"Mama-T was a fantastic photographer for our wedding! She captured all the right moments of us, and our friends and family. She was pleasant, fun, and professional - and really listened to our needs and wants. Our photos came out exactly how we wanted them to - sun-streaked and dreamy with natural colors to capture our northern California wedding!" - Sally & Jimmy (Backyard wedding)

"I can't begin to say how pleased I am to have had Mama T as my wedding photographer! Booking was a breeze. After I emailed her, I heard back within the day and we were able to schedule a phone meeting soon after. We didn't get to meet in person because I currently live out of state, but we spoke on the phone for about an hour. She asked me details about the wedding and was certain to make sure she knew the aspects of the day I wanted her to focus on. Although we didn't have a walk through due to me living out of state, she took it upon herself to check out my venue during the times of my ceremony to do some test shots. Getting ahold of her was always easy, whether it be phone call, text or email, I never had issues getting ahold of her. The day of the wedding, she arrived early AND stayed late to get extra shots. All of my guests and family members commented on how funny and kind she was. She fit right in and was comfortable getting all the great shots during the party as well as wrangling my family to get through portraits as fast as possible, per my request. My experience with Tara was wonderful, she went above and beyond to give me the best photos possible. I couldn't be more pleased!" -Jessie (Quail hollow Ranch)

"Tara has been the photographer for my family for the past two years for Mother's Day photos. She is an amazing photographer, both in the photos she produces and the way she interacts with us. Tara's photographs are amazing and she captures the love, silliness and beauty in all of us and our surroundings. She has such a comfortable fun way about her that she has made everyone in my family feel at ease while having a great time!" -Osha

"Oh man!!! We were just able to look through the photos and are SO HAPPY with how they turned out. Thanks for everything, you did such an outstanding job" -S&B (Fern River Resort)

"As a fairly new mother of a sweet one year old boy, I wanted to give my husband, our dads and grandpas something nice for Father's Day. I happened to find out about Tara's Father's Day photo shoot special, and immediately knew that would be the best gift! During the shoot, Tara was very fun and easy to work with. She was patient with my fidgety baby and got the perfect shots! She was very quick to get us the pictures as well. I love the pictures and will cherish them forever!" -Mary

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"My engagement session with Mama T was so magical.  What I originally thought was going to be an engagement/save the date session turned into a magnificent engagement/save the date adventure!  My session was everything BUT basic.  From neighborhood agave plants and Mission Carmel succulents, to hiking CA's beautiful State Park Point Lobos, and lastly frolicking barefoot along the shore of Carmel By the Sea during sunset, I truly had the most amazing time with my husband to be.  Mama T truly puts thought and originality into the details you'd like to incorporate into your session, and finds them out in nature.  During the planning process, she sends pictures of locations she scouts specifically for you.  If you take a look at the pictures on her website and Instagram, no engagement session ever looks the same, which shows you that she truly scouts the perfect places for your pictures.  On top of all this, I'd also like to add in that this girl definitely knows her lighting.  I'm super excited to work with her on my wedding day, and encourage you to book a session with her if you're looking for a photography adventure!" - Erica

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"Oh Tara thank you so much for capturing our personalities and relationships so beautifully, these pictures are truly spectacular. There was a moment when my niece came out and saw me, it was a really sweet moment and I was so hoping you caught it. And you did, thank you so much!! Totally made me cry, really special photo. I’m so grateful, genuinely. Thank you!!" -Claire & Sam

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“Going with Mama-T Wedding Photography as our wedding photographer was one of the easiest and best decisions we made in the wedding planning process. From our first conversation on the phone, I knew Mama-T was someone I would be lucky to work with. She was always responsive through email, text, and phone calls when we had questions. We were put at ease during our engagement photography session because of how comfortable Mama-T made us and it was great preparation for our wedding photography because we felt more comfortable being photographed. Leading up to the wedding, Mama-T was helpful with providing information on how to create a wedding photograph timeline as well as provided a template for us. She also participated in our venue walk-through and had some great ideas for photography for the day of! On the day of the wedding, Mama-T showed up early and prepared. This helped ease any nervousness I had around photography. She was extremely professional with the guests and has a way of making those around her feel very comfortable. During our wedding party and family formals, Mama-T was able to capture our personalities through the photos. Her personality is absolutely perfect for the job and she is so genuinely friendly and helpful. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone getting married, she is the best!” -Ashley & Jay 2019

 

 

"Tara was awesome to work with! She was extremely accommodating to our needs, and made the whole process stress free even though it was a destination wedding.  When we first decided to get married in Cabo, she was the first and only photographer we had in mind to take our pictures. Not only did she take great photos she was wonderful with all of our guests.  We all really loved having her around! Our family and friends really enjoyed her company and some we're even so impressed they hired her for their wedding!  Tara’s the whole package - she’s got a great eye for catching all those precious moments, she has very nice equipment and knows how to use it, and she’s super fun to have around.  She not only shot our wedding and reception, but also our rehearsal dinner and a few days of us just hanging out with our great friends and guests. We will cherish the photos she took for the rest of our lives!  Thank you Tara!" - Jaime & Chris

