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!
Kelsey and Nate are both such warm, welcoming, people, I had a blast photographing their engagement session on the Texas A&M University campus. It may have been almost 100 degrees outside, but you’d never know it by the smiles on their faces. They were both champs in dealing with constantly-changing, Texas spring weather!
Kelsey and Nate met on their first day of school at Texas A&M University when they were both taking the same political science course. In Kelsey’s words, “On the first day of school, I noticed a cute boy that was wearing the same shirt (Texas Rangers). So I walked up to him and said, “Hi, nice shirt. Is this seat taken?” And the rest is history.” These two are tying the knot next July at the Laurel in Grapevine and I am so excited to be a part of their special day! Many congrats to the future Mr. and Mrs.!!
Last weekend, Madi and Zach tied the knot at Rustic Grace Estate during one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve had the honor of photographing! Madi has a heart of gold and Zach is such a thoughtful groom, they are the perfect pair! I was thrilled when Madi decided to have a bridal session at her venue in Van Alstyne. I love all the personal details Madi incorporated into her bridal outfit from wearing her mother’s wedding shoes to her grandmother’s brooch pinned to her bouquet. These details made it all the more special!
Bridal portraits are one of my favorite types of sessions to shoot! They are the perfect way for a bride to try out her wedding day look and as a bonus, they’re just plain fun! What other time does a girl get to dress up in a big white dress just for the heck of it and spin around for photos? I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I did taking them. I’m not sure I’ve squealed more than I did during this session – Madi is a gorgeous bride, so combine that with perfect light, wonderful weather, the cutest venue, and you have one happy photographer!
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Dallas, Texas Y’all, this session was a dream to photograph!! It’s always an honor and a high compliment when you get to capture a family through many seasons and the Henley family is one of the best! I first met Kendall a few years ago in Aggieland when I photographed her […]
I am so excited to share Nicole and Glen’s lovely, April wedding on the blog today! It was a cold, blustery day, but you wouldn’t know it by the smiles on everyone’s faces. The Springs in Weatherford has a beautiful, outdoor ceremony location. While I have photographed at the Springs Event centers before in other locations across Texas, this was my first time in Weatherford after moving here and I love it!
Nicole and Glen met at Texas Tech when they were living in the same apartment complex. One day, Nicole caught Glen’s eye and even though she tried to avoid him, he pursued her and asked her out. Little did they know over 5 years later they would be Mr. and Mrs! Together, they both love to travel and have been to several countries together including Belize for their honeymoon. I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos of their day as much as I did capturing them. Nicole and Glen, it was a joy being a part of your lovely wedding day and I wish you both joy and happiness in your marriage together!
This lovely bride has been married for one month! Now that she’s officially a Mrs. I’m so excited to share her beautiful bridal session on the blog! Nicole, her sister, and her mom came out to Weatherford from north Dallas to have her bridal portraits taken at the Springs Events in Weatherford. Nicole and Glen both fell in love with the small town charm that Weatherford holds and decided to get married here. I couldn’t agree with them more – after living here just over a year, I love this city more every day! I can’t wait to share Nicole’s wedding photos very soon – be on the lookout for Nicole and Glen’s fun wedding day later this week. In the meantime, here’s a few of Nicole and her bridal beauty!
Chelsie and Trevor are such a fun, easy-going couple! They met at a family holiday party and immediately hit it off. The sky was so dreary throughout the day of their session we almost thought about cancelling. Just as the evening approached, the sun popped out and gave us beautiful, glowy light! Holland Lake Park is one of my favorite parks in Weatherford. I love the grand trees all over the park and it’s just an all around pleasant place to be.
Trevor proposed December of last year at a place called Enchanted. It was pouring rain as Trevor got down on one knee with beautiful Christmas lights all around. Chelsie was shocked and excited, she of course said yes! They are tying the knot March of 2019 in Weatherford at the Springs. The Springs in Weatherford is currently building a new venue on their property called “The Manor” and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together for Chelsie and Trevor’s wedding day! Congratulations to Chelsie and Trevor, I am so excited to be a part of your special day!!
