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Things to know before hiring a photographer.

Is the price for all or just session fee?                                                                                                    

Price is session fee only but if want a package will give price for session fee plus package together.

Are the prices with tax include?                                                                                                            

Yes, I add taxes to the total I am giving you.

Where are you located?
We are mobile , and located in Zebulon, NC. We’re licensed in North Carolina serving all counties.
Do you have a contract?
Yes, we have both parties sign a contract at the time of booking.

Where will my pictures be taken?
We shoot at many different outdoor locations as well as for events on location. After we speak to you about your needs & desires for your pictures, I will help you choose the location that works best for your session.

So how does this work?
We schedule a meeting in person or on the phone , whichever more convenient for you. Once you pick a date, I will require a 50% deposit for the date of your session. The deposit can be paid in cash, or money order or credit card. The remainder of the fee must be paid in full before the session starts.

What happens if I cancel/reschedule my session?
If we cancel/reschedule your session due to rainy weather, there is no fee to reschedule. We will check weather night before to cancel due to rain. If you cancel your session for a different reason in order to reschedule there will be no additional fee for the first rescheduling.

If Client shall cancel within ninety (90) days of the event date and if the Photographer does not obtain another assignment for that date, liquidated damages shall be charged in a reasonable amount not to exceed the deposit. A $200 cancellation fee shall be applied if the Client cancels within thirty (30) days of the event date. If you cancel a 2nd time, you will have to pay a nonrefundable payment of $167. to hold your spot for the session.   If cancel the 2nd time there is no refund of any of the money paid out, that includes deposit for booking session.

Do you do in-person viewing?
Yes we do in-person. We will meet at a location that is good for both parties.

How long would it take for me to get my prints after session?
You will get prints within four weeks or sooner after session.

Do you charge a travel fee?
Yes anything over 30 miles from 27597 I charge $.58

** All session options and products include NC Sales Tax . Due to the custom nature of products and services, all sales are final. Prices are subject to change without notice. **

Prep for hurricane

Pick up lose things in your yard & deck. Lose things can fly around & hit your house, car, or someone else property.  Takedown umbrellas, hanging plants & flags. These all can become a danger to everyone around you.  Watch the track of the storm to see how much time has to leave.
Plan your evacuation route by know the route will need to take to get away from the storm. Make sure to have numbers of family members to check on them & also let them know how you are doing.

Prep for hurricane

  • Basic electronics
  • While getting ready for a typical day, list every toiletry you use, then buy a travel size version of each. Pack backup eyeglasses, as well as a first-aid kit, baby wipes, and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.
  • Personal needs
  • Pack an extra phone charger in case you’re fortunate enough to have electricity, and a portable battery pack in case you’re not. Also stash a long-lasting LED flashlight. Pack a small hand-cranked or battery-operated AM/FM radio (with extra batteries).
  • Clothing
  • Pack a few days’ worths. Include layers you can add or remove, plus lightweight rain gear and waterproof boots.
  • Your meds
  • Pack about three days’ worth of each of your medications, which should last until you can get to a pharmacy that’s open. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.
  • The perfect bag
  • Think small and portable. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase with wheels will also do. Just remember, you may literally be running with it.
  • Paperwork
  • Fill a zip-top waterproof bag with photocopies of your birth certificate; driver’s license; Social Security and Medicare cards; the power of attorney and will; any marriage, adoption or naturalization certificates; proof of address; insurance, medical and immunization records; and information about your credit and ATM cards.
  • Food and drink
  • Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are great because they are small and filling, and they come in a variety of flavors.
  • Cash
  • In addition to enough money for a few days, include small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need to buy something out of a vending machine, you don’t want to start asking equally desperate strangers for change.
  • Pets
  • Food, bowls, medication, bedding, leashes & your pets. DO NOT LEAVE PETS BEHIND! Your pets are like your children they are part of the family.
  • Make sure to take pictures of the contents of your house before you have to leave the house for ins purposes. Lock all doors, windows. closes blinds & curtains.
  • If staying put, make sure you have food & water for 3-7 days. Enough pet food for those with animals. Diapers, baby food for babies. Make sure to have a full tank of gas in all vehicles. Have some candles for lighting. If have kids keep some stuff in the area away from windows for them to play with.
  • Do this as the storm enters your area and you settle down for the long haul. Eat perishables first in anticipation of the power going out. Fill your fridge and freezer with bottled water and sealed non-perishable items. The more full your freezer is, the more items there are to retain the cold and keep the overall temperature down. The same applies to the refrigerator.
  • Store as much water and fluids as you can in your fridge so that if the power goes out, it will retain the cold longer; hopefully in time for the power to turn back on.
  • Put all the ice that you have in your freezer into plastic bags. Fill all spaces in your freezer with bags of ice. Freeze water bottles, too.

Be safe during a major storm. Prepare for the worse & hope the best.
Hurricane warning system

Big Scare for me.

So back in Oct 2019 I was losing my vision due to my glucose be so high. Here it is March & my vision is back to the way was before became a diabetic. As a photographer it was a very scary thing had to give up photography.
I can see the difference in my work since vision is back to my normal. My work was not bad when vision was off but not what I liked. Feels good to be able to see through the viewfinder. I am so happy to be back in capturing others memories again.
My glucose as been in the normal range & A1C went from 11.7 to 5.7 in 3 months. Coming up on 6 months check-up in April & I am sure A1C is still 5.7. The only thing I can was do not drink 1 can of soda a day. Never knew high glucose would make you go almost blind. I know better now & grateful to have my vision back. I do not think I could have handled not taking pictures anymore.
This photographer is back at what she loves to do.

