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Silas and Finn – Raleigh dog photos

I love the story of how Silas and Finn found their forever family! It is so true that these amazing animals choose us and boy are we lucky they do!  We had a beautiful warm sunset for Silas and Finn’s pet photo session in Raleigh.  Andrea, Keith and I laughed most of the time at Silas going crazy over his ball.  Finn is the definition of a gentle giant. At nine years old, he was very content just staying close to mom and dad.  Here is how Andrea says they became a family:

Finding Silas

“Silas was adopted in 2012 as my first dog. Growing up, my family instilled the importance of helping animals. I always knew an adopted dog would be my first big purchase once I held a steady job. I went to the Wake County Animal Control Center to adopt a large dog and came home with an eight-pound malnourished Chihuahua mix!”

A home for Finn

“My husband and I purchased our first home in June 2016 with a ‘must-have’ of a large back yard because we were compelled to adopt a larger breed. I had seen an older dog on the WCAC website back in February 2016 and felt the biggest pull to adopt him. At the time we were in a small apartment and we just couldn’t responsibly care for him, but we followed his story and were ecstatic to see him pulled for foster. Once we purchased our home, we quickly caught up with Finn’s foster mom (thank you, Tracy!) and welcomed him into our home.”

Introducing Emerson Lane – Our second baby girl

We are thrilled with the safe arrival of our second baby girl Emerson Lane.  The last few months of my pregnancy, I spent at least two days a week at the doctor’s office for extra monitoring as our little sweetie was measuring extra small inside my tummy.  The goal was for her to make it to 37 weeks and we did.  Thankfully all of her other vital signs looked great during our check-ups.  March 3, 2017 we headed to the hospital to be induced.  It was a fast and furious labor experience with Emerson deciding she was ready to meet the world as I was getting my epidural. Phew!  But we all made it and she had no complications.  She was just 4 pounds, 6 ounces…not even on the charts really for percentile (she was well below the first percentile for her weight).

Babies truly are miracles and we are so thankful to God for this precious gift.  Emerson had her first photo shoot in the hospital when she was less than 24 hours old.  It was just the two of us in the room on a bright Saturday morning.  What a special time documenting all of her tiny features.  She is now one month old and weighed 6 pounds at her four-week check up!  Big sister Claire loves to help change diapers and comfort her baby sister when she fusses.

I am slowly resuming back to work and thank you all for your patience as we navigate the world now as a family of four (plus Baxter)!


Above: Emerson has my hair piece and pearls that I wore on my wedding day over top of her.

Above: I wrapped my wedding veil around Emerson for a special photo.  Perhaps she will wear the veil when she gets married!2017webIMG_05122017webIMG_05232017webIMG_0525Below: One Month Old!  That bonnet! hehe

April 8, 2017 - 11:24 pm

Kevin Powell - Congratulations Tara! We are so happy for you and your growing family!

April 9, 2017 - 1:59 pm

Anne Abene - Welcome Baby Emerson. What a lucky little girl you are to be born into such a sweet family.

April 19, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Tucker - Hi Emerson. You are so cute. I want to chew on your bow!!

Social Media Mini Sessions – Raleigh Head shot photographer

It’s time to set the right first impression.  Are you a business professional, entrepreneur or creative?  Are you on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram?  Then this is for you!

Make sure your profile photo represents you and your business accurately.  Step away from those selfies and take down that photo of you from your best friend’s wedding.  InBetween the Blinks is launching a new way to make the right first impression in an affordable, do-it-on-your-lunch-break way.

When: Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Noon-1:30pm

Deadline to sign-up: Midnight, Tuesday, February 7th

Where: Natural-light studio in Downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street

What: 10-minute head shot mini sessions.  Professionals will receive a link to an online gallery to view images one week after the session.  Each person will have 5 images to choose from.

Head shot photography raleighChoose between three package options:

Package One:

$99 – your choice of one digitally-retouched image file in hi & low-resolution

*additional individual digital files can be purchased for $50 each after your gallery is posted

Package Two:

$175 – your choice of three digitally-retouched image files in hi & low-resolution

*additional individual digital files can be purchased for $50 each after your gallery is posted

Package Three:

$225 – Five digital files digitally re-touched in hi & low-resolution

How to secure your spot:

  • Fill out this online booking form
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours confirming your time slot as well as an invoice to be paid online

Additional details:

1) Have a business partner and want shots of you together?  Sign-up for two time slots back to back so we can get individual shots and shots together

2) Bring props!  Are you a veterinarian or doctor? Bring your lab coat!  Are you a florist? Bring a nice arrangement to set beside you or for an action shot of arranging flowers.  Do you survive on coffee? Bring your favorite mug.  Are you a blogger? Bring your lap top.  Not every shot will include your prop, but this can be a fun addition to help tell a visual story about you.

