Thursday, August 13, 2009


Growing up, my family used to watch Johnny Carson on TV in my parents' bedroom. For those who don't know, Johnny Carson was the talk show host who Jay Leno replaced. Johnny Carson used to have a big red curtain that he would step out of to introduce the show, and it was always a big to-do. The announcer would tell about the show, the camera would show the huge red curtain, and the voice in the sky would yell "Heeeeerrrrreeee's JOHNNY!!" Well, drumroll please........ Camera on the red curtain.........Heeeerrreeeeeee's BETH ANN AND LILLY!

Beth Ann, who has a 4 year business degree and lives just down the road from me is the brand new "Photographer's Assistant" at Tara Marie Photography, and Lilly is the "Creative Assistant." Every Tuesday and Thursday morning while Beth Ann pecks hard away at the computer, trying to decipher my notes and keep me organized, Lilly spends her time watching artistic DVD's such as Finding Nemo, drawing pictures for us, and watching the horses and dogs out the window, pointing out their every move.

Beth Ann, who has been working now for only a few weeks, is handling print orders, and she's helping with album ordering and accounting as well. If you have any questions or just want to chat, give her a call anytime between 8 and 12 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the office.

I promise, the red curtain is worth it. Give her a call or email (contact info is on our main website) and you'll find out why!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jessa & Marcus's wedding in Marble Falls

Jessa and Marcus- what an amazing couple. Their "Texas Tuscan" themed wedding this weekend was a testament to their faith, devotion to family, and dedication to friends and hospitality. The girls and guys were troopers for their pictures, despite the nearly 100 degree Texas heat. The 10 piece brass band provided music for all to dance and were a huge hit. Jen was once again my 2nd shooter, as she has been all of this year, and I realized just how much I'm going to miss shooting with her. She has a standing request to move to Louisiana to come and work with me, but I think she's sadly pretty devoted to Texas. Check out her blog, and any of you Texans who need a great photographer, call her up!

Jessa looked stunning.

And her bridesmaids seemed to have a great time.

The guys did their shoot in downtown Marble Falls. When I was explaining for the guys to avoid putting their hands folded in front of them, they decided to do the "sorority pose." I didn't realize there was a "sorority pose," but they made me laugh out loud when the whole group of guys did it for me.

Marcus didn't seem nervous at all to say his upcoming vows.

The ceremony vows were some of the most original I've ever heard. It was obvious that Marcus and Jessa knew exactly what they were doing and that they took this commitment very seriously.

Two things that stood out to me were the beautiful setting and the band. The First Baptist pavilion stands on possibly the uppermost point of Marble Falls, TX. From it, you can see the entire town in one glance. I'd like to think that the big band music from the wedding band cascaded down the hills and into the ears of the town.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Blog bankruptcy- It's a term I've read on someone else's blog who had become so far behind on blogging that she declared blog bankruptcy. I don't plan to declare blog bankruptcy, but I do plan to begin blogging again, thanks to my faithful readers (Rachel and Trey, for example!) who have asked me about it.

This move has given me quite a blow to my productivity. It's been difficult to keep up with photography as a whole. However, (as you'll see in my next blog) there is now a special someone to help with all the duties... stay tuned to meet her.

On a different note...
In case you didn't know already, am a "practial" animal lover. If I had tons of money to go around and a lot of land, I would probably run a rescue farm for needy dogs, cats, and horses, a place for them to transition while they find a new home. I have been recently considering volunteering photography services at a local animal shelter, but that will have to come with time. My awesome dog, Jolie, (picture included) came from the pound nearly 4 years ago. I found her on She has been the best dog I've ever known. However, had I not found and adopted her, she would have been euthanized. My horse, Tex, was a horse that someone could not afford to feed, and therefore ended up being nearly given away to another girl, who then traded him to me for my other unwanted horse, Spiderman. Please, please, consider very carefully before breeding your horses, and go ahead and spay or neuter your dogs and cats. There are so many other animals out there that need a good home. If you're thinking about breeding your horse, look at the farm/garden section of your local craigslist ( carefully beforehand. If you're delaying spaying/neutering, please look up your dog's breed on to see how many others like him/her need a good home.

I recently went to visit some friends in Arkansas and met their new baby, as well as their entire litter of puppies! These puppies are full brothers and sisters to our border collie/blue heeler, Jade, (in the picture with Jolie) who we just love. Jade was born around last October, and these puppies were born this summer to the same [unneutered] parents.
They were SOOO cute, but the owners are having a hard time getting rid of them. Anyone interested?
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