tarasimonphoto :: A great door opens every time we walk our own way. Not the way of the world, not the way of the other, but the way that is encoded in the bones of our being. It is not easy to open the great door in an inauthentic world, but open it we must. On the other side of the door, our real life awaits. There are many great doors to come as we shed our cloaks of falsity and embrace our deepest truths. Walk with your head high and your heart open. The universe responds to authentic transformation. Nothing false will do. Out with the old, in with the true… #jeffbrown :: With @jadealectra 🏻 in the fake Sahara desert. 4d

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tarasimonphoto :: a girl that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up #maewest :: unless she wants to, of course . : @red_dodge & @bethanyantonelli 4d

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tarasimonphoto :: kiss me, and you will see how important I am. #sylviaplath :: #model: @athenaperample #photoby: @tarasimonphoto 7d

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tarasimonphoto :: g e t i n v o l v e d :: indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. #jkrowling
Today I had the pleasure of being involved with a fantastic group of people who not only cut hair for the local homeless community, but are also trying to raise awareness on a broader spectrum. This soon-to-be nonprofit organization was started by my friend Dustin a few months ago. He calls it #LovingTheLeast @youfirstproject- a small group of people doing some really powerful work. Today I snapped a few photos, including this one, but I mostly wanted to hear people's stories. Sometimes that's all they really want or need. To be heard. A smile. A hug. Eye contact. To be felt like they are also human. To know that there are people who care. And the recognition that this is a real problem that won't be dismissed if we just ignore it. I've been avoiding this day for a while because I knew that it would stir up many emotions for me. I could not help but cry immediately upon talking to this woman Shawna, who escaped a very dangerous and abusive husband and has nowhere to live but on the streets with her dog Maggie. This is just the tip of the iceberg for me and there's much more I wish to say on this topic and experience. But I will leave this here for now and if you've read this far and would like to volunteer in some way, shape or form, please reach out! I will be putting together a series of portraits soon to help this amazing group of people so stay tuned for ways you can help even if you're not local.
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tarasimonphoto :: d e p a r t u r e 1.2 :: sometimes the people with the greatest potential often take the longest to find their path because their sensitivity is a double-edged sword - it lives at the heart of their brilliance, but it also makes them more susceptible to life's pains. good thing we aren't being penalized for handing in our purpose late. the soul doesn't know a thing or two about deadlines... #jeffbrown :: #model: @lgorm #photoby #me: @tarasimonphoto 1w

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tarasimonphoto :: d e p a r t u r e 1.0 :: sometimes I wonder what a life would be like without pain. but then I wonder: would we truly know joy? #model: @jadealectra #photoby @tarasimonphoto 1w

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tarasimonphoto I have a little personal story to share with you, so stay with me for just a few moments.... A couple of weeks ago my sister @ashsim0 shared something with me about our dad, who passed away almost six years ago. I only knew part of this story.... My dad was always the creative one: he could draw and was always the family photographer, (not a surprise this is where I get it from!). You knew my mom took a photo if it was pretty much just the tops of our heads and mostly wall (love you mom!). We have TONS of photos back when people actually got filmed developed. Anyway, she told me that my dad had always wanted to be a photographer and when he and his older brother went off into the Air Force they wanted to send him to photography school since he was so good. But he didn't want to be separated from his brother. My dad chose his family over his passion. As I write this it brings tears to my eyes of both joy and sadness. That was the part of the story I never knew - him never accomplishing his photography dreams. Having left my soul-sucking job last fall to pursue my photography dreams I feel as though I am also being guiding by him - giving me little forward pushes. And his passion has now become mine almost intrinsically. A reminder that even if someone you love is not physically with you, they really are in some form or another. All is not lost but forever found. This is a piece of portraiture work with my client @ghazzzzzz. #hair and #makeup by the always fabulous @red_dodge_mua 2w

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tarasimonphoto :: and if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee #nietzsche :: #model: @kenan_eames #photoby: @tarasimonphoto 2w