3) What to wear:  The space we are shooting in is bright white with floor to ceiling windows.  Avoid wearing white or black (exception: lab coats for doctors!).  Although black pants can work.  Stick with a pop of color and avoid busy prints.  Ladies, a touch of hairspray always helps to calm down those fly-aways.  I’ll have an extra can on hand!  Feel free to bring a few extra pairs of earrings/scarves to give a different look.  Men, bring an extra tie if you will be wearing a suit.

Other questions? Call Tara at 757-406-2752 or email her at

Rosabelle’s Farewell Session – When love means letting go

It’s taken me a while to write this post because I felt like I had to share my own story of re-homing my dog Lily first. It took me from last February when we last saw Lily until the end of December to write Lily’s blog post. Now that I’ve worked through those emotions, I am able to also share a similar story of one of my dear clients Jheri and her sweet girl Rosabelle.

Jheri adopted Rosabelle as a puppy in early 2014.  She was the last in the litter of white boxer puppies at a local rescue.  She was the last because she was overlooked due to being deaf.  Jheri says she knew Rosabelle was meant to be hers. “The night of February 1st, 2014 was when my life really began because that was the night my girl got to come home to her new family.”

I first met Rosie when she was three months old for her puppy photo session.  I would continue to see her and Jheri at each year’s SPCA Dog Walk and in the following years as Jheri added Anubis and Nava to the family.  We kept in touch often.  Rosabelle reminded me so much of my Lily who I always suspected was a white boxer/bulldog mix.  They were about the same size an had many of the same silly quirks.  They weren’t easy dogs, but they were OUR dogs and we loved them fiercely.

After countless medical procedures to help Rosabelle stay healthy, Rosabelle started to show concerning signs of aggression.  Jheri worked relentlessly with her vets to try to find a solution.  Jheri, as any pet parent would, struggled with how to determine what to do.  How do you protect your family, be a responsible dog owner and do what is best for your pet? All questions I had to ask myself in dealing with re-homing Lily.  Jheri and I talked often.  It was suspected that Rosabelle had a brain tumor that could be the cause of her aggression.  At that time, she knew she would have to say good-bye to her sweet girl.

Jheri shares her story in a beautiful, honest and heart-breaking blog post, that provides more details than my condensed version above.  I encourage you to read it, and a grab some tissues.

Jheri scheduled a farewell session in early June.  We both promised each other we wouldn’t cry.  At least not until the end.  Rosabelle was always a little weary about people, especially new people, but always remembered me.  Since her condition had worsened, I went to see her the day before our session in hopes that might make her more comfortable during our shoot.  Thankfully she came right up to me, plopped her paws on my shoulders and licked my face.  Yep, that’s Rosie.

The next day we had an entire county park all to ourselves.  There were clouds and some light rain drops that created a beautiful and peaceful backdrop.  We recreated a photo I took of Jheri and Rosabelle during their first session together.  Rosie was relaxed, beautiful as always and went about a million miles an hour when we put a long leash on her and let her enjoy some zoomies.  That face!

At the end of the session the skies opened up and the three of us crammed into Jheri’s truck.  I enjoyed lots of licks and snuggles with Rosie and Jheri and I shared tears.

Soon after our session, Jheri decided to euthanize Rosabelle.  I had Rosabelle’s session edited a few days later but didn’t want to send it and have Jheri look at it alone.  I texted her, grabbed a bottle of wine and my laptop and went to her place to look at the images together.  We cried, we laughed and cried some more.

There are a million quotes out there that try to define and explain love.  None seem to come close to really put the weight, the burden, the joy and the sorrow of love into words that do it justice.  For me, this first photo below is love.  If somebody asked me what love looked like, I’d show them this photo.

The Golden Guys – 2016 pet portrait session

Golden Retriever lovers unite and squeal with delight at this blog post!  Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Golden Retrievers!  Oh how I love these boys!

Mom Wendy is a volunteer with Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue and a foster for them.  She and the pups recently moved to a new state and now the pups enjoys snowy winters and frolicking in the snow! Well, since many of them are older, they just like to walk around in it. 🙂

Meet the Boys:

Wendy says, “Beau (6yrs) was rescued from NRGRR in Raleigh. He is the only dog that I have fostered that I adopted. Chase (15yrs – in the first photo) and Teddy (11yrs) were adopted from Adopt a Golden Atlanta because they were special needs and difficult to adopt out to a normal family. Freddy (10yrs) was adopted from AGA in November of 2015 and came all of the way to America from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had been living on the streets without a home for most of his life. He has some chronic medical challenges because of his previous living conditions. Goldens with special needs are my absolute favorite kids!”

Scroll to the bottom for a look behind the scenes video of how eager most of the dogs were for their close-ups!

Wendy has fostered and loved many dogs over the years.  She spread the ashes of some of those dogs that have crossed the rainbow bridge at the base of this tree.  Her boy Beau will take all the doggy toys and leave them at the base of the tree.  It’s his little way of saying “we have not forgotten you sweet pups. Here are some toys just in case you need a few extra in doggie Heaven.”

A local student came with me to the session who is interested in video production. She put together this video of our session. Sometimes you just have to climb into the bushes to get “the shot.”