Richmond’s BEST Portrait Photographer !

Richmond’s BEST Portrait Photographer

Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps is featured as Richmond’s BEST Portrait Photographer in 2017!

Featured article where Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps is mentioned as one of the 18 features portrait photographers
Richmond’s Best Portrait Photographer in 2017


Yesterday, I received an email from the Director of Community for Their goal is to connect the local community with experts in the area.

They researched 84 portrait photographers in the Richmond area, and chose Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps as 1 out of 18 Best Portrait Photographers in Richmond for 2017.

♥  You can link to the article here:

A little girl hides her eyes with the fabric from her dress showing off the best portrait photographers style

I am absolutely elated !

There are five criteria they use to determine the BEST:

REPUTATION:A history of delighted customers as a signal of outstanding service.

CREDIBILITY:Building customer confidence with licensing, industry accreditation, and awards.

EXPERIENCE:Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

AVAILABILITY:Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

PROFESSIONALISM:Providing customers a seamless experience both online and off

Photography is a really hard business to break into. There are so many pieces to put together to create the ultimate experience.

Photography isn’t about taking pictures for me. Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps has a few things we do which sets us apart from all the others.

The Client Experience

You are not just a customer to me. You are my client. Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps strives to create an unbelievable client experience. I take such care and time to really get to know you. I want to understand your ideas and identify with your personal tastes. Most of my clients and I have even become good friends! I adore each and every one of them!


As I tell all of my clients, if I’m awake, I’m working! This is so true. It’s 11pm. You have found this amazing idea for your photo shoot and you text me the idea. If I am awake, I will respond. I am always available for your questions, concerns, and ideas. In many of my client’s testimonials, I am applauded for my ability to be there for them. I’ve even had brides call me to vent from the stress and pressure of planning a wedding!


Something you can count on from me is my expertise and professionalism. I have been doing photography for 10 years, and just recently in 2014, decided to start a business. I take great care to evaluate every individual photograph I take. These are not pictures to me.

These are your MOMENTS.

These are your EMOTIONS.

These are your STORIES.

This is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I analyze each individual image for quality, lighting, artistry, and editing. Each INDIVIDUAL image gets examined meticulously. Yes, you read that right. A wedding with 4,000 photos gets the same respect and attention for every single image!


These are just a few of the reasons Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps is the Premier Photographer for the Richmond area. If you haven’t already done so, CALL ME. Ask questions! Let’s talk! BOOK a shoot! and like I always say PRINT YOUR PHOTOS !

I hope to see you soon !

And thank you Richmond,, and all of my clients for this recognition. It means so very much to me.

With much love and many thanks,




FREE session

This Father’s Day, June 18th, photo sessions are free !  Only pay for prints, products and full resolution downloads. 

There’s only a few spots left, so email, call or text me!  You must book in advance. 


Call/text 540-894-1532

As you’ve heard me talk about before, it is SO important to print our photos! Display them, share them, or even gift them for the next generation. Our kids and relatives need something to remember us by. And you know that iPhone isn’t going to last 80 years for them to scan through. 

Take advantage of this opportunity!  See you soon!


Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day

FREE Father’s Day Photo Session

Father’s Day is this weekend! Sunday, June 18th. I wanted to offer something really special. A super amazing special… are you ready?

FREE Father's Day photography session with Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps
FREE photography session for Father’s Day

Let’s celebrate Dad, Sunday, June 18th. Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps is offering FREE photography sessions. The sessions start at 8:30am, and continue every half hour until 2pm. You MUST book in advance.

The session fee is FREE. You only pay for prints, products, and/or downloads. Prints start as low as $5.00. Package options available.

SIGN UP NOW to reserve your spot!

Zoom With A View has a really great setup right here in Mechanicsville, VA. Theme options include antique furniture and decor. Bring Dad and give him a gift that lasts for years to come!

Email: OR  Call/text: 540-894-1532

BOOK YOUR TIME SLOT and receive location information and further details!


Talk soon!


Simple black script logo for Zoom With A View, Photography by Tara Chipps



Bridal Spotlight ~ Jackie G.


Bridal Photography Session

This weeks Bridal Photography spotlight is on Jackie G.

I have been waiting very impatiently for their wedding to get here so I can post the images of this beautiful bride. You better be freakin excited to see them! ! !

FINALLY! I can show you how GORGEOUS she is! (I’m getting chills as I write this!)

Take a peak at this. Are you getting excited with me?

Those blue eyes overtake the sky in this image! She’s got a way of being adorable and classy. Fun and Elegant.

