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Tia GavinThere are two major components to choosing your wedding photographer — the quality of the photos and what that person will be like to work with on such a complicated day. When I photograph a wedding it's incredibly important to me to allow a client to be "in the moment". Whether that entails calming frazzled nerves, being wickedly efficient at getting your group photos done quickly, or just being as invisible as possible, years of experience have taught me that the best photos happen when you are relaxed and having fun

If you asked me to describe my style I actually might say it's to be un–stylized. I don't want to date your images with photography trends. I like to draw my creativity from the setting and circumstances you are in rather than impose something inauthentic upon the image. Sometimes it takes finesse on my part to get naturally beautiful photos — but I want them to look like the best you, not a different you. There are countless important details to capture in a wedding, but my goal is to create images that not only remind you of what everything looked like, but to remind you — even twenty years from now — of what those moments felt like.

My path to photography wasn't a direct one, but I've always been fascinated by what it means to be human. I think it started when I was growing up. I was raised in Mill Valley, CA, but my parents loved to travel everywhere; we even lived in Uganda for two years. Those experiences left me with a persistent curiosity about culture and relationships, and how one might hold onto a place or a moment after you're no longer in it. In pursuit of those interests I tried out a few different paths along the way. I have a degree in Drama from the Juilliard School, and a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA – but it wasn't until I started assisting a wedding photographer that I finally saw how it would all come together for me. A lot of photographers fall back on wedding photography, but to me weddings are about what really matters: family, friendships, and of course, love.

I started my own photography business in 2002, and it took off like wildfire. I shot 48 weddings that year alone! Since then I have photographed hundreds of weddings throughout California, and even one in Jaipur, India. I love to travel, I have a very dry sense of humor, and I often miss the excitement of living in New York City. My work has appeared in several wedding magazines and blogs (yes, even Style Me Pretty!), The New York Times, The Wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. Right now I live in Santa Rosa with my husband, two amazing teenage sons, and an Australian Shepherd who worships the ground I walk upon.

In 2009 I joined forces with my best friend Claire to form Tia & Claire Studio. You can read more about our partnership on our ‘About Us’ page.