Ms. Burns began  her photography career in 1974 with an apprenticeship at  Merrill's Home of  Photography  where she served 20 years as a photographer, studio manager and darkroom technician.

 She has served on the state level for the Professional Photographers Association as both President of the state association and as a judge of competition for professional photographers.  

In 1989 she opened her own professional studio,  PHOTOGRAPHY BY THERESA,  specializing in wedding photography and expanding to family and children portrait photography. 

Today her portrait business includes commercial photography with an emphasis on digital, and computer restoration services.

Ms. Burns is also an instructor at Wallace State Community College where she teaches through the WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM. Her courses include both Digital Photography and Photoshop Computer Instruction as well as private instruction.

She has been photographing the Cullman area for 43 years  and has been voted  READERS CHOICE AWARD "BEST PHOTOGRAPHER"  for 10 years and voted  READERS CHOICE AWARD-  BEST OF THE BEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY in 2014.

She is also a speaker for local clubs and community education.  Photography by Theresa is a home based studio.