My name is Tamara. I'm from Vancouver, BC originally, but my husband and I moved to the Kootenays in the summer of 2013. I am the Mom to a to a very busy, inquisitive 2 year old boy, and I stay home with him during the day while I do my work for you fabulous folks. Working from home with a kiddo can be a difficult balancing act, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and consider myself very fortunate to be able to do it.
I have been working as a photographer in a professional capacity for about 9 years. I have relocated my business several times— San Francisco, Vancouver, The Kootenays— and each time I had to start from scratch in a new place. Now that I am established in the Kootenays I have no desire to move again!
I have found 'Home' in the Kootenays & I truly believe that it is British Columbia’s hidden gem. The mountains, the valleys, the lakes, the epic views.... The colourful springs and falls, the scorching hot summers, and the snowy winters— we have it all! I try to incorporate our stunning landscapes into my images whenever possible, and feel like this natural element has become one of Wanderlust’s signature looks.
I shoot weddings and families primarily, and my aim is always to capture authentic emotion. I try to keep my posing natural and fluid, and rarely use props of any sort. The main focus is always on capturing genuine connection, and I feel like too much posing or prop use takes away from this. I would describe my work as documentary, emotive, and romantic, with a touch of grit.
Baby Maximus was born early on a chilly February morning to first time parents Mariah and Mark. When I arrived, their private hospital room was quiet and peaceful. Only the sounds of our footsteps on the linoleum floor, and the soft chatter of nurses that wafted down the hall from the nursing station.
Mark suggested putting on some music. He put on 'Father and Son' by Kat Stevens, and it took everything I had not to shed tears onto their perfect, warm, gorgeous, squishy baby boy as I worked.
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
Wondering what a 'Fresh 48' session is? Typically done at a Hospital, Birthing Centre, or wherever baby was born, these very special sessions are meant to document your baby's very first hours of life, in all of their brand-new glory. They are shot documentary style, with little posing or props. If you are located in the Trail, BC area and are interested in more Kootenay Fresh 48 information, send me an email at email@example.com.
The best thing about being a photographer is encountering clients that you really connect with. Clients who are more than just clients, and quickly become friends. This family is one of those types of clients. Each one of their 3 gorgeous girls is absolutely lovely, and I felt an immediate ease and camaraderie with Mom & Dad.
Such an ease, in fact, that I invited the whole group of them to my son's 2nd birthday.... and they came!
Slightly unprofessional on my part? Perhaps. But it's so rare these days to meet people and feel an instant jive. It's rare to meet people and feel in your bones "these are my people". So sometime you just have to stick your neck out a little bit. Even if you run the risk of being known as the "too friendly photographer who invites clients to her son's birthday parties".