“We are currently Tara’s cover models and love all the pictures she captured of our family in action. She manages to shoot those moments when you’re just rapt with your kids. I loved her attention to us before and after the shoot as well; she builds a relationship with her clients and it’s easy to understand how people look so natural and at ease in her photos once you’ve met her.”

– Shannon Hughes, Raumati

“I had spoken to many photographers and Tara just has a way to make you feel comfortable. I am so happy with the beautiful photos. They are amazing. What was even better though was the session that felt like an afternoon of pampering. The makeup artist was incredible and Tara made me feel really comfortable. Holding the space and reassuring me when I felt only once a little vulnerable moment which she captured beautifully. Loved it and would highly recommend.”

– Lynda Johnson, Kapiti

“Tara has profound vision enhanced through her lens seeing only the absolute beauty in all her clients.
I was privileged enough to have had a glamour session with her. I had followed a weight loss programme and lost 33 kgs and as a gift was supposed to travel to Auckland for a session with a company they used. I am strongly led by my intuition and it never felt right.
I felt like Tara was an instant friend and that made the session so easy. It went overtime, to say the least lol, but I was never rushed and all my fashion whims were carried out.
To have this kind of vision is a true gift and a blessing that the world is able to share and then be assisted to see themselves as the truly beautiful woman we all are.
I am privileged now to call Tara a friend and a treasure in my life.
Bless yourself with a session. It is life-changing and you will not regret it.”

– Lou Watkins, Raumati

“Recently had a special day with Tara and her team, who came and pampered me and took a range of photos that turned out amazing. Tara is so down to earth and friendly, she immediately puts you at ease, and she has the ‘eye’ for getting amazing shots. It was a fun filled amazing day with results that I will always treasure. The sort of photos you will never regret having done. Thanks so much Tara. Love your work!”

– Renee Torrington, Tawa

“Kia ora Tara you did such an amazing photo shoot for me and my girls. I’m so grateful to you for capturing those special moments, but most of all seeing the way you captured our Manawa in the photos. Love my photos and can’t wait till I get my frame. You are one talented woman. Can’t wait to show Tui Eilish and Niamh the photos.”

– Bianca Tahere, Otaki

“When Tara first showed us the photos it brought tears to my eyes – the images were beautiful beyond expectation, and captured our little guy so perfectly. A wonderful record of our life. The shoot itself was so relaxed and easy, and the whole experience was delightful. Rohan loved having her with us and suddenly became a photographers dream subject – she has a fantastic way with children and is able to capture their best. We would recommend her to anyone!”

– Anna Burns, Paraparaumu

“We were absolutely blown away by the photos from our day with Tara, my 2 year old son was being rather eh hem… challenging, yet Tara still managed to get the most amazing photos! Her ability to relax the kids in front of the camera was great. Tara just let the kids do their own thing, she is incredibly patient and just seems to click that camera at the perfect moment!”

– Lauren-Beth Stitt, Waikanae

“We adore the photos Tara captured of our little family. It was relaxing and fun having Tara document our family Sunday brunch, she’s a real pro at capturing those special moments. And also as a Mum of 3 herself she has a wonderful warmth and ease around kids, which helped her get great pics (and stopped the small fella from being an endless goof who just wants to poke his tongue out for every pic!)”

– Vic Garlick, Paekakariki

“I love the idea of telling a story through images and when I heard that one of Tara’s specialities was doing just that, well, I promptly added “family photos” to the top of my upcoming birthday wish-list! We’re not a sit-down-smile-and-pose kind of family, oh no, so when Tara said she’d come into our home and just snap away while we carried on with our day, that suited us perfectly. The session was super relaxed and fun! She gave us all time to warm up then chill out. Oh my gosh, the photos! They are absolutely gorgeous!! I’m so in love with my family, hehehe. Tara, you rock! Thank you, thank you xx”

– Norrita Attwood, Raumati

“I had the pleasure of meeting Tara when I had a mini glamour shoot as part of a local pamper events for mums – she is an amazing photographer and all-round human being! She made me feel beautiful and at ease, and the results of the shoot were stunning. Tara prides herself in offering the personal touch and this was evident throughout all our interactions. Thoroughly recommend her!”

– Amy Ardern, Otaki

“Tara is an extraordinary talent and person. She had the ability to capture inner beauty and translate it into art with stunning results. I had the pleasure of being photographed by Tara and when I saw my images for the first time I got a bit emotional. It is important for woman to see different sides to themselves. Thank you so much Tara.”

– Amalia Calder, Paraparaumu

“We used Tara to photograph our daughters.
She is a warm and friendly lady who puts you at ease as soon as you meet her. Our daughters bonded with her and Tara captured not only some wonderful photos but a moment in our family’s history that we hold very dear to our hearts.
I highly recommend Tara.”

– Catherine Gleeson, Snells Beach

“Tara photographed me when I was at the end of my first pregnancy. She has such an amazing presence that made me feel comfortable and relaxed. It definitely showed in the photos. She is so talented, I couldn’t pick a favourite out of all of the photographs taken, so I have a dozen up on the wall!”

– Jessie Osland, Palmerston North

“Tara took a wide range of photos of my family and followed us through a bunch of everyday activities. She coped really well with my raggle-taggle bunch of kids, and managed to snap some wonderful moments that I wouldn’t have ever thought to photograph myself.”

– Fern Campbell, Raumati

“As a new business owner I worked with Tara to get some special photos done to put on my website. I needed the pictures to be used both on the website and in print in the future. She was able to capture the beauty of my handmade products and also capture some of the more subtle things such as mood and feeling in the shots. This was exactly what I wanted.

Tara has a lovely way about her, her easy going nature made it a wonderful stress-free experience. The photos that we ended up with captured the products perfectly and were edited to suit the theme/feel we wanted to give our site.

Highly recommend this business!”

– Penina Smith Hitti, Paraparaumu

“Tara created two wonderful commission pieces for me as gifts to my adult children. One was of my beautiful daughter, Ashley and her furry family, our ferret Bonnie and our black cat, Francis. The other was a gift of memories for my son on his graduation, which included things he was interested in at that time. Both prints are treasured gifts and I couldn’t have been happier with what Tara created!”

– Juli Cady Ryan, USA

“I have been privileged to have Tara undertake a number of commissions for me, both personally and for a business.

My daughter was turning 21 and we wanted something special to mark the occasion. Tara was the consummate professional and really made our daughter feel wonderful. She guided her through the modelling process, and worked in some challenging conditions on location. The resulting work was outstanding! I found it extremely easy to work with her, and loved her eye for detail and her understanding of her subject.

She has also created a number of digital artworks.
I turned to Tara to help create my business logo. I had some basic ideas and she worked her magic on them to create a striking and beautiful composition which I was proud to put my business name to. I appreciated how she listened to what it was I was trying to achieve, and helped me tease out the ideas to reach that goal.

Tara is my ‘go to gal’ for all things photographic. She has proven time and time again her skill and her professionalism.”

– Bernice Van Gils, Featherston


Kapiti Coast photographer Tara Lemana specialises in contemporary portraits of you and your loved ones. With a passion for capturing someone's true magic, Tara's signature products include a luxurious Couture Portrait Session for women and the documentary-style Family Storyteller sessions.


Glamour & Couture Portrait Photography
Elegant photo sessions for real women to feel like a goddess.
Butterfly Sessions
Coming-of-age portraits for young women.
Family Photography
Styled but relaxed Family Connections sessions or documentary-style Storyteller shoots.

Finalist for the 2020 NZIPP Expressive Photographer of the Year

NZIPP Associate of Photography

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