hi there!

I’m Tia and I am passionate about empowering people to grab their cameras, at any given moment, so they to can take great everyday photos like the pros.

That’s me up there on the right and the rest of those people, well that’s my sweet family! I know, I know, this isn’t the prettiest picture ever taken, but it is a real moment that I was so lucky to capture and it is one of my favorite of the four of us. I was super proud of myself for packing my big girl camera on our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (I almost never remember to bring it on trips) and when we got to the top of the mountain, I couldn’t wait to snap a photo of us with that gorgeous view. Well, wouldn’t you know, the second we got to the top of the mountain, it started to pour. Rain was everywhere. So, as you can see, there is no lovely view behind us. No mountain tops, or valley below. Just rain clouds and lots of uncomfortable faces with frizzy hair.

But it happened. And it was funny. And we talk about it all the time. It’s a REAL memory that we will always remember. And now, not only do we have it in our minds, we have it up on our wall.

You see, I’m all about capturing REAL LIFE MOMENTS! And even though this photo was technically planned, what happened to us was not and that’s what excites me! The randomness, chaos and humor we can find in our everyday lives is worth remembering. Does this mean I never take portrait or posed photos? Absolutely not. I’m just kind of obsessed with taking photos of my daily life and writing about it. For me, there is something so rewarding and therapeutic about grabbing these precious, fleeting moments to have forever. I feel so fulfilled doing it, it's exactly why you find me showing others how to do this for themselves.

I am super excited to share my knowledge of photography with you and can’t wait to follow along with your own photography journey. Fancy camera or not, grab whatever it is you use to take photos and let’s get shooting!

XOXO,

Tia

when i’m not taking photos…

I love to learn about and cook plant based meals. I’m kind of obsessed with how most of these meals can be both so amazing for our bodies and delicious. I’m constantly learning new recipes and buying new plant based books to read. Do I eat this way you ask? Well, not 100% of the time, but I’m working on it. Chick-fil-a always seems to work itself into my life just at the right moment. So, we shall see if I can kick that habit soon.

I also just recently started running, something that I told myself I would never be able to do and guess what? I’m doing it! I run at least one 5K every month and soon plan on moving to 10K/15Ks. And I’m hoping to register for my first marathon at the end of 2019. Woohoo!

And last but not least, I’m obsessed with music. I NEED IT TO FUNCTION! If I can’t listen to music at least two hours per day I go crazy.  It's my therapy and where I get most of my inspiration from.

awards:

FPJA Top Documentary Family Photographers in 2017 -Global click here

2017 F|PJ Family Photojournalism Association -GOLD Pro Award and BLUE Pro Award click here

2016 {TML} International Photography Competition  - Runner up click here and two Honorable Mentions click here

publications:

Beauty Revived - 50 Beautiful Mothers edition - May 2017 click here

The Long Way Home magazine - Volume VII - Dec 2016 click here

features:

Skin Cancer Foundation - Sun & Skin Blog - Through the Lens: Six Melanoma Survivors Share Their Stories

 
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