Since I can remember I've had a love art, poetry and photography. I suppose it comes natural, my father and grandfather were artists. I remember always drawing and having a throw away camera in my hand snapping away pictures. As I got older I didn't pursue my passions because I was distracted by other things. All that I have been through has pushed me even further into my pursuing my passion.
Over the years I've continued to draw and write poetry even though it wasn't often but I didn't think much of pursuing photography outside of taking pictures of my family. A few years ago that changed, I brought a camera and it reignited my passion for photography so I began pursuing that passion on a professional level and created Pure Essence Photography which I later rebranded as Tara Michele Photography.
I am passionate about photography and I am driven. I do my best to capture the best images that I can of my clients to insure they are getting the best quality photography services.
I combined my Sign company and photography business. The sign company was originally owned by my father James "Mike" Triggs, the business was previously known as Art & Sign (est. 1980.) In 2005, when I was about 27, shortly before Mike's death, he passed the business down to me.
I was not expecting his death and knowing nothing about running a business I had a lot to learn and quickly if I was the business was going to survive. I don't give up easily and it wasn't easy, but I somehow kept the business alive and still own and operate it today.
In 2018 I started the photography business. I now provide a variety of services through my businesses.
I am 45 years old and a single mother of four amazing children, 17, 16, 12 & 9. Two of them have special needs (one has Mosaic Down Syndrome & Mosaic Trisomy 14 & my youngest child has Autism. They are all the center of my world. So, when I'm not making signs or photographing my clients, I am likely with my babies enjoying every moment I can because they grow so quickly.
My hobbies are drawing, writing poetry, roller skating, lifting weights, swimming and pretty much doing anything fun. :)
This business is how I support them. So, when you book a session with me know that I value YOU because without you I cannot provide for them. I will always do my best to provide quality work and products to you.
In 2012 I also founded a nonprofit that serves children with special needs and their families. To find out more visit Thisability.org.
“The soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that
is put into your work.”