Hello Gorgeous! We want to introduce you to the team!
Our owner and photographer is Andi Roberts – aka Awesome Roberts or some people call her Queen of the Booty shot. (You will have to book your own session to find out why!) Andi is passionate about igniting change in women through the transforming experience of a Hot Tomato portrait session. A feminist at heart, she has had a camera in her hand since she was 13. Her super power is getting half clothed women to relax – we aren’t really sure of what happens when you step in front of the camera – but women say they lose their jitters almost instantly. One part comedian, one part counselor, two parts awesome, our HBIC takes pride in creating a business model that empowers women from the inside out. She will make you laugh, help you fall in love with your gorgeous body and give you a dose of confidence that is long lasting.
You may not meet her until the day of your session, but you will know her by the short hair, tons of curves, her signature concert t-shirt and cut off mini-skirt. Don’t worry – you will become fast friends and you are in expert hands. She will coach you through poses from your expression down to your toes. After your session she will choose the best of your images, add her artistic flair and get everything ready for your in person proofing session.
When she isn’t photographing and handling business, she can be caught out listening to live music, drinking a bloody mary, and planning some epic event!
The first person you will likely encounter when contacting Hot Tomato is Jessica Kufel. We call her the Unicorn because she can do damn near anything! She will expertly guide your through your Hot Tomato portrait preparation. She will calm your nerves via text message, help you choose the best fitting and flattering outfits and hand you a mimosa when you arrive for your portrait session. She will most likely be there the day of your session, lacing you into corsets, pressing your outfits and making sure you have just the right touches to really make you feel pampered.
Jessica is mama of two, a make-up artist and also manages a band as a side gig. She is a busy gal and her heart is golden.
Jessica came to us first as a client and then as someone who showed up when our space was flooded a few years back. When we moved from that space to the one we are in now, she showed up to help and pretty much never left.
We don’t know where we would be without Jessica, but we don’t think we will have to find out anytime soon!
The truth is, Hot Tomato Portraits is a family business. Our guiding force is always, “Family First.” Keeping that in mind, you could come into contact with every single one of these lovely women when you work with Hot Tomato. I could not do this on my own and these are the women that support me in being a force for good day in and day out. We care for one another, cheer each other on and hold each accountable in the sweetest ways possible. This is my dream team. This is my family. I can’t wait for you to meet them!