Hello and welcome to the new Tara Barnes Photography Blog! I'm Tara, a wedding and senior portrait photographer based in Weatherford, Texas. (just outside of Fort Worth) I hope you enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides, and getting a little peek into my life!
Holland Lake Park One Year Anniversary Session Weatherford, Texas This session is very near and dear to my heart. After my husband and I got to know Jordan and Colby during their engagement session last fall, we became instant friends! They are now some of our closet friends and they’ve come to visit us several […]
Rheegan and Zachary had a beautiful October ceremony under the oak trees at Moore Ranch in Millican, Texas! Moore Ranch is a 2,000 acre, fourth generation working farm and ranch just outside of College Station. I love photographing out there – there’s so many great spots around the property for portraits, but my favorite is by far the oak trees! I also photographed Rheegan and Zachary’s engagement session out there and my personal favorite, Rheegan’s bridals, in the cotton fields at sunset. (a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) We had the perfect light and it was the most beautiful location for a southern bride!
I love how many personal details Rheegan and Zachary incorporated into their wedding! It made their day all the more special. Rheegan’s gorgeous wedding dress was hand-made by her grandmother, the cotton used for decorations was picked from Zach’s family’s property and Rheegan’s dad made all the food for their meal – it was delicious!
Congratulations to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Mengers! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of preserving your precious memories!
Texas A&M Engagement Session College Station, Texas Madi and Zach are two of the sweetest engineers I’ve ever met and I can’t wait for their wedding next May at Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne! They both enjoy Chuy’s, Gilmore Girls, card games, and two-stepping together. Anyone that knows me knows these are at the […]
Now that Rheegan is officially Mrs. Mengers I am so excited to share her bridal portraits on the blog! This is one of my favorite sessions of the year! Moore Ranch located just outside of College Station is a beautiful property so combine that with Rheegan’s gorgeous gown made by her grandmother and the beautiful cotton fields on the ranch, how can you top that!? Bridal portraits are always one of my favorites – they’re so fun and the perfect way for brides to try out their wedding day look! I can’t wait to share Rheegan and Zachary’s wedding day on the blog very soon! For now, here’s a few favorites from her bridal session…
Karinne and Justin had a gorgeous day out at Rough Hollow Yacht Club in Lakeway, Texas! This venue was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful just outside of Austin overlooking the lake. Karinne and Justin are such a fun, giddy, couple – I had a blast taking their portraits! Not to mention, Justin is a total goofball, so I had to include of few of him hamming it up for the camera during his groom portraits.
During their ceremony the officiant had Karinne and Justin each share three things they loved about each other which was so sweet! After they were officially “Mr. and Mrs.” I was very touched by the love they have for their families. Instead of rushing down the aisle, Justin stopped to hug Karinne’s family before hugging his parents. Such a special moment!
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Robles!!
A couple of weeks ago, Justin and I drove down to Katy for Taylor and Cash’s engagement session! Together they have four dogs and they wanted to include all of them in their session so we decided to take their engagement portraits around their neighborhood! I love their passion for taking in animals and giving them a home. Each one of their pups has a unique personality which made for a fun session! You can bet I was dancing around excitedly when we got a photo with all four of the dogs looking at the camera – win!
Taylor and Cash met the summer after 8th grade so they will have known each other over 10 years when they tie the knot! They’re big Mav’s fans, so Cash proposed to Taylor during a kiss cam at one of the games. Taylor and Cash are getting married this December at the Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne and I am so excited to be a part of their special day!
I can’t say enough good things about Leah and Nathan! From the moment I met these two, they have both been very kind and encouraging to me and many others. They met in Florida, while attending college there at a Bible study that was Nathan teaching. With Leah being a Texas gal and Nathan being from Indiana, they dated long distance for a while, but it’s clear these two are perfect for one another!
Leah and Nathan had a late-summer wedding, during what would normally be one of the hottest times of the year in Texas. The day before their wedding, we had a “cool-front” come through and it was one of the prettiest days of the summer! We couldn’t have asked for better wedding for their gorgeous outdoor ceremony!
