I have heard stories of photographers who won’t photograph a couple because of their sexuality, or who won’t photograph a person because they are a plus sized babe and I think that is pretty fucked up (excuse my language but come on!)
I will never turn you down based on who you love, how you love yourself, or what the colour of your skin is.
I have lived in Maple Ridge my entire life, so I am always looking forward to the next adventure. I love to explore new places and spend lots of time in nature (although I am not a big fan of exercise, so hiking is not on my usual list of hobbies).
When I say I spend a lot of time in nature I mean, sitting by the lake or ocean and soaking up the sun; swinging in a hammock in the forest; and tent camping in the middle of nowhere with a couple of friends (even in the rain).
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Here’s my view on this - you should hire me, if I am the right fit for you!
Photography is about more than just a price tag for me. It’s about memorializing each beautiful season that we experience. And let me tell you, each season is important, even the ones that are full of heartache and grief. I believe that there is a right photographer for everyone; that doesn’t necessarily mean I am the right photographer for everyone. If I am that photographer, and you feel a connection, then heck yes! I would LOVE to celebrate and create art with you, if I’m not, that’s okay! I hope you find that perfect person! I would much rather you choose the photographer that speaks to you.
Rewatching TV shows.
Seriously, I have watched One Tree Hill 4-5. times over (I've honestly lost count), Grey's Anatomy 2 full times, Pretty Little Liars 2 times, Vampire Diaries 2 times, Gossip girl 3 times. I cannot stop myself! I get so invested in the characters and just connect so deeply. If you couldn't tell, I'm a little bit of a young adults drama fan... juvenile? Maybe. Do I care? Not at all.
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Latte's are the only kind of coffee I can drink
I'm not joking, I can't even drink coffee unless it has the entire store's supply of sugar in it. And if I drink it on an empty stomach I feel sick all day.
My favourite coffee drink is a caramel macchiato, and I always get extra caramel. I think I'm trying to give myself more of a sugar high than a caffeine boost!
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I mean back when I had a boyfriend...
My ideal date night looked a lot like this:
Lots of candy, either a movie or one of the million tv shows that I have on the go, cuddling up, and a cozy blanket. I am a couch potato at heart. I live for those cozy, intimate, everyday moments. Extravagant nights on the town are fun and all, but my heart lies with the natural, warm, fuzzy moments. (p.s: If you relate, a cozy in home session may just be the perfect love session idea for you!)
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I laugh at literally everything
I am not kidding when I tell you this! I truly cannot help myself. I find even the silliest of things, absolutely hilarious. I am a sucker for a goofy, terrible pun. If you are the kind of person to just bank 'em up and use them as party jokes, I am definitely your kinda audience. Keep them coming!
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I love to sing and dance
Okay, honestly, I cannot dance to save my life. My arms are flying everywhere, I lose my balance often, and I just have no physical rhythm. If you see me dance... I'm truly sorry. I try to keep this one locked away in my bedroom where people can't see.. BUT my singing is pretty dang good if I may say so myself. I have been singing since I was little (not professionally, don't get me wrong, I'm not that good ahah). I have always found great emotional release in it.
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My dog is my life.
The quote, "dogs are man's best friend" is the truest statement. Keisha is a golden retriever cross yellow lab. She is almost 14 but still full of so much energy. We spend every day together. We cuddle and sun bathe in the sunset light that pours into my room every night. She loves cheese, apples, salmon, and lettuce and comes running if any type of bag rustles. Her existence brings me to tears sometimes, and our connection is something I will always hold dear.
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We deserve to look at our bodies, and instead of seeing something taboo, over sexualized, coveted, or shameful - see beauty, worth and power.
Empowerment sessions are what I am most passionate about (along with weddings+couples) because being a woman myself, I have felt the weight of society on my chest.. but I have also felt the pride of seeing myself captured in a powerful and confident way through images that will last a lifetime - images that will continue to be reminders of the insecurities I have overcome and the strength that I carry within me.
I will never stop supporting the empowerment of others; I will never stop spreading my message. I will always give people a safe space to be themselves; I will always be in awe of those that have expressed their self love in front of my lens in such intimate ways.
With my imagery and artistic view, I hope to make a difference in the lives of people of all walks of life.
Of all genders, sexuality, race, disability, and identity.
I am a huge advocate for expressing your self love through intimate and empowering imagery. The society we have grown into, is one full of judgment and self doubt. These days it is hard to decipher the rules of modesty and sexuality.
Women are shamed for being prudes when they hide their bodies, and sluts when they express or highlight their figures. Women are held to too many double standards to keep track of. And through all of the pressure we are put under, it is difficult to find value in ourselves; to find beauty and confidence.
