My name is TahJah Harmony, and I am the whimsical creative behind Quaint & Whim. I get to learn the narrative of your story and be able to express that through photography. I get to show you how the little moments get to tell the biggest stories.
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t speak up for yourself, because you are such a “people pleaser”…it’s one of those silly things we do because we don’t want to be a bother, but I’ve come to realize that anytime I’ve done something as small as, telling the barista that my coffee isn’t the way I ordered it. Usually, no one complains, and I get to enjoy my $5 coffee!
I mean really who wants to spend their hard earned money on something they don’t want?!
Stephanie and I shared this topic over lunch, and we thought that other people could relate, so she invited me over to her Podcast Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson.
I honestly think that Fontainebleau State Park is one of my favorite locations in South Louisiana for photos! I honestly feel like the light there is magic – and here are some of my favorite images from the Carrier family at this location!
I had the honor a few years ago of photographing the Dean’s 10 year vow renewal! So when they were expecting their newest addition to the family I was so excited to document this season for them as well.
The Dean family truly knows how to shower someone with love and grace…and I can’t even imagine how much that will amplify when their little lady enters the world. Here are a few of my favorite moments from their session:
Creative Health Podcast Episode 04 with the founder of the Rising Tide Society, photographer, and head of Community at Honeybook Natalie Franke (@nataliefranke on Instagram). In this episode, Natalie joins host TahJah Harmony to discuss the importance of building a community of like-minded individuals, how to rest, and when/how to be vulnerable on social media.
In this episode Natalie talks about:
The Importance of Finding a community
The Rising Tide Society
Rest after brain surgery
When/how and even IF you need to be vulnerable on Social Media
Connect with a local Tuesdays Together Chapter
Have a group of people you trust to really “fall apart” in front of
When it comes to being more open on social media, Ask yourself, does my client need to know this about me?
Finding Your Worth Outside Your Work (w/ Nathan Rocky)
Creative Health Podcast Episode 03 with film portrait photographer (@nathanrocky on Instagram). In this episode, Nathan joins host TahJah Harmony to discuss the importance of not intertwining your worth into your work, defining the people who give your work feedback, and the importance of taking a break from your job to work on your art.
In this episode Nathan talks about:
Separating your commercial and art work (So that you are still creating for the art of it!)
Defining the people who give you feedback
How rest can spark new creativity
Instead of trying to impress strangers on the internet find people in your life that can truly give you constructive feedback
Don’t forget to rest – it will help you find creative clarity
Find work that reminds you why you love what you love
If you only work on the job part of your creative process, you’ll quickly burnout
Things We Mention:
Music: Noah Gundersen, John Mark McMillan, Ennio Morricone
Living Your Life Over Making Money (w/ Adam Vicarel)
Creative Health Podcast Episode 02 with Handletter+Art Director Adam Vicarel (@adamvicarel on Instagram). In this episode, Adam joins host TahJah Harmony to discuss how taking a step outside, protecting your time, and how traveling for long periods of time fully disconnected can help you feel massively inspired, refreshed, and prevent burnout.
In this episode Adam talks about:
The importance of stepping from behind your computer to go outside
Protecting your time
How being a human is more important than making money
Set times to check your email (Maybe even a certain day a week you work e-mail free!)
Turn off your notifications
Plan non-work related it can be traveling somewhere or even going to a local comedy show, to get out of creative blocks
I seriously cannot believe I am typing the blog post to my very first Podcast! I’ve been talking about this idea for years, and I have been working on it for months – so to have it launched to the public is super exciting and a little nerve wrecking.
In this episode we discuss what this Podcast is about as well as a little bit about me, your host!
What is the Creative Health Podcast?
Well, It’s a place for likeminded professional artist to talk about the things they learned along the way to stay creatively healthy so that they can produce their best work. If you’ve turned your hobby into a professional career and have been wondering how to push past overwhelm to work from a place of consistency than this show is for you.
As creative professionals we don’t often get to talk about the valleys in our careers and focus more on the peaks (and that isn’t our WHOLE story) the weight we put on our work, the insecurities that go into our posts, and we often gain validation though the work we produce...After all, we don’t share our lows because we don’t want to be complaining or sound ungrateful for literally living our dream jobs!
