We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Bustamante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
There is a quote that was found written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s house, that I love. It reminds me to stay true to myself, live my life with kindness, compassion, and without worry about what others think of me. “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you; Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am not only a photographer, but also an art teacher. I love everything about the creative process, and while a lot of the time I am getting paid for photoshoots- there are times I am setting up shoots just purely for the sake of creating art. I love creating joyful images full of life and movement. My absolute favorite thing is working with dancers and athletes, I’m a sucker for a great action shot. There is just something so magical about being able to freeze a body in motion. If I could spend the rest of my life photographing dancers, I’d be one happy lady. It helps that I have a deep, undying love of dance. I danced up until my first year of college, so I understand the dancer brain, and I obsess over the details of a shot. From lighting to their lines to their feet- there are so many details that make a perfect dance shot. It has taken a quite few years to build my business up to where it is now. It has not always been easy. I teach art full time, so I have chosen to build my photography business slowly. I love teaching, and have tried to keep a balance between the two careers. The busier I get with photo shoots, the harder it gets to have a good work/family balance. Because photography is such an extension of myself, I feel my brand and business should really represent how I live my life. I want my business to always be associated with integrity, and the highest quality of work. Created by someone who truly cares about the client and the client experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The metroplex is full of great places. I’d head to The Yard or Snug on the Square in downtown McKinney for lunch. And of course a trip to the Dallas Museum of art- it is my happy place. Bonus- it’s super close to Klyde Warren Park, so if you get hungry you can hop on over to the food trucks there for a snack! If I was heading for a night out, The Freeman is Deep Ellum is a really cool for New Orleans food and jazz.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Most definitely my husband, Sergio and my family. They are my rock and the biggest supporters of my art, and business. My amazing community of friends/photographers from all over the world- we bounce ideas off of each other, we support each other, and build each other up. It’s truly community over competition with these amazing photographers- Lydia Russell, Abbie Beck, Emily Van Gorder, Sanna Helena, Sophie Wilson, Whitney Sims and Erin Valkner.
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All images by Tara Bustamante 7 Twenty-Nine Photography