MEET TARA

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Hi, I'm so glad you're here!

My Photography Story

Even as a young girl I loved photographs, both looking at them and taking them. When I would visit my grandparents on the weekend, I used to make my grandmother pull out her old albums and shoeboxes full of pictures and tell me all about the images. I'm grateful because many of those I asked her to write on the back so I wouldn't forget who was in the pictures. It's one of my favorite past times and memories with her.

 

When I was in elementary school I owned a Kodak film camera of my very own.  My sister and my grandparents puppies were lucky enough to be my models.  Haha, trust me you don't want to see those pictures, or maybe you do...sounds like a good blog post.  I'm blessed that I have always owned a camera and have always had a love of capturing memories so I could look back on them forever. Long ago it was a dream of mine to be a professional photographer.

Fast forward to when I was pregnant with my youngest, Alex. I bought a used DSLR because I wanted nice photos of my boys and my family.  I honestly was clueless how to use it, unless it was in auto mode. It wasn't until I took a full time job at UF and met a co-worker starting out her photography business, that I took my photography to the next step.  She inspired me to break out of auto mode and took me under her wing at a time in my life when I really needed a friend and a hobby. I found out after becoming a wife and mother how easy it is to get lost in those roles and lose sight of who you are as a person. Photography gave that missing piece back to me.  Now here I am five years later with hundreds of hours of practice and hundreds of dollars invested in photography courses.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is reality. I went from being just another Mom with a "nice camera" to a professional portrait and wedding photographer.

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A Little More About Me

I was born at Alachua General Hospital and raised in Gainesville, FL until 8th grade when I moved to Marion County.  I found my way back to Gainesville when I got accepted to attend the University of Florida. I hold a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Food & Resource Economics from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Go Gators!!! 

I'm wife to my handsome hubby, Nate, and mom to two beautiful little boys, Zach and Alex. We live on a few acres just outside of Gainesville city limits and love the room to run around and enjoy the fantastic sunset views from our front yard. 

When I'm not taking pictures, you can catch me doing ancestry research. Actually, I've learned in my research that I'm a 7th generation Alachua County Resident (ACR).  My family was here before UF was built!

 

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My Wish

I believe in falling in love, I believe in marriage and I know that time is a thief watching families and children grow way too fast. I believe that one day I'll have a granddaughter that begs me to pull down all of my albums and shoeboxes full of pictures. That she'll admire my wedding photos and see the joy and love on my wedding day and know that she was created from that love. I'll see those same images and let them transport me to another time when Nate and I were young, broke and had no idea what the future held for us, but we had love and each other.

That's my wish for you, to give you those timeless images that bring you joy for years to come, images that capture who you are in that moment and season of life and to capture the BIG MOMENTS.

My job as a photographer is so important to me and I understand how important your memories are to you. It's an honor to be chosen to capture your life through my camera.

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MY FAVORITES

VACATION SPOT
St. Pete Beach, FL
FOOD
Tacos & Ribeye
BEVERAGES
Sweet Tea & Sangria
TV SHOW
This is Us
Ancestry Research
HOBBY
ACCESORY
Earrings & a Brahmin purse
DEPARTMENT STORE
Target & Kohl's
LOST WITHOUT
My phone and my Fitbit (do the steps even count if you're not wearing it?)
GUILTY PLEASURE
Ice cream straight out of the carton.
BOOK
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon