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 Nanny (Alachua) and Nana (Micanopy) pull out their old albums and shoeboxes full of pictures and tell me all about the images. I'm grateful because many of those I asked them 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 my Nanny and Nana.

 

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. Now I work full time at UF doing another job that I love. Go Gators!!! 

I'm Wife to my husband, 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 FAVORITES

VACATION SPOT
St. Pete Beach, FL
FOOD
Tacos & Ribeye Steak
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