A Special LOCAL Photography Project

I’ve said it before — I love meeting people and hearing their stories. This past week I had coffee with a mom that I’d chatted a little bit with. We have kids in the same grades and we recently ended up in the same Cub Scout Den. The plan was to discuss an upcoming photography shoot and a fabulous idea she has for a very special book. Well this coffee date turned into a 3 hour coffee date {that could have probably gone on but I had to leave town that afternoon}. I left feeling so inspired and excited to share her idea with all of you in hopes that maybe you could help her idea become a reality.

Jen Tarbox Photograpy is local to El Dorado Hills. She does photography because she loves it. Her goal is to never get too big because she doesn’t want to feel like it is work but more of a hobby that she loves. What I really love is that she is not about making a major profit, she likes the idea of shaping her business {and her world} around charity. For example, a percent of proceeds for photo sessions with get donated to a charity. I love this idea and it seems so unique. Her energy was so inspiring and I seriously left our “date” feeling like I should and could do more with all of my little ideas. She is in the process of revamping her website but you can bookmark her site for whats to come and also follow her along on Facebook.

Now, about this amazing project that she is working on and how you can possibly be a part of it. Jen is planning to create a photography book that highlights the everyday life of local children with special needs and life changing illnesses. It is a book that will tell their stories and also offer information on how to find charities that support these illnesses and special needs. It will also talk about how really, we are all capable of so much — regardless of the things that make us different. I really love the idea as I think teaching our kids about diversity and how we treat others regardless of their uniqueness as people is so important. She personally has a cousin with Downs Syndrome and Leukemia and knows a little girl with Cystic Fibrosis. I have friends with children that have Dwarfism, Autism, Aspergers and Cerebral Palsy. All of these children are just that — children. Regardless of their differences.

If you know of someone who would like to be a part of this project, please contact Jen at (916) 605-9202 or jenmiller.tarbox@gmail.com.  If you’d like to be a part of the book, you will get a FREE photo session {and yes, this can include siblings} as well as a FREE book when it comes together. Again, I am so excited to see this project come to life so if you know of anyone that would want to be a part of this, please pass the word.



  1. Very cool post. Ill talk to Jen at school when i see her because next month Jeff is going to be a part of a day where Jeff and a bunch of other people with cool rigs are going to go out and meet kids with special needs and give them rides in their 4wheelers. One of our good friends in our 4wheeling club has a son with special needs and he said, if they just show up with their trucks the kids will be in awe. Its not on a trail, just a parking lot….but will mean the world to these kids.

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