​​​​​​​​​August 2019 Monthly Program:  ​Tara Ruby - My Motherhood Program

​​Motherhood images can be rewarding but challenging. From the moment a woman learns she is pregnant, up until she send her baby away to college, any image can be considered a motherhood moment. My program focuses on the beginning of this journey, to include maternity, birth, fresh 48, newborn and breastfeeding portraits. We will discuss how to capture beautiful maternity portraits using custom gowns from Sew Trendy Accessories and how to include the entire family into the portrait session. We will cover the intimate moments of a birth story, capturing that very first breath of new life and those most precious first moments as a family or maybe the fresh 48 images that are captured in the first 48 hours of life. I will walk you through what images are expected, the best place to get situated in the hospital room and what images are preferred from this monumental event. Finally we will discuss newborn portraits, basic images and then into the more complicated composites. Breastfeeding images can be taken at a newborn session, and I can teach you on how to work them into your sessions. After we discuss the portrait sessions themselves, I’ll give a brief overview of what and how to sell products from these moments and sessions. We will talk folio boxes, memory albums and prints. We will also discuss vendors and vendor relationships, props and gear.  You will walk away from your time with me ready to tackle everything that is included in the motherhood journey. ​​

Program and Speaker

About the Speaker...

Tara is deeply embedded into the military life, being a disabled veteran and a military spouse. She has a sincere love of working to support our US Military and the families nestled within. She has worked to pioneer her own personal style of  motherhood and military photography that has earned awards from organizations such as the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) as well as within the Army community. Among hundreds of international publications, her photography has been shared on Facebook over 3.5 million times and featured in Vanity Fair, USA Today, Parents, SELF Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many more. Cosmopolitan magazine has called her work “stunning”, “powerful” and notes that her work caused “the internet to lose its collective mind” and the Gulf Coast Breastfeeding Center said, “Tara Ruby is to Breastfeeding as Ansel Adams was to landscape”. She was also a finalist in Ron Howard’s Project Imagination contest, has images in the full-feature documentary, Homecoming The Film and has her image displayed in the US Army Women’s museum in Fort Lee, VA. Tara is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, holds an Associate's title with WPPI and will receive her Photography Craftsman Degree with PPA in 2020.​

Prior Speaking:
Belly Baby and Beyond: A Collaborative Conference
Photographer Photographers Sacramento Valley
Georgia Professional Photographers Association
The Focus Tour
Photographer Entrepreneur Tog Talks
WPPI 17hats Booth
WPPI Tamron Booth
Sprouting Photographer Podcast Episode 281 
Imaging GPPA Booth (January 2019)
Reset Retreat (March 2019)


Here are some samples of Tara's work:

Programs are conducted by various photographers from all over the United States and local. BPPA schedules these key speakers to come to our monthly meetings to educate and share with you tips and knowledge of your trade. We strive to schedule different educators in all fields of photography to provide a well rounded educational year.  In addition to monthly programs, two times each year we have Salon Competition.

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