Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me!
In 2003, I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Keene State College. I enjoyed design, but photography was always tugging at me. I was a photographer for our school newspaper and worked at the local photo lab. I also took a black and white film photography class. The only class KSC offered in photography! Their dark room became my home away from home that semester! I loved it!
After graduation, my friends and I got the heck out of there and set out for warmer temps in CA. I got a job as a retoucher at Monterey Bay Photo in Santa Cruz, CA. This job did not require a BA in Graphic Design, but I loved it so much! The pay was dirt and I was quite literally working in their basement, but the people were so fun and had all the patience in the world to teach me everything Photoshop had to offer.
After a year, I decided to move back to the east coast to be closer to family, but they outsourced work to me for several years after. This began my work as a freelance retoucher. I connected with commercial photographers in the area, such as Jeffrey Coolidge of Coolidge Studio. He continued the role of mentoring me as a retoucher and as a studio assistant.
On the very last day of 2008, I became a mom. I then worked primarily as a retoucher from home. This has continued until today.
Photography has followed me through out. Whether it was touring with a band, traveling to Australia, or taking a cross country trip, I always had my camera with me. As a parent, I find passion and value in documenting my children's lives. I want to share that with those around me. Around 2014, I created Tara Sullivan Photography focusing on portrait and event photography.
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