Abby and Jake met the summer before their freshman year at Texas A&M University at a luncheon. They were both planning to be in the same major so Abby went up and introduced herself to Jake and they briefly chatted. Fast forward to their first week at A&M and they were at another orientation together and they met for a second time. Jake had just cut off all of his hair for the corps of cadets so Abby didn’t recognize him! Luckily Jake was forgiving 😉 and they spent the rest of the day talking. The rest is history!
These two are some of the most dedicated Aggies I know! Their first date was at their very first midnight yell as students. Since then they’ve been to every midnight yell and Jake proposed to Abby on Kyle Field! It was the last midnight yell that they would be on the field for, so he got all of their closest friends passes and snuck Abby’s family in without Abby seeing. After the cannon went off and the lights went out, Jake got down on one knee and Abby of course said yes!
Abby and Jake are tying the knot January of 2019 in Fort Worth and I am honored they chose me to capture their special day! Congratulations to Abby and Jake!!
I always love trying new locations for engagement sessions, so when Barbara and Daniel suggested the bed and breakfast where they got engaged I was pumped! If you like enchanting environments, cute pups and a fun couple that’s absolutely adorable together than this session is for you! Kobu, their sweet pup, was so photogenic and kept me laughing throughout the shoot.
Barbara and Daniel were first introduced by Barbara’s mother! She was the owner and sushi chef of a local Japanese restaurant (Kamei Sushi and Grill) that Daniel was a regular at. Barbara also worked at the sushi grill, so after they met, Daniel began planning his visits around Barbara’s schedule so he could visit with her!
Daniel surprised Barbara with an early birthday celebration by taking her to Blisswood Ranch. After a weekend of stargazing, feeding baby bison, minature donkeys and minature horses, Daniel took Barbara to the enchanted lake on horseback to a surprise picnic. He presented an “Adventure Book” to Barbara mimicking her all time favorite movie “Up” before asking her to marry him. Barbara of course said yes! These two are tying the knot this July at Peach Creek Ranch with an intimate wedding dinner party to follow their ceremony. Congratulations to Barbara and Daniel, I am beyond excited to be a part of your special day!
It’s not every day that you have someone with your name getting married on your anniversary date ask you to be a part of capturing their wedding! What a coincidence 😉 I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Tara and Matt’s wedding day this coming May at the Inn at Quarry Ridge in Bryan! Tara and Matt met two years ago at Texas A&M University (whoop!) when they were both getting an engineering degree. They love spending time outdoors, so this field in College Station was the perfect location for their engagement session!
When Matt realized Tara was the girl he wanted to marry, he planned a fun proposal at Tara’s grandparent’s house under the pretense that they were having “dinner with Tara’s family.” When they arrived at their house, Matt had an elaborate setup in the backyard with all their friends and family waiting in the house. Such a sweet and thoughtful proposal! Tara of course said yes, and the rest is history!
Melissa and Chris had a beautiful winter wedding at Broken Arrow Ranch last month in College Station. As Texas winter typically goes; the day began warm and rainy, but by the evening, it was almost freezing! Luckily Melissa and her bridesmaids were prepared with beautiful shawls for their outdoor portraits. Melissa and Chris’ day began at Broken Arrow Ranch in their rustic, bridesmaid’s getting ready room. This was my first time at Broken Arrow and it’s the perfect blend of classic and southern. I especially loved the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the black ceiling in the reception area of this new College Station venue!
After the sweetest father-daughter first look, we headed to St. Mary’s for Chris and Melissa to tie the knot! Everyone was so joyful throughout the day celebrating Melissa and Chris. Melissa made for a gorgeous bride in her beautiful gown and cathedral-length veil! Chris was beaming with joy and excitement as his lovely bride walked down the aisle – there was barely a dry eye in the chapel! After their heartfelt ceremony, we took a few photos at St. Mary’s before heading back to Broken Arrow for more portraits on their expansive property just as the sun went down. Everyone had a wonderful time at the reception toasting the new Mr. and Mrs. and dancing the night away. Melissa and Chris, it was a joy being a part of your amazing day! I wish you both a long, joyful, life together! View their vendor team at the bottom of this post.