I'm Tamara! I'm originally from Vancouver, but I have been rocking it as a West Kootenay Wedding and Family Portrait Photographer for a decade or so now. I am bold, outgoing and, maybe a wee-bit bossy. 

I was a theatre dork in high-school and voted 'Most Likely to be Arrested While Demonstrating for Greece Peace'. This shocks absolutely nobody who has spent 15 minutes in my presence. Once an opinionated loud-mouth, always an opinionated loud-mouth.

When I am not shooting or editing, I can be found at home with my own two kiddos-- plopped down on the sofa watching terrible TLC reality shows.  I love spicy food, a good cup of coffee, long solo road trips, and the word 'serendipitous'.

I'm so glad you're here!

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As a photographer, I am constantly on a quest to capture an image that not only looks 'nice' but makes the viewer feel something. Notalgia, longing, joy, surprise, amusement, even sadness, It's because of this that I am not at all interested in lining my clients up and asking them to look at the camera and say 'cheese'. Instead, I want to capture how your 2 year old's hair curls just-so up under their earlobe, or how Mom's eyes squeeze shut when she's in a deep belly laugh. I want you to look back at these images years from now and have tears spring to your eyes.

To generate & capture these special moments, I utilize prompts instead of poses. I will give my clients a loose set of instructions or a simple task and then I capture the entire sequence of events as they preform it-- similar to how a video might be shot. Sometimes the prompts are silly and playful, sometimes they are more emotive and heartfelt, but the result in the end is the same; a collection of images that capture my clients at their most relaxed, most authentic, most unguarded... & I think, their most beautiful.

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Sipping chartreuse and green tea while looking at the most perfect white subway tile and hand painted signs. Driving through the mountains to Portland reminiscing about the best memories back home. Cozy sweaters, vintage demin, and Pabst while telling one of a kind love stories. The trials and tribulations of love, joy, and happiness. Lastly, champagne brunch and avocado toast while surrounded by the finest exposed brick, dreamcatchers, and maps to our souls. Dreamcatchers, macrame and 100 Days of Summer. Anthropologie trips and walks on the beach, love letters and secret admirers. Fall breeze, flannels, and hot cocoa. Whales and dinosaurs and handmade crafts. Salvage denim, antique leather bags, and the first time we watched Moonrise Kingdom. 

The slow hum of traffic and the cool breeze that signify the joy of a new day.

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Photos by Wanderlust Photography