To some, the reason may seem obvious… my name is “Taryn,” my first initial is T…. T Photography.
But that is only part of the story.
When I landed my first DSLR camera at college graduation, I was immediately fascinated with the quick shutter and how easily I could freeze moments in time… especially when it came to children. At the time, I was in a family of 7 out of my now 12 nieces and nephews, so capturing kids was something I did often. I quickly fell in love with being the paparazzi aunt at every family event, taking pictures in a photojournalistic fashion and then sharing my favorite edited shots with captions. Needless to say, all 12 of my nieces and nephews (and actually- now all SIXTEEN of them, as I married into a family with 4 and counting…) are quite used to being photographed.
Since I did not marry until 2 months ago (at age 30), my nieces and nephews have been a huge part of my life. I was the single aunt who lived in the same town as all of them, so we could do fun things like walk up to DQ and the “park,” have spa days for the girls and mini golf outings for the boys, and have special one-on-one dates with each.
And from the beginning– my name has been “Aunt T.” I suppose it’s easier to say than “Taryn,” but as each ankle-biter gets older (the oldest is a sophomore in high school– WHAT IN THE WORLD!!), I’m simply just known as “Taryn,” which makes me chuckle, since they lovingly refer to my husband as “Uncle Ryan.” The “Aunt” has been dropped in my case, and the T has retired… but every once in awhile, it still comes out as Aunt T. And that is still my name to the little ones.
So rather than awkwardly naming my business as “Aunt T Photography,” although it has a nice ring to it ;), it is called T Photography in honor of my sweet and silly and expression-full nieces and nephews who inspired my love of newborns, babies, children, and family photography. It brings me no greater joy than to start with a client as soon as the strip turns pink… capturing the journey from baby in belly all the way to a family of 5. To watch each little love be knit in the womb, enter into this world as a precious miracle from above, then develop lots of expressions and personality throughout babyhood, and finally grow into the child / kid that he or she is bound to be in the family they were placed… it is a wonderful story to capture.
Here is a picture of me with the 12 in Fall of 2014… and then a shot take just last January at my wedding with my husband, myself, and all 16 of my nieces and nephews.
Wedding photo above photography by: Meredith Washburn Photo (www.meredithwashburn.com)