Hallo, I'm Tara

Dog Mom, Photo Taker, List Maker … who lives in an actual Zoo. 

And yes, I am quite tattooed too.  You can find my animals on one of my arms, references to my family on the other, little messages to myself about life on my legs, and something that I just thought was really pretty on my shoulder.  Together with my partner Ken, I live in Hamilton, New Zealand.  I’m not even kidding about the Zoo! 

Our very own menagerie consists of Nixie Lix (a stunning, but lazy, American Bulldog/Greyhound X), Bogie the Hammer (an absolutely delightful French Bulldog) and my long suffering fatty cat Napoleon James Dynamite.  A couple of years ago we lost our pup Django Lix (10 months old, very questionable origins) – so you’ll see photographs appearing regularly of all our family members, they are very used to my camera.  I’m also very very aware of how important printed memories of our pets are.  Our house is full of photographs and artwork of ‘the kids’

I specialise in Pet Photography, Underwater Photography and Business Lifestyle/Documentary imagery.

My photographs have a pretty distinct style – I like lashings of colour, lots of texture, loads of definition and very very cool lighting. Visually intense stuff is how one of my friends refers to my work.

Where possible, I much prefer to shoot outdoors using natural light and to make the most of New Zealand’s sublime scenery. When I can’t get outside, I have a small mobile studio that I like to use to create dramatically lit fine art portraits.

I’m also one third of The Pet Posse – we offer the best Pet Photography Workshops in New Zealand. We specialise in on-location workshops for all levels of photographers.

I’ve won an award – a Bronze Award at the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers IRIS Awards.

I’ve been published – my editorial work has appeared online and in print, most recently in the New Zealand Geographic book Southern Exposure.

I jointly self published a Recipe Book.  After having Weight Loss Surgery (Gastric Bypass RNY in 2015), I collated and photographed a book for WLS patients.  You can read more about this part of my life on my site Allergic to Sugar.

My photographs are also often used by WashBar as part of their branding and I am very proud of our partnership.

I have been part of a fundraising campaign for Hamilton Zoo and many of my underwater photographs have been used by websites such as Global Dive, Book Your Dive and Scubadvisor.

And if that’s not enough (I feel like I’m gloating but really I’m just an oversharer!) …

Q & A with Tara Sutherland on Storyline

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