I’m looking forward to sharing these stories with you while we explore the idea of Creative Health together.
I am currently sitting at the airport ready to ring in the New Year in the Sunny State of California – and to pass the time for the longest layover ever – I wanted to share this beautiful in home family session.
As soon as I walked into the Crochets’ Family home….I instantly wanted to redecorate my home. It has a boho and minimalist touch that I really loved. While mama was getting her newest addition of the family ready for photos…I got to spend time playing with her sons. Her oldest boy even tried to assist me taking photos of his baby sister with his mom’s phone!
See how insanely adorable this family is? The Crochets thank you so much for letting me into your home to capture photos of your sweet family.
About the photographer
TahJah is a lifestyle photographer specializing in documenting intimate moments in various seasons of your life (from I dos to babies)
If you are interested in booking a session click the link below
I sit here trying to reflect on 2018 drinking coffee all while trying not to get crumbs from a coffee cake stuck in between my keyboard…
That scenario made me laugh because it made me think this is my 2018. It was as sweet as it was sticky, and it was a constant management on my end to make sure the sticky didn’t get lodged between the cracks.
The highs were highs and the lows were low my friend. Which makes me feel a little indifferent about this season. Brene Brown has a quote where she mentions that you can feel equally as sad as you feel happy at the same time. So if this year was graphed the peaks leveled out with the valleys.
I will always see the silver lining…I have gained so much growth. I turned 30 and felt like I had a huge awakening into adulthood! But here are some of my favorite wins to celebrate from this year:
I photographed over 100 sessions
I was contracted to work on some amazing commercial projects
But this year I learned how important it is to be Resilient.
re·sil·ience : the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Learning how to pick myself up from being knocked down, and to preserve when I felt the most exhausted was so valuable. I wouldn’t have had those wins this year without that perseverance.
This is why I knew I wanted it to be my word for of the year for 2019. To continuously remember to keep going, great things take a lot of work, and that work is worth it. And I am SO very excited to share what is in store for 2019!
This time of the year is SO busy! It is one of my favorite times of the year because that means I get to do the thing I love MOST! (MAKE PHOTOS!) I seriously feel like a kid on Christmas morning the day before photo day.
But with spending so much time shooting and driving, that also means that I have to spend a lot of time in front of my computer editing.
I found this on the internet and it’s so perfect!
Over the years of editing marathons I have a few quick tips to help you be productive (and sane!) while spending most of your day in front of the computer!
Morning ME Time
I firstly do my morning routine, and I ALWAYS no matter what change out of what I was sleeping in (even if I change into more PJs!) After that I make some coffee and either sit in my favorite chair in my sunroom, or in the backyard and drink my coffee without looking at the screen.
Check E-mail Get Tasks Done
The very next thing I do is I spend time getting all my e-mail done, and any other additional tasks like dropping off packages, going to the bank, making my bed, etc.
Turn off Notifications
Once my e-mail is checked I will put my computer and phone on DO NOT DISTURB mode.
Edit to Entertainment
I recommend long format entertainment like an hour long podcast, TED talk, or Netflix episode. This keeps my mind engaged while I work and also on a set timer. After working for an hour I will give myself a break to walk around, get more coffee, prep a snack and give my eyes a rest from the screen.
Make Healthy Snacks + get the Crockpot going
In the morning I start a roast so that I can have dinner by the end of the day I usually don’t like to eat meals while I’m editing…but I will snack a lot! My favorite things to snack on apples+peanut butter, hummus and bell peppers, and all the popcorn.
Workout MID day
This is a hard one because I love working out early in the morning – but if I take a late afternoon class it gives me a reason to not be in front of my screen for an hour and a half. Which makes me feel more motivated to get back to editing. I usually take a Pure Barre or a Yoga class so I don’t get too sweaty or have to think about my workout.
Upload + E-mail galleries in bulk
This is my favorite productive time-savor. Organize all your exports in folders – and when you get a bulk done upload them during your break and prepare your e-mails (Make sure you have an e-mail template you can customize to save more time!)
So yeah, here are my editing tips to keep you sane while being in front of the computer all day! Because of these little routines I actually really look forward to my editing marathons and can keep pretty focused and productive.
Do you have any tips on how you survive editing marathons? I would love to know.