Photography & sight

Photography & sight

The scariest thing for a photographer is to lose their vision. So you could imagine me losing my sight of how I felt. I thought I would have to give up taking pictures which I love to do. This was very hard for me to even think about. My business is only a little over a year old. I was not very happy about this. I was like this cannot be happening to me not know. Photography helps me keep busy & mind off my cancer.

Blurry vision

For about a week or two my vision was getting really fuzzy not blurry. I fight cancer so been not feeling myself. I thought my chemo pill was giving me weird side effects. Come to find out my glucose was 676, yes you read that right. My glucose has been raising for 7 months’ little bit till it hit a coma high. Yes, I did say coma high. I walked into the ER, was talking & looked great.

So can be sick & not look at it. You would have not known till told you about all that was happening to me. I thought my thirst was because it was hot out. I was drinking a lot of water. Not think glucose was high. Just thought was another side from the chemo pill.
So when I went in to the doctor for blood work I said my vision was getting really fuzzy. I was told because glucose is so high that your vision is going. I stayed in the hospital for 4 days to get under control.

My vision has always been not great so just thought has you age eyes get worse. Well in my case was not the chemo but diabetes. My eye doctor told me that I did not break any blood vessel which is a good thing. I was told I have very dry eyes. Since been moisturizing my eyes I have gone from nearsighted to farsighted.

I am just glad I can see again to use my camera & continue my photography business. When you cannot see how can you see the beauty in the world. We take our sight for granted. I am grateful that I can do what I love to do which is to capture other’s memories.

Hand washing

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use. Learn more here.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

New Handwashing Campaign: Life is Better with Clean HandsTo to celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15, CDC has launched the Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign. This campaign encourages adults to make handwashing part of their everyday life and encourages parents to wash their hands to set a good example for their kids. Visit the Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign page to download resources to help promote handwashing in your community.
For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s Handwashing website or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Ups & downs

Today makes 34 years. We have had ups & downs but we are still tighter. He has been there for me in sickness & in health, good times & bad. We got married when we both were 20 years old. It was love at first sight. We meet on the CB radio in Nov 1985. We only knew each other less than a month before he proposed to me.

Only knew each other less than 7 months before we got married. No, I was not pregnant, the fact we never had kids. Which in a way was a good thing with me having cancer. Cancer runs on both sides of the family & all are women.
I have had many surgeries but he has been there for me. He has taken care of me after each surgery. It is so hard on my husband to go through this with me but that is true love.  We may not be a perfect couple but we are together & that is what matters. He may not be rich but he does care. We have moved many times since our marriage & even moved from one state to another. It has been tough on us both but true love keeps us together.

BC revision surgery

Had BC revision surgery on April 22, 2019. For 4 weeks I could not pick up my camera, because it weighed over 5lbs. The surgery went well & healed great. I was so happy to pick up my camera again.  It felt like the longs 4 weeks without my camera. I was only able to use my cell phone or point & shoot. It is not the same. I did a lot of reading, coloring & just relaxing while I healing. I went for post-op on May 22, 2019, & the doctor released me to be able to use the camera again. I just had to watch it was not too much on my chest. I did take an extra week to make sure I was ready to hold a camera without pain.
I started back with the camera took pictures around my garden. I felt a little rusty so want to practice before went to Farmers Market where I love to take pictures on the weekend. Just had June 1st was my 1st Anniversary in official business.  On my 1st Anniversary, I went to the Farmers market. I had a great day taken pictures at the market. I feel really good to be back to using my camera, I think a little time off help me see things with a different eye. I see things like never seen before. I am working on new projects for my future in business. It will be a great new year for my business.

Beading & creative stuff

I love to make things with beads. I sometimes just pick up my beads & make something. If I can make jewelry to wear rather than buy it I do. I am a crafty person & enjoy making gifts rather than buying something. Make things with beads I can be creative. I am a very creative person. I sometimes seeing something & think how can I make that. I tried selling my stuff but did not make much so I gave it up. So know I make things to donate to help causes.
I have taken bead classes & they are a lot of fun to learn new techniques or styles. Sometimes I come up with weird-looking things but I have fun doing it. As long as you are having fun that is all that matters. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I never know when the mood will strike to make something but when I do watch out, for when do I get right to make something.  I even sometimes take picture frames & decorate them.  I do not do as much as used to but I still do when needing something for an outfit I am wearing. This is also a stress relief for me. Zebulon, NC

What is new?

What’s new with Rock the TAZbah Photography

So I just went through a rebranding my photography business. I like my old logo but I was not in love with it. A friend used my logo for a training video, which I was live on the live video call. I was so glad he did change for me. My new look is my new direction I want to go in with my business. They look good on my car.

My website has been updated with a fresh new look also. Seems to load much faster than way looked. Just cause have a new look & updated website does not mean my prices are changing. I am still affordable photographer in the area. In fact I add some new services. New & fresh styles to my sessions. Check out website for more info.

Rock the TAZbah Photography

Capturing your memories

Adult Coloring

So when I was a kid I loved to color, well many years ago I picked it back up. I think it was when I became stage IV MBC because I was stressing out. Coloring is one of the things besides photography that relaxes me. I have over 50 adult coloring books, colored pencils, markers & gel pens.  I use them all to color unless there is a picture on the backside of the page.  It is a lot of fun to do & you forget you where stressed.  Most people think coloring is just for kids but not anymore.
I take the page out of the book & place it on a clipboard which I found out makes it easier to color in. You can be very creative when coloring & there is no wrong way to color.  With coloring you can play with colors that you think normally do not go together & fine out the do. So next time you get stress trying coloring it does help. I have had my blood pressure taken before & after coloring what a difference it makes. My doctor even says it does help many people with stress. You can even get coloring apps they work just as well. Happy coloring, check out this link to see why coloring helps many people.