We30 Share and Tell Taryn Shares Her Photography

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we get together to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. Our Share & Tell edition invites an employee to share something that inspires them and has a unique story. This week Taryn, one of our Project Managers, shares her photography!

I guess I should give a little background about me before I get into my photography. I grew up all over the world. My dad works for Chevron, so we moved to wherever the oil was, pretty much every 2-3 years. My first move was at 9 months, and it continued until I got into college. So I always had an interest in capturing memories and experiences from all the places we went to, but until I was in high school I never really had a set outlet. I tried writing, but I didn’t think I was really great at capturing the experience. I also tried collecting mementos but because we moved so often, and my mom is a neat freak, she would go through all of my precious “memories,” aka junk, and toss it.  

So anyways, I was at a boarding school in Switzerland when I first stumbled upon photography and using a darkroom. At the time, we didn’t have a photography program at our school, but while working with a new teacher, we uncovered an unused darkroom in the gym. She really took the initiative and ordered all the chemicals and papers we would need to get the darkroom up and running. I helped by collecting a list of students who would be interested in a photography class or after school program, and a passion was born! All through my sophomore, junior and senior year, I was in the darkroom with all of my extra time. I was convinced that when I got to University my degree would be in photography and someday be a “professional.”

I went into the University of California, Riverside as an undeclared major and immediately applied for the photography program but was promptly rejected. My 18-year-old self-confidence was shaken. I didn’t declare a major for 2 more years until I found the film and digital media program. In that degree program, I was able to explore the world of digital photography. The world of the darkroom was transferred to a computer, and I was hooked. I ended up with an unpaid internship at Disney, but in order to pay for the commute, I got a full-time job at Ritz Camera. While working there, I bought my very own DSLR started working for/with some of the customers looking for guidance or someone to take pictures for them.

I continued taking pictures when I moved back to San Diego for friends and family, but it wasn’t until last year that I made my photography an official business.  Currently, I work on the weekends doing mostly family photography and weddings.  I love the way you end up seeing a very personal part of people’s lives. You capture a moment in a way that no other medium really can. I love the way people respond to the pictures when they receive them. It’s wonderful giving people something tangible that their families will cherish and carry with them.

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