It is that time again for our Monthly Small Business Feature, this month it is a local feature with another photographer that I have known for a few years now. She is pretty AHmazing, she is a Newborn + Maternity Photographer, wife, and mother to two little cuties.
I haven't had the opportunity to meet Taryn in person but we are part of a small local photography group on facebook and I have had the lovely opportunity to watch her photography and family grow.
If you ever ask me who you should go to for Newborn Photography hands down I will direct you to the lovely Mrs. Taryn, she handles your session with the utmost care and if you don't believe me just check out her behind-the-scenes video at the end.
So without further adieu, I present to you Taryn of Taryn Melgoza Photography
I am a maternity, newborn and family photographer located in Houston, TX. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two awesome child who light up our lives and always keep us laughing. I started my photography journey in 2009 when my husband bought me my very first DSLR camera for our one year wedding anniversary.
This gift kick-started an obsession for me that would eventually grow into a successful portrait studio a few years later. I am a lover of cupcakes and coffee, my two dogs, college football and all things maroon. Gig 'em!
Why did you choose to do newborn and maternity photography?
I spent the first few year of business photographing EVERYTHING: weddings, events, pets, products...really just trying to get a feel for this industry and figure out what I was doing. As most have probably experienced, any type of business is good business when you are just starting out.
But over time, I started to feel more drawn to newborn and baby photography. I love being able to capture such a fleeting moment in a new baby's life; they are only that little, that squishy and that sleepy for the first few weeks after birth.
I also love incorporating different textures, muted colors and layers, to create a beautiful yet timeless memory of each precious miracle. Each session I challenge myself to create something new and original using the props and fabrics that I have in my studio. Once I started to focus more on newborn portraits, maternity photography was the next natural progression as many families choose to document their bumps before their newborn sessions.
Pregnancy is such an exciting yet sweet time, and I focus on capturing the emotion, connection, and anticipation in the arrival of a new life.
If you could educate clients on one thing what would it be?
My focus for this business is to create an amazing and memorable full-service portrait experience for my clients. And my hope is for each family to walk away with more than just digital images, I want them to leave with beautiful and tangible art pieces that they can cherish and display in their homes. Your memories are meant to decorate your walls, not to sit inside your computer desk gather dust, soon to be forgotten.
Many past clients of mine have commented that they intended to print their images from their digital files, but life got busy and they never got around to it. This is heart-breaking to me and something I am working to address in my business by making sure each and every client leave with something tangible from their session.
Your images are meant to be admired and cherished for all to see, so I encourage everyone to make printing your images a priority! It's also important to note that having professional and beautiful portraits taken of your new baby is an investment that is worth saving for and making a priority. Of all the numerous baby items parent's use during their first few years of a baby's life [crib, glider, swing, car-seat], the newborn portraits are the only possessions that will actually last a lifetime.
What are you most proud of in your photography career?
When I left my teaching job to pursue photography full time, I was so scared! I had no business experience (I was an engineering major in college), I was a brand new mom, and I was leaving a stable income behind to follow my dream.
I knew I loved photographing babies and families and wanted to be able to focus more on learning more about photography and growing my small business. I also knew I wanted to be able to help provide for my family while also being home with my children more during their baby years.
Fast forward to today…since leaving my teaching job in 2012 my business has grown tremendously, my work has improved drastically, and I have learned so much about the industry! I am most proud to be able to do what I LOVE every day and feel confident that I made the right decision to leave my teaching job behind.
By working for myself I have been able to set my own hours and I am still able to be home with my children most of the time. Some days are tough and I admit that I do struggle to find a balance occasionally especially during the busy fall months (just keeping it real for you!) but I know I am so blessed to be on this path and following God's plan for my life. Snuggling newborn babies every week is truly a dream come true!
How has photography changed your life?
It has given me a confidence I didn’t know was possible.
Being a business owner can be tough with so many responsibilities, roles, and stress… but I can say with certainty that I grow stronger with each new challenge that I face!
Photography has made me cherish moments with loved ones as I have seen how time flies and how age changes us. Each moment is a gift, and getting to preserve these moments in portraits is such a huge responsibility.
Photography has taught me so much and allows me to photograph my own children in the most amazing ways that I never dreamed would be possible. It has made me see sunlight in a beautiful, magical way.
It’s allowed me to dream about possibilities for my families’ future. Finding photography has truly made me, ME.
Is there anything you want readers to know about you or your business?
I just signed a lease on my first retail studio space and will be moving in during the next few weeks. I have been working in my home studio since I opened in 2012, but with the growth of my business we realized it was time to move to an actual studio space.
I am soooooo excited about this next phase for my business and can’t wait to show the world my new space soon!