Tara Lynn

Photo by Whitebox Photography

Life happens fast.  Your little energetic puppy with the dark muzzle seems to turn grey overnight.  You wonder where the years have gone and can’t remember life before them or a time that you left the house not covered in pet hair.

Since I was a child, I could look through boxes of old family photos for hours.  I would spy moments that at one time I was sure I would never forget.  I’d ask my mom or grandmother to tell me the story of the photograph that I had forgotten. Memories fade. Thankfully photos do not. Photographs preserve priceless moments long after our memories have failed us.

In June of 2016, I left my ten-year career as a tv news reporter and anchor to pursue and grow my photography business.  It started out as a hobby and a way to help homeless animals at shelters.  But my passion and the fulfillment it brought me was undeniable and outpacing that of my “day job.”  I am currently expanding my business and also working part-time as the Communications Manager at the SPCA of Wake County. (I still am able to volunteer my photography of adoptable animals!)

In the TV news business, I had a minute or two to tell a story as completely as possible.  With a single photo, I have a fraction of a second.  I love how a collection of photos tell the stories of our lives.  I love to capture the moments that we all sometimes miss in the blink of an eye and the magic in between. I am a natural-light photographer who specializes in working with pets in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I am the proud “mama” of Baxter.  Baxter is an eight year old Beagle-mix who was abandoned as a puppy by a family of seven in South Carolina in 2008.  In 2012, I found a pit bull puppy sleeping on a bench in downtown Raleigh. I scooped her up, fostered her, welcomed her to the family and we were able to love her for four years.  It turns out we were only part of Lily’s story and she is now enjoying life in the city where I started my business, Charleston, South Carolina.  Oh how I fiercely love and miss her!  Both have changed my life forever.  In 2014, my husband and I welcomed our baby girl, Claire to the pack!  We also now have our newest edition, Emerson, born in March 2017.

Volunteering with animal rescue groups is a central focus of my work and how I took my love of photography and turned it into a business.  I am the volunteer photographer for the SPCA of Wake County where I photograph animals waiting for their forever homes several times a month.  That time also includes working with the Pit Crew to help shed the negative perception of pit bulls in our society.

Read more here to find out how Baxter changed my life and sparked InBetween the Blinks.

MY STORY

I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia where I fell in love with my very first pet, a cat named Tigger. He was my faithful sidekick from the age of 2.5 to 17.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and started my tv news career in Charleston, South Carolina.  Charleston is probably my favorite city in the world.  I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2011 to further my news career.  I left my job in 2016 to pursue pet photography.  I love exploring the city with my pup Baxter, my loving husband and our two daughters.

FAVORITE THINGS

I love: diet Coke, traveling to Europe, being outside when temperatures are above 65 degrees, the beach, Charleston, eating in Charleston, honoring family traditions, planting flowers, snuggling dogs, the sound of children's laughter, lobster bisque, pedicures, wine tastings, cheering on the Tar Heels and filling up our family photo albums with amazing memories.

FAVORITE PLACES

I love home.  I love the home I grew up in, in Virginia.  I love always feelings at home walking around the UNC campus.  I love pretending I am a Charleston native after living there for just five years.  I take pride in the house my husband and I built (well okay, we didn't do the actual building part, but we had it built) and how we've created a safe, fun and loving place for our girls.  Europe...it is a magical and wonderful place full of charm and amazing food!  I studied abroad in Spain during college.  My husband and I honeymooned in Florence and Rome.  I most recently traveled to Barcelona for a pet photography workshop and retreat and spent time exploring France afterward in the spring of 2016. If you have frequent flier miles you are looking to donate to somebody, call me!

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