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I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Paris, Texas. (Northeast Texas.) If you're new, this is where I'll post some of my most recent weddings and sessions, as well as things that are going on in my life. Take a look around and visit the different links under the "about" section. I shoot on location as well as in my natural light studio, located right outside of Paris.
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AboutTara Swain

Hi, I'm Tara! I love bright colors, a vintage, eclectic feel and whimsical concepts. My passion is child photography. I've been happily married since 2005 and we are blessed with a beautiful little girl, Briley Grace "Bear," and a "chubbalicious" little boy, Beau Isaac "Beau boy," who you will often read about on the blog.


It’s been super busy since getting back to work but I’ve taken Valentine pictures of Briley every year since she was born and was looking forward to taking pictures of BOTH of my babies this year. I had Paris Baby make Beau’s onesie and had a shirt made for Briley but her bottoms didn’t come in in time so I had to throw together something from her closet.. yes we had that outfit on hand. ;)

I literally took these IMMEDIATELY before having to break the entire Valentines set down, so that I could get the studio back to normal for normal sessions again; so it was absolutely last minute. I knew I had a very short window to take these. I timed it perfectly.. right after Beau ate, during one of his “most awake” times now.. and wouldn’t you guess… my child passed out.

Yup. Slept through the session. Nothing I could do would wake him up.

He was in a baby/milk-drunk coma.

I gave up.. and just took them with him sleeping. My 11 week old.. passed out. I guess I shouldn’t complain. Our friends all “jokingly” wished that THIS child wouldn’t be as good of a sleeper as Bear was… but he’s even better. He is literally still asleep the majority of the day. He passes out mid bottle constantly during the day. I have shot almost every session since going back to work WITH him in the studio with me. He sleeps. Last week I had 2, 5 year olds in the studio.. for almost 2 hours… and they had party horns. You know the kind that make a LOT Of noise. He slept. Just passed out.. in his swing.

But I still can’t believe he slept through this. He is normally awake during that time of the day.. he had JUST woken up from sleeping a long span of time. But he refused to open his eyes. So Bear and I just basically used him as a prop. ;)

He DID wake up toward the end for a few short minutes.. before eating again.. and passing back out for about 6 hours straight. My guess is a growth spurt because he is normally attached to me during the day. Asleep or not, this boy knows when I’m not holding him.. and he doesn’t allow it. So regardless, we managed to get a few with his eyes open. I love them anyway. It’ll just help us remember how much of a lazy baby he was. ;)

So, I’ve always loved Valentines. No big reason. It was just something I always looked forward to when I was a kid. My mom would always put together a little package of art supplies together to surprise me. It was usually stickers, pens/pencils, coloring books, sketch pads.. maybe a little stuffed animal. Or sometimes I would get something sent to school.. (and if you remember when you were a kid.. that was a big deal..) ;) My dad would always bring home flowers and a box of chocolates for my mom AND me both. My parents anniversary is Valentines Day. Maybe it’s just in my blood. ;) I’ve enjoyed doing these Valentine sessions for the last few years because it’s just over the top. It’s the only time that I don’t cringe at mixing reds and pinks.. or the overuse of hearts or way too many “LOVE” themed things. It’s just fun. So this year I splurged and added to my marquee collection. ;)

So here are a few favorites from my kiddos’ Valentine session. The last ones had to be done. Couldn’t help but do the kissing pictures with that chubby little hunk. If you’ll notice the smaller lip marks.. (Bear helped me.) She thought it was the funniest thing ever. ;)

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This little beauty is already turning a year old!! She’s already walking and is so busy! I was loving that tiny ponytail and that sweet smile. She was not too impressed with her cake smash. We’re pretty sure that some new teeth coming in might be the reason for that though. ;)

A few favorites from her mini session..

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2 months

19.01.2015

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My sweet chunk turned 2 months old last week. :( He has changed so much already and it’s just flying by!! We just love this sweet, smiley boy!!

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