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"We didn't want anything traditional for our engagement photos and Tara was so creative and helpful with this concept even before the day, with all the correspondence leading up. She leaves no detail behind and she is extremely accommodating! Not to mention super fun! I highly recommend her for engagement or wedding photos!" -Angi

"I am so grateful that we made the last minute decision to hire a photographer. And so grateful that we found you! The photos are so special and it blows my mind to realize we are going to be looking at these decades from now and remarking on how young we look. I am especially thankful that you were so inspired by our spin on doing so many candid photos - it is really remarkable to be able to just look and see what the day was really like. Looking at them brings me to such a potent happy place. So that's a long way of saying yes we are very happy with them! I already can't wait to recommend you next time I hear of someone looking for a photographer. " - Kim & Micah (Roberts Regional Park, Oakland CA. )

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"In my professional life as a wedding coordinator, I have had the great pleasure to work with Mama-T at several weddings. She is always a joy to be around and makes my job so much more fun and easy. She never looses sight of the big picture and is always there to capture every moment. So when she offered to take some photos of my family, I was excited! I had never planning on having professional family photos taken as my husband would never want to do anything 'cheesy'. I was a little nervous about how my oldest son might react as well. He is seven and can be very shy. However, when we arrived at the beach, all apprehensions just disappeared. We just played at the beach! It didn't even feel like we were taking photos! Not cheesy in the slightest. And my son was totally comfortable. This incredibly easy day resulted in some truly stunning photos...seriously...STUNNING! I am hyper critical of photos of myself and even I love the ones of me! I am beyond grateful to Mama-T for this experience and will cherish these photos my whole life. I would highly recommend her to anyone for any photo needs! XOXO" -Sarah Greathouse

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"Mama-T contacted our nonprofit looking to offer us a very generous in-kind photography donation. After our initial shock and excitement, we contacted her back excited to see what we could work on together. She was very open to helping us in an area we were in desperate need of, which was professional head shots of our staff on our website. Scheduling a time and date was smooth and when we met her, you’d feel like we had been long time friends! Her personality makes her a dream to work with and our staff felt extremely comfortable with her. Ultimately, we ended up with some AMAZING photos which are now showcased on our website and we cannot thank Mama-T enough for her amazing work and prompt delivery of our photos! If you are looking for some awesome head shots and want to have a fun time while taking them Mama-T is your girl!!" -Jenna Rodriguez Director of Operations at Youth N.O.W. Watsonville, CA. 

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"Tara, Thanks again oh so much for capturing our wedding!  We are so incredibly thrilled with how beautiful all our pictures turned out. I really have to say that your photography skills exceeded all my wildest expectations. Just looking through them transports me back to that amazing day and I get tears in my eyes (and truth be told, I’m not the most sentimental person)." - Sonia & David (Gardener Ranch)

“We looked at them just a little bit ago and they are wonderful! Thank you! Excited to go through them and print a bunch out. Love all the pics of the ceremony especially. But they are all lovely. You are the best, and thank you for the nice note.” Jenny and swiftly (Roaring Camp) 2018

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“From our very first contact with Mama-T to photograph our wedding, she was consistently a pleasure to work with. We spoke in length on the phone, where she got to know my husband and I and what we wanted from a photographer. We learned a lot about her too - finding out that she was incredibly easy and fun to speak with as well as very knowledgeable and experienced, so we quickly decided that she would be a great fit for us. We had scheduled a date months in advance for our wedding, but due to my husband's health circumstances we made a last minute change to get married with about a week's notice at city hall. I contacted Mama-T to explain our situation and she was incredibly accommodating and kind, helping me tremendously through this process. She was very prepared by asking us ahead of time what photo combos we wanted to ensure our day went smoothly - and it couldn't have gone any better! From the moment we met her at city hall, it was like she was an old friend joining our wedding celebration. She seemed as excited to be there as we were, which made her presence very natural and effortless for us. She captured so many amazing moments, far beyond what we had hoped for. She even took it upon herself to arrange a first look for us - which was a huge bonus (with amazing pictures) and something we wouldn't have done ourselves, but are so grateful that we have now. All of our final photos were beautifully stunning, with compliments on her photography consistently coming from all of our friends and family. The day of the wedding, Mama-T was incredibly organized and got every picture that we wanted plus so many more. She gave us direction in front of the camera when we needed it, but she also captured so much of who we are and our personalities by making it easy to be ourselves, especially during our newlywed photos. During the ceremony, she captured moments from so many different angles but we didn't notice her moving around or even taking the photos, which made them look so natural and pure. We are so happy with our final photo collection and would recommend Mama-T over and over again. We plan on using her for any future photography for our family and encourage that you do too!!” -Venice & Mike 2019

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“Tara saw the essence of my babies. Forever, I will see them as Tara captured them on film – two little souls, with playful spunk and gentle spirits. Her calm presence and low-impact strategies -- no tricky staging, unnatural posing, or manufactured happiness – instantly disarmed my kids. They let their guards down and their lights shine for her.  So, to families with little kids, I say this: Tara is a pro. Hire her. You’ll be so happy you did, now, and a year from now when you still can’t stop looking at your photos!”  -Kelley

