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Conversations with the Inspiring Tara Bielecki

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tara Bielecki.

Tara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started photographing weddings ten years ago when my now husband, who was the photographer in our relationship, asked me to assist him at a wedding. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing technically that day but by the end of it, I knew there was nothing else I’d rather be doing in life. I assisted him for four years, giving me the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of all the technical aspects of photography as well as how to keep a positive and cool head on a wedding day.

My husband was venturing into a new career at a point when I knew I wanted to start my own business, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the transition. While I wouldn’t say it’s been a straight path, I will say that I have been laser-focused on executing the business strategy I had been dreaming of before taking off on my own. The ebbs and flows have been dramatic learning lessons, but after six years, I feel like I am finally hitting my stride and some consistency within the business. I really attribute it to doing the work every day and being surrounded by such an incredible community of peers.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely has not been a smooth road! My husband and I are both entrepreneurs and we were both growing our new businesses at the same time which made for some very stressful moments in life. We wouldn’t change this path for a second thought.

I feel like everyone experiences different types of growing pains in business and we each get from Point A to Point B differently. So, the best advice I can give is to never stop believing in yourself and your talents. It’s easy to doubt yourself when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your business, but it just means you have to find a different path to get to that next goal. There is no one way to grow a business, so trust yourself. And never stop reaching out to your peers! I can’t count the number of times that sound boarding off of another friend in the industry helped me find a fresh perspective!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a fine art film wedding photographer and I specialize in capturing the joy between couples. Photographing on film was a huge game changer! It helped me slow down while photographing, learn to better anticipate and to be even more present with each couple. Since each negative really counts, it so important as a film photographer to be selective of your frames.

I’m probably most proud of the level of customer service and personal details we’re able to inject in the engagement and wedding process. Experience is everything to me and I want my couples to always know how much their memories mean to me. We take this job very seriously and I really hope that’s reflected in the process for them.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
So many women have inspired me! I come from a family of very strong-willed women who have always known how to advocate for themselves and others, and who are vocal but kind.

My mother passed away when I was in my early twenties, so I feel incredibly grateful to those who have just naturally landed in my life and filled that void of women empowerment that my mom had always instilled in me. I’m really lucky that I’m in an industry full of women that are driving their own businesses and believe in our community and lifting one another up!

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo: Rachel Gomez

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