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Tara Elizabeth Photography
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself.
A. I am 34 years old and while I have had a life-long interest in art photography, it is only in the last 4-5 years that I have had much of a chance to hone my craft. I am fortunate that with the digital age I now have the resources to do so. It cost me my whole allowance as a kid to get a roll of film for my first 110 speed camera developed and if a shot didn't come out right, it was a wasted exposure. When I finally got my hands on a digital camera I could take as many shots as I needed or wanted. That freedom to just keep shooting has allowed me to take chances and experiment. I shoot with a simple point and shoot. First a Samsung S630 and for the last couple of years a Canon Powershot A1200. It's not high-tech. It's not "pro-grade," but I am not trying to be a "professional photographer" in that sense. I am much more interested in the art than the commerce side of photography, although I am proud to have sold a few of my prints over the last couple of years. I would LOVE to eventually be able to upgrade to a DSLR and have even more options for getting the shot I want, but as my friend Allyson Seconds said to encourage me, "It's about the eye not the camera". I have taken that advice to heart and work around and even exploit the deficiencies of my equipment. I am honored to have taken part in three art shows this past year and look forward to more in 2014. I may even have my first solo show in the works. I am also a singer and am currently putting together a new band. I also model for group member Kendall Tobe of Kendaru Photography for her Midikat Boutique.
Q. Something few people know about you is...
A. I wanted to be an actress when I was growing up. I could act out whole scenes from movies at 3.
Q. What is the craziest job you ever had?
A. I was a professional wrestling referee for seven and a half years. There is nothing quite as crazy as dodging flying bodies, blood and glass.
Q. If someone gave you $3000 today to spend on photography equipment, what would you purchase?
A. Probably a Canon Mark III. My little Powershot has definitely made me a Canon partisan.
Q. Mac or PC?
A. I had to make this choice a few years back and ultimately went with a PC. My Toshiba laptop has a wonderful display on it and I was fortunate enough to be gifted copies of Photoshop and Lightroom.
Q. Besides your camera, what is a must-have at each session?
A. An extra set of batteries, they are always dying!
Q. What is your favorite movie of all time?
A. The Empire Strikes Back
Q. What is your favorite TV series these days?
A. I will always love The Simpsons
Q. What inspires you on a regular basis?
A. The work of my fellow photographers who are friends, especially Allyson Seconds, Kendall Tobe and Jay Spooner, as well as the incredible almost overwhelming stream that is Tumblr. But my inspiration really is the day to day panorama and the little moments therein that keep you going. The glint of the sun off a building. The lines formed be a row of rooftops and power lines reaching into the sky. Two musicians taking a moment to throw an arm around each other. That is what inspires me and what I try to capture with my photography.
Q. If you could have lunch with someone famous, whom would that be?
A. That is a tough choice, but I think I have to say Hillary Clinton. Politics aside, her accomplishments are remarkable and an inspiration to women.
Q. Could you share 3 of your favorite images?
A. This first was in my most recent show and is called Light Breaking Through-From the Car. I took it while driving down I-5 last August.
The second is my favorite travel photo ever- Totem Pole Mountain. It was shot in Weed, CA from the parking lot of the super market in June of 2012
The last is my favorite gig shot and features Skid Jones and Emile Dalkey from a Grub Dog and the Amazing Sweethearts show back in Sept 2011.
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