Tamar is a 23-year-old freelance photographer, Instagrammer and YouTuber based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s a Christian, she’s married, and she has two cats called Roo and Rory. She’s vegan and passionate about healthy, sustainable living, as well as animal rights.
Tamar incorporates these passions into her work through creating sustainable, second-hand outfits and pieces, as well as yummy vegan food to show on her Instagram, supporting ethical companies, as well as living a vegan lifestyle and vlogging about it.
Tamar is creative, free-spirited and passionate about inspiring and empowering people to chase after their dreams, and to live an authentic life.
My main job is as a photographer
I started my own photography business in 2017 and have been developing my portfolio and client base since then. I’ve known for quite a while that self-employment is my ideal, and I just decided straight out of uni that that was my goal! I worked part-time from September 2017 – July 2018 as a social media officer, whilst building my own business on the side, and then in July 2018, I went full time with my photography and social media consultancy business.
Being self-employed, I have to wear a lot of different hats
I’m a photographer and photo editor, but more than that, I’m the administrator, the accountant, the marketing team, the receptionist, the communications team.. everything that it takes to run a business is on my shoulders! Thankfully, however, my husband is a postgrad at the University of Edinburgh and he helps me to stay on top of everything! I feel as though the list I have for him is pretty much never ending sometimes, though…
I just decided that I wanted to be freelance, and went for it!
The beauty of self-employment is that there is no application process, no interviews, it’s just you, your passion, and the work that you’re willing to put in to make it successful. It’s definitely a process, but it’s a beautiful one. I guess the way I was able to do this as my job was through sheer dedication and hard work – and a lot of practice!
I love photography, it has been my passion since I was 11 years old, and I’ve practiced a lot over the years.
In my free time, I watch videos and read articles and stalk other photographers, I absorb and learn as much as I can about my craft and I put that into practice with my clients. In order to grow a business, you have to grow and learn as a person, too.
Every day is different.
I definitely don’t have paid a photoshoot every day, but most days I go out and shoot anyway because I love it so much! I will describe how my day went today since we shot for a couple of brands this morning. (we being myself and my husband – when it’s me modeling for brands, he’s the photographer, I’m pretty lucky to have a husband who is also super into photography and super talented, too!)
I was up at 7:30, fed the cats, made breakfast for myself and my husband, read my bible, and had some quiet time.
Then at 9am, I started getting ready for our photo shoot. I had four pieces to shoot today, and three locations to shoot in, so I washed my hair and let it dry, and did a simple makeup look that would work with all of the outfits.
I then spent the morning working on my social media – scheduling posts and replying to comments. After this, I spent a few minutes answering emails (which tend to be either inquiries about weddings, blogger/influencer shoots, or companies wanting to collaborate with me)
At around 11am, Matt (husband) and I headed out to shoot the first two pieces – a bikini and some cool avocado socks! We headed to the beach (only a 5-minute drive) and I braved the September Scotland winds on the beach in my bikini whilst we got some shots! We also got creative in the sand with the socks, since the company who sent them specified that they wanted beach shots with the socks.
Then it was on to the next location and the next piece to shoot! It was a t-shirt with a slogan saying ‘I love pizza and hugs’. So, naturally, we decided that we just had to have a ‘working lunch’ because… what better prop for this piece than a pizza!?
So, we headed to our new favourite pizza place @Pizza in Edinburgh, got ourselves some yummy vegan pizzas and had a little photoshoot in the restaurant. It’s kitted out really hipster and trendy, with lots of wood and white tiles, so it was the perfect location!
After this, we headed out to a cafe so that I could edit the photos, whilst Matt did some university work. We spent the rest of the working day in the cafe, before cutting through Holyrood Park on the way home to get some shots of the fourth piece – a cute little black dress, which I dressed down with some ankle socks and reebok classics. We’re lucky to live somewhere with easy access to a beautiful, mountainous park as well as a cool city, and a beach! It makes on-location photoshoots really easy!
I tend to work from everywhere
My workspace is usually either my favourite cafe (Hendersons Holyrood in Edinburgh!) or my living room, which is a spacious, high ceiling and wooden floorboard space with big bay windows, a fireplace, and my favourite bit – my essential oil diffuser (and my two cats). I love working from home because I genuinely love our flat! We can see the ocean out of our living room bay windows, and we have a mountain view from our kitchen windows; it’s pretty special.
I do have a tendency to drive myself crazy if I stay on my own for too long though, so every now and then, I take a stroll through the park and do some work in a cafe in town, just for a change of scenery.
Other than that, most of my work is on-location shooting. Either at a wedding, at the
beach, at the botanical gardens, in the park or just in the streets of Edinburgh! Sometimes when Matt and I are modelling, we get to go to super fun places, too (we’ve got a modelling gig in Loch Lomond coming up which is really exciting, Scotland is a beautiful place to explore!)
There’s a bakery near the beach called Breadshare and it makes the best bread ever. Matt and I love having that bread with some soup and a salad with vegan cheese, avocado and hummus for lunch! We also love having big, homemade dinners and u
sually end up with leftovers, so some days leftovers is a great lunch option for us.
The best aspect of my job is definitely being my own boss and being free to express myself creatively.
I am a really creative person, and I need a creative outlet to really thrive, so the fact that
I get to be create every day is such a blessing. I’d say the worst thing about my job is that my income is never guaranteed! I’m definitely lucky/privileged to be in a position where I am able to quite my job and pursue my own business passions, and I understand that not everyone is in a position where they can do that.
I got married young and don’t have any children, so I’m in a place where it’s not the end of the world if I don’t have a consistent income right now, but it is definitely not as secure as having a full time job, because you can just never predict or guarantee how much work you’ll get from week to week.
I love having some good food, a gin & tonic, and sitting at home with Matt and the cats, watching netflix.
We just re-watched all of the iron man movies and we loved it! Sometimes, we head down to the beach in the evenings to watch the sun go down and have a drink and play cards, and that’s also a brilliant way to end the day.
Right now, my mantra is “fear is such a sad way to live a life” because I struggle quite a bit with anxiety (don’t we all!) and the one thing that helps me to snap out of it.
It is reminding myself that letting go of the shore and allowing myself to be dragged out to sea (metaphorically speaking – letting go of safety and venturing into the unknown), whilst being absolutely heart-wrenchingly terrifying, is actually the most freeing, beautiful thing that I can do.
I am not bound by what society has taught me is the ‘right’ way to live – I refuse to be bound by ‘safety’ and ‘comfortable’, I don’t want to let fear keep me boxed in.
Humanity is beautiful; humans accepting their humanity and embracing their individuality is magical! So, yeah, “fear is such a sad way to live a life” reminds me to stop being scared, and to start letting go of the shore.