This was my first time photographing a wedding at the Orchard Event Venue and Retreat in Azle, Texas and I am obsessed! I LOVE outdoor ceremonies, so combine that with beautiful, huge, overarching tress, horses, and the cutest getting ready cottages and you’ve got the perfect southern venue! Enjoy a few favorites from Leah and Nathan’s sweet, southern wedding.
When I first met Katherine at her consultation – I knew we were going to get along well! We both have a quirky sense of humor and we ended up chatting for hours! Katherine and Colten met back in 2010 and they both love spending time outdoors (especially fishing) so Trinity Park was the perfect location for their engagement session!
Katherine said that neither of them were very romantic, but Colten proposed in quite a romantic way. Katherine was tagging along on one of Colten’s family vacations to Destin, Florida (one of Katherine’s favorite vacation spots). When they arrived, Colten led Katherine to believe that they were going on a dinner date with just the two of them. On the way to dinner, Colten asked Katherine to go on a sailboat ride – “just for fun.” At this point, most girls would suspect something, but Katherine is so laid back she didn’t even realize Colten was about to propose! Once they were out on the water the captain offered to take a photo of the two of them at which point Colten got down on one knee and asked Katherine to marry him. She of course said yes and they are tying the knot next month at the Piazza in Fort Worth, Texas!
Katherine and Colten are so giddy with one another, they made my job easy. I love all the fun, candid moments I was able to capture between the two of them. I hope you enjoy scrolling through a few of my favorites from Katherine and Colten’s engagement session!
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky for Emily and Andrew’s beautiful day at the Springs in Magnolia. After Emily and Andrew had a foggy engagement session and a rainy bridal session, I was very thankful for some sunshine on their wedding day! Their ceremony took place at the Prince of Peach Catholic Church in Houston which had a beautiful floor to ceiling stained glass window that filtered the light perfectly.
Throughout the day, some of my favorite moments were those between Emily and her father. She’s the oldest in her family and the love she and her dad have for one another is so special and apparent – even through the photos of the two of them. You could see in his eyes how proud and happy he was for his beautiful daughter.
Emily and Andrew have been together for over half of their lives – they met in Middle School Reading class and almost immediately became best friends. Their wedding was a huge celebration as they united themselves in marriage. Many guests in attendance knew the couple from different stages of their relationship which made the celebration all the more special.
When I’m with Emily and Andrew, their happiness is contagious and it’s hard not to smile with the two of them. Emily’s laughter when she’s around Andrew could light up a room! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hounsel, I wish you a joyful union and many years of happiness together!
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With all the rain we’ve had lately (and the rain that’s to come thanks to Hurricane Harvey), I’m taken back to Meredith and Richard’s wedding day! When I arrived at Brownstone, it was bright and sunny outdoors and the bridal suite was flooded with natural light. What a deception because just moments after I made a comment of what a beautiful day it was, the sky grew dark and all of a sudden there was a huge downpour of windy rain that didn’t let up until the reception! Throughout the major weather shift, Meredith remained calm and excited – she didn’t let it ruin the joy of her wedding day one bit. Meredith and Richard had planned for their ceremony to take place at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station, so we moved all the portraits to take place indoors as well. Thankfully, the rain let up a tad during their reception so we were able to sneak Meredith and Richard outside for a few more portraits of the two of them later that evening.
During their reception, Meredith and Richard shared a romantic first dance as Mr. and Mrs. to the song “The Way You Look Tonight.” You may remember from their engagement session, but this was also the song they danced to on their first date and the song that Richard played during their proposal! From surprise speeches to fun dancing, their reception was a blast! You know you’ve got great friends when their willing to get out on the dance floor to perform a singing duet of customized Disney tunes just for you! Meredith and Richard are truly loved and that was very apparent on their day by the energy and excitement of their friends. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Cochrane and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!