Tara West | FAJO Magazine
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Tara West

Senior photographer

Toronto, Canada

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“I was fortunate to be surrounded by the arts from a very young age. My mother was a choreographer and singer, and I shared her love of dance for many years. My father, an interior decorator, had a great appreciation for the art of photography. I grew up with a studio in my home, where band and dance rehearsals were a daily normal-icy. My family was anything but the ‘nine-to-five’ folk…and that was just fine with me.


“My love for fashion and photography has always
been present. As a child, I would pull my favorite
tear sheets from every issue of Vogue and plaster
them all over my bedroom. I would critique the
clothing, models, sets and photography. After a
few years, I learned how to sew, and made many of
my own clothes. While fashion design seemed to be
my calling, my fondness for photography evolved
from a brief teenage modeling career. I spent a
couple of years on the ‘other side’ of the camera,
only to realize that I was far more engrossed in the photographer’s job!

“Whether it is working with up-and-coming
designers in Toronto, or a creative shoot, I approach every project with a desire to capture the true
essence of it. I am passionate about the collaboration of a creative team to bring all the pieces together and breathe life into those magical moments.

“While my life-long passion for fashion and editorial work is evolving, I am also a hockey Mom (who would have thought!). I have four amazing children in my life, (who keep me young at heart), a new found love of meditation (which keeps my mind focused and grounded), and a love for road trips to Blue Mountain with my family!”