MERAKI: 

This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it.


The longing of our hearts is to create, capture, and multiply love in all it's fullness.  

Our hope is that you would leave your time with us feeling MORE connected then when you arrived.

-Tammy + Tamarah


Featured in the July 2016 issue of Mozi Magazine.


OUR VISION

Our lives are the unfolding of a remarkable story - a journey that not only involves us, but also our loved ones.  Like tree rings, we grow layer upon layer, leaving a legacy of love behind.  And within these layers there are cracks - pain, loss, brokenness.  Our hope is that in the midst of these cracks your rings would keep on growing, that your love, though forever left marked by these cracks would continue on and that your story wouldn’t end in pain, but that hope and love would continue to grow from your lives, leaving you with the most beautiful story to share.  

And just like these tree rings, we hope that we can become part of your story, part of carrying on hope and love.  Because your story is too beautiful to be left untold.

About Us

Hey!   We are Tammy and Tamarah, owners of Meraki + Light. 

We believe in living life honestly and authentically, and portraying that in every image we capture.  If your life looks beautiful and messy, full of laughter and tears, why would you want your photos to look perfect and posed?  We want to capture the real, the raw and the honest.  We want to tell your story as it is.  No lying, no faking, let's just be real.   

And our promise to you is to live our lives authentically here on our page.  We will write honestly about our lives, who we are and the truth of our journey, because if you are going to be real and honest with us, we believe that you need us to be real and honest with you.  Let's build trust, and exchange our lives in the beautiful telling of our stories.  

We believe that there is nothing more beautiful then sharing your life deeply with others - rubbing shoulders and then rubbing off on one another, and building one another up until an entire forest reaching into the sun fully surrounds you.

Let's create beautiful stories together.  

 

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I’m Tammy.  You'll generally find me with a smile on my face because Jesus lights my path.  I can’t be false, I freely express who I am and what is on my heart.  I have three littles, and a fantastic hubby.  I do everything just a little bit loud, whether it’s laugh, cry, or procreate ;).

 I am often told that I make people feel comfortable.  Maybe it’s my shortcomings, but I like to think it’s the openness at which I do life.  I just absolutely adore people - I want to know more about them and their stories.  Most of all, I want people to feel safe and free during their time with me. ‘I take you as you are.’  

Truly, I cannot wait to meet you and spend time honouring your family and your lovely ways.  Everyone has this beauty in their soul yearning to be expressed.  Let’s go there.  Let’s capture that and celebrate it.

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I’m Tamarah.  I’m a child of God, a pursuer of Jesus’ heart, a wife, a mother, a photographer and a storyteller.  I am a deep feeler, I get passionate about creating art from the depths of my heart.  I love loving people - truly, it brings me SUCH joy!  My heart is to build and uplift others, and make them feel like they BELONG, are seen and loved. 

Jesus has everything to do with who I am today.  He literally pulled my life up out of the pits.  I don't believe in judging others, but am choosing to give my life to love like Jesus loves: whole-heartedly, unconditionally.

As your photographer, I want to help you see your loved ones more clearly through the lens of love, and I want to capture the hope that you already carry and simply magnify it for you. I want to help you dream of the most beautiful life and see how beautiful your life already is.  

 

GROW SESSIONS

Our grow sessions are our shorter sessions usually 1-3 hours in length.  These sessions will give you a taste of what we do for our Whole-hearted Sessions.  They are meant to capture small parts of your story, significant moments from your day.  For some this is those early hours of the morning as you sit and sip your coffee while reading a book on the porch with your loved one, or maybe it's a walk to the park with your family, or all those sweet giggly and snuggly moments before bedtime.  Whatever it is that's dear to your heart, we want to capture all those honest, beautiful pieces of it.  For PRICING head to our INVESTMENT page.  

