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Meet Danielle Tabbert of Tiny Turtles Photography in El Cajon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Tabbert.

Danielle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been fascinated with photos. I can remember looking through boxes of photos as a kid. I was so fascinated with how some things stayed the same and other things changed so drastically as the years pass. Not only did I enjoy looking at photos growing up, I also loved taking them too. On several occasions I was gifted with disposable cameras that I used for photo sessions with my toys!

As a teenager my older brother and I would take trips out to the Wild Animal Park and send the whole day photographing animals. This love for photography has grown and flourished my whole life and in 2015 I officially opened my business, Tiny Turtles Photography. I have honed in on what brings me the most creative joy and have spent the last 4 years studying family photography, especially newborns. There is something indescribable about documenting a fresh new life and the joy their family shares!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a business as a work at home mom has not been easy! I have four young sons at home that keep me busy all of the time, so finding time to build my business has not be a walk in the park. But with the support of my wonderful husband and family I always make it work!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I love to document growth and change over time. It brings me so much joy to follow growing families as they add new additions to their herd and grow and mature as the years go on. As a mom, I know that those precious fingers and toes will change before your eyes! I love photographing families and I specialize in sleepy posed newborn portraits. I cannot get enough of those fresh new babies, I love them so much! I do my very best to make families feel comfortable, and work diligently to give them outstanding customer service.

What were you like growing up?
I am the youngest of four kids and my older sister, Rebekah is profoundly mentally and physically disabled. My parents did not want Rebekah and her limitations to prohibit our brothers and myself from having normal childhoods. They worked hard to ensure that we were able to experience a lot of different opportunities. I was in girl scouts, cheerleading, and I played the violin in a few orchestras. I was always encouraged to try new things and told that I could do anything that I put my mind to, so I believed it. I can see now as an adult that my childhood was extremely blessed and unique. I learned how to be responsible for not only myself, but for others. I also learned to respect people for their differences, and meet them exactly where they are. I think this makes me a great family photographer because I can adapt easily to different situations and remain patient when things don’t go exactly as planned. This is especially true with young children, who are almost always unpredictable!

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