|Sunday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Monday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Tuesday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Wednesday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Thursday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Friday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
|Saturday||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.|
Tara Elwell Photography
About this pro
Please visit my website for more photos and details to book me or to chat with me instantly. I would love the opportunity to work with you for your next photo session or event! I am a full-time professional photographer in Charlotte that truly loves what I do, which is capturing memories. Whether you need a new headshot, family portrait, event photos or product photography, I am here to help! If you visit my website, there is a chat feature that will instantly send me a text message to my phone if you would like to ask me a question about booking now. You are also welcome to call me or send me a text message directly. As long as I am not in a client session/event, I will respond promptly! Otherwise, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can the same day. :) I provide photography, lighting and backdrops if needed. I can come to your location for indoor or outdoor sessions/events, often with only a one-day notice. I do get booked up rather quickly so please reach out to me with any questions as soon as possible so that I can secure your preferred time on my schedule. Family Portraits, Headshots, Event Photography, Pet Portraits, Commercial Photography, Videography Production and Editing with Music Overlays and Voiceovers. Can travel to your location for outdoor or indoor photo sessions. Based near downtown Charlotte, NC and able to travel to anywhere. Locations further than 30 miles from downtown Charlotte may require an additional fee for travel expenses. I love meeting new people and getting to know them and their personalities so that I can bring out the best side of them in their photos. For me, it's about capturing your authentic self, not the fake smile you often see when people tell you to say "cheese".. that's just too cheesy ;)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?PRIVATE SESSIONS & EVENTS $150 for 1st hour + $100 for each additional hour *price includes photography, lighting, editing of 20 photos per hour booked. Ability to download images and purchase photo prints on my website from your private gallery. CORPORATE EVENTS $150 for each hour *price includes photography, lighting, editing photos from the event. Ability for guests to download images and purchase photo prints on my website from your private gallery. CORPORATE HEADSHOTS $150 for up to 3 people. $50 for each additional person. *price includes photography, lighting, editing of 5 photos per person. Ability to download images and purchase photo prints on my website from your private gallery. NON-PROFITS/PUBLIC SCHOOL EVENTS & SESSIONS $100 for each hour *price includes photography, lighting, editing photos from the event. Ability for guests to download images and purchase photo prints on my website from your private gallery. REFER-A-FRIEND For every friend you refer to me that books a session/event, you receive $25 off your next session/event! Refer 6 friends and get your next 1-hour session free! :) INITIAL PAYMENT All clients make an initial payment when booking with me in order to reserve your requested time on my schedule. This ensures that I will not book any other clients at your chosen time. Because I am not able to book anyone else at your time, the initial payment is non-refundable if you cancel your session/event. If your session is outdoors and you need to reschedule due to weather, you will not lose your initial payment. It will be applied to the newly scheduled date. The initial payment is generally 30% of the total amount.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have been doing photography with a professional camera for over 22 years, which of course was before digital photography. Nowadays, everyone with a cellphone thinks they are a photographer. There is much more to photography than just clicking a photo. It has much to do about proper lighting which is a science that takes a long time to learn. Also, knowing how to properly process digital photos with balancing colors, exposure, and retouching is an art that not every photographer knows how to do very well. Everyone has their own style of processing images. I studied at the Light Factory of Charlotte and continue to enhance my skills from mentors and other photographers, as well as stay up to date with computer skills in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for editing of images. I have also been a graphic designer for over 20 years which is a great skill to have when being creative with photography.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I visited NYC for the first time in 1995. My friend had a very expensive professional film camera and let me take photos as we walked through the streets and toured the city. I was completely hooked after taking photos from on top of the World Trade Center and Empire State Building. It was so beautiful. I truly felt like an artist behind the camera capturing everything that looked interesting and beautiful to me. I couldn’t wait to drop off the film at the one-hour photo shop and see my beautiful works of art. I even had one of those photos printed on canvas and it is hanging in my home to remind me of why I started taking photos. I’ve had a camera in my hand ever since then ❤️
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