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.

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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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Family Portraits… and now friends

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

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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!)

$35 Bridal Mini-Session Sunday, May 1st !

This Sunday only, May 1st, I am offering $35 Bridal Shoots!

I am a professional portrait photographer expanding my business to include weddings. I need some brides to help me build my portfolio.

Call, text or email to schedule your shoot for Sunday!

Your $35 package includes:
-20 minutes of photography
-5 digital photographs
-print release
-choice of location in Richmond, VA
-optional vintage furniture props


Parent, Photographer, & Phoodie

Parent, Photographer, & Phoodie

Red Eye Cookie Company versus Insomnia Cookies – Total knockout by Insomnia cookies!  Downtown Richmond, VA on Grace St.  Youmust try them… and they deliver until 3am.  Every VCU students dream come true.  Don’t tell anyone… I had 4, no … 6… ok… 9.5 cookies Sunday night.  I am ashamed. 

Try the Chocolate Chunk, the Chocolate Chocolate mint, the Snickerdoodle, and the M&M.

hashtagPRESENTS for mySELFIE

HOLD UP !  This present is for my selfie ! 

I have been waiting for a few years to indulge in such an amazing piece of equipment for my art.  I couldn’t wait to order my brand new camera!  THE, (and yes “the” needs to be capitalized), THE Canon 5D Mark III.

I followed the tracking order all the way to my house for the next week…..then…..

And the package, not been opened, still is sitting still is sitting,

Atop the wooden buffet shelf right next to my front door;

And the box has all closed seams, of a package that is teasing,

And the lamp-light o’er it streaming throws its shadow on the floor;  

Stole this excerpt from the Raven, Thanks Poe, I’ll do poems


So here it is, 3 weeks later, and finally, FINALLY, this weekend I will get to play with my new toy!  I am very much looking forward to it and will post some new photographs soon ! 

Feel free to contact me if you’ll be in downtown Richmond, VA this Saturday night, February 13th!  We could use the #presentforourselfie !