HI. MY NAME IS TARA AND I CUT MY HAIR BY WATCHING A YOUTUBE TUTORIAL.

About Tara

Tara Lyons (me!) is a 30 something gal who absolutely loves taking pictures. But there are a few other things I like, too! I am married to a fine young gentleman named Zachary (Zak). Together we have a daughter named Penny, two pugs named Anubis (Bissy) and Meeshu, and maybe aspirations to get a few chickens and goats on day. I love pizza, beer, and warm chocolate chip cookies (did someone say Tiff's Treats?). I also love sitting in a hot tub, lounging in a hammock, and roller blading.

Tara loves...

Bright Lipstick

I set the bar low for new years a few years ago and my resolution was "wear more lipstick".

Bread

Baking it. Eating it. Dipping it in olive oil. My husband probably thinks "I wish you looked at me the way you look at bread."

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

I have no idea why else I'm paying for Hulu. I binge watch the heck out of this show.

The Other Tara

I'm constantly getting spam email from this Tara that lives in Australia and signs up for dating sites using my email address. Let's just say she's into some weird stuff. Leave me alone!

THE COLOR BROWN

Meh. Just not much of a fan.

BEING A PICKY EATER

I'm a super super picky eater. I wish I wasn't!

and doesn't love...

INTIMATE AND SIMPLE PORTRAITS
I would describe my photography style as a bit intimate and simple. I like to shoot with a wide open aperture (that’s what makes the pretty blurred, bokeh backgrounds), simple subject, with lots of empty space. I specialize in portraiture, if that isn’t obvious! I love and appreciate beautiful landscape photos, super zoomed in macros, and intricate photoshop art, but I live and thrive taking pictures of humans.

BRIGHT FAMILIES, WARM ENGAGEMENTS, CLASSIC WEDDINGS
As far as editing goes, I have a hard time sticking to one editing style. For engagement shoots, I typically love a warm, glowing sunset, magic hour, dreamy look. For children’s portraits and families I like slightly overexposed, bright, colorful images. On portraits and pinups of individuals I have a little more fun and don’t show much consistency; I go with whatever looks best with the session and go a little more trendy.

For weddings, I like a bright, clean, classic look. I want there to be something special and different about it, but not so different that the images will be dated in a few years. There are a lot of trendy looks that I really enjoy, but I don’t think they have a place in wedding photography. That being said, when I start the editing process for wedding photos, I may send a few sneak peaks to the bride and groom edited in different ways and ask how THEY prefer the images look, if I like multiple edits.

AND FOR BLACK AND WHITES...
For black and white images, I go with lots of contrast, punch, and detail in highlights. I edit them a bit dark with no true blacks. I can appreciate all styles of color photography, but nothing turns me off faster than a low contrast, boring, flat black and white edit. Bleh.

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