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  • Hey good looking!

    Welcome! I’m so glad you are here. My name is Tania (pronounced like you would Tanya/Tonya) and I believe choosing a photographer is more then just looking at images- it’s establishing a long lasting relationship with someone you enjoy being around who can capture key moments in your lives. Since I see us becoming great, life long bosom friends- here’s a little info about me.

    I have had the opportunity to live all around the world. I was born down south, then moved to the East coast, then to Europe, then finally down to Texas. (I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast as I could!) Since then I have shown to be a hybrid of cultures from the places I have lived- I like to walk and drive fast and talk and eat slow. I love cityscapes and sunsets, hammocks and limos, giant soirees and intimate gatherings. I make it a habit to have a blast wherever I go and whoever I’m with and my friends have dubbed me as the “most friendliest person ever”. (Aren’t they great?)

    I am a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), where I ended up due to an Acting scholarship. After realizing my dream of taking Broadway by storm had fizzled out a little bit, I switched over to Public Relations and Journalism and wrote for 2 separate publications throughout college. While photography is my favorite art, writing is a close second. I love creating a rhythm and pace with words and painting a picture. So since a picture is worth a thousand words…you might get a thousand words to go with it.:)

    I have been obsessed with cameras as long as I can remember and was affectionately nicknamed “Paparazzi” throughout high school and in college. (Hey someone’s got to capture those infamous moments!). I moved into a professional capacity as a photographer in 2009, thus Tania June was born. Tania June is all about romantic, beautiful images with sunshine, love and laughter- some of my favorite things! My literary hero in life is Anne of Green Gables, and just like her I am a redhead with an overactive imagination, so when appropriate I like to bring creative elements and props in to the shoot.

    I’m married to my best friend Scott and we are fur-parents to our 2 mini Australian Shepherds, Boomer and Bella. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ and have been incredibly blessed with a ton in my life. We love having dinner parties, wine and cheese nights and playing board games. Scott and I make a great team and work together to make sure our clients are relaxed, comfortable and happy during their session or wedding. We have become close with most of our past clients and you will probably see them at a wine and cheese night at our house! We’d love to have you as a client/friend too so feel free to give me a call anytime. I’d love to hear all about you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! Is everyone feeling loved!?! Because you ARE!!!:)

I love Valentine’s Day.  Always have!  As a kid it was so fun to craft up some creative gifts for your classmates- and see what you got in return! As a teen it was more about getting to wear red and pink unashamedly and have fun “girl’s parties” with my friends at our house.  In college it was always fun to see what guy I’d go out with that week, and had a pretty constant stream of guys to choose from and buy me flowers (what can I say, I was a player back in the day.  Surprised?)  But my favorite Valentine’s Day ever was 2008.

I had been on 2 great dates with this guy I had just met, named Scott.  He was really kind hearted and godly and cute. He made me laugh and let me talk for hours about nothing and didn’t tell me he couldn’t stand how much I talked and would be breaking up with me now (true story of one of those revolving door college guys…boo your face, sir).  He had asked me a week in advance to spend Valentine’s evening with him for our third date, and I happily agreed.  We had gotten risqué on our second date and held hands (ooooh) but that had been the extent of the “romantic” stuff.  He was such a gentleman!

On Valentine’s 2008 however, I was at work watching all my coworkers get flower delivery after flower delivery after flower delivery.  I was struck with a really intense bought of jealousy and allowed my heart to get really bitter and angry.  ”Valentine’s Day is just commercial and stupid,” (I grumbled to myself) “I don’t even know if this guy likes me.  Probably another dead end relationship.  Tonight probably won’t even pan out.  Why would a nice guy like that want to go out with me anyways…” and on and on and on.

As the day went on, and every single woman in my department got flowers besides me, I got crunker and crunker. (Yes, crunk).

Around 3:30 pm, my coworker ran over to me and said, “TANIA!! You just got a delivery! Come see!” I really thought she was joking and rolled my eyes and said “you are so mean to me”.

In turn, she rolled her eyes, walked down the hall and came back with a giant bouquet of red roses. “These are for you!! Seriously!”

My whole office had been following the Tania-Scott date stories (it was good entertainment) and so as 12 people gathered around me, my shaking hands reached for the card.  I will never, ever forget the message. It said:

“Hey Tania! These flowers are telling you that you are amazing!! Super super amazing;)Scott”

(I have this card framed (bordered with Washi Tape) in our kitchen:))

As the women shrieked and I blinked, I felt a woosh of air leave my lungs. I started to shake and tear up.  I put my hand to my heart (this is a true story!) and blinking through tears whispered to my friend “he really likes me”

She said: DUH.

Haha!!

So that changed my sorry attitude real quick.  Suddenly I couldn’t wait for my date. I left the building proudly carrying my beautiful bouquet, head held high. “he likes me, he likes me!” I went home, got dressed up and at promptly 7pm Scott was there to pick me up.  We went to MiMi’s cafe, I had wine (he didn’t drink at the time, but I sure did!), a wonderful meal and decided to hold off on dessert.

“Now what should we do?” he asked.  I had the beginnings of a plan in my head.  ”Want to go to my parent’s ranch?” I asked him. “I mean it’s like 75 miles away and it’s dark and it’s kind of a silly idea-” “Absolutely” he grinned, cutting me off in mid sentence. “Let’s do it!”

So off we drove to Bells, TX to my parents ranch.  We decided we wanted to stop for dessert but the choices in Bells are limited so we ended up at a gas station that sold Dicky’s BBQ.  There was a man who worked there, named Rich, who smiled at us “city folks” all dressed up and re-opened the closed restaurant so we could snag some ice cream.  He said it was “on the house in the name of love”, and beaming at Rich, Scott took my hand and we drove off toward the gravel driveway of my parent’s ranch.

(After we got engaged 5 months later we went back to thank Rich.  We had thought of him fondly for months and wanted to share how special he made that evening for us.  The times we went the people working there insisted that there never was a Rich working there and that they weren’t open that late, especially on Valentine’s Day.  An angel?  Who knows:))

Once we arrived at the ranch we sat on the wide, wrap around front porch and looked at stars.  It’s so beautiful there.  My parents don’t live there but my grandparents do so we decided to take a walk into the acreage.  There’s over  60 acres so while we didn’t cover all of it we walked into the pitch black clutching each other’s hands for about 20 minutes in silence.  We came to a fence line and we turned to look at each other and gently cupped my face in his hand and said “happy Valentine’s day, Tania” and kissed me.

Stars flew and butterflies were having a dance party in my stomach.  And still, in the back of my mind, “he likes me, he likes me!”

After the kiss, Scott took my hand and said gently, “I better get you home.” In the car, the entire way home we kept glancing at each other and smiling.  After walking me to my apartment door and giving me one last peck on the cheek, he was gone.

And here we are, 5 years later.  So much has happened and so many great memories in between, but in my mind that Valentine’s will be tough to beat.

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Cake Smash in Coppell TX

If you haven’t already checked out Part 1 of this families gorgeous shoot from yesterday then you are missing out! But I will admit the cake smash always holds a special place in my heart- something about the combination of icing, baby giggles, sugar and fresh air that just does it for me.

 

Landon is the most expert cake smasher I have worked with. He is extremely resourceful and figured out that he didn’t necessarily have to get dirty- he could use his candle as a spoon of sorts to dig into the cake and feed himself.

 

There is nothing I can say to do this photo justice…caption contest?:)

 

 

 

I can’t help cracking up whenever I see that picture.  It just makes me happy!! HOORAY CAKE!:)

I would definitely call the smash successful. Great job Landon!:)

 

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