1. Who is Tania June? That one is easy! I am!Tania June is what my family calls me. I’m half Persian and roughly translated “joon” means my dear, my heart, my love. Since Tania is hard enough to spell I decided to Americanize the spelling and go with Tania June. I love the duel meaning between honoring both my Persian and American cultures and the romantic sound and meaning.
2. How would you describe your photography style? I really believe that to get the best pictures possible my clients need to be relaxed and happy. So that’s always my goal first and foremost. I always try to meet with my clients at least once before their session and get to know them as people. Once they are in front of the camera I will do whatever it takes to get them to relax- I dance, sing, jump, make awkward comments, etc. I like to keep in contact with my clients and many of them are now close personal friends. I also would describe my style as natural, soft and romantic. I love beautiful lighting and natural settings. Almost all of my portraits are done outside and a good amount of weddings are as well. I want photos that you will hang in your house for decades and smile every time you walk by them. And I think getting your photo taken should be FUN! So it will be.
3. What equipment do you shoot with? I’m a Canon girl! (Sorry Nikon!). I shoot with a 5d Mark ii which is an incredible camera! I like to experiment with different lenses and post processing techniques as well.
4. How did you get into photography? To keep it short and sweet it’s in my blood! My dad loved photography and we have some beautiful family shots he took with an old film camera. I grew up fascinated with those pictures and still love going through them. I got my very own first camera when I was 3- it was plastic and I said “click” when I took “pictures”. I loved taking pictures of my stuffed animals and family and took it with me everywhere. I upgraded to a real camera of my very own around 12 years of age when we moved to Iceland. I found some amazing things to take pictures of- geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, streams, iceburgs, puffins, villages, etc. When we moved to Texas and I started high school I loved taking my camera to school and took pictures of everything. All the time. Everywhere. This continued into college and my high school nickname of Paparazzi followed me my entire college career.
In 2007 I upgraded from a point and click camera to a DSLR. My eyes were opened to an entire new world and I became obsessed with finding people to model for me on weekends….then people started calling and asking me! And offering to pay me! What a gig! I pursued photography part time for several years when I finally decided to make the leap and go full time. One of the top 10 best decisions of my life- hands down.
5. What do you do in your spare time? Spare time? What??? Just kidding. Quite a bit actually! My husband and I are very involved in our church and enjoying hanging out with our groups there. I love to cook and decorate as well as craft. In fact, my mother and I have a joint side venture where we make over old furniture and house items. It’s really fun and keeps me creative in a different way. I love to write and enjoy reading anything I can get my hands on. Scott and I love having dinner parties and board game nights, and we both cherish any time we get with our friends, family and our fur children
6. What’s your favorite shoot? I can’t pick. I simply can’t! I love something different about each one of them!
7. How do you pronounce your name? It’s pronounced how people would pronounce Tonya or Tanya…Tawn yah.Not TAN yah….but I will respond to whatever remotely sounds close at this point
8. What can I expect from a session? You will have fun! From the point you initially contact me, we will discuss what you are looking for and I’ll tell you about myself. Hopefully we can do this in person! I will show you sample albums of past events and we’ll get to know each other over a cocktail, coffee or milkshake (whichever you prefer!). Once we determine we are a good match we will start discussing the details of the shoot and any questions you might have. A lot of my clients ask me to come to their homes so I can get a good idea of their style and space and we can start planning where and how they want to display their prints (after all…printing is one of the most fun parts!)
On the day of the session itself we will meet at the location and begin shooting. I like to keep it relaxed and have conversations in between shots. Once we are done shooting I’ll start the post editing process and within 2 weeks have your session or event up on a viewing page for you to purchase shoots. And we can still meet up for milkshakes anytime you want!
9. What should I wear? This question deserves a whole category of blog posts on its own, but as a general rule I would advise you to stay away from anything with writing on it and to experiment with layers, pairing classic solids with some fun trendy prints. I encourage my clients to bring outfit changes- don’t worry, we will hold up a blanket and shield you as you change in an alley way. True story.
10. What’s the best way to get in touch with you? Any way you like! I check email regularly on my iPhone, and respond to calls and texts as well. You can even catch me on twitter if you like!