Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sixty-Two Standout Tara Denny


Oh oh oh! IT's COLD!

Meet our Sixty-Two Standout, Tara Denny.
Tara is always sharing the most beautiful photos in our flickr group and is an inspiration as a photographer.  Learn more about her at her blog

 Read her words here about her experience with photography:

I fell in love with photography in high school, when I took the class and was able to go out on photo shoots.  This was before DSLR cameras and you really had to think about your shot before you wasted all your film.  I loved seeing things through my camera that I missed with my naked eye.  I got away from it for a while, but fell back in love when my daughter was 3 and I started trying to get portraits of her.

I am still trying out different styles, and I don't really think we as artists should limit ourselves to one "style."  I photograph what I am interested in, or what catches my eye.  I'm very random.

I don't believe you need expensive equipment to be a photographer.  I still use my incredibly outdated Nikon D40, with my 200mm lens and I just happen to have Photoshop.  But I have found many programs free online that can do much of the same things that photoshop can.

My favorite subject is of course my daughter Eve. She's been my model since she was 3 and she takes direction exceptionally well.  Next to her, I love taking nature shots because I love to be able to catch the things people might see every day, but might not notice.

My biggest challenge is low self esteem.  I have a major problem with confidence in my work.  And I am constantly comparing my work to people who have been professionally trained and photographing for years longer than me, with much better resources.  I have to learn to be content with where I'm at in my learning process and what I am capable of.

Inspiration.  Sometimes it's just best for me to take some time off.  If I try to force it when I'm not feeling inspired, I will just make myself frustrated and I may turn myself off of what might turn out to be a good idea.  I look for inspiration sometimes by browsing through my favorite blogs, and taking walks around our city.  Sooner or later I'll get excited about something and want to pick my camera back up.

Ten years ago I had the opportunity to go to college, and instead of following my passion and studying photography, I went with business.  I simply wasn't interested in it, and ended up dropping out after two years, wasting all that time and money.  If I could slap myself ten years ago, I would, and tell myself to FOLLOW MY PASSION!  No matter what.

Thank you Tara for sharing with us and we look forward to more of your beautiful art!

Christian and Ana


Jeanne said...

Tara is a beautiful and talented young woman!

Tara Denny said...

*blush* The women on this group are infinitely more talented than I am. By Thankyou for saying so.

michelle @ this little light said...

I'm always in love with Tara's photos...they're simply stunning.

And Tara: we all wish we knew then what we know now! Don't regret a single thing ... you may not realize it, but you learned something from that experience (in this case ... majoring in business!) that helped make you the person you are today (pretty special, indeed!)

Tara Denny said...

Thanks Michelle. I agree, if I hadn't spent those two years doing exactly that, I may never have ended up where I am now, would never have met my husband and had my daughter, and would be an entirely different animal. That puts it in perpective, doesn't it?

Thank You!