PHOTOGRAPHER OF MOTHERHOOD & FAMILY

who finds home on the coast of Maine. 

Hi, I’m Tiffany

Welcome to the blog!

An online space to share my recent photography work, travel & life adventures, a behind the scenes look at running a creative business, resources for photographers, and my heart as an artist who is passionate for creating honest work that matters. If this is your first visit, you can learn more about myself as a photographer, as well the details of booking my motherhood and family portrait work over on my main website.

Whether you're a mother deciding who will photograph the ones you love most in the world, a like-minded creative business owner, or simply a friend- it's my hope that through this blog you will always find inspiration, education, and encouragement.  

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Portland Maine Film Maternity and Newborn Photography by Maine Maternity, Newborn, and Family Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comA tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea… A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

– Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

I have been thinking about this whole tribe idea for my business off and on for a few years now. I’ve heard such inspirational teaching on this topic in podcasts and at conferences. I’ve watched other creatives be incredibly successful in building their tribe. They seemed born for it, like it came as easy as the hashtag to label it. But I honestly always came back to the same conclusion…and that was that I didn’t think a tribe was for me.

Being a tribe leader sounded too….extroverted.

Earlier this year I launched my first ever digital teaching resources, making them available for other portrait photographers. I can’t even tell you how many times I have logged into Squarespace and held my mouse over the DELETE button. Not from insecurity in content, because I poured months of myself into creating these educational materials, and I 110% believed in what I put out there. Instead I found myself battling a deeper insecurity.

An insecurity to lead.

A tribe sounded too “all eyes on me” and the more I put myself out there as a leader, the more I found myself drawing back. I found myself saving more blog posts as drafts, and never pushing send on the emails I sat down to write. I let the overwhelming fear of disappointing someone else with not being enough, and not having all of the answers, keep me in a stagnant place.

I recently shared my vision about no longer wanting to have an email newsletter, but to instead build a community of conversation. Because THAT felt more like me. THAT seemed to have more meaning, purpose, and authenticity that I could grab a hold of and run with.

That made it less about me, and more about…you.

I guess you could say that until recently, I haven’t really understood what having a tribe even means. Not until I sent that first email, and most definitely not until so many of you decided to show up. After sharing my new vision with you, I asked at the end of my email for each reader to reply. To let me know who you were, and that you were here. To start a conversation.

I honestly didn’t think a single person would actually respond. I felt like I had dropped the ball in consistently sharing with all of you this year, and that it would take months to try and regain your trust again. But to my surprising delight, you all jumped at the opportunity to connect in a deeper and more meaningful way. Email after email. My inbox exploded.

Moms. Photographers. Dreamersyou filled my inbox with MORE than I had even hoped for.

Because what I didn’t realize all this time is that I already have a tribe. And that tribe is you.

Confidence in leadership is a place of growth for me right now. When I spent time thinking of what I had to offer to you in conversation, I started to think of all of the places that I have seen breakthrough in my business, success markers that were really important to me.

Building a niche that is creatively fulfilling and financially provisional. Booking that ideal client who truly valued my vision as an artist, and the photographs we worked together to create. Delivering that dreamy wall gallery of framed portraits to my client’s front steps- after what felt like everyone in my industry telling me that selling my clients printed products was an out-dated recipe for business failure. The opportunity to photograph not just only on the East Coast, but the West Coast, because a family believed in what I created, and felt connected to my brand from thousands of miles away and decided it was worth flying me to them. I could keep going.

…And I also got to thinking about all of the decisions that I made poorly.

A season of not charging enough to build a sustainable business, and being afraid to know my numbers. That year I spent editing images on Christmas Eve because I had overbooked and outstretched myself and my availability. The time & money wasted on sample products that I ordered just because another photographer used them, and not because they were a great fit for my own business model. The year I asked clients to sign their contract on the hood of their car at the park after their session, because I didn’t understand how to do things online or professionally. Any and every single time that I tried to make my business look like someone else’s out of comparison and jealousy. I could also, keep going.

It came down to this: Do I want someone else to also experience similar breakthroughs in their own business? Do I want them to learn from my mistakes, be inspired by my successes, and to RUN towards the biggest business dreams of their life?? And perhaps most importantly of all, do I want to transparently invite you in to grow together?

Of course I do!!!!

…So what have I been waiting for?

Do you want in on these conversations? They are really shaking things up, and every week I get more excited about them. I’m getting to know you, and for the first time I feel like this whole “email thing” is so right.

You can quickly opt-in below to be a part! You can also join when you download my FREE guide all about the 7 Best Investments I Have Made in My Business in the blog sidebar here to the right.

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Portland Maine and Concord MA Maternity, Newborn, and Baby Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.com

I loved spending time with this beautiful family in their Concord, MA home for their in home family portraits! In home sessions are some of my most favorite, as they allow moments of intimacy and authenticity that don’t always happen when we meet at a local park. We spent the session reading her favorite story books, stacking blocks, and documenting special snuggles as a family. I can’t wait to share more when the black and white film scans return!

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Portland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.com

I recently had the incredible honor of photographing this beautiful maternity session for a mother of twins on the way. It was so special in and of itself, but her story and her years of waiting made it that much more meaningful.

It was more than 5 years ago that I met Mary. She was leaving her corporate job to pursue her larger than life dream of working with expecting mothers- she wanted to become educated and specialized in every niche of motherhood from doula services, to lactation consulting, to planning the perfect baby shower.

I watched her first hand guide my close friend through her first birth experience, and I have never seen anyone more perfectly fitted to do so. It was 5 years ago that I photographed head shots for her to use on her new website she was planning, and dream life she was building, and 5 years ago that we sat in my favorite New Haven coffee shop where she told me she wanted so much to have a baby of her own, but until that happened she would pour herself into the new families of others. That she would do everything she could to help mothers be mothers, as she waited to be one herself.

She’s the kind of woman that you meet and instantly know what a gift it was to spend time with her because she’s just that incredible, and you sit & hope that all the good in her rubs just a little off on you.

It was 5 years ago that she told me as a brand new photographer, that she wanted to book her maternity session, even though she wasn’t expecting yet, because she knew she wanted me to photograph her when it did happen, and jokingly teased that she knew my prices would just increase as my business grew so she thought she should book then. As a brand new photographer I was floored by her faith in me.

Year..after year began to go by. Hoping. Another year. I prayed. She kept hope. Another year. More hoping. More praying. More than 5 years. And then…I got the text. “Remember when I booked that maternity session 5 years ago?” …I cried.

She is expecting TWINS this winter, and we FINALLY planned together her dream maternity session on the beach in Madison, Connecticut. The wind was cold, but you would never know it from the joy we all felt during that hour on the sand. 

What a beautiful gift. Here are a few of my favorite black & white portraits from her maternity session, photographed with both digital and medium format film. Thank you Simply Gorgeous by Erin for your amazing work as always! Portland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.comPortland Maine Maternity and Newborn Photographer Tiffany Farley, http://tiffanyfarley.com

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To learn more about booking your Maine Maternity, Newborn, or Family Portrait Session, or the popular Motherhood Collective, contact Tiffany via the Connect link in the menu, or email directly at TIFFANY@TIFFANYFARLEY.COM

Tiffany is local to the Portland, Maine area and is currently booking 2016-17 Sessions.

Tiffany Farley frequently travels for maternity, newborn, and family portrait sessions and has clients from coastal Maine to California.  To find out details regarding her upcoming travel dates to a city near you including Southern Connecticut, Rye New York, Acadia National Park, San Francisco, Phoenix Arizona, San Diego– or to book a custom travel session, please contact for more information.

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