TBH: I used to be kinda afraid of teenagers. Like as an adult, not when I actually was one. They seemed a little scary and mean and like they would totally make fun of my outfit. But NOW…I’m a big fan. I think it was when my children actually became teens and I realized “Ohhhh, they’re still the same awesome, creative, kind-hearted humans but with hormones and Snapchat!” So now that I’m not terrified of you, I’d love to meet you and photograph you at this crazy, important, fun time in your life. You decide what to wear, where to shoot, who and what to bring with you. And I promise not to embarrass you or try to be a cool mom (even though I sure as heck am) or spit in my hand to fix your hair. Please don’t hesitate to text or call to chat about pricing details or ask questions. I can’t wait to meet up with you soon!
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You guys! This is seriously my FAVORITE thing to shoot, hands down. Families of every size and kind, with all their mess and giggles and dirty looks and squishy love. That’s what I adore. So during a family session, you can expect me to ask you maybe once or twice to all look my way at the same time (not easy) but mostly it will just be y’all hanging out with your new (or old for some of you) pal Tara. We can explore an urban or nature setting, go to your family’s special place, or relax at your home. Totally up to you. I promise to do my best to not stress you out or make you smile weird or wear something you hate. It’ll just be me and my camera, blending in and grabbing those in-between moments that make your family unique and AMAZING. Magic!
I am a total sucker for images of children that celebrate the incredibly unique little person they are, in all their silly, imaginative, wild-hearted glory. I will not ask your child to say “cheese” or pose in awkward ways or stand still for too long (so pretty please don’t do that, either). I want you look back on these photographs in the years to come and remember with aching, joyous clarity all those tiny quirks + expressions + funny habits that make your child so incredible. Brave or shy, grumpy or ecstatic, energetic or serene…it’s all good with me, so together let’s create a meaningful gift for your baby to treasure forever. And as they say, DON’T BLINK! (Disclaimer: This is just a figure of speech. Please do continue to blink because your eye health is extremely important.)
Typically newborn sweet peas are best photographed between 4 and 8 days of age, when they are still all curled up and deliciously fresh. My goal is to make our time together as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. We will follow your baby’s lead, with lots of space for important needs like feeding, diaper changes, snuggling, and snacking for the momma and/or daddy. :) Please contact me in your 6th or 7th month of pregnancy to allow me to secure an estimate of your timing on my calendar. Also, I always leave enough extra room in my schedule for babies joining families through adoption, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if this is your wonderful news!
If you’ve had a session with me, you know that at some point in our time together I will very likely ask you to get all close and snuggly with your better half. Some folks jump at this opportunity to get cozy, while others look at me like I’ve just requested they ride a shark for 2 miles. Either way, the images tell a story and will become a part of your family’s legacy. I promise. xxoo
As an animal lover and life-long pet momma, I am always thrilled to bits when people ask tentatively if it would maybe possibly perhaps be ok to include their furry loved ones in our sessions. If this is you, please know that I completely welcome that opportunity and may very well take a few minutes to cuddle and smooch that sweet pumpkin up myself before resuming the business at hand. And if you see me wiping tears of happiness, just pass me a tissue and look the other way. I’ll be fine.
Heeeeyyy you beautiful mommas-to-be! I completely know and understand that voluntarily positioning your changing body in front of a camera may be THE LAST thing you want do right now, but trust me. Down the road you will be so very happy you did. I promise to make you feel pretty and calm and powerful. You are in charge of how much clothing you wear or don’t wear, who is present, and where we shoot your images (which will be stunning and incredibly special…just like you, lady). Let’s do this for that sweet wee one coming soon! Please contact me in your 5th or 6th month to secure a spot on my calendar.
In my 10 years as a professional photographer, I have collaborated on a consistent basis with many local businesses who requested my photography services. These include, but are not limited to:
Prairie Grove Orthodontics
The Vision Therapy Center