Join The Scene: Seattle’s newest high school senior rep program!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Seniors | No Comments

Calling class of 2019 JUNIORS! Are you ready to join The Scene, Seattle’s newest high school senior photo rep program?

We are looking for young ladies and gents who stand out from the crowd, build positive communities, and lead by example. Some traits of an excellent Scene member include:

Bold | Charismatic | Connector | Courageous | Dedicated | Enthusiastic | Genuine | Innovative | Open-minded | Witty

Does this sound like you? If you answered, “heck yes!” then you are probably a prime candidate to represent the class of 2019 on The Scene! So, what are you waiting for? Complete this application and let’s get this show on the road!

—>A P P L Y  H E R E !<—

Applications close April 15 at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Brown Photography at

2018-19 The Scene representatives must:

– be a current junior graduating in 2019.

– represent Tara Brown Photography exclusively.

– use Tara Brown Photography-provided social media profile images from your group session.

– use only a Tara Brown Photography image for your yearbook submission.

– be available for a group session on May 12 (subject to change based on general consensus).

– participate in fun team activities, which may include contests or gatherings.

– attend The Scene information meeting on April 22. (Time and location are still to be determined, but you will be informed ASAP.)

– pay a session fee – $250 (your session fee includes: one group session and one full senior session, hair + make-up for your full senior session, swag bag, session premiere to view your final gallery. Does not include digital images, prints, or product.)

And for joining The Scene you get some awesome perks!

– One group session + a full senior session; includes hair + makeup for your full session.

– First dibs on selecting the date of your full senior session.

– 6-10 social media profile images from the group session.

– custom app album to show off your images from your iPhone or Android.

– a swag bag with goodies.

– an exclusive The Scene t-shirt.

Sound like fun to you? Good, cuz it will be a blast!

—>A P P L Y  H E R E !<—

Thankfulness 2016

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Personal | No Comments

I wrote this a couple days ago but have been so busy getting hyped for Thanksgiving that I’m just now posting here. Anyway, here goes! :)

As I sit here typing in my new home office, trying to ignore the stacks of boxes around me waiting to be unpacked, thinking about the shower that’s clogged, and the fridge door that hits the counter, the medicine cabinet that won’t stay closed, and all these little things that go along with moving into a rental home, I cannot help but have a perma-smile on my face. :D I have so many things to be thankful for in my life, one of which is the excitement of living in a new home.

But more importantly, above everything else, I am thankful for you.

I am thankful for my family. My parents have allowed me to live with them for the last 2 1/2 years, and not only did our relationships grow stronger, but other than the fact that my workspace was the dining table, I don’t think we drove each other too crazy. I will forever be grateful for the time that I got to live with my parents as an adult. I’m also thankful for all four of my parents as a whole for how they continue to support me in my photography endeavors and other life goals, and continually impart their unique wisdom along the way.

I am thankful for my siblings, who make me proud to be related to them each and every day. They are all doing something with their lives that brings joy to other people and they put their own personality into everything that they do. I would do anything for these guys and I know that they will always have my back. I also love them for giving me my seven beautiful nieces and nephews, who are a joy to watch grow into little humans.

I am grateful for my friends; the Divas, the Divos, my people who have been with me since grade school, my gym rats… each of these relationships is unique and valuable and they strengthen me. I could not be happier with the group of people with which I have surrounded myself. I know everyone loves their friends, but I truly feel like I curate some pretty awesome people, and bringing them together and helping them form friendships with each other is a delight to me.

I am humbled by my clients. Obviously, you have everything to do with how my business has been growing, and so from the very bottom of my heart: thank you, thank you, thank you. Your trust in me to capture your weddings, your families, your soon-to-be high school graduates, your special events, your professional photos, whatever it maybe. I love photographing you because I am all about making connections, and if photography is the way that we will be brought together, then I am all for it. Thank you for your continued support, for sharing my work with your friends and family, for encouraging me to keep growing my business, and for asking how I’m doing.

Also, I do feel like I need to give a special shout out to the University of Washington Alumni Association as well as other departments at the UW, because anyone who knows me knows I am a Husky through and through, and being able to capture moments for the University is really special to me. I appreciate very deeply the way that you have chosen to work with me so often, not to mention the friendships that have come from it!

I am thankful for my photography community. I have a few friends whom I met as photographers first, but who have become so special to me as friends and business allies. Extra gratitude goes to Sean Brown. He emailed me about a year and a half ago asking to second shoot weddings, and since that time he has certainly imparted more knowledge to me than I to him. He is a true giver, a very talented photographer, such a positive and inspirational person, and even though we aren’t related, the fact that we share the same last name makes us feel like we have a special bond, too. Whether it is down on the Husky football field or talking about senior photography and editing, he is always there with an answer or advice or encouragement. Plus, we have fun. And I have all sorts of love and respect for Cheryl Ford, who is one my favorite people to work with or talk to about business, and who makes incredible sugar cookies. It is so great to have someone that I know I can reach out to at any time. There are many other photographers who have made an impact on me and I just want to keep encouraging everyone to keep hustling, to keep pushing your skills and creativity, and to keep sharing within our community. We are so much stronger, not to mention more fun, when we all work and learn together.

So, happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Thank you for being part of my life. You are there intentionally, and I hope you know it.

Much love and gratitude. And go Dawgs. ;)


Juanita Beach Park engagement: Rachelle + Tom

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Engagements | No Comments

Rachelle and Tom met at a church conference, when he passed her a little Post-it® doodle, something for which he is well known amongst friends for creating. It put a smile on Rachelle’s face, and although they didn’t live in the same city at the time, that smile would soon be permanent once she moved to Seattle. Tom and Rachelle both love board and video games, and their Seattle friends would help create opportunities to get them together with game nights. One thing I admire about Rachelle is that she is a woman who knows what (in this case, whom) she wants and gets after it – not only did she ask Tom out, but she also proposed to him, which I think is freaking awesome. :D I observe a lovely balance and respect for each other in their relationship. And, above all, laughter. Both agreed that their favorite thing about the other is their sense of humor and how they make each other laugh. I’m pretty sure this means they have a very joyous future ahead of them.

From the moment I met Rachelle and Tom, I could tell we would get along. They are so genuine, warm, and easy going. Plus, their love and affection translates so naturally in front of the camera…their engagement session at Juanita Beach Park was mostly them hanging out and being adorable, and I happened to have the privilege of witnessing it with my camera. :)


So I wasn’t kidding when I said they are just adorable together.juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_02

Side note – literally everyone else at the park on this day were playing Pokémon GO. (Including, during quick breaks, R+T.) ;)juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_03

I had never taken photos at Juanita Beach Park, and was so delighted to find all sorts of romantic paths and places for private photos.juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_04 juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_05 juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_06 juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_07 juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_08

Wherever they go, they go together. :)juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_09

I kind of love willow trees. And I love how we got this photo. You may have seen on my Snapchat (@tarabrownphoto), that I asked them to stand on a picnic table to get up into the droopy branches! That’s trust right there. ;) Anything for the shot!juanita-beach-park-kirkland-engagement-rachelle-tom_10

Rachelle and Tom, I can’t wait to photograph your wedding (tomorrow! in a storm! ack!). You’re both glorious human beings. :D