I want to thank you again for the beautiful photography you do. I’m so happy with the photo book and the 11 x 14. When I took the 11 x 14 out from its gorgeous box (what a great presentation!), I had to laugh because you captured Julio so perfectly, It was like I was seeing the picture for the first time. And the minute I took the photo book out and looked at the cover, I cried. It is so beautiful. I cried and laughed my way through the book and love the way the quotes match up so well with the pictures. Now have these precious pictures of my boy that I can look back on in the future. I can’t thank you enough for that. – Suzanne


Tara is amazing! Her photos are truly treasured keepsakes that will be cherished forever! She perfectly captured the gentle spirit and sweet soul of our senior girl, MacKenzie; even managing to get a rare shot of MacKenzie’s pure joy at being able to run off lead! She was patient with our very rambunctious misbehaving pup and still managed to capture beautiful shots of him! Her products, service, turnaround time and professionalism are all excellent! You cant go wrong with choosing Tara! – Colleen

Kyle (my husband) and I had been discussing adopting another dog for quite some time. I do marketing and adoption promotions for the SPCA of Wake County. Adopting another family member was always in the back of my mind while at work. With my work I see dozens of dogs walk through our facility on any given day… but we were waiting for “the one” to come along. We knew we wanted an active dog, one that wouldn’t mind jogging with us on a nightly basis. We also understood the plight of the pit bull in animal shelters across the country, so rescuing a pit bull seemed like a perfect fit for us. But it was waiting for the right “one” to come along that was the tough part.

Tara with InBetween the Blinks volunteers with the SPCA on a regular basis to take photos of as many adoptable pets a possible. The SPCA uses Tara’s professional photos to show off and promote the homeless pets in our care on a whole new level. These professional photographs give a new depth and life to the everyday images of adoptable pets that people see on our website and in magazines. It is my job to sort through these stunning photos, post them online and promote our pets in magazines and newspapers. One day I was sorting through a number of photos recently taken by InBetween the Blinks to post on WRAL’s Pet Page. Like lightning, it hit me. A close-up photo of a brindle and white adolescent pit bull. I hadn’t seen this dog before so I thought he must have slipped by me during a busy week. Thinking this would be an adorable photo to post on WRAL’s site I went to see if he was still available for adoption. To my dismay, I couldn’t find him anywhere on our website. In all his cuteness, he must have been scooped up right away… I thought. Shrugging it off, I moved on to the next photo, but saved this little brindle pup’s photo as my computer’s wallpaper. There was something about that photo I couldn’t get out of my head. I loved him, but hadn’t even met him!

Two days later I was at work when one of my colleagues walked into the staff cafeteria… she walked in holding that brindle and white pup from the photo! He was still at the SPCA! I asked what his name was and why he wasn’t on the website. I couldn’t contain my excitement. Apparently “Hitch” (the puppy) was just being a puppy and playing too rough and accidentally bit a volunteer during his playtime outside. This required him to be on hold behind the scenes at the SPCA for 10 days. Our behavior team said that no one had expressed interest in him prior to the incident…

I thought to myself, “This is him. The dog from the photo!” I thought I missed my opportunity to adopt the puppy from the photo before, I wasn’t going to let it happen again. So as soon as Hitch’s “hard time” was served, he became “Miles,” and ours forever! There was just something about that photo that spoke to me. If I hadn’t seen that photo I may have missed the chance to adopt Miles. The mystery puppy from the photo is now our newest family member and the best running buddy I could imagine!
~ Darci VanderSlik

On the afternoon of June 8th my vet walked into the treatment room where Bones and I sat waiting for the results of the test.  I expected her to tell me my precious angel had swallowed something crazy, part of a toy or maybe a sock, but the words that followed threw my world upside down… “I’m stunned.  I didn’t expect to see this.  You need to take Bones to the NC State Emergency Clinic immediately.” Bones had cancer.  The tears flowed and my heart was broken.  No one could tell me how much time he had, just that I should cherish the days I had left.  Within hours of learning the news Tara offered to do a photo shoot with Bones.  We met her at the park and the end result was something magical.  The pictures she took looked past his sickness showing his inner spark, his precious smile, images of the angel I will always remember.  Two weeks and two days after learning he was sick my sweet boy was gone.  It was Tara’s pictures that comforted me in the days that followed.
Tara was the perfect photographer and shoulder to cry on. She worked with him at his pace and was always ready to praise him as well as give him a treat.  She picked the perfect time of day to take pictures with the most glorious halos of light shining around him. Her amazing eye captured some of the most wonderful snapshots of the beagle that captured my heart.  Those images now hang on my wall, sit on my mantle and grace my Facebook page.  I also used the printed pictures to wallpaper the inside of a shadow box that now holds Bones’ collar, the first puppy tooth he lost, a piece of his blanket and several toys.  Tara turned a 5-year-old beagle named Bones who was dying of cancer into a beagle who looked full of life and would melt your heart. For that, I will be forever grateful.
~ Lori

We absolutely love the pictures. We are so thankful that we were able to get him captured while he still feels good. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to help us save a little bit of Yuki for when he can no longer be here with us. You have definitely made this very difficult time easier for us. Tommy already has plans to hang the one of Yuki in the jersey in his home office.  ~ Kate

Thank you so much for your photography session with my daughter and grand-dog.  You were perfect for the job. You are calm, cooperative, respectful, and sincere. You were flexible with my daughters demanding school and work schedule and took time on a Sunday afternoon for their session.  The pictures are absolutely incredible.  You were able to capture the true inner beauty of my girls (oh and their man too!). Because of you, I have beautiful pictures to show off of my daughter’s new life in Raleigh.  My only problem is that there are so many great pictures, I’m having a hard time narrowing them down to which ones to enlarge!  I just can’t thank you enough.
~ Stacey Smith
Tara loves taking photos and it shows. She is passionate about what she does and is determined to get that “perfect shot”. She has great ideas and is up for anything! We had such a great time with her, and I can’t wait for our next photo shoot. ~  Stephanie, Jacksonville NC


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.


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.


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!