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nice to meet you.

I'm Emily. I grew up in Tarrytown, New York in a family of artists; of writers and painters and photographers and musicians. My dad had a small shoebox-sized gallery right off Main Street. My stepmom had a film camera glued to her hand, and us six kids knew the line "stay still-- it's a dollar a shot!" all too well. When I look back at those pictures (pictured below), of the realness of our life back then, I feel so grateful that our life was captured. Now, things are different, as they almost always are when we grow up and move out and start to embrace the world around us. But in some way, the photos that we have continue to keep that time of our lives alive. 

That's why, when I started inevitably taking my own photos after moving to Birmingham, I wanted them to be real. I wanted them to capture the season of life that those around me are in, not just what the people look like. I want my photos to remind you of that messy, beautiful, overwhelming, imperfect new baby period. Or to make you taste those Saturday morning cinnamon rolls again. Or to remember how your love felt when it was crazy and passionate and simple and new. I want you to remember your life the way that I remember mine-- as real, in every way, marker on the wall and all. 

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Photos of our life by Tara Shannon 

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