I have been capturing newborns simply and naturally for over 6years now. In 2013 I started teaching other photographers and I fell in love with watching them grow and learn. I started working on a way to showcase this natural approach to newborns and in 2014 I released my wildly popular Unadorned pdf guide through PhotoDough and Photo Deal Cafe and is currently available in my shop.
I spent 13years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and I have been married to my best friend for 12years. I have two gorgeous kiddos (ages 9 and 6) and I am a Disney Princess at heart. I love sushi, hate laundry and my favorite things to do are watch movies, curl up on the couch and of course go to Disney.
I opened the BMB Studio in 2012 and followed my dream of being a full time photographer. I have captured over 500 newborns and have been completely self taught with newborn posing/lighting and editing. My approach to newborn photography is very simple, casual and natural. I would be honored to share all I’ve learned along the way with you.
I am a Nikon girl. It is what I started out with and I have stayed with it. My ‘babies’ include a Nikon D50, D2x, D700, D800 and I now play with a friend’s F100 and film. While I shoot primarily with the D800 now, it has been a recent change. I still find myself picking up my D700 a lot. That camera body still feels like an extension of my own hand and it will always be a favorite of mine. The lenses I shoot with are a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 & 60mm f/2.8d I love shooting with prime lenses and I actually photograph 90% of my newborn sessions with the 60mm. I love how I can see the way the light hits my newborn and I can just get right in and shoot it without worrying about ‘getting too close’ with the 50mm. I don’t miss the focal length difference and I don’t shoot wide enough to care about the aperture speed difference either. Other lenses in my bag are the Sigma 85mm f/1.4, and Nikon 50mm f/1.4g.
I started out shooting film back in High School. Shooting with the F100 and black and white film is what I do for me. It is how I am challenging myself to see light and newborns in a different way. When getting prints back there is this build up of excitement to see how they turned out. Without the crutch of post processing I am forced to look at my work in true raw form. It is humbling and inspiring. It feeds my soul.
Workshops & Mentoring
I do conduct small group (4 people max) and one:one mentoring in my studio in Goose Creek, South Carolina. The tuition is $750 for a one day course that includes prep/shooting/editing/business discussion. I am a big believer in hands on learning so you are the one posing baby with my guidance. I also offer 1:1 private mentoring. This takes place over two days and there is nothing we don’t cover. I tailor everything to you and want you feel you need to help you get out of a creative rut, transform your business or just polish a few things.
“I attended Tamara’s newborn workshop last Summer and that’s where I learn everything I needed to know about newborn posing, processing and lighting. She was very patient, answered all my questions and explained every little detail. I have attended a different newborn workshop before and I was not satisfied, but at Tamara’s studio I got to pose the baby too, so it was a hands on learning experience. Tamara was so kind to teach us all her processing techniques too, not that many photographers would do that. If you want to really learn the craft I would recommened to go and participate her workshop, you will not be disappointed.” ~Suri Atlanta, GA
“I have attended 3 different workshops since I decided to take my photography business to the next level about a year ago. In all of the workshops I have learned something but in some of them I really didn’t feel like I got enough out of them for the money I spent. I can also honestly say that none of the other workshops came close to the knowledge I walked away with from the workshop I took with Tamara at Bump Meet Baby. Tamara’s workshop was a very relaxed atmosphere but it was also very professional and knowledgeable. For me hands on is how I learn the best and with Tamara that is how her workshop was… we all had our turn at posing a baby in a different pose. Tamara also took time to walk us through how she edits her stunning pictures and had answers for each question she was asked. If you are looking for a workshop I would say hands down that Tamara at Baby Meet Bump is a must if you want to have a hands on workshop to take your business to the next level.” ~Judy Greenville, SC