In loving memory of Tracy Elizabeth Turpen

It is with a heavy heart the we tell you about the passing of one our friends, Tracy Turpen.  The news was shocking and sudden, and her family, especially her fiance Tyler, and her three year old son Evander, need your prayers.

Tracy was the person who lead us to become wedding photographers. She was an accomplished wedding photographer with accolades and ovations that would stun you. Her work is magical. There is no other word for it. Bethany was blessed enough to work by her side for a year, as her second shooter and intern. We have her to thank for setting our feet on the path to running a succesful wedding photography business. Whenever we are stumped for what to do in a shoot, Dan says “What would Tracy do?” and we get back into the groove. The photography community has lost a gem.

The most important thing is that Tracy was so much more than an artist. We can treasure the fact that we got to know her as a friend. She was a loving mother, and a carefree person, FULL of adventures and ideas with no reservations about going for them. She is, and always will be, loved and missed.

Tracy Elizabeth Turpen
August 11, 1984 – January 15, 2012

We make photographs that tell the truth by becoming close to you and your story.

12 Comments

  1. Shannon Gray
    January 19, 2012

    I am so sorry for your loss…you and all of her family and friends are in my prayers. She seems like an amazing person/mom/photographer/friend.

    Prayers for all of you guys!

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  2. Annie
    January 19, 2012

    My heart is heavy. You wrote a beautiful tribute to her. <3

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  3. Allison E Callaway
    January 19, 2012

    This is all so true. The world was so much more beautiful through Tracy’s eyes and the hole she leaves is too big to fill. Her memory will live on through everyone who has been inspired by her.

    Love and prayers to you!

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  4. Claire
    January 20, 2012

    Bethany and Dan,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tracy. Bethany, I remember when your mom told me that you were offered the internship….how exciting it was for all of us to see someone open a door for you to do something about which you are so passionate. Obviously you saw her gifts and she saw yours. The word that comes to mind is namase: the light in me sees the light in you. And so it shall be with us.

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  5. Hae Sung Shim Brown
    January 20, 2012

    beautiful tribute to a beautiful young woman…I know she was a BIG part of both of your lives…SO sorry for your and her family’s loss…praying for ALL of you <3

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  6. brandy
    January 20, 2012

    <3

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  7. Vicki Kiser
    January 20, 2012

    Bethany & Dan….I am so sorry for your loss. Tracy sounds like she was a wonderful person & you were blessed to have known her. I’ll bet you will always be thinking “what would Tracy do?” & that will be a lasting tribute to her. My heart goes out to all her family…Vicki

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  8. Jaime and Jacqueline in Miami Florida
    January 20, 2012

    Our thoughts and a soulful prayer are with you and yours. May God grant that she, hers, and you and yours have peace.

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  9. Tabitha
    January 20, 2012

    Beautifully written. I love the part where you mention, “what would tracy do.” I do the same thing and I’m sure there are others who use this also. She touched so many lives.

    Prayers for y’all and all her family and friends.

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  10. Dave & Zach
    January 21, 2012

    The photos we have from you and Tracy are not only deeply meaningful to us, but have touched so many others who have seen them. Her art will forever be a tribute to the beautiful person who created it.

    Our love and thoughts are with her family and friends.

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  11. Tyler Stout
    January 29, 2012

    Bethany and Dan,

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for me in the past weeks. Tracy is amazing and I am so glad you, Bethany, got to know Tracy beyond the camera. She is my soulmate and her thrist for joy and love taught me how to live. She will forever be in my soul and in your memories.

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  12. Lindy
    January 31, 2012

    I’ve been meaning to write and send our condolences about the passing of Tracy. This is the photographer, I believe, you spoke so highly of when we met you guys for the first time. Dave and I remember how passionately you talked about learning from her…not about photography, but about capturing moments. We were touched by your responses. I’m so so sorry the world lost such an inspiration…to many people it sounds like.

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