Tearsurfjoy Productions & Photography by Tearsa Joy

San Francisco, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My work is my passion and shows in the quality and accessibility of my service. I love learning the stories of the people I work with.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I live to document truth and breath to capture real stories that matter.


San Francisco, CA 94112

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7 Reviews
  • Melissa A. Jul 8, 2016
    Tearsa took my first set of professional photos and was a pleasure to work with. She's outgoing and hilarious, which made me feel comfortable and at ease during the photo shoot. She's also a hard worker and diligent about getting the best shots possible. Thanks Tearsa!
  • Anatoly V. Mar 5, 2016
    Needed another set of professional pictures to follow up on last year's session. What a fun experience this was. Not only an amazing artist, but fun, funny and makes the whole process very entertaining as well.
  • Anatoly V. Nov 24, 2015
    Am amazing artist, Tearsa made my first professional photo shoot a fun and memorable event, thank you.
  • Sarah T. Mar 2, 2015
    A memorable, hard-working, high energy professional who always goes the extra mile. She comes highly recommended for crew positions, a Photographer, and Cinematographer.
  • Andreina M. Feb 25, 2015
    Tearsa Hammock did contracting work for the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Fracisco, CA and was absolutely helpful, problem-solving, fast, and relax while working sound in the theater for different events.
  • Babatunde H. Feb 22, 2015
    I have known Tearsa Hammock for more than five years as a professional photographer. Sometime in May 2014 I thought of using her service. She was simply fantastic. She did session for my family when our beloved sister was awarded a cultural title of a Queen Mother. Tearsa is a professional and we decided to make her our family photographer.
  • Kanyon S. Feb 22, 2015
    TearsaJoyHammock is an amazing photographer, social networker, and a wonderful journalist. Focused on the project at hand, willing to complete all necessary tasks and needs to make the project meet and exceed expectations. Puting her mind and heart into what she believes in.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rates are based on the level of editing/re-touching and travel distance as well as hours of work. I have a $200 minimum per shoot and have worked jobs that cost up to $1600 over the course of 4 days of work. Inquire to discuss specific rates catered to your needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I recently completed a paid internship at BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters-Point Center for Arts and Technology) studying and actively working in the field of cinematography and video editing.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a writer before I was a photographer. I chose to study Journalism because I sought to seek truth and report it. I feel very motivated about my work and purpose to inform, educate, and entertain in my community. Photography and videography are extensions of this expression.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Typically, I shoot photos for events or news assignments. I cover everything from nightlife in the Castro to high profile photo stories on politicians. I shoot stellar headshots for the professional's LinkedIn as well as chase children around with a camera so parents can have at least one decent portrait of their baby with hair somewhat in place to send to their family.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My most proud moment was when I worked on set of American Idol this past summer. I was responsible to the needs of the celebrity judges' assistant as well as driving the executive producer to her hotel.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Get to know me, my manner, my workflow, my service, and ask my friends and other clients. May we be a great fit?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I worked at least 3 jobs my entire 5+ years in college to attain my degree in Photojournalism and support myself alone. I am fiercely determined, passionate and independent. Photography as a profession isn't and should be simply the click of a button, but so much more on many levels.