Tara Ruby

Tamron Image Master ~ PPA Craftsman Photographer ~ WPPPI Associate

I am so many things, a wife and a mother, a veteran and a military spouse, a farmer and a gardener. But I am also a photographer, one with a deep-seated passion for our military, and the families within it. Many of my clients are military, both for portrait work and for event coverage. I have had the honor of working with high-level members of our military and even the Vice President and his wife! I have worked with newborn babies as small as 3lbs and even some up to 11lbs at birth! I have worked with single newborns, twins, triplets, and yes… even quads! I am certified in newborn safety, licensed, insured, published, award-winning, and sponsored by some amazing and dedicated companies within the photography community. 

You’ll find that I love my job, the talent that I’ve been given, and my ability to be a baby whisperer. I am easy to work with and understand intimately the challenges that we military families make, especially with scheduling and the constant moving. I am constantly educating, practicing, testing, growing, and challenging my skills and the ability to produce not just great images, but award-winning images. My ultimate goal is for you and your family to have images that you can treasure for generations to come. 

I am honored and humbled to have been published in more articles, magazines, podcasts, and blogs that I can even count. Among hundreds of international publications, my photography has been shared on Facebook over 3.5 million times and featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Parents, SELF Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many more. Cosmopolitan magazine even called my work “stunning”, “powerful” and notes that my work caused “the internet to lose its collective mind”. I was also a finalist in Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10n contest early on in my career in 2012. I also have images in the full-feature documentary, Homecoming The Film which was directed and produced by the beautiful Roxanne Messina Captor. In 2018 my now-viral breastfeeding image was dominantly shared in the US Army Women’s museum in Fort Lee, VA, taking up an entire wall in the museum. 

A huge advocate for print competition and schooling,  I believe the career field is one that continually needs a high level of growth to achieve greatness. I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and currently hold an Associate’s title with WPPI. In 2020 I received my craftsman degree with PPA and I am working towards a certified professional photographer status with the Professional Photographers of America. I have earned numerous awards from organizations such as the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), as well as within the Army community. Competition is such a great way to grow, and I will continue to compete at every level possible. 

Tamron and Spider Holster have also trusted me enough to title me as one of their ambassadors and I am honored to take on that title. I am also honored to work with other sponsors and vendors such as 17hats, Bay Photo, Intuition Backgrounds by Becky, Sew Trendy Accessories, Off My Hooks, and Pitter-Pats Creations.  Without my sponsors, I could not work or survive or create. They are the backbone of my business and I am so happy that they are not only my support but my friends. My vendors help me create the magic that we create in the studio. 

It’s not all work, as I do enjoy the quiet and peace that comes with play. When I’m not working (which is almost never) I enjoy running our small homestead, milking our goats, collecting eggs, and making my family amazing food from our hard work on our little farm. I have 3 children, my youngest is almost 16, so no more “littles” for me. Maybe that is why I enjoy capturing all of the new special moments for families. I am an avid fisherman, and I prefer a Sunday fishing out of my kayak more than spending time on the couch. I also love to hunt, bake and raise my chickens for the fresh eggs they provide.  My husband is on active duty in the Army and we are between Georgia and Texas. I volunteer a great deal as well working with a variety of military-related organizations as I believe that volunteering to help both our soldiers and their families is one of the best things we can do for them. I guess you could say that I just simply love my job and I can’t wait to see where my life takes me!

Military Organizations I Have Covered
My Amazing Sponsors

I am honored to be able to have an amazing team behind me that supports both my motherhood portrait studio as well as my passion to cover our military heritage. Please take the time to thank them for their support and trust in my work. 

Top Publications

Vanity Fair

Tamron Magazine

RF Magazine

Professional Photographer Magazine

Beauty and Life Mommy Magazine

Stern Magazine

Parent’s Magazine

People Magazine

Time Magazine

TAPS Magazine

Cosmopolitan Magazine

SELF Magazine

HEALTH Magazine


Gold Hope Project


The Military Photographer


Wedding and Portrait Photographers International


Professional Photographers of America


National Association of Professional Child Photographers


Clickin Moms (lifetime member)


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