I am a humanist, advocate of love, coffee-addict, part-time shower singer and
full-time wedding and portrait photographer.
I believe love has no boundaries and we should be shameless when it comes to showing how much we love someone. Life is too long not to enjoy it, and we should love, laugh and live with all our heart.
I adore everything furry that has either four legs or two with a pair of wings. I live with the prettiest and most intelligent black cat, Nyx. On the other hand (don't laugh!) anything with no legs or more than four legs... They scare me to death! If I start running for the hills when two seconds ago I was laughing with you during our session - there probably is a UFI (an unidentified flying insect) chasing me! Save me first, we'll laugh together later! And I know - Texas is NOT the safest place on earth for me but oh well - I'm too invested here with the man I love and the couples I connected with - I'm just trying to learn to live with this! :)
I love capturing real laughter. I am equipped with all sort of jokes, especially hilarious translation from Turkish to English "nana idioms" you probably never heard before.
I am located in North Dallas, and serve Texas and beyond. My passport is up to date for adventures anywhere on Earth! Our limits are probably other planets! ;)
TOO MUCH INFORMATION
#1 I will totally show your guests how to dance the cupid shuffle if they don't know how!
#2 I can bing watch GoT all day, every day - over and over! Who's ready for April 14?!
#3 I have a HUGE sleeve tattoo of my beloved father done by the very talented Turkish Artist Selim Bozkurt.
#4 My eyes leak during vows, father-daugther dances and really, any moment my couples cry. I had to come up with the most powerful "waterproof makeup combo" and now Nick makes fun of me "Balim, your makeup is so sturdy it probably can stand a hurricane!"
#5 Asian food - BRING IT ALL! I love Korean BBQ and a good ramen made with love.
#6 I have a collection of wedding photo booth prints in my office, all with my wonderful clients and friendors.
#7 I'm a hugger. Hand shakes are too "corporate". Do I look like corporate material? Thought so!
#8 I use ^^ too much. In texts, emails, FB messages... Everywhere possible! The standard smiley is not for me! ^^
#9 I will always own a pet. Or two. Or three. However, Nyx right now is my only furkid. She'll make my life a living hell if I ever even think about adopting another furball. Been there, done that - poor puppy peed his-self under the kitchen sink. And Nyx scared the s*#! out of me in the morning, glaring at me from the other edge of the bed.
#10 I started photography with shooting dark spooky, scary, horror tribute photos. I was asked by a friend to do her brother's wedding in 2008 no matter how much I told her "What on earth do I know about weddings?! I'm a horror photographer! Everything I do is bloody!" I ended up doing it! I hide those gothic dark wedding photos where nobody can find them! TOP SECRET! But I have come a LONG way!
#11 I talk. A lot. Can't you already tell?
#12 Traveling for photos is my slice of heaven. I love giving something unique to each and every couple I work with - whenever possible. I've even done road trips sharing a ride with them - soooooo... (Hint hint hint!)
Tara has been SEEN ON
weddings to date
coffees consumed editing
years of photographing magic
a bit more about me
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what I'M UP TO THESE DAYS
Romantic fall wedding at The aristide, mansfield
Annmarie + Phillip
Tara is the best photographer and person! I found her on The Knot and fell in love with her work and then later fell in love with her personality. She goes out of her way to please her clients and really cares about what shots you with who and where. I had rain on my wedding day that delayed everything by half an hour, and it left us with very little photo time after the ceremony. Tara went into drill sergeant mode and managed to squeeze in all the shots super quickly, and I still can't believe how GORGEOUS the pictures turned out even with all the rushing! My guests were very impressed by her skills, and they adored her personality. Everyone said she was professional but loved all the fun they had with her on the dance floor! She got some pretty cool shots of guests dancing the night away. I would recommend her 100%!!! She's way too good to pass, and her artistry will make your wedding photos look super unique. She really captured the special moments, and I'm entirely in love with my photos!
