Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Love like Chemistry {Engagement Session}

  • Chemistry...
  • Alex and Clay came to me a couple months ago for a wedding consultation and I instantly felt a connection with them. Their love is so genuine and they are two of the nicest people I've met. Their proposal story is one of the BEST! They went on a trip to Disney and when they got there Clay got down on one knee and asked Alex to marry him! --- I thought "DISNEY, are your freaking kidding me?!?!" That has got to be the coolest location I've heard of! (maybe it's just because I love Disneyland and Disney world so much) Just talking with them at our consult, I was so excited and inspired by their love story that I couldn't wait to work with them.
  • Then, we scheduled the Engagement Session. 
  • Alex mentioned an Enchanted forest theme so I took them to one of my favorite local parks and we shot during golden hour. The light and location were perfect. I had the best time with the two of them and we laughed a lot! Alex is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to see her on her wedding day and Clay was so much fun and tolerated all my goofy laughing and posing like a champ!
  • Check out their awesome photos and some answers to a few questions about their Engagement session:

  • There has always been chemistry between us...seeing as we met in chemistry class which was our very first class of undergrad! Through our college years the chemistry changed and we finally reached our activation energy in our biochemistry class junior year. The reaction accelerated from there and we got engaged shortly before graduation and later moved up to the Pacific Northwest where we plan to complete our covalent bond.

    • coordinate outfit colors :) don't be shy to be who you are in front of the camera pick a location that represents something you both resonate with or find important in the relationship

      • dedicating a set time just to express our the relationship and capturing those moments on camera in nature (something we both love). We ended up walking away feeling very grateful to have Tara capture such a beautiful moment in our lives. We will be even more grateful in the long run as our relationship and family grows that we took the time to get these photos taken. The whole session was special for so many reasons.

        Congratulations to Clay and Alex on their up coming wedding! I'm so honored and privileged to work with them and capture such an important milestone in their relationship. I know their wedding day is going to be incredible!

        Thanks for stoping by!

        ~Tara Thackeray

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paul and Rebecca Vancouver WA Engagement Session

  • Paul and Rebecca are one of my favorite couples. I had so much fun capturing their engagement. They told me they were awkward, that they don't usually do photos and would need a lot guidance.. Honestly, everyone says that so I assured them it would feel awkward but we will have a great time and I'll get some awesome shots.. and that's just what we did.
I like to have my brides tell their stories for the blog so here are some interview questions that Rebecca answered for me about her session.
  • Engagement Session Date: June 20, 2017

  • How did you two meet?
  • So we met in a bar- Three Monkeys in Hazel Dell. I was there with friends and he came in after buying a shirt for kickball. We chatted and then had lunch the next day. 

  • His birthday is December 22 and on the 23rd we went to dinner "for his bday." After eating, I went to bathroom and he was waiting in foyer entry area on a bench. He reached out and said "help me up" and he grabbed my hand- down on one knee- and put the ring on my finger.

^^^^Love these!! 

  • I think I am most excited to be married! We are getting married at the Brickstone Ballroom and I have so many friends and family helping me out.
  • Fun exciting was perfect.
  • Just be yourself and listen to your photographer.

  • So much fun. Takes you back to when u first met.
  • Smiling laughing and fun... pics are great.
I had so much fun with Paul and Rebecca during their engagement session in Vancouver, WA.  I'm so looking forward to being their wedding photographer! 

~Tara Thackeray

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Love to hike; Emily and Dakota Engagement

::Emily and Dakota's Engagement Session::

  • August 19, 2017
  • Dakota and I met in band at Mountain View High School. We both played the alto sax and were in the same band class when he was a junior and I was a senior. We had many mutual friends and loved to hang out together.
  • Dakota proposed on top of Wind Mountain in the Columbia Gorge. We love to hike and explore new areas, so it was perfect!
  • I am very excited to have all of our family members celebrating our marriage with us! And besides marrying Dakota, I am very excited for the food! :)

     Sometimes I make a silly suggestion and my couples just go with it... And then this happened 😜😜

    • Our goal was to be able to look at the photos and feel like it really showed who we are and our personalities and relationship.
    • Wear comfortable (and cute!) clothes! Pick a time of year and location that you love, it makes it a little bit easier to get into the groove of taking photos.
    • It was great! We enjoyed the whole thing and even got a few pictures with our dog!
    • I loved the location. I love fall and the changing leaves, it was a perfect day.

  • I'm so excited to capture their upcoming wedding! I had a blast capturing their engagement session! Stay tune for some awesome wedding photos later this summer! 
Camas WA Wedding 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Now offering Photography Workshops and Mentoring!

Hey Everyone! 

I'm super excited to announce that I'm teaching a workshop Oct. 6th and 7th here in Vancouver, WA!! 

Sign up for my workshop HERE
{You'll receive confirmation after your payment is received}

Topics will include:Finding your whyShooting on locationProtecting your BusinessCreating a Marketing PlanAttracting Ideal ClientsSalesThe importance of printing imagesGuest speakers:Swag bags, Styled Model shoots 

And if you are wanting more 1-on-1 sign up for Mentoring: Here

Webinar Live today::Word of Mouth Marketing

I'm so honored to be doing a webinar today for The Rising Tide Society talking about Word of Mouth Marketing! Hope you have a chance to check it out!


