Your Life in your Photography Business

Bloggers say Nay Nay.

Everything I read tells me how I am not supposed to include my personal life into my business blog posts. The posts should be strictly photography related on all fronts.

♥   Weddings   ♥   Events   ♥   Portraits   ♥   Boudoir   ♥

My life isn’t just photography.

…of weddings, events, portraits, and boudoir.

I have a passion for photography. I also have a passion for these two crazies I am raising whom I refer to as my #AwesomeChaos. Why can’t I include them? What the heck else am I supposed to talk about on days that don’t include lens flare and sunshine? Days where I woke up, couldn’t find my sons shoes, spilled chicken salad inside my purse, and got to work 32 minutes late….only to find the chicken salad that I had spilled inside my purse has drenched a rotten banana, from what appears to be, 5 months ago. (I shall downsize my purse options from here.)





That’s my life. I’m a single mom running around with the #AwesomeChaos. I work full-time, run my photography business, am going to school for my masters, AND provide care, concern, and crazy to my #AwesomeChaos.

My Life lens would show you this.

My two kids walking

With that being said, let’s talk about the #AwesomeChaos.

Chaotic Awesomeness Number 1 is six years old. – She is also my posing princess, continually supplying me with ideas for portraits.


Chaotic Awesomeness Number 2 is three years old. – He’s calm, collected, and so sweet… until you take his photo.  Then this happens…


Both supply an endless amount of smiles, laughter, and warmth sprinkled with a tantrum over whose frozen banana is whose.

How about this: Powers That Be Of Blogs…

How about I’m thinking outside the box and you’re wrong?

So from now on. You’ll enjoy my professional photography, smashed into the tab Barely A Blog, with my #AwesomeChaos.

I hope you enjoy my photography and my days filled with crazy as much as I do.




Read it. NOW

I need you guys to read this book. NOW.

Life’s too Short to go so f–king Slow by Susan Lacke.

You can check it out and purchase it here:

Go on. I’ll wait.

In the past five years, I’ve steadily been more and more compelled to live for today. Craving and capturing each moment.

I’m too busy.

I hear this All. The. Time.

I said it too. A lot.

You’re not too busy. You just haven’t made today your priority.

Even as I type this I have a deep seed within my stomach urging me to find my next adventure. I know what it is but it is scary. It. Is. BIG.

Before I indulge in telling you exactly what it is, I want you to read this book. NOW. It’ll take two damn days. And no, you are not too busy.

You will realize “someday” doesn’t exist.

My boss gave me this book. Probably because he hears my constant want for adventure and new ways to challenge myself.

An adventure doesn’t have to be big. It can be a challenge to visit a local park you always drive past and say “someday I should bring the kids there”.


Everyone thought I was crazy to visit a third world, poor country by my damn self. Aren’t you afraid? Aren’t you going to be lonely? I am neither.

How can I be? Look at this view?!

That’s a freakin active volcano!

I’ve gone ziplining through the rainforest whizzing by sloths and monkeys shrieking at my laughter!

I’ve rappelled down a waterfall! Frightened and exhilarated!

“But I can’t afford that”. Your adventure doesn’t have to be traveling far and wide but it can be. If you wait till you feel you have enough money, you’ll be six feet under having done none of what you said will happen “someday”.

PLANNING. All it takes is planning and the drive to want it today instead of “someday”.

Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. Your adventure can happen near and far. You just have to want it bad enough.

What’s your adventure?

Whether it’s learning to ride a unicycle or traveling solo to a foreign country.

The only day you have is today. Passionately own it NOW.

It’s time for breakfast and then off to conquer the rains along my beach walk. It’s my last day in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida! – the pure life.

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!

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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,




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!


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Zoom’s Photography Tip of the Day


Zoom’s Photography tip of the Day ! 

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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.

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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!)