There’s been a bit of a theme in my kids’ projects lately: shoots that encourage kids to eat more vegetables. I couldn’t support anything more! For Parents we wanted to create images that would stand out just enough from the rest of the magazine so that readers would see there was a new and exciting section. I got to have fun with lighting techniques I don’t get to use often and a retro palette that you’ll see more of as they roll out over the next three months.

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Prop styling by Paige Hicks, food styling by Simon Andrews

New Video for Happy Family

Happy Family is a fantastic brand that puts lots of healthy organic veggies into their minimally processed baby and toddler foods. The concept behind my recent stills shoot with the brand was all about kids loving their vegetables. Creative Director Becca Kovalcik imagined children using carrots as drumsticks, making “spinach angels” as if in the snow, and cuddling butternut squash and big bunches of beets like dolls. She tasked my team with creating high-energy images that would show a true love for veggies and really direct attention to the vibrancy and freshness of the produce. Wrangler Melanie Sawyer (whose energy never ceases to amaze me) was a key ingredient in making this happen. In fact we had a really stellar team, many of whom you can see in the behind the scenes video that I produced/directed.

Love My Veggies from Tara Donne on Vimeo.

Credits: Camera: Summer McCorkle + Adam Golfer, Editor: Sam Fuller, Composer: Jim Heffernan/TTO Productions, Producer: Get It Productions, Wrangler: Melanie Sawyer, Prop + Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Conroy, Hair + Makeup: Gregg Hubbard, Food Stylist: Adrienne Anderson

Here are some of the still images that have recently been released:



Tulum, Mexico

The only anecdote to a predictably long and cold winter is booking a tropical vacation for February…in September. This year, we were smart enough to do that and lucky enough to travel to Tulum, Mexico with our good friends Ryan and Rebecca. Yeah, sure, everyone’s been to Tulum now but really, there are reasons why. It’s mellow, the sand is so nice and white, one’s yoga practice is infinitely more fun in the heat, and of course, there are tacos. Some of my favorite spots from these Instagram snaps are listed beneath the photos.

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Stay: Hemingway
Tacos + margaritas on the beach road: Tacolum
Tacos in town (al pastor!): Antojitos la Chiapaneca
Yoga (and delicious healthy food like quinoa porridge and green smoothies!): Yoga Shala


You may or may not love Valentine’s Day, but you probably do love chocolate cake and cookies. Williams-Sonoma does too. I worked with a great team in San Francisco to create these heart-filled images for their latest catalog.




I’m really excited to be a part of the new redesign at Parents! My image is on the (February) cover and there’s a graphic heart-shaped food feature that I photographed inside.


Kicking Off 2015 in Jamaica


There’s no better way to kick off the new work year than by road tripping it around Jamaica on assignment. I was revitalized by the intense colors, drinking fresh coconut water every day, and shooting from the turquoise waters in my bikini. There surely was a lot of hashtagging about loving my job when posting the above Insta snaps.

Telegraph Magazine

While shooting for the Telegraph Magazine, I was happy to find that Seamus Mullen is a kindred spirit when it comes to food. His restaurant in NYC, Tertulia, is such an easy place to eat gluten-free. This mushroom carpaccio was so bright and earthy at the same time—I just love it when vegetable dishes are this thoughtful, satisfying, and inspiring!


Holiday Cookie Feature

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The vibrant and energetic December cover that I shot for Parents makes me smile every time I look at it. It ties into a super cute holiday cookie feature too. It’s so fun to photograph children when they get to truly play within the scene. For this shoot, making a mess was encouraged and it yielded some really genuine moments.


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Director’s Reel

From location to studio, see how my images translate seamlessly into motion. The reel includes some new footage from Ravenwood’s upstate farm that will surely make you long for summer and Green Zebra tomatoes.


I have a feature story in the latest issue of Anthology. I spent the day with Matt & Mary of Chocolate Editions bringing their quirky and graphic brand to life via Mary’s rich recipes.