Men on the other hand are often shamed if they are too emotional or if they present themselves in what others classify as “feminine” ways. Men are “meant” to be this or that, and can’t fall anywhere in between because that isn’t very “manly”.
Taeya at t.f photography is AMAZING!! Finding a photographer was difficult - I looked through many websites, portfolios and I'd even done couples shoots with other photographers before deciding. What I've learned is that you need to find someone you just connect with. Someone passionate about their art but also committed to you and your vision. Out of all the photographers I've worked with, Taeya definitely stands out. It's as if you have your friend there making you smile and be yourself, while capturing you in your best light. She gets back to you so quickly, is so kind, professional, and honestly I just love her art so much! Her photos make us all look stunning and my husband and I are so impressed with the results! We haven't ever had good photos together until we met Taeya. We're so glad we found her and she was a blessing to work with! She's now done our engagement shoot, couple shoot, wedding, and my personal boudoir shoot and I highly recommend her for all your photography needs! I mean, just look at her portfolio!! SO MUCH TALENT!!
Although we were Taeya’s first wedding I never had a worry she was going to do an amazing job. She had done both our engagement photos and my boudoir photos previously and all were exactly what I was looking for. Not only do her photos capture a moment perfectly she is also very professional and passionate about what she does. She makes you feel very comfortable in front on the camera and is always prepared. Before the wedding we sat down and talked about exactly what I was looking for so on the day I never worried about her missing a moment I wanted. Looking at her work after the wedding I was blown away as not only did she take absolutely beautiful photos of my husband and I but also all of our guests. Since the wedding she has done photo shoots for my friends and I will be using her for my maternity photos.
All in all I would highly recommend her to anyone as we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer.
I was able to meet Taeya through my husband's friend, and wow I got so lucky! I gained amazing photo's and a friendship. She did my engagement and wedding photos and didn't disappoint. She lets you suggest locations, photo ideas, and editing styles you love. She's always thinking of fun prompts to get just the right reactions for photo's. She loves to experiment and it never disappoints. If you want someone dedicated to their work and brings you amazing photos in a timely manner she is the one to pick!
Brand Development Session
Taeya was such as pleasure to work with, she's super funny and makes you feel very comfortable during your photoshoot ! She managed to capture the beauty of my jewelry pieces in every shot and knew exactly what pose to set us up in to create such elegant pictures. Highly recommend for your brand development among her many other talents.
You have no idea what these images mean to me, I have struggled my whole life to see the beauty that people talk about when they see me, I have never been able to see it. I struggle every day with body dysmorphia and learning to love the skin that I'm in. You have given me a gift that nobody ever has, you have opened up my eyes to how beautiful and sexy I really am, and for that I can't thank you enough.
I would recommend this experience to anyone out there that has ever questioned their self love, felt uncomfortable in the skin they're in, or just need that boost of self confidence. I have struggled with loving myself, and this experience really opened my eyes to what others see, that I've never been able to. I fell in love with myself when I saw my images for the first time, and that right there is priceless.
The love session that I booked with Taeya for my boyfriend & I was AMAZING!! It was our first professional photography session so I was super nervous about it because I'm really awkward in front of the camera, but with Taeya as our photographer, she made it so easy and made us feel so comfortable!!
She captures the most precious and forever moments.
We will definitely be having Taeya do all of our future photography sessions!
Taeya was recommended to my fiancé and I by a few friends who had done a couple shoots with her before. We saw their photos and loved how they turned out. We were unhappy with our original engagement session done a few years prior, by another photographer and thought it was time for a redo. Taeya was amazing to work with from start to finish. From booking, hearing all of my ideas to get photos that were authentic to us, and even more amazing to work with on the day of. She understands that it can be super awkward in front of the camera and was great at directing us to get some beautiful shots. Her turnaround time was fast and the pictures turned out fantastic. Her work is high quality and I will use her again for any other photography I need. My fiancé and I are beyond happy with the photos we received.
Taeya was a phenomenal photographer!! I was feeling confident and she helped keep that positive vibe throughout the shoot. She made it fun and she really captured the real me. Taeya was very responsive and such an amazing hype girl. The pricing was right and the quality of the photos were fantastic! I will definitely be getting all of my important milestones in life captured by this amazing woman!
"These aren't just images, these are memories."
For me, photographing your session or wedding is about capturing the season of life that you are experiencing right now. I never want to fabricate your memories, I want to get to know you and then let you shine.
With that said, there is a right photographer out there for everyone; we are not a one size fits all industry.
I am the photographer for the hopeless romantics; The wanderers; The free spirited, windswept, and barefoot lovers. I am the photographer for the person who finds perfection in the imperfect. I am the photographer for the people who value authenticity, empowerment, deep connection, and all forms of art.