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.


2019: In Concert with Hope Event Photography.   Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.   Hope Services is the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs in Silicon Valley for over 66 years. We serve more than 3,500 people and their families in six counties and provide  a broad spectrum of services  for infants through seniors such as children’s services, day programs, staffing, mental health services, community living services, and senior services.  Our vision is to promote a common understanding that the world is a better place when people with disabilities are fully integrated into our community and culture.

2019: In Concert with Hope Event Photography.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Hope Services is the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs in Silicon Valley for over 66 years. We serve more than 3,500 people and their families in six counties and provide a broad spectrum of services for infants through seniors such as children’s services, day programs, staffing, mental health services, community living services, and senior services.

Our vision is to promote a common understanding that the world is a better place when people with disabilities are fully integrated into our community and culture.

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

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

2017: I donated event photography services for the 20th anniversary fundraising Gala for AFRP.

2017: I donated event photography services for the 20th anniversary fundraising Gala for AFRP.

2017: 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.

2017: 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.

2019: I donated a $500.00 family photography session to their annual fundraiser.

2019: I donated a $500.00 family photography session to their annual fundraiser.

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.

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.

2017: I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to their annual fundraising event.

2017: I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to their annual fundraising event.

2017: I donated portrait photography services for all volunteer staff members to update their website.

2017: I donated portrait photography services for all volunteer staff members to update their website.

2018: I donated a extended family photography session worth $1,000.00 to their annual fundraising dinner.

2018: I donated a extended family photography session worth $1,000.00 to their annual fundraising dinner.

2017: I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to a fundraiser for a local family going through cancer facing enormous bills.

2017: I donated a family photography session worth $300.00 to a fundraiser for a local family going through cancer facing enormous bills.

2017: I donated event photography services for their annual fundraising holiday party, and the annual presidents mixer.

2017: I donated event photography services for their annual fundraising holiday party, and the annual presidents mixer.

2017: I donated photography services to document their annual holiday event.

2017: I donated photography services to document their annual holiday event.

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

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