This photo is of our talented principal photographer Tara Etrheim (and the adorable Annabelle, the daughter of our assistant manager (Monica) is also featured.) Tara just spent her last weekend with us here at Kio Kreations. She is moving to Lacrosse, Wisconsin with her husband, dog and cat today. We will miss her so much, but know that she will do great things up in Wisconsin!
Tara came to us quite serendipitously 3 wedding seasons ago. She was actually my waitress at a local Naperville bar. I wanted a fruity beverage and saw a photo of one on the drink menu–and asked her what it was…she did not know what the drink was–BUT she mentioned that she took the photo. I was impressed with the photo and asked if she was interested in working in the wedding industry. We already had an awesome freelance photographer, Amy Christian (of AC Design & Photo), who worked randomly for us, but Amy had found a fulltime career and had less availability for us–so we really needed another photographer. Finding Tara that day was one of the best things that’s ever happened to us!
Not only was Tara already showing talent as a photographer–but she was actually getting an Associates’ Degree in Photography at College of Dupage. So she just got better and better at capturing beautiful photos of our flowers and details. In addition to being awesome at photography, she was also great at setting up weddings and making the decor look perfect. Perhaps this was in part due to her Interior Design background. She also is just an awesome, fun, kind, caring, beautiful person and we love her!!!
Tara has a great website so we will be sure to keep up with her work as she shoots more weddings in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. I have also picked some of my favorite Tara photos and featured them below…