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!
We couldn’t have picked a better day for Meredith and Richard’s engagement session at the Dallas Arboretum! The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze blowing through the trees which made for a beautiful May evening in Texas. From the moment I met Meredith and Richard at their consultation, I knew we were going to get along well. They are such a warm and welcoming couple – they even took me out to dinner after their engagement session!
Meredith and Richard met at Texas A&M through Traditions Council. They became close friends, and shortly thereafter Richard took Meredith out on their first “official” date to Cafe Capri in College Station. After their dinner, they danced the night away under the Aggie Ring on the Texas A&M University campus. The first song that came on was “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. Little did Meredith, that would be the song Richard would play when he proposed years later.
The beginning of last week was gloomy and rainy in Texas, so I was very thankful when the sun came out for Chris and Melissa’s engagement session. I am LOVING the spring sunshine and green everywhere! Spring is one of my favorite times of year and I try to spend every spare moment outdoors breathing in the fresh air.
When I met Melissa and Chris last week in College Station, I knew right from the beginning we were going to get along well! They are both very warm and welcoming – their easygoing personalities and love for each other made their session so fun! We spent the evening just chatting and laughing the time away, I had a blast getting to know them both!
Cayla and I were roommates the year before Justin and I were married so I was beyond excited when she asked me to be her wedding photographer when she got engaged! Cayla and Trey met in high school at camp so they were already dating when I met them both back in 2013! I love their servant hearts and their love for the Lord.
Cayla is a huge fan of the movie Tangled, so for their proposal, Trey asked Cayla to marry him at a lantern festival! As the thousands of people at the festival released their lanterns, Trey dropped to one knee and popped the question! So romantic, I’ve always wanted to go to one of the lantern festivals! Cayla and Trey are getting married in May at Hidden Creek outside of Dallas and I can’t wait for their special day! Congratulations to Cayla and Trey on their engagement!!
Last weekend Paige and Reed traveled to Weatherford for their engagement session and we had the PERFECT weather! The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze which was a stark contrast compared to the last couple of weeks. I’m so excited to be sharing their session on the blog today – nothing like a little sun to add the perfect touch in photos!
Paige and Reed are high school sweethearts introduced by a mutual friend at their freshman orientation who knew they’d be perfect for one another! What are the chances almost 7 years later that they are tying the knot!? When I first met Paige at her consultation, I knew right off the bat we’d get along well. She has such a sweet heart, and hearing her tell the story of how she and Reed met was hilarious. They are getting married this June in College Station and I can’t wait to photography their special day! I hope you enjoy looking these images as much as I did taking them!
Senior portraits are one of my favorite things about being a photographer! I LOVE working with graduates during such an exciting and transitional time in their life. What better way to commemorate this special time before they go off to college or the workforce than with a photo session!? I’m honored to have the privilege to freeze this moment in time for them to remember and cherish forever.
A couple weeks ago, I traveled back to College Station for Caylee’s senior portraits. We began her session in Downtown Bryan then ended up near the Nutrabolt Complex! Caylee has such a sweet, giving heart and I loved working with her and her family. We were even able to grab a few photos of them all together towards the end of the session. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Caylee and best wishes for the future!
Alyssa and I met several years ago in a graphic design class at Texas A&M so I was thrilled when she reached out to me about her engagement! Now that I live in Weatherford, Texas, it was so fun to travel back to College Station for their session! College Station is definitely my home away from home. I’m so glad Alyssa and Josh braved the February cold for their session on the Texas A&M University campus! Although it was a dreary, cold morning, we still had a lot of fun and I loved watching Josh make Alyssa smile.
Now that Jordan is Mrs. Trahan I can finally share her bridal portraits! You guys, it’s been SO hard for me to keep these a secret the past TWO months and I am so happy to be sharing them on the blog today. I am going to take a leap and say this session is definitely a favorite for 2016!
Reagan and Jon were some of my very first clients when I was starting out as a professional so I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to photograph them again for a styled shoot Kristina Ross Photography and I put on together! Kristina and I have been wanting to create a style guide to give couple’s inspiration for engagement sessions so I’ll be sharing a few of those sessions over the next couple of weeks on the blog. We collaborated with Naturally Flawless Hair & Makeup Design for the girls to get their hair and makeup done. Vanessa Chavez did the hair and Leanna Duran did their makeup. Leanna is especially amazing with makeup and I highly recommend her to anyone searching for a makeup artist in the College Station area! She has such a sweet personality and is an awesome makeup artist!
When Brooke first reached out to me about photographing her wedding, she had heard about me from another photographer. What we didn’t know at the time is that she was also friends with my best friend from college and roommate of three years – what a small world! From the moment I ment them, Brooke and Zachary were both very welcoming! They make a great duo and are such a laid-back pair they could make anyone feel at ease. These two first met when they were in middle school through Brooke’s cousin who also happened to be Zach’s best friend. When Brooke and Zachary eventually started dating, her family was just as excited as they were since they had grown to love him!
Tori and Christian met at Impact, a retreat for incoming freshmen at Texas A&M University and they both immediately hit it off! When Christian knew Tori was the girl he wanted to marry and was ready to propose, he took her to a tree where he had been praying for them, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. Tori of course said yes! After their proposal, they went back to Tori’s home where Christian had planned a surprised party and they celebrated the rest of the night with their loved ones.