It's been quite some time since I've reintroduced myself. I'm Tammy, the owner of this small business and I'm pretty much a one woman show. I left corporate America in 2015 for what I consider to be a better life for myself and my family. My 3 children are my highest priorities and my former job kept me away from them for too many hours out of the day. I was heartbroken all the time. Thus, Tammy Tarabola Photography was born.
So this is me. I am uncomfortable in front of the camera which means this image is about 2 years old and I need a fresh set of profile images. I'll get to them one day soon...
My love for photography and photographs comes honestly as both of my parents are photo collectors and my dad has been a photography hobbyist since I can remember. They have stacks and stacks of photo albums full of nostalgic prints and we always have a great time digging them out for a stroll down memory lane.
Everyone feels connected to at least one photo in life. I love to connect with as many as I can. Over the last few years, I've worked hard to discover and articulate exactly what I love about photography styles and genres, yet the answers have fluctuated. When you love everything, it's difficult to commit to a genre without feeling like you're going to miss out on something. But even with loving "everything," running a business means there needs to be a decision on what subjects will be the primary focus. The jack-of-all-trades model doesn't work well for this business (even though years ago I thought the opposite) so honing in on what really sets me on fire is a continuous adventure of discovery.
Two things are absolutely certain: I love human connections and I love storytelling. When I remind myself to keep it that simple, everything tends to fall into place. An image need not be technically perfect for it to be loved and to have meaning. If the human connection is there, whether it be between subject and viewer, a mother and her child, or between 2 people in love, that's what resonates most for me. I'm also quite the sucker for details of all kinds. Those macro shots of insects that I see in my feeds stop me in my tracks. But, I have to remind myself I'm not a macro photographer. Besides, I can't afford those lenses anyway. :)
Telling a visual story of others' lives and personal journeys is so rewarding for me. When I create, I create with my subjects, not just for them. And the real reward is delivering the images which I do so with such pride and honor. It feels wrong to charge for a service that I love so much to provide yet unfortunately, I have to make a living. Otherwise, I'd do it all and give it all away for free. It means that much.
I'd love to connect with you. I'm on social media and am an email, phone call, or text away.