Hi, my name is Tara, but my friends call me Mama-T!

I enjoy travel, dogs and nature. I am extremely passionate about being a wedding photographer, and I am down to earth and easy to communicate with. I operate out of Santa Cruz, CA. I love to travel for destination engagements, weddings and events in California and beyond.

Are you wondering where the name Mama-T came from?  It is a nickname a friend gave me years ago, based off of my 10+ years working with children and families at school's and as a respite foster care provider. I am also known as a nurturing motherly figure to my friends. The name stuck, and all of a sudden I was known only as "Mama-T" It made sense to carry this name with me into photography, as it truly describes the type of person I am, and how I go about business with my couples.

At a engagement session my lovely couple took a photo of me, while I took a photo of them!

Newlywed portraits at the gorgeous Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley.

Photographing a wedding in Cabo, with the beautiful Lands End in the distance.

In 2017 Mama-T Photography began their dedication to donating photography services to local and international organizations. This year they chose to support beauty in diversity, animal rescue, and local bicycle education.

Mama-T Photography proudly donated photography services to these organizations in 2018

I photographed the 2018 AFRP annual fundraising event, documenting the gala and auction.

In 2018 I documented the Diversity Center’s attendance in the Santa Cruz Pride parade, photographed the annual Holiday Party as well as donated a $500.00 family photo session to their silent auction.

I donated a extended family photography session worth $1,000.00 to their annual fundraising dinner.

Mama-T Photography proudly donated photography services to these organizations in 2017

I donated event photography services for the 20th anniversary fundraising Gala for AFRP.

I donated documentary photography services to the LCS weekly art classes which are free to any child interested in art, which features volunteer teachers from the local community.

I donated photography services to document their annual holiday event.

I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to their annual fundraising event.

I donated portrait photography services for all volunteer staff members to update their website.

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I donated a family photography session worth $500.00 to a family of 6 who lost everything in the 2017 Napa / Sonoma / Tubbs fire.

I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to a fundraiser for a local family going through cancer facing enormous bills.

I donated event photography services for their annual fundraising holiday party, and the annual presidents mixer.

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