I started my photography journey when my daughter began her final year of high school. When she started talking to me about finding a photographer to take her grad photos I thought, “ I can do that.” I had taught myself to do so many things. I could teach myself this too. And I spent that money on my first DSLR instead. It was both a mistake and a blessing.
In between making her grad dress and working a full-time job I spent every other minute learning everything I could about photography. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to produce the photos I'm capable of making now. And now I can’t get her to put her dress on for me. “Grad’s over, Mom.” Lesson learned. I do that, I learn things the hard way.
It was also a blessing because I fell in love with it. I discovered that, in some ways, all of my time crafting costumes and jewelry, reading stories and learning to read tarot, hula hoop, spin poi, and teach yoga, was leading me here. All that knowledge helps me understand not only how things work but how those things come together to tell my subject’s story. That experience helps me bring beautiful stories to life and has provided me with a large collection of props and inspiration!
Photoshop, and more recently the 3D program Blender, have allowed me to construct interesting worlds and various magic to tell my stories.
I would love to assist you with bringing your creative project to life. Variety is the spice of life so I take on various projects. I'm your woman if you want your portraits to say something about who you are as an individual, a couple, a family, a creative or an artist.
Saskatchewan Photographer and Photo Manipulator, Tara McDermott, is best known for her curious and vibrant portraits and self-portraits that are rich with themes from pop culture and fantasy. Often the outcast in school, and growing up in a broken home, Tara turned to books, film, and music to escape her troubled existence. Feeling unheard, misunderstood, and undervalued during the most formative years of her life, she found empowerment in the witches, survivors, and imperfect heroes that populated her favourite stories. The hard-hitting music that flowed out of her stereo and into her soul helped her feel seen and understood. “Those artists gave me hope that I belonged. That there was something to dream of. It’s my hope that my art can be THAT LIGHT in someone else’s darkness.”
Tara serves the Weirdale/Meath Park, SK area but the world is her playground.
Spending time in nature is often a very spiritual experience for me. I do my best to treat it with reverence. I know I can do better. I have agreed to follow these principles as set out by Nature First and I hope that you will too.
1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles
If you would like more information about these principles, visit Nature First Principles