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tarasimonphoto :: "when were you born?", he asked her, right before she jumped into the sea. she said, "the day I stopped pleasing them and started pleasing me." :: ROAD TRIP SERIES {#5} with @jadealectra and #photoby @tarasimonphoto #ThroughANewLens 3w

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tarasimonphoto :: a bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings :: Unlock your f$&king potential!!! Nothing good ever comes from playing it safe. see what I did there? Some pun action for you @jadealectra in an old abandoned safe somewhere in the #Nevada desert. Part of our ROAD TRIP SERIES {#4}. #photoby @tarasimonphoto 3w

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tarasimonphoto :: I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion - and where it isn't that's where my work lies. #RamDass :: A capture of my beautiful (not-yet-a-model-but-totally-needs-to-be-one-ASAP) friend, Monica @mduboski I snapped over the weekend. I will be moving to #dtla sometime soon. New beginnings, opportunities and adventures! #photoby: @tarasimonphoto #dress: @forloveandlemons 3w

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tarasimonphoto Don't let the flowery camera strap fool you. I'm all fire and brimstone and badassness :: alter ego :: Channeling my inner Russian assassin. Except I shoot with Canons. What shall I name her? #selfportrait :: Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from the universe. BE. YOU. :: 3w

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tarasimonphoto | NOT OK | :: Look around you and look inside you. How many people do you think are settling? I will tell you: a hell of a lot of people. People are settling every day into okay relationships and okay jobs and an okay life. And do you know why? Because okay is comfortable. Okay pays the bills and gives a warm bed at night and allows one to go out with co-workers on a Friday evening to enjoy happy hour. But do you know what okay is not? Okay isn’t thrilling, it isn’t passion, it isn’t the reason you get up every day; it isn’t life-changing or unforgettable. Okay is not the reason you go to bed late and wake up early. Okay is not the reason you risk absolutely everything you’ve got just for the smallest chance that something absolutely amazing could happen. :: | ROAD TRIP SERIES {#3} | #photoby: @tarasimonphoto / #model: @jadealectra #portboxwithmad #ThroughANewLens 3w

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tarasimonphoto ️ Do YOU want a photo like this? Contact me for booking and rates.️|| ROAD TRIP SERIES {#2} || :: I do not want to have you to fill the empty parts of me. I want to be full on my own. I want to be so complete I could light a whole city. And then, I want to have you cause the two of us combined could set it on fire. #RupiKaur :: #photo and #edit: @tarasimonphoto #model: @jadealectra floating inside of an abandoned bus. 🏻A little something different for you all. Let me know what you think!! #ftwotw #ThroughANewLens 3w

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tarasimonphoto Another #BTS teaser of epic road trip with @jadealectra and @lgorm at the sand dunes. We ended it with a bang, or rather a #haboob! Tomorrow I will have more photos for you! #ThroughANewLens 3w

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tarasimonphoto :: maybe the journey isn't about becoming anything. maybe it's about un-becoming everything that isn't really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place :: all those years of negative chatter in your head telling you you're not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not ready. It's false. Lies. Mental illusions. So unravel them from your mind. Your body. Strip them away. And leave them to the worries of the wind. ️ the first of many shots from my epic road trip with @jadealectra and @lgorm. #photoby #me @tarasimonphoto. You can't tell but the wind was so fierce that we all almost blew away! And I still have a piece of sand stuck in my right eye! 😬 definitely the harshest shooting conditions yet but (almost) anything to get the shot, right? Stayed tuned for more magic! #portboxwithmad #ThroughANewLens 3w

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tarasimonphoto A little #bts sneak peek of my photography adventure with @jadealectra and @lgorm. Today we shot at the breathtakingly beautiful Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. Yesterday we shot at a ghost town in Nelson Nevada. Now off to Sedona and tomorrow my favorite stop! I'm keeping it a secret for now but follow our crazy snapchats for more behind the scenes! SNAPCHAT: oodora #portboxwithmad #ThroughANewLens 4w

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