When Tarie’s not busy slaying the game both off and online, she is somewhere devoted to her passion of photography. Something that started off as a simple thought, evolved into her life’s work as she has played a huge role in providing families with momentous shots to last a lifetime. Check out all she had to say below about her life as a professional photographer!
Post college, I remember at one point you were in pursuit of finding your passion. What led you to photography?
You’re so correct when you say “pursuit”. The pursuit, which I call the process to getting to photography was super confusing and to add going through a quarter-life crisis made things feel that much harder. I know social media makes people’s lives seem all put together, but I know we are all figuring it out. I did everything “right” by the book. I graduated college in 4 years, got a government job in my field, and that still wasn’t enough for me. I realized it didn’t fulfill me. So I decided to create a YouTube channel to find my passion, I realized it wasn’t being in front of the camera that gave me the most peace but being behind the camera. I know with the wild personality I have, that is hard to believe, but I enjoy some privacy. The feeling of being able to create my clients’ most memorable moments through my eyes and lens gave me a sense of happiness and peace. Now that I’ve found something I’m passionate about, I am searching for my purpose in this world! The PURSUIT never ends!
How supportive have the people around you been about such a passion?
I am grateful to have the most supportive people around me. They’re the ish! I told my boyfriend I wanted to start a photography business and he asked me “how much is the camera?” That’s what I call support. My best friend Jessica has come from Houston to hold reflectors. She has sent cards with long paragraphs encouraging me and gift cards from Etsy for props and other photography necessities. My mom, cousin and line sisters *holds pinky up* have held babies at shoots, changed diapers, rocked babies and listened to my bossy commands. In addition, everybody in general who re-posted my work and texted me acknowledging my growth. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system. Support is vital for business owners.
What is your favorite part of taking photos?
I think my favorite part is interacting with new people and hearing their stories. I have a natural ability to connect with others. Also, I’m a hype woman behind the camera which is a huge confidence booster for most people. We all are so different, yet so similar and I love that.
Now, over the years I’ve learned that there are levels to this photography stuff (i.e landscape, portrait,etc.). What is your specialty?
Hands down Maternity & Newborns! I have baby fever that has lasted years. When I first started, I only wanted to do newborns. I have the patience for it and I undeniably love getting the best shot from what appears to be a crying session. Maternity became my favorite as well after my first maternity shoot. I’m in awe of the beauty of motherhood.
So I did some creeping (sue me) and must admit that the photo you took with the lady in the all-white dress and the burst of colorful powder exploding behind her was magical! What was the vision behind that maternity shot?
This is what probably made me fall deeply in love with photography. Being able to create visuals that mean the world for someone. If you didn’t know, a rainbow baby is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. That particular mom experienced a few miscarriages and we (her best friends and I) thought It would be an amazing idea to recreate a rainbow as a surprise in her maternity shoot. It was super emotional and so breathtaking.
Think about those moments right before you start a new shoot. What is running through your mind?
Most of the time, I’m thinking about lighting. Lighting plays a HUGE role in photography. The weather is unpredictable, so it’s always a new task for each shoot.
If you could play any music while shooting a client, what would you play and why?
Well, hopefully, I could play this music without being judged. I would probably play a mix of Monica- Why I Love You So Much, K Michelle- Can’t Raise a Man and 21 Savage- Bank Account. That’s motivation lol. Being in love with a man that you didn’t have to raise, with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 M’s in my bank account! Yes lord.
I have always found photography to be fascinating. There is so much that goes into snapping the perfect shot and for that, I respect it so much. But! There is also this fun aspect of being in front of the camera. Are you just as excited to be in pictures as you are to take them?
I’ve always loved photography. Being in front of the camera is fun for me! I’m not camera shy at all. After taking thousands of photos of myself, I’m more understanding of angles for my clients. I’m super picky about my photos now though. I need certain lighting, I’m always looking for the best background and the quality of the photo has to be superb. I enjoy getting the perfect shot of myself but it doesn’t bring me as much peace as getting the perfect shot of someone else.
What’s one piece of advice that you could give to all creators?
Be yourself! Social media has caused so many people to be like the next, that creativity has gone mute. Whatever it is you’re creating, be you with it. Not everyone will like it but someone will.
Here at my blog, it’s my brand signature to always provide my special“KiWord”. What is your Keyword for your creative process/creativity? Why? Can only be one word.
I would choose LIMITLESS because I feel like as you learn, grow, and age your level of creativity changes. Experiences alter the way one thinks which leads to new ideas. Also, I’m always open to new things and different perspectives. Creativity should never be limited.
How can people interested in booking with you or simply infatuated with baby shots like I am, connect with you?
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Thank you so much, Tarie. It was fun. You are the bomb girl!