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The Short and Sweet Version

I'm Tara. Former Model (20 years ago - whew!) turned Photographer.

Lover of Lipstick. Rebellious

(don't tell me I can't)

Career and Customer Driven

(don't tell me YOU can't)

Wife to a man I've know for over half of my life.

Mom to a beautiful, kind, crazy & fun 8 year old boy.


Oh, and I am 6ft tall -

but that just means I don't have to break out the ladder for every shot.



ABOUT ME - THE LOOOOOONG VERSION

I knew I wanted to be a photographer from the time my mom handed me my first point and shoot film camera when I was eight. Seeing life through that little viewfinder, quickly burning through the role of film and then eagerly waiting to get the prints back from the developer was addictive and exciting. I still have some of those prints - and if I am honest - they were super basic.

I mean, what does an 8 year old know about framing up a shot and how light works and what the best angles are for each subject matter?

Aperture? ISO? F-stop?!

JUST STOP.


Then my High School offered a Black and White film class and my happy place was in the dark room developing prints. I learned to connect with my "subjects" (aka my friends in school) through the lens and on a completely different level. I had a Pentax K1000 and a 35mm prime lens (any old school photogs know the jewel that that K1000 was - and I still have it!) I began modeling as a Teenager - and through that, I was better able to direct my subjects in front of my camera as I learned what worked best when I was in front of those Pro Photographers in the modeling industry.


I KNEW, WITHOUT A DOUBT, MY CAREER WAS GOING TO BE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER.

Then my High School Career counselor crushed my dreams. She told me I would NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL. I would NEVER make any money.

You know ... the starving artist idea.

And. I. Believed. Her.


I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR MARKETING. I HATED IT. I SWITCHED TO PUBLIC RELATIONS AND I HATED THAT AS WELL. BUT I DID LOVE PSYCHOLOGY

Which makes perfect sense because there is a phycology to connecting to an individual as a photographer. Coaxing out that side of them they hide.

That BEAUTIFUL, DIFFERENT and SHINING side that they never knew was ok to express around others.

So, I dropped out of college.

Then my rebellious side kicked in when I was 24 and I thought, "No one knows me better than myself.

No one has the right to determine for me what I CAN and CANT do and what I will and wont be successful at!"

I enrolled to get my Bachelors Degree in photography. I built an extensive portrait portfolio. I photographed women who insisted, "I'm too ugly to photograph" and then cried happy tears when they saw their images displayed on the "Wall of Fame" in the photography wing of the school.

I graduated with honors and was hired immediately ... by a furniture manufacturer in Boone, NC. Photographing metal furniture.


THE POLAR OPPOSITE OF THE WARMTH, EXPRESSIVENESS AND CONNECTION OF A HUMAN BEING

Then I was on the first eCommerce team for Cato Fashions - as the retoucher for every model and product shot.

Then Lowes Home Improvement hired me to "romanticize their lifestyle work" which was more product work.

And then Rack Room Shoes wanted to bring all their photo work in house and hired me to develop the department and make it profitable.

Which it was, within the first year.

I have had a highly successful career as a photographer in Corporate America.

Yet my heart yearned to have people back in front of my lens. There is a connection that is so special between a photographer and a human being who trusts enough to open up and express.


SO I MADE THE EXCITING DECISION TO OPEN A STUDIO.

ALL THIS TO SAY... HI! I'M TARA AND I AM YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Let's create beautiful work together. I can't wait.


(BTW: If you made it ALL the way through all that... BRAVO! I know we don't sit down and read big long paragraphs like this anymore. Wipe the sweat off your brow and pat yourself on the back.)


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