WHOLE-HEARTED SESSIONS

WHOLE-HEARTED SESSIONS are the HEART, and the SOUL behind what we do.  CONNECTION is the focus, and we will provide you with tools and prompts ahead of time to connect with your loved ones.  These sessions are not for someone who is looking for perfectly posed photos, it's true we may take a few of those, but that is not our focus.  We want to spend as much time with you as possible - for it's when you're relaxed and completely "at home" that the magic happens.  

WHOLE-HEARTED SESSIONS are our 6 hour - 24 hour sessions, and our one hour a month for a year or two hours a month for a year sessions. 

Our heart is to get to spend plenty of time with your family, and not only capture all the beauty of your story, but let our lives become beautifully intertwined as we exchange our strength and our light with one another.  These sessions also include journaling prompts and beautiful heirloom books or albums with your images and words. 

For PRICING please head to our INVESTMENT page. 

Not from the area?  That's ok, we love to travel! 

DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Your love story is beautiful, valueable and rare.  There is no other story like yours.  Very simply put, we want to capture your rare, and beautiful love story.  We don't want to pose you and make you feel like someone you are not on this most important day.  We simply want you to BE.  Be connected to your spouse, the family you invited to celebrate with you, your attendants and all the people that have walked along with you through it all.  We want you to spend your day soaking up all the beauty that is within your love story.  We want you to think of your day as a seamless event, rather then a ceremony with a huge break to "get photos" before you spend time with all your guests at the reception.  We want to capture all the beautiful pauses that are so full of life and love.  We want to capture your CONNECTION and the truest version of your story. 

If this sounds like the kind of "laid back, be yourselves" photographer you've been looking for, we'd LOVE to hear from you!!  We work as a team, and both of us have captured weddings solo for years, so you get the strength of two photographers instead of just one!  Our 2018 wedding packages start at $2900 (+tax). 

What matters to you, matters to us. We'd love to capture your day and honour your love story.

If this feels right for you, you can get in touch with us here!

 

Love Art sessions are spending time with your significant other, being your best selves. Somewhere you feel connected, without expectation of anything but beautiful engagement.

'We are astounded by the love we've witnessed. It's an honour to learn so much from our LoveArt couples and see how their love transforms our own marriages. They came and gave deeply of one another, without reservation or expectation. None of this was posed, it was all them being fully connected to one another.' A quote from our blog

Hello. This is Maria. Manuel's mom....
Wow, I have no words right now to describe how thankful and full of joy I feel with your instantaneous and your words... A kind of tears coming in my eyes. I barely can see the screen....
Just feeling grateful about your work. Is beautiful what you do...
Meraki + Light is more than soul, creativity and love. It is magical people that gives you an amazing chapter framed in your life and you will keep it forever...
I just want to thank you Tammy and Tamarah... You got me speechless!...
Gracias...

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“I just walked in the door exhausted from a 12 hour shooting day, and I could not wait to pop your USB into my comp!! Honestly I was brought to tears again, which has NEVER happened before. These images are AMAZING! Absolutely PRICELESS. You have captured my family absolutely perfectly, not missing a single thing. There are soo many things that I LOVE about them. You capture our love, chaos, laughs, snuggles, and honestly everything in between. You are gifted beyond words. Truly I cannot thank you enough!! Please Please keep a standing booking for this type of session for my family every single year. I want you to document our lives as we navigate this crazy life.”

– Carrie Gauthier

 

 

 

"The moments that these ladies captured in the small amount of time they spent with my family were so special to Garrett and I. These are the moments that are worth keeping. The simplicity of real life is what really makes these pictures beautiful. Thank you!"

Lindsey Tetarenko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move me???!!!!??? Are you kidding...they completely melted me!!!! You two are absolutely AMAZING, God has given you both such amazing talent and the fact that you are following HIS guidance and bringing this kind of love and beauty to families in this way is SUCH a huge blessing, you have no idea!!

 

 

Tammy, it was wonderful to have you as our photographer. You captured the essence of who we are and what we wanted for our special moment.

Thank you so very much!

Leo Liendo & Leah Frei

 

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