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oh Sweet baby S {Vancouver, WA Newborn Photographer}

Meet baby S. She's the newest and littlest of 3 kiddos that belong to one of my past wedding couples and I had the pleasure of capturing her so fresh and new.  I just love being able to capture sweet little babies especially when they belong to my amazing past wedding clients. It's such an honor to capture these milestones. <3 nbsp="" p="">
Meet baby S:

Newborn Photographer Vancouver, WA

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Heathen Estates-- A new Wedding Venue and Winery in Clark County

I had the opportunity to work with several local wedding vendors to create a live styled shoot during the soft-opening of the new Heathen Estate in Brush Prairie, WA. The venue is gorgeous and will make for a beautiful place to hold outdoor weddings and events. They also have the home listed on Airbnb. The day of the event it was super rainy and muddy so we were limited on where we could go with these beautiful gowns but we managed to stay somewhat dry and use the available covered porch and walk ways to get some beautiful shots.

Here are some of my favorite images shot during the soft-opening.

Event planning and coordination: Soliel Bliss Event Productions
Decor and Rentals: Miss Formal Event Rentals
Floral Design: Flower Friends
Hair and Make up: Glam Beauty Bar
Wedding Gowns: Sincerely the Bride

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A little bit about me- An interview with Tara Thackeray

Hey Hey, So this academic year I've had the privilege of mentoring a HS senior for her senior project. She conducted an interview with me and these are the questions and answers. I thought I'd share them here as a blog post incase anyone else is interested in knowing a little more about me 😊😊😊😊

1. What got you into photography?
I’ve always loved all things art. Even when I was a child I was obsessed with cameras and taking pictures. I loved having professional photos taken. Scrapbooking and documenting life was totally my jam. I loved to pose my younger cousins or sibling and take photos of them during holidays and family events. I always had a camera with me and went through several growing up. In school, I was part of the yearbook committee and I took every art class available. I went to college to an art teacher because I love helping people and I love art--- I still do!  but I always had this DREAM of being a professional photographer. A few years later, I met a photographer whom I hired to photograph my wedding.I loved her work so much and we became good friends. After I had my first son, I knew something needed to change in order for me to be happy while working. I had stopped going to school, I was making great money but working a job I hated  and having to be away from someone I never wanted to leave. I confided in that photography and she totally believed in me, supported me and inspired me to go for it. She mentored me for over a year and was an amazing teacher. I knew it wasn't going to be easy but I had to try to do what I love. So I started my own business in late 2009. 

2. What gear do you use inside and outside (the majority of the time)
I shoot primarily with a Nikon D700. I love using my 70-200 2.8 for portraits and weddings. I frequently use my 50mm 1.8, 24-70mm 2.8. I also have a 105mm 2.8 Macro lens for details. Depending on the lighting situation I use SRL tiny trigger and off camera flash system to light weddings and events. In the studio, I have two large continuous lights; Westcott TD5 and TD7 spider lights and I love them because they compliment the look and feel of the available natural light so well. 

3. How do you educate yourself to take better photos the next time you shoot that style?
I strongly believe that education with execution is power! Every year I attend conferences and learn with and from my photography peers. I also do tons of online workshops or webinars. I consume books and audiobooks on business and personal development. I never want to stop learning and growing. I learn from every session and every client and I am always evolving and adapting. 

4. Whose work inspired you the most? Why? (Or) how did you develop your style of photography? 
There are so many amazing photographers and artists out there. I really try hard not to follow other photographers unless they are friends or acquaintances I want to support. I don’t want to be heavily influenced by what other people are doing. I want to make art and photos for my clients and also for myself. It’s easy to get distracted by what we see on social media but for me to stay focused I have to turn it off. I want to make photos from my heart and intuition. I really  want to capture feelings and personalities not  just pretty outfits and faces. I am able to do this by connecting with my subjects and building relationships. I care about everyone that I photograph. If I had to define my style, I would say it’s a mix between classic, lifestyle and documentary. 

5. What piece and/or style is your favorite? 
I love photographing weddings. The excitement, anticipation, anxiousness, overwhelming love, all of if. I love weddings because I’m extremely intuitive, and empathetic so I feel all of the emotions so deeply and it helps me to capture them authentically.  I don't have a single favorite image. I have lots of favorites but they change as I grow.

6. What is one thing you wish you knew about photography when you started?
I wish I would have doubted myself less and I wish I would have stopped comparing my images and success to other people on social media. It’s not about the number of followers or likes. Success to me is about doing what I love with peopled I love. Yes, it’s important to have a solid steady income but as a new business you have to be patient. Focusing on what other people were doing and feeling bad about my own work did not help me grow. When I finally turned that off and stopped following people- I could create from a place in my heart and my business really grew. 

7. How do you handle criticism from your work?
I don’t really care if other artist like my work or not.. That’s their problem not mine. it’s not about them. If a client has something they are critical about it’s not my work usually it’s something that they view as a flaw and I’m more than happy to work with them on that. I really don’t have room in my life for negativity or criticism.. Only love and encouragement. 

8. Why did you choose a Nikon? Did you try canon (or any other brand)
My mentor was a Nikon shooter so it was good for me to use the same brand so that I could try her lenses when I was working with her. Once you invest thousands of dollars in your gear it’s kind of hard to switch. I love my Nikon gear though. I have tried some of my friend’s Cannon cameras and lenses and they seem great too. 

9. What motivates your to keep taking pictures?
I’m so passionate about connecting with people and I get to explore that passion with photography. I grew up in a pretty dysfunctional family and in someways photography heals me. I photograph the happiest moments in peoples lives and that joy and love is contagious— It sets my heart on fire. I’m so incredibly blessed to be able to do this and build relationships with my subjects. 

10. What is your favorite thing about photography (or) what do you find rewarding with your photography?

Again the people. Photography has taken me places (travel) and has given me so many friendships. My heart is so full of gratitude for the life that I have because of my photography. It’s so much more than pretty pictures. It’s a legacy I am creating for families and for myself. My images will be treasured beyond my lifetime and to me that’s pretty amazing. 

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