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Hey, I'm Taryn!

Hi, I’m Taryn! Thanks for checking out my blog and photography page.

I know it’s cheesy to say, but photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. My Fisher-Price camera was my favorite toy as a kid, and starting at 10, I would photograph my mom when she did public speaking about her books. I took every photography class my high school offered and became the photo editor of our yearbook. My first paid photography job was photographing a high school classmate’s Sweet 16 and I haven’t stopped since. I think it would surprise approximately zero people that I became a photographer, it was always my “thing.” Taking people of pictures of people, in particular, has always been my favorite.

Shoutout to the oversaturated, "Piknik" style editing that had me in a chokehold in my teenage years.

In my spare time, I like going to concerts and music festivals, and the best part of my day is getting to walk my dog Chewy somewhere beautiful and scenic. My husband and I both love road trips and I’ve been to 39 US States; my absolute favorite one is California, of course. I’m so excited to go to Maine this fall to knock one more off my list!

A few other things about me:

  • I’m an Aquarius through and through. If you don’t know what that means, I’d be happy to tell you
  • I’m originally from Long Island, New York but lived in Chicago throughout my twenties
  • I graduated from Indiana University and I still light up whenever someone passes me by in IU gear
  • I’ve seen Lizzo in concert at least 5 times. And John Mayer 9 times. I’m nothing but consistent.
  • My favorite food is anything that involves chocolate

- Molly H.

She was so helpful in preparing us for the day and was amazing at keeping us relaxed at the shoot. Day of, she helped us find the best poses and enthusiastically incorporated our photo ideas. Though it felt like our son cried the entire time, she captured his best moments, and the final photos were precious :) Looking forward to working with her again!

"We worked with Taryn for newborn photos and couldn't have been happier with the decision. 

- jessica t.

Oh my goodness! We absolutely LOVE all the pictures you took! I feel like this gallery really captures us so well. And I can’t believe you managed to shoot all those smiles and funny faces of our son! He was playing super hard to get ;) You have a gift! I am so, so pleased with how they turned out, and how the actual photo shoot experience was. We had such a fun time. Thank you a million! You were the perfect person to capture these moments! So grateful for your talents and lovely personality."

"You were the perfect person to capture these moments! So grateful for your talents and lovely personality.

- liz m.

Taryn is such a joy to work with! She is so warm and easy going, it's very easy to feel comfortable around her. My husband hates taking photos but Taryn makes it so easy and carefree! She has a great eye for detail and can pick out photo spots that I would never think of. She is also so great with babies. She somehow made my 8 month old smile in nearly every shot. I highly recommend Taryn for family portraits, newborn shoots or anything you might need."

 “It’s very easy to feel comfortable around her...

My fiancé and I were lucky enough to have Taryn take our engagement photos, and everything about the experience was truly incredible. In the past, my fiancé and I had always felt a bit ‘awkward’ while posing together, but Taryn had a way of making us feel SO comfortable, at ease, natural, and confident as she took our photos. She hyped us up throughout the shoot - and it showed in the results. Not only did she capture our genuine smiles and laughs, but she *created* those smiles and laughs through her warmth and infectious excitement.

It’s evident how thoughtful Taryn is in capturing beautiful moments for her clients, and she goes above and beyond to do so. When we got the photos back, I immediately was brought to tears. Not only was I in awe of how stunning they were, but seeing the way my fiancé looked at me made me reflect on how thrilled I am to marry him (a heartwarming reminder that’s easy for a bride to forget during the wedding planning phase).  These images are more than just “engagement photos”, but these are sweet, special memories that will be used at our upcoming wedding, forever framed in our home, and shared with our future grandkids one day.

- Shay C.

“Taryn had a way of making us feel SO comfortable, at ease, natural, and confident as she took our photos...

- jen p.

All I can say is wow!! You are a miracle worker. The photos are beautiful and I can’t believe the turn around time. Not only are you incredibly talented, but you made the process fun. My kids had the best time!! You have clients for as long as you stay in California!!! The kids will be so thrilled when they see the photos. Thank you so much."

"You are a miracle worker. The photos are beautiful and I can’t believe the turn around time.

...and I can’t tell you how many compliments we’ve been getting on the pictures. Not only did Taryn make us feel so good about ourselves, but she knew exactly how to pose us and get the best shots. And I honestly can’t believe how much fun we had during the session. It’s going to be so hard to choose just one photo for our ‘Save the Dates.’ We’re obsessed with all of them!” 


“The whole experience was just magical...

don't just take my word for it.