Friday, September 18, 2009

Finish the Sentence...with Tara Whitney

"It's time once again to ask a well-known photographer, instructor or otherwise interesting person the same 10 questions and ask them to Finish the Sentence! This time, the sentences are finished by.... Tara Whitney.

Tara, please Finish the Sentence..."

My favorite photography accessory (lights, modifier, bag, tripod) is
my Canon 24-70L 2.8 lens. That sucker is a workhorse and I love him. Her?

I’ve learned the most from...
experience. In photography and what little I know in Photoshop. I used to go until I would get stuck, then ask a friend for help, then keep going.

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be_____ because….
Hawaii with a nanny because then I could be in one of my favorite places WITH the kids but also kind of WITHOUT the kids. I don't have a nanny so this is likely not going to happen. Okay - you can take the nanny off the list, just get me to Hawaii please.

My most-used Photoshop add-on, plugin, action set (etc) is
the actions I have created using my own basic steps. I use purchased actions, plugins, add-ons very sparingly. They are fun but I like my work to look like I did it, so even when I do use them I tweak quite a bit.

I love the fact that Photoshop
was invented.

I hate the fact that Photoshop
is so in depth and layered that I don't think I can ever fully get to know him. Her?

If I could turn back the clock 10 years
I would be 23. I would tell myself not to worry so much about everything, because in ten years things will be pretty darn good. And to make sure and get more photos of myself as a mother of three under the age of five. Many more photos of all of us together.

In 10 years
I will be 43. I hope the people I love now are still the people I love then. And I hope we are all healthy, happy, and experiencing a satisfying life.

If I could give one piece of advice it would be
"You have your way. I have my way. As far as the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." -Frederich Neitzsche

Your readers can find out more about me
on my website: or my blog

Ladies & Gentlemen, let's hear it for Tara Whitney!!
I see something in people. I see something in families. It is the same something that I want to capture in my own family, in my own children. I strive to capture it for you too.

Photography is more than my job, it is my goose-bumps-tears-jump up-and-down-on-my-bed-passion. I have an eye for family photography that goes way beyond the traditional white shirts and jeans. I am not out to create the "flawless traditional portrait". Life isn't flawless. I am looking to capture authentic connections. And have a lot of fun doing it.

My work has been described as spontaneous and real. I think of it as quirky, emotional, and happy. I am a young mother of four and I have been photographing the big and little people in my life for the last nine years.


Thomas said...

Wow, just checked out Tara's site and her work is amazing. I love the rich bright feel she brings to everything.

Donna Boucher said...

I love these wonderful Q & A's....Tara sweetie,
you inspire!

Amy said...

Tara is my absolute favorite photog. She is AMAZING!!!!! Love this interview!

Tara said...

Thank you Dave, for inviting me to be a part of this series!

brianna saban said...

such great answers.
tara is an inspiration to SO MANY. God has given her a gift and she uses it!
my 24-70mm is a him too:)


Tina said...

Tara is my photography idol! I lvoe everything about her philosophy and style...what an amazing soul!

margie said...

Thrilling to see a Tara Whitney interview here. She is the best!

Jodie Allen said...

LOVE Tara! Great interview!