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Building a registry? I’d love to help! Becoming a parent is a very special journey, but it’s no secret that it comes with its fair share of challenges. From sleepless nights to nursing/feeding struggles, the transition into parenthood is a whirlwind of emotions and adjustments. And while I expected those challenges, there’s one aspect that […]

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I’m so excited to launch TWO MORE mini-session dates just in time for Mother’s Day! One session will take place in a photo studio in Sausalito, and the last session will take place on a waterfront path in Mill Valley. For more details, click here.

The perfect Mother’s Day? Learning how to take pictures as well as she does! Join me for a 45-minute Zoom seminar where I’ll teach you simple tricks to take better pictures of the mama in your life! Whether you’re using a phone or a nice camera, I’ll cover the basics and share easy, digestible tips […]

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Thanks for your interest in booking a session together! I will be on maternity leave from mid-January to April 2023. However, I will be checking in via email starting around late February if you are interested in speaking further about a future session. I appreciate your understanding!

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 […]

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5 Great Photo Locations in and near Marin County I’ve lived in Marin County for two and a half years now, and I find new gorgeous locations to take photos every single week! There are a few signature spots that my clients often ask for, and I thought I’d share them to help you decide […]

- 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!” 

- ALYSSA E.

“The whole experience was just magical...

don't just take my word for it.