Bride peeking over her bouquet with a city landscape background.
Peek-A-Boo Bride

It was May. It had been hot and rainy for most of the month. We opted to do her shoot indoors at Main Street Train Station in Richmond, VA. Have you been there? It really should be on your bucket list for 2017. The architecture, the craftsmanship, and even the smell is nostalgic.

Look at how the historic touches and vintage decor add beauty to this already beautiful bride!

This image right below is one of my favorites. Jackie’s stance and expression give an air of poise and grace. The rich colors draw me in. I want to hang this in MY living room!

Bride leaning against marble mantle of a fireplace.
Bride with Poise and Grace
Black and white image of a bride framed in front of a doorway with patterned arches in the background
An Amazing Entry
Bride looking at her bouquet while seated at a marble top table.
Vintage Misty Haze

Why do a Bridal Photography Shoot?

~ What better way to wear your dress more than once?

~ What better way to feel like a princess for just one more day?

~ It’s a time for you and your photographer to really get to know each other.

~ And most importantly, you get to TEST YOUR DRESS

I learned about Jackie’s family. I learned about her work. We shared laughs and common interests.

I also learned this is her best side.

Side view of bride. Profile with strong vignette
This bride to be let me know this was her best side

And below…, she says, this is not her best side. (Although I think she’s alluring either way.)

Bride looks out the train station window. Her reflection can be seen in the glass.
Contemplative Gaze – her special day is almost here.

As a result of this photography session, I learned she loves her wedding shoes which are Toms.  Thus, I learned I needed to photoshop the logo out.

Bridal Photography Session. Make sure to check your images carefully. Here I had to photoshop the logo gently off the bottom of her shoes.


A major reason to have a bridal photography session is to TEST YOUR DRESS.

The photography session will be approximately 1.5 to 3 hours.  This gives you ample time to wear your dress for a hot minute. You’ll get an idea if your dress needs adjustments, if you can dance in it, if it rubs funny, or if you should be wearing some power-house undergarments. (#iheartspanx)

Every time I photograph a soon-to-be bride, I wish every woman would do one. It’s a moment to really cherish. This is the dress you will wear when two become one.

It’s powerful.

Now take a moment to view the entire gallery HERE.

You’ll see why you should CONTACT ME to book your bridal photography shoot.







print. pRiNt. PRINT your photos

Why you should PRINT your photos.

You hired me. You hired a professional.

Did you hear me?


You paid A LOT of money…. and now your photos are sitting,

still are sitting,

just beyond thy online gallery password protected door.

(I ♥ Poe) – Anyway….
I do it too. I take dozens of images of my kids and then I just leave them on my phone, my camera, my computer….

Why are we being so lazy?

Think about what our children, our grandchildren and their children will have of us?  How will we show them our lives?

Our stories?

Our smiles?

Our moments?

And not just the beautiful, picture perfect times.  Not just your pro photos. Any photos!

I just printed these images below. They represent my #awesomechaos. They show my LIFE. Me. Us.

The precious…

The holidays…



The every day…

Annnnd the not so happy …

These moments are the stories of your life. We take them to share them.

Print your photos. Share your story.






Photography Tip of the Day

Photo of the day and photography tip of the day!

Remember to make sure your venue allows for flash photography!  Some places of worship don’t and you definitely don’t want to find that out last minute.

 #flash #flashphotography #venue #religious #church #placeofworship #restriction #photographytips #photooftheday #keepinmind #business #richmond #richmondairport #traveling 

Family Portraits… and now friends

I love these people! I love these images! I love this couple ! I love these kids !

MJ's Family Portraits Final Color-1
Sometimes, (and this is why I do what I do)… sometimes you meet people who just capture your heart. Their chaos matches your chaos and you can laugh and talk about anything. You can vent or you can boast, and you just get each other.

That’s MJ. I met MJ when I did an amazing Boudoir shoot for her.


We had so much fun she hired me again to do her family portraits. It was flattering, but it was also so touching. So not only have I seen MJ nudies… I’m also getting to know her as a really great friend.

MJ's Family Portraits Final Color-7


We did the shoot at Main Street Station in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Check out how awesome these images are!

The expressions, the sass, the gestures…

you can’t help but smile when you look at them.

On a personal note: MJ – Thank you so much for giving me the gift of getting to know you and your family. Thank you even more for being a mom who wants to get out and let her hair down once in awhile! I look forward to getting to know you more, toasting more drinks, and getting the families together !

(FYI for the folks who read this far – MJ asked me to get out of the damn house this past weekend and we had an awesome time at the Broadberry watching NO BS! Brass but that’s a blog post for another day!)