It’s Moving Day!

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It’s my new virtual home, where you can keep up with my blogging, see new sessions, check out my wedding and portrait galleries, and learn a little more about me and my photography!

Thanks so much for all of the love you’ve given this blog, and I hope to see you over there!

{Tara . Melissa}


Little Beauties: Soft-Cover Books

I have to show off a new product (featuring Baby Allison!).

These soft-cover books are beautifully designed, featuring a client’s favorite images.  Saddle-stitched and stapled, with lovely linen textured paper, and image-wrapped covers.

Offered in 5.5×5.5 and 8.5×8.5 sizes, they make perfect little “brag books”, and are stylish, budget-friendly alternatives to more traditional albums.  Wonderful for grandparents, high school seniors, or as parent gifts for your wedding!


A Golden Hour Engagement Session

I typically wait at least a few days before posting blog previews of sessions, simply because I don’t have the time.  But as soon as I was finished with this engagement session Sunday evening, I knew I’d be putting in some … Continue reading

A Memorable Memorial Day Wedding

  This past Memorial day, it was my pleasure to photograph the reception of Libby and Clinton.  It was an affair, equal parts rollicking and elegant, at the local Grand Bear Lodge ballroom.  The bride blew all notions of the traditional … Continue reading



In what we love.  In what we hate.

In life.  In art.

Content to be swallowed.

Waking up to our own consumption.

More afraid of letting go than of being overcome.

Collections: Cameras

I love to collect things.  China, glassware, silver, chairs (don’t ask…my husband says I have a problem…it’s not a problem…it’s a very “comfortable condition”), and cameras.

This week, my small camera collection grew by 3 Polaroids, all found at one of my favorite thrift stores, Lilypads (whose proceeds, btw, benefit the Illinois Valley PADS homeless shelter…awesome place).

One of these days, I do believe I’ll set up a proper photo shoot for the darlings.

It’s an odd little collection, but well-loved.  So far, it consists of a DI-4353 (second from left); a Brownie Starflash, by Kodak (second from right); an Olympia Big Royal View, which is hysterical, (not shown in the photo above)  it’s an Olympus rip-off…the kind you would imagine someone hawking on the street as a big name slr for a fraction of the cost – fortunately, I bought it for next to nothing, because that’s about what it’s worth lol; a GORGEOUS Anscoflex II (top center), which happens to be one of my favorite cameras based on style alone, though I love shooting through the lens as well; and my new additions, a Polaroid Spectra 2 (bottom center), a Polaroid 104 Land Camera (far right), and a Polaroid 230 Land Camera (far left).

In addition to a quick view of my collection, I thought I would share a couple images of my favorite Polaroid (style-wise) – the 230 – that I made while experimenting with an off-camera video light the other night.  I’m absolutely thrilled with the outcome, and I hope you enjoy it as well!

I adore looking at others’ collections, so I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of mine. Do you have an odd or ordinary collection?  I’d love to hear about it!