Hi! My name is Tara. I’m an NZIPP accredited, award-winning family photographer serving Wellington and the Kapiti Coast. My family and I live on the beautiful Kapiti Coast, which lends itself so wonderfully well to family fun of all sorts.
When it comes to photography, I absolutely adore spending time with families to document their relationships, quirks and special memories. My family sessions are all about looking for those special connections and capturing them – the cuddles, the laughs, the funny moments, the traditions and the crazy things only your family do.
Parenthood is a busy, crazy life and before you know it, you look back and 7 years have passed and you can’t remember what you did all that time; you know there were kids, and nappies, birthday parties and balloons, plasters and lunch boxes, but when you look back, all you have is 1,978,065 cellphone photos of your kids, 30 of their other parent, and only two of you, because you’re always behind the camera.
Few memories (because you were in a sleep-deprived haze for much of it), and even fewer documented on camera.
I want to change this, to make sure you and this incredibly important thing you are doing – raising good humans – exist in photos, that it’s all documented for you and your children. I want you all to be able to look back on those photos one day and feel the love that lived in your home when they were little.
My other “baby” is my Couture photography. I’m a big believer that women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, and it hurts my heart to hear or see the way anyone who doesn’t fit some fleeting social construct of what beauty looks like is treated. It takes a lot to hold onto confidence and self esteem in the face of a constant social and media barrage telling you you’re not good enough if the body you were blessed with doesn’t fit some social construct of what’s beautiful.
There are not many of us who fit those ideals, and in my book, all of us, ideal or not, are equally beautiful.
My small way to fight that social construct is through my couture sessions. These sessions are all about making you feel beautiful and appreciated.
My team and I come to you and pamper you in your own home, where you’re relaxed and comfortable. You have your make up professionally done by my make up artist, your hair styled, we bring delicious treats and spend the better part of a day just focusing on YOU.
You get to choose multiple outfits from my beautiful studio wardrobe to wear for your photo session, and together we create some truly stunning portraits for you that will forever remind you that you are every bit as beautiful and as much of a treasure as the so-called “ideal” you get bombarded with in the media.
If you are a woman, regardless of your age, shape, size, colour, sexual persuasion or whether you’re a cat person or a dog lover, if you would like to spend some time being pampered and to have beautiful portraits of yourself to remind you you’re amazing, this is for you.