Autumn wedding at the Marty Leonard Chapel & Rahr brewery, Fort Worth
Kelsey + Phillip
I stumbled upon Tara's page as if it was fate! My now husband and I were looking very early on for a unique photographer. Someone who could shoot intimate, dynamic, visually distinct images. A lot to ask for; we know. So we Googled of all things - and found our Tara! She has a good business plan where she meets with the clients, phones them a few times, and basically gets to see if she believes everyone is a good fit. Her integrity of friendship is exuded in the warmth of her photos. She worked with us to get the coverage we needed for all of our events while still staying within our budget and reason. We are camera shy... no problem. We had a long engagement session... no problem. We wanted a unique venue (our home) for our engagement photos... no problem. We wanted non-traditional bridal portraits... no problem. Tara is like a chameleon in her ability to adjust to each of our requests. We appreciated her point of view (both literally and figuratively!) and her ability to capture the world around us in an honest, creative, and provocative way. We hope that if you are looking for artistic, beautiful, warm photos that don't look like every other photograph out there, then you consider this amazing woman. If you book her and her associates, good luck trying to choose photos you wish to print... there will be just too many beautiful moments captured to choose from.
Happily ever after at the Mopac Event Venue, Fort Worth
From the moment Tara walked in she brightened the room. Tara was so kind and informative throughout the entire wedding process, she made sure to capture every moment. You don't realize when you're preparing for a wedding how fast the actual day goes by, the smallest things we seem to miss were captured by her amazing skills. I was the maid of honor, and my daughter was one of the many flower girls, I can honestly say she had my daughter captured even in moments I didn't see. She became a part of our family on this beautiful day, she laughed, she cried and danced with us all night long. She was there countless hours, never missing any moment, and truthfully never taking a break. She took time before the wedding, during photo sessions, months ahead to get to know the couple, and before she even arrived, I had felt I already knew her just from all the beautiful things my sister and brother in law shared. Thank you, Tara, you have made an impact on us all! You have become a part of this family. Anytime I looked at you, you had your eyes in the camera full of smiles. You genuinely enjoy what you get to do for others, and you do an outstanding job at it. Thank you for making us feel so comfortable while capturing so many amazing photos of our family, these photos will be cherished forever as well as the memory we have of you. -Canealya W.
VIETNAMESE/AMERICAN FUSION WEDDING AT THANH THANh, Arlington
Kaitlyn + Jeff
I cannot say enough fantastic things about Tara. I had found her through an old friend from Facebook and was really impressed by her photography style and knew I wanted her for my wedding. From our initial meeting, we were really impressed with her; she's extremely detail oriented and very organized. My husband really liked her and felt very comfortable and confident about her. On the day of, Tara made sure we stayed on track and knew the perfect shots. We just got our pictures back, and we are so in love! It is going to be so hard to decide which ones we wanted to add to our album as we love them all! Each picture is so full of life with such beautiful lighting, angles, and style. When we look through the photos, it feels like each image is telling a story about the day. All of the essential and unique aspects of our wedding day were captured so brilliantly. In addition to her talent, she is so easy to work with. She knows her craft very well which helped guide us through the process to ensure everything went smoothly. We all felt very natural and comfortable. We are beyond happy that we went with Tara Arseven to capture our special day!
ALL NIGHT FUN CZECH WEDDINg, ennis
Kandace + Jeremiah
The easiest decision of our wedding was made when Tara recommended to us. Her passion, enthusiasm and absolutely stunning photos made the decision a simple one. Knowing that we had Tara taking so much care documenting our wedding day in the fantastic way she does really take pressure off. With her wealth of knowledge, an incredible eye for detail and friendly and approachable disposition we had rave reviews both on the day and afterward from our guests and bridal party. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything was done with a smile. It really felt like we had another friend there with us throughout all of the crazy wedding planning and on the big day. We can't recommend Tara highly enough; going above and beyond, she is who you NEED behind the camera!
Dream Barn wedding at The Big Sky Event Hall, Royce City
Shay + Drew
Tara has not only been our photographer, but she has become apart of our family. from engagement pictures to our wedding, Tara never ceased to deliver the absolute best. Anything and everything we needed or wanted was captured and more. She made my fiance and I feel so at ease (we aren't usually comfortable in front of the camera). During the wedding she was EVERYWHERE when something was happening. She connected with my family and guests as if she knew them from a past life. Still to this day, I have family/friends RAVING about her fun spirit. If you're looking for a professional, down-to-earth, and selfless individual to capture your big day... look no more. Tara is the package deal!