The Creative Motherhood Journey with Tara Ruby

  • 09 Jan 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Hampton Inn & Conference Center 319 Speen Street, Natick MA


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The Creative Motherhood Journey

with Tara Ruby, Cr.Photog

Monday, January 9, 2023

Registration starts at 9 AM

Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hampton Inn & Conference Center
319 Speen Street, Natick MA

Motherhood images can be rewarding but challenging. From the moment a woman learns she is pregnant, up until she sends her baby away to college, any image can be considered a motherhood moment. My program focuses on the beginning of this journey, to include maternity, birth, fresh 48, newborn and breastfeeding portraits. We will discuss how to capture beautiful maternity portraits using custom gowns from Sew Trendy Accessories and how to include the entire family into the portrait session. We will cover the intimate moments of a birth story, capturing that very first breath of new life and those most precious first moments as a family or maybe the fresh 48 images that are captured in the first 48 hours of life. I will walk you through what images are expected, the best place to get situated in the hospital room and what images are preferred from this monumental event. Finally we will discuss newborn portraits, basic images and then into the more complicated composites. Breastfeeding images can be taken at a newborn session, and I can teach you on how to work them into your sessions. After we discuss the portrait sessions themselves, I’ll give a brief overview of what and how to sell products from these moments and sessions. We will talk about folio boxes, memory albums and prints. We will also discuss vendors and vendor relationships, props and gear. You will walk away from your time with me ready to tackle everything that is included in the motherhood journey.


Tara is deeply embedded into military life, being a disabled veteran and a military spouse as well as a mother to an Army Officer. She has a sincere love of working to support our US Military and the families nestled within. She has worked to pioneer her own personal style of motherhood and military photography that has earned awards from organizations such as the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) as well as within the Army community. Among hundreds of international publications, her photography has been shared on Facebook over 3.5 million times and featured in Vanity Fair, USA Today, Parents, SELF Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many more. Cosmopolitan magazine has called her work “stunning”, “powerful” and notes that her work caused “the internet to lose its collective mind” and the Gulf Coast Breastfeeding Center said, “Tara Ruby is to Breastfeeding as Ansel Adams was to landscape”. She was also a finalist in Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10ncontest, has images in the full-feature documentary, Homecoming The Film and has her image displayed in the US Army Women’s museum in Fort Lee, VA. Tara is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, holds an Associate's title with WPPI. She also has earned a Craftsman degree from PPA and is 6 merits from her Masters with PPA as well. When she is not behind the camera you will find her working at her small homestead, Ruby Roost & Ranch, where she raises poultry, goats and pigs with her family.

Registration starts at 9 AM

Location: Hampton Inn & Conference Center
319 Speen Street, Natick MA

Monday, January 9 , 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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