part of T&T Photography, which is why no filters are used—with the exception of black and white photographs. 

Cake smash sessions are lots of fun and completely customized to capture the joy of a birthday. Whether you’re celebrating a first birthday or an eighty-first birthday, who wouldn’t want to smash a cake? Most are done in Tonya’s home studio so parents can just watch and enjoy the fun. With over 500 cake smash sessions, Tonya has it down to a science and always gets the perfect picture. 

Family sessions combine posed and candid photography to capture a family at their best. These sessions are very structured to capitalize on the time. Tonya makes sure to know what poses and priorities a client has before the shoot. The longer the session the more opportunity to capture a range of photos, but Tonya is always ready to pivot if a little one has different ideas. The whole family is welcome, which means pets are too because they’re an important part of every family. 

Headshots are perfect for anyone wanting to update their professional website, brand, advertising, or profile. Before capturing the perfect headshot, Tonya makes sure to establish the goal, strategy, and brand with each client. 

As a mother of two boys, Tonya understands the joys and struggles of being a mother and what that brings to every session. With one son grown and one growing up, she has been through every childhood stage and understands the need to capture a mother with her children of any and every age.

Tonya is an active member of the Holly Springs community and loves supporting local non-profits—Meg’s Smile Foundation, 100 Women Who Give A Hoot, and Fill Your Bucket List Foundation—and serves as a Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Board Member. She has been recognized and honored as Business Leader of the Year in 2017 and Ambassador of the Year in 2018 and 2019. She co-leads A Team, a group of local, successful businesswomen, and is a founding board member of Launch Holly Springs. Backdrop Express named her 2018’s Photographer of the Year. Expertise named her as one of their Top Ten Maternity Photographers in Triangle for four consecutive years from 2017 to 2020. 

When she’s not capturing beautiful moments or leading the community, she loves spending time with her two sons and husband. Tonya can be found enjoying tacos, traveling, putting her toes in the sand at the beach, or catching a concert. She once saw a live taping of Friends. She is a passionate supporter of equal rights. A Ruth Bader Ginsberg super fan, Tonya saw her speak and fills her office with tributes to the incredible woman. 

Love grows bellies, bellies grow babies and the babies grow up to be teens.  This is why it is so important to document your family through the years. Whether you are looking for a family photographer, newborn photographer, maternity photographer, birth photographer or a cake smash photography, Tonya wants to be a part of your story. 

 

(c) Raleigh Family Photographer | T&T Photography LLC

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