"Tara was the best fit for our destination wedding in Hawaii. From beautiful family photos, to late night reception shenanigans, and everything in-between, she never missed a moment. Our photos are so perfect and we couldn't be happier. Our wedding guests are still telling us how much they loved her being there, many months after the wedding. My husband and I would describe her as professional, down to earth, friendly, fun and a amazing photographer. We would recommend her for any type of wedding!" Lindsey & Mike

"Working with Tara was so fun and easy. She managed to get two surly adults, a two year old, and our dog into some really great shots.  We love our pictures and the whole experience of working with Mama-T!" -Haylee

"We were grateful to have found Tara to do our wedding photography. At first, we thought it would be a difficult decision in choosing a photographer for such an important and meaningful day in our lives - but Tara was a great fit from the start. She is down-to-earth, relaxed, and still professional. She is organized and conscientious. Tara was creative and still open-minded and flexible in regard to our ideas. From looking over her website, you can see that she has an eye for romantic, beautiful wedding photography. It felt easy to be in touch with Tara as the wedding day approached, sharing information about our ceremony and the day's schedule, which was quite reassuring. Tara took the time to scope out our wedding location before the day.   We were grateful that she helped us to plan into the day's schedule adequate time for couple, family, and candid photos. She was friendly and relaxed with our guests - she fit right in!  And a significant treat for us were the sunset photos we did at the beach. Thanks, Tara, for making this aspect of our wedding so easy-going and smooth - with such beautiful photos in the end!" - Kristie & Jason New Brighton Campground)

"When I received my collection of photos I could not believe the myriad of priceless moments before me. Those perfect and precise moments where love is beautifully visible, Tara captured them all!" -Danielle & Dan (Felton Guild)
 

"I am so glad that we decided to go with Tara (Mama-T) as our wedding photographer. She is so nice and helpful, and just an awesome person! She was extremely accommodating and was willing to meet up with us initially to talk about what we wanted in terms of photography for our wedding. She took very detailed notes on what we wanted/didn’t want and really just listened to what we were looking for. Closer to the wedding she called to see if there were any last minute details that we hadn’t initially considered that we would like to include, and she even came down for the rehearsal to get a good idea of the ceremony space and the lighting so that she could plan ahead where to take pictures the next day. At the day of our wedding she was awesome! She took a bunch of pictures while me and my bridesmaids were getting ready and took both posed pictures as well as many candid shots. During the ceremony and reception she was basically a photography ninja! I barely saw her but she was running around and getting so many perfect pictures from every angle and of all of the important moments! And for the formal wedding portraits that she took, there are so many great ones that I really can’t decide which ones to frame! All in all, Tara was absolutely amazing and captured our wedding perfectly. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married!" - Linnea & David

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"I just got my engagement photos back from Tara, and I am OBSESSED. I have not stopped looking at the pictures since she sent them over. Going into the shoot, my fiancé and I were a bit nervous. We had never done anything like this before, and had not met Tara in person yet and were not sure what to expect. Within minutes of meeting Tara we knew the day was going to be a breeze. Tara was awesome, so friendly, creative, up for anything, and overall made the day so much fun! We were constantly laughing and felt so comfortable working with Tara. Now the pictures... WOW! They are all amazing! I am so happy with the way they turned out and can not wait to do it again on my wedding day." -Ali

"Working with Tara is, and always has been, an absolute delight. She is such a kind, fun, and friendly person, who never ceases to impress me with the work she produces. Of any photographer I've worked with, Tara is the only person who has ever taken a picture of my smile that I've genuinely loved (and she's managed to do it every time we've shot together!). She is incredibly talented and I would highly recommend her for any occasion." -Michaela Dunaway
 

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“It’s our pleasure to tell future brides and grooms about Tara (Mama-T). When looking at photos of previous weddings Tara had photographed, we immediately loved her photography style. Her pictures were beautiful and very natural! After our first phone conversation with Mama-T, we knew she was the perfect match for us! Tara is very kind, professional and communicative. We had a couple conversations in the weeks prior to the wedding that allowed us to plan our pictures out in a very easy and straightforward manner. On the day of the wedding Tara made everyone feel very comfortable, but she was also very focused and streamlined. We had a wonderful experience with Tara as our photographer on the big day! After looking at all our wedding photos last week, we are VERY happy! We truly feel like Tara captured the magic, joy and love from our wedding day in our much loved wedding photos!” -Stephanie and Jesse (Roaring Camp) 2018

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“Hard to put into words exactly how wonderful Tara was to work with - she was thoughtful and professional throughout the entire process of planning and shooting our ceremony and newlywed photos; her creativity and energy created a stunning, intimate, and unique portfolio that absolutely screamed “us.” She was incredibly fun to work with! She integrated (and enhanced!) all of our ideas, and was as enthusiastic about the entire process as we were. Tara clearly loves what she does, and she does it exceptionally! 15/10!” -Hannah & Chris 2019