Happy Marvelous Monday! Today we have a super rad photographer to introduce you to! Tara of oh so photo is an incredible photographer based out of Portland, Oregon.
Tara is also willing to travel and she is looking forward to shooting a wedding and some sessions this summer in Michigan!
We have had the pleasure of working with Tara while photographing a few weddings in the past, and we can tell you this, she is crazy talented, super fun and way hilarious! We have seen her in action, so we know firsthand how amazing she is, but don't just take our word for it.
Read on to learn more about Tara and oh so photo.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business! What's your specialty?
Hey guys! I'm Tara. I live in beautiful Portland, Oregon with my family. I love coffee, traveling, traveling for photography, 80s music, IPAs, my Kindle, Michigan, my minivan and pedicures. In my business, I concentrate on families, newborns and a limited number of engagements/weddings per year. I like to shoot families with a mix of posed and more lifestyle images. I enjoy the challenges that come with shooting families in their homes, their most personal space!
Tell us about your journey! How did you get to where you are?
I started shooting about 5 years ago and started portfolio building in 2011. I quickly learned I had some more learning to do! and I will always be learning. The best way to learn is to shoot, shoot, shoot. Say yes to lots of things! Even if they scare you. That is the best kind of fear. It makes you grow and get better. Even if you suck. Thats okay, at least you tried. I also did a lot of learning through Clickin' Moms and CreativeLive and connecting with other photographers. After I worked on my portfolio, I legitimately opened my business and have just been going from there. I like to still do an occasional portfolio building session now just for me. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing photographers who shared their knowledge with me. Now I like to share my knowledge with others who can use it. Its a great way to build community and pay it forward!
What are your favorite things about working in your field?
I love meeting new clients and learning about their lives and then delivering them great images. I also love meeting other photographers and being able to go to conferences and learning more. There are so many different ways to run a photography business and shoot period that it is always cool to see what other people are doing. But you have to be careful that you don't get too wrapped up in comparing yourself to others. Its a balancing act.
What are some of your plans/goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to take more risks. Shoot more for myself. Delve into food photography. Rent a natural light studio for mini-sessions. Make quantifiable monthly and quarterly goals. Also, I want to shift from selling mainly digital files to doing in person ordering sessions as I think these really benefit the client. I think some of these will be able to happen in the next few months and some will happen after my youngest goes to kindergarten next year and